While there is no true “one scope to do all” – a 1-8x scope on an AR-15 or other similar carbine gets you pretty darn close. The Burris XTR II 1-8×24 riflescope gets riflemen pretty close. The forgiving eye relief on the 1x magnification works very well for “CQB” fast target acquisition, and the 8x magnification allows shooters to positively identify and engage targets at several hundred yards. The riflescope’s illuminated BDC reticle provides easy drop and windage calculations out to 800 or 1,000 yards with the Ballistic Circle Dot or the Ballistic Dot, respectively. Quite the ambitious BDC, but technically possible.

The low power variable magnified optics like the Burris XTR II 1-8x have become extremely popular in recent years as manufacturers have been able to increase the quality and clarity of the glass, resulting in a very forgiving eye relief, as well as dramatically increasing optic durability. Not to long ago, fixed magnification scopes like the Trijicon ACOG were generally accepted as the only glass durable enough to withstand the beatings given to duty rifles. But these days, quality low power variable magnified optics can take a beating and still hold true.

The ability to use 1x magnification with very forgiving eye relief makes optics like the Burris XTR II 1-8x useable in close quarters, such as home defense for the civilian or clearing a room on a duty rifle. But then the ability to crank up the magnification allows users to positively identify targets at several hundred yards, and effectively engage them. Previously, shooters had to pick a more dedicated optic, sacrificing their effectiveness at either close range or long range.

First Focal Plane Reticle

The Burris XTR II 1-8x uses a First Focal Plane reticle (FFP) or a Second Focal Plane Reticle (SFP) depending on the model. The FFP vs SFP reticle on a carbine style rifle is a hotly debated topic, but mostly come down to how you plan on using the rifle.

With a FFP reticle, the reticle gets larger and smaller based on the scope’s magnification. This means drop calculations with the BDC Reticle stay the same no matter the magnification. Engaging a 400 yard target at 4x magnification or 6x magnification? No problem, drop calculations are the same. This allows shooters who are engaging multiple targets at multiple distances (like in competition), or are having to seek for targets (like in hunting), they don’t have to use the low field of view 8x magnification and slow down their target acquisition.

With SFP reticles, the reticle size stays the same no matter the magnification, which means drop calculations with the BDC reticle are different based on the magnification of the scope. The first hash means a different drop depending on whether the scope’s magnification is at 8x or 4x. However, with FFP reticles, sometimes shooters will complain about the size of the reticle lines making it difficult to use at lower magnifications.

However, that’s why the Burris XTR has two excellent illuminated reticles with center dots on both. Even when being used at 1x magnification for close distance work, that illuminated dot makes it extremely easy to identify the aiming point. Personally, I’m a fan of First Focal Plane reticles, particularly on 1-8x scopes. In competition, I regularly engage targets at several hundred yards when not fully magnified, so being able to calculate drop at all magnifications are important for me.

Burris XTR II 1-8x Reticles

The scope’s illumination does feature between off settings for the brightness settings, and the first two settings are night vision compatible. The high level illumination is daylight bright.

Turrets

The Burris XTR II 1-8x has some unique turrets compared to other scopes in its class. It does feature a settable zero stop, allowing shooters to tell at a glance if their turrets have been bumped or not. However, if shooters are concerned about accidental bumping of the turrets anyways, it comes with swappable caps for the turrets preventing them from being accidentally bumped.

This low power variable optic does have a mounting point for a quick throw lever, which is sold separately.

Official Burris XTR II Commercial

The Burris XTR II 1-8x Scope is an excellent, feature rich low power variable magnified optic in its price range. It’s a little more cost effective than other scopes in its price range, making it an excellent option for shooters wanting to step into premium glass without spending two to four grand.

Burris XTR II 1-8×24 Riflescope Specifications

  • Magnification: 1-8x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 24mm
  • Reticles: Ballistic Circle Dot with BDC or Ballistic Dot with BDC, both Illuminated
  • Knobs: “MAD System” – low profile single turn zero click stop, with extra low turret included in box
  • Focal Plane: FFP for Ballistic Circle Dot or RFP for Ballistic Dot Reticle
  • Lenses: Hi-LumeĀ® multi-coated lenses
  • Field of View: 105-12.45 ft depending on magnification
  • Eye Relief: 3.5-4 inches
  • Exit Pupil: 12-3 mm
  • Click Value: 1/10 mil per click
  • Elevation Adjustment: 30 Mil / 103 MOA
  • Windage Adjustment: 30 Mil / 103 MOA
  • Length: 10.75 inches
  • Weight: 24.4 oz / 1.525 lbs
  • Illumination: 11 brigtness settings with intermediate battery saver stops
  • Battery: CR2032

All offerings in the Burris XTR II scope line:

  • 1-5x24mm
  • 1-8x24mm
  • 1.5-8x28mm
  • 2-10x42mm
  • 3-15x50mm
  • 4-20x50mm
  • 5-25x50mm
  • 8-40x50mm