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Kahles 624i Review: The Best Long-Range Hunting Scope

Kahles 624i Review: The Best Long-Range Hunting Scope

By Ernie Bishop

First off, whenever a person uses the words, “the best,” it immediately should throw up some red flags. Yes, the title is my personal opinion, so hold off on throwing the spoiled fruit or harsh words for awhile. The odd thing is I actually used a paraphrase of the title at a LR competition recently when someone was asking me about my scope. I said, “It is the best scope I have ever used. After using this Kahles 624i with their MOAK reticle I am hooked.”

Kahles 624i Review: The Best Long-Range Hunting Scope

I own and have used a lot of great glass through the years, including some Schmidt and Bender PM-II’s: 5-25 and their 4-16. Before I used the Kahles, the S&B PMII 5-25 had been my favorite. I honestly cannot say that anymore.

I contacted Jeff Huber (HPS LLC, exclusive importer and distributor for Kahles in the United States) because I saw their MOA reticle and it was in FFP and he answered my questions and then some. His confidence in the 624i was so strong it caused me to almost be dubious of the good things I was hearing. When I got the Kahles in my hands I realized things were not being overstated over the phone.

Kahles 624i Review: The Best Long-Range Hunting Scope

One of the first things I noticed was the weight, or lack of weight, of this scope (33.5 ounces) since it has a 34mm tube. Then I got on the web and started digging around, from what I could tell the 624i is the lightest scope in its class. That was an unexpected, but pleasant surprise. There is no tunneling like you get with the S&B either and there is a very generous eye box and the scope’s field of view is refreshing. Eye relief is just a tad over 3.5 inches which made it safe and easy for me to use with a specialty pistol running 180 grain Hybrids at 2775 feet per second.
This scope was used the majority of the time on a rear-grip specialty pistol chambered in 7mm LRM that Darrell Holland built. It was also used on a 6.5x47 Lapua rifle built by Mac’s Gunworks.

Kahles 624i Review: The Best Long-Range Hunting Scope

The longest distance I shot while using the Kahles 624i scope was 1440 yards. On the day I shot out to 1440 yards I used a variety of ways to correct for drop and drift: reticle only, dialing only, and then a combination of using both the reticle and dialing. The MOA reticle is listed every 5 MOA beginning at 10 MOA. There is a line for every MOA, so you could call it a 1 MOA reticle.

Kahles 624i Review: The Best Long-Range Hunting Scope

After you dial one full revolution (35 MOA), as you start your second revolution there is a little red indicator button that will pop up to remind you where you are in your dialing. Of course this scope has a zero stop, which makes everything easier as well. You will get a total of 88 MOA for elevation and 38 MOA for windage adjustment.

Kahles 624i Review: The Best Long-Range Hunting Scope

Regardless of how you prefer to account for drop and drift, this scope is easy to use. One of my times at 1440 yards, I just used the reticle alone and put it on 8x just to see if I could do it…Hit! Since the reticle is in the first focal plane it is so practical for me and the types of shooting I do. Have I mentioned that the clarity of this scope and the reticle design is awesome?

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