More than two years in the making, the Hi-Lux CMR8 is now available in a new revision. The new Hi-Lux CW-4 reticle in it is less busy than the original reticle, and it will be available in green or red color illumination. The lens covers are also upgraded with a magnetic latch and it’s now folded completely flat when opened. With a MSRP of just $840, the Hi-Lux CMR8 is currently the most affordable first focal plane 1-8x on the market.
The main feature of Hi-Lux CMR8 includes it’s larger 26mm objective lens, first focal plane (FFP) reticle, mRad adjustment, capped turrets with 0.1 mils per click, Zero-LOK return-to-zero feature, illumination control turret with off position between each level and night-vision levels. The Hi-Lux CMR8 comes with a lifetime warranty
With a length of only 10 inches, the Hi-Lux CMR8 is the shortest 1-8x other than the very expensive and odd-ball March Scope Shorty. The weight of the Hi-Lux CMR8 has increased to 22 ounces from the original design spec of 20 oz. Although, it’s still lighter than most of 1-8x and some of the 1-6x that have the same 34mm tube.
The Hi-Lux CMR8 at 1x with its double-circle reticle. It’s not quite true 1x but it’s very close. Most of the 1-8x on the market are 1.1x according to the spec, with the exception of the Trijicon AccuPower 1-8x28mm and the Burris XTR II 1-8x24mm. At the low magnification, the Hi-Lux CMR8 has noticeable more field-of-view and larger eyebox than both the Trijicon and Burris due to the Hi-Lux’s 4-5mm bigger exit pupil. The Hi-Lux CMR8’s FOV at 1x is 10 feet more than the Burris XTR II and 5 feet more than the Trijicon AccuPower’s.
At the mid 4x magnification. There’s some drop of resolution on the outer edges and more CA (chromatic aberration) becomes visible. The hashmarks on the small interior circle are now usable. Being a FFP scope, the ranging and compensation hashmarks of the CMR8 will work throughout the zoom range.
At maximum 8x, the thick outer circle is completely zoomed out of view. The CA issue is now under control and the resolution is generally very good. The reticle’s center dot is in 1 MOA size and each of the reticle hashmarks are 0.1 mils. The height-based range finder on both side gives me the option of using 1.76 meter (a typical height of a male from head to toe) or 1 meter (head and torso height) in the two smaller arrows. The FOV is still wider than both the Trijicon and the Burris at 8x but only by 1.5-2 feet at 8x.
On my green illuminated sample the reticle is not daylight visible. However, the red color illuminated version is daylight bright. The battery powered Trijicon AccuPower series has this the same limitation with their green or red illumination option. Optic manufactures still offer green color is because it’s better in low light and for those with any degree of color blindness (which affects a significant percentage of the male population) it just works better than the red color.
While the CMR8’s turrets are rather large and tall, but they feel robust enough to be used without the caps for users who prefer exposed turrets. The lens caps are made from hard plastic and screwed on to the threads on both ends. The magnetic latch on the bottom of the rear lens cap is a bit too tall for my Diamondhead flip-up iron sight, so I turned the cap to the side a little bit.
Warne Optic Mount’s high-quality XSKEL 34mm tactical mount is a good match for the CMR8 when using it on an AR15 or the Aero Precision M5 AR10 here. All the Warne mounts are made in the USA at their facility just outside of Portland, Oregon.
Since it’s not calibrated to a specific caliber, the Hi-Lux CMR8 1-8x26mm can be used in any rifle. You just need to find out the ballistic drop of the caliber that you’re using.
A short cat-tail lever preinstalled on the Hi-Lux CMR8. It can be removed or replaced with a taller lever. Unlike some 1-8xs, the Leupold in particular known for its heavy friction, the zoom ring on the Hi-Lux CMR8 is fairly light so that it is very usable without the cat-tail lever. The illumination turret on the left houses a single CR2032 lithium battery that powers the reticle.
Hi-Lux CMR8 1-8x26mm Specification:
|FOV:||114.8-14.5 ft @100yds|
|Eye relief:||4 inch|
|Turret Adjustment:||0.1 mRad|
|Adjustment range:||34 Mils|
|Battery life:||200 hours|