I was first introduced to the Burris RT6 1-6x24mm at SHOT Show 2016 in form of a rough prototype on display at the Burris/Steiner booth. At the time, it seemed to be a promising 1-6x24mm design at the mid-range price point. The Burris RT6 1-6x24mm is now available and Burris had lowered the MSRP to $419 and you should be able to find for around $350 +/- online. That makes the Burris RT6 1-6x24mm an excellent performer in the budge category.
My definition of a budget scope is something that cost under $500. At $350, the Burris RT6 1-6x24mm is competing with a number of re-branded Optisan 1-6x24mm designs from China, the most noticeable of those are the Primary Arms 1-6x24mm ACSS and the Vortex Strike Eagle. While the Burris costs a bit more than those two, but it’s better in many ways: it has a true 1x with no distortion, the Burris reticle illumination is daylight bright, featuring a bigger eyebox and it’s shorter. For those that care, the Burris RT6 is made in the Philippine instead of China.
Another feature that the Burris RT6 has is its configurable cat-tail/throw-lever on it’s zoom ring. Once the tiny lock screw inside of the hole on the lever is loosen up, the lever could be remove and reinstall to any of the slots on the zoom ring or just leaving it off.
The reticle illumination has 11 steps with off positions in between. It’s powered by a single CR2032 coin-size 3V lithium battery housed in the distinctive angled illumination turret on the left. No mentioning of runtime, but since it’s a budget scope I would not expecting the battery life of a high end digital controlled power system.
In my field test, I was impressed by the optical performance of the Burris RT6. Its contrast and resolution is very good through out the ranges, especially in the center. I am very comfortable to say it’s superior to any of the Optisan 1-6x variants in all aspect optically.
Since it’s new to the market, the only question will be its longterm reliability and durability. Not to worry, the Burris RT6 1-6x24mm is covered by Burris’ Forever Warranty, which includes defect, damage by the user, and it’s fully transferable with no registration needed.
At 1x, the Burris shows a true 1x. The sight picture is mostly great with some reduction of resolution and tiny bit of distortion at the extreme edges. Overall, the Burris RT6 is a mile ahead the Optisan design and its notoriously bad distortion at 1x, which it is not a true 1x anyways.
I would prefer the reticle subtension lines on the Burris RT6 to be longer and the horseshoe to be double the size. Although, it seems like Burris had chosen the option of a cleaner sight picture instead for the RT6.
At the middle 3x magnification, the edge performance improved quit a bit and the distortion are gone completely. The featuring Burris Ballistic AR reticle is illuminated (not turn on in the photo) and at its top 2 levels are daylight bright. Although, I found even at its highest setting, it’s still a bit too dim for a desert background under a summer sun. However, that is an extreme case and the illumination should be bright enough for most other types background and light conditions. In comparsion, none of the re-branded Optisan scopes has daylight visible illumination.
At the max 6x magnification, the ranging function in its Ballistic AR reticle now usable since the RT6 is a 2nd focal plane scope. The only number in the reticle is the “4” on the lower right. The width of the indicated hashmark to the left of it on the subtension is measured at 18-inch or shoulder width at 400 yards. The hashmark below that is the 500 yards shoulder width. Both hashmarks are also calibrated for use as BDC for 5.56mm/.223 Rem at 400 yds and 500 yds, with the bottom of the subtension line for 600 yds range and the smallest hashmark up top inside of the horseshoe is for 300 yds. For other calibers or bullet weights the hashmarks are calibrated for these holdover values: 3.3 MOA (0.96 mils), 6.1 MOA (1.77 mils), 9.5 MOA (2.76 mils) and 13.6 MOA (3.96 mils)
The Burris RT6’s turrets have a 1/2 MOA adjustment per click. It’s usable without tool and each turret has a build-in zero reset function. I would prefer a more positive click and the turret adjustment in 1/10 mils to match the Ballistic AR reticle. The only thing that Burris cheap out is the caps are made of plastic. Although those seems to be thick enough that it will do the job of protecting the turrets.
The Burris Fastfire III mini reflex sight is included in the combo package. The combo package is about $160 more than just the scope alone. It’s not a bad deal considering that Burris Fastfire III by itself costs $200 and the Burris PEPR optic mount is another $70, plus everything is put together from the factory for you. Just put in the included batteries and you’re ready to get go. A plastic add-on sunshade and protective hood for the Burris Fastfire III is also included in the package.
In my opinion, the Burris RT6 1-6x24mm is currently to best budge 1-6x tactical scope on the market. It’s affordable, short in length and it has very little tradeoffs in term of performance and features for its price point.
Burris BT6 1-6x24mm Specification:
|Eye Relief:||3.3-4 inch|
|Field of View:||106 ft to 18.5 ft at 100 yds|
|Turret Adjustment:||1/2 MOA per click|
|Adjustment Range:||80 MOA|
|Power:||1x CR2032 lithium battey|
|Online price:||$350 +/-|
|$530 +/- combo package|