Review: Meopta Optika 6

Best Scope Under $600

The Czech optical firm Meopta has a reputation for producing the best riflescopes and binoculars in the world for the money, and now it’s really giving riflescope manufacturers a run with its new Optika line of riflescopes.

The Optika 2.5x-15x-44mm offers a 6x zoom ratio, 30mm main tube, three proprietary lens coatings for hydrophobia, scratch resistance and light transmission, as well as a revolutionary BDC “DichroTech” reticle that adapts to lighting the conditions yet doesn’t use batteries. Side focus and zero-reset turrets offer long-range shooters real-world advantages.

I really like it’s rubberized focus wheel ring with an optional throw lever, and in general, this optic’s pure optical quality at a price normally reserved for non-European-made glass. The DichroTech reticle that uses reticle coatings to optimally reflect light in various conditions so the reticle can always be seen may become the new standard in reticle “illumination.” In sum, the Optika 6 is one of the worlds most versatile riflescopes for hunting and/or target shooting and one of the most value-packed at any price range. $599

At an early age Jeff was kicked in the face by an exposed hammer shotgun, stunting his growth but also sparking a passion for guns, hunting and the outdoors. Since the crack of that old gun, he's traveled the world, hunting, shooting and writing for national outdoor magazines. His Youtube page adds a bit of practicality to tacticality, dispels hunting and shooting myths, gives fairly honest reviews of guns and gear because he's not beholden to anyone, and offers real-world based tips--that might well be wrong. Rest assured, Jeff is no Navy SEAL, although he stayed at a Holiday Inn once in San Diego.