In this blog post, we will explore the features of the March 10-60×52 riflescope. This specific model used in this review, features tactical turrets and an MTR-FT reticle. Adjustment for click is 1/8 MOA. The reticle on this model is not illuminated.
- Introduction to March 10-60×52 rifle scope
- Physical Features of the March 10-60×52
- Tactical VS capped model
- Configuration of rifle scope
- The optical performance of the March 10-60×52
- Mounting solution
- March 10-60×52 price and warranty
- Scope of delivery
- Final Thoughts on the March 10-60×52
Introduction to March 10-60×52 rifle scope
March rifle scopes are renowned for their excellent quality, making them a preferred choice amongst competitive shooters in field target F-Class and Benchrest competitions.
Since 2004, Deon in central Japan has been manufacturing March riflescopes with the help of its experienced engineers. All components are made entirely within Japan and even the lenses inside each scope possess Japanese origin. It is this dedication to manufacturing excellence that allows them to provide customers with high-quality products.
What Makes the March 10-60×52 Unique?
The best part about this scope is its exceptional lightweight construction. It’s no wonder why it has become wildly popular among field target and air rifle shooters, F-Class competitions, as well as benchrest enthusiasts. Not only is a low weight remarkable, but it also makes it an ideal selection for F-class target rifle events with a maximum allowable weight of 8.2 kilograms.
Physical Features of the March 10-60×52
The March 10-60×52 is surprisingly lightweight, clocking in at a mere 685 grams. Adding illumination to the tactical model increases its weight to 735 grams — still an impressive figure for such a powerful optic. While the tube diameter of this scope is 30 millimetres, it’s less than that of High Master rifle scopes with similar magnification. Nevertheless, you get a much lighter weight due to its smaller tube size.
At 418 millimetres, the scope’s length is average compared to other F-class shooting scopes available on the market today. While it may appear long when measured against traditional riflescopes, this measurement falls right in line with its competitors’ offerings.
This scope is 100% Japanese-made, and you can observe that it’s a solid metal construction with no rubber components.
Resistant to all calibres, this scope benefits from argon purging that maintains excellent clarity in extreme temperatures – no internal fogging regardless of the conditions.
The MTR-FT reticle within this rifle scope is MOA based and includes precise markings inside. Located in the second focal plane, the reticle maintains its size regardless of magnification changes.
With an immense variety of MOA-based reticles on offer, there is certain to be one that meets your shooting style and preference. There are seven illuminated reticles and twelve non-illuminated ones.
All MTR reticles are fully illuminated, except for the MTR-5 reticle, which is uniquely designed to have only a single centre dot illumination.
Illuminated reticles are only meant to be used in low light conditions, and they are not daytime bright. All of them come with an auto turn-off feature that will switch off after one hour has passed; this is designed to save battery life.
The illumination system is located on the right-side turret. With the simple press of the right turret button, you can adjust your device’s intensity settings between six levels. This button is typically surrounded by a rubber part in its centre. Located on the same turret is a battery compartment, which can be easily removed by unscrewing it. Inside you will find a single CR2032 battery that powers the illumination system.
The parallax adjustment is situated on the same turret as the illumination. I think that the parallax wheel is impressively smooth and the grip is reassuringly solid. You can adjust your parallax from 10 meters all way up to infinity with virtually a full turn of its knob, providing you maximum flexibility and control over your scope’s focus.
When we look at distances ranging from 100 meters to 10 yards, we need half of the revolution for the short-range target. Its finely adjustable parallax makes this scope optimal for field target or air rifle competitions as you can easily adjust your view to meet the distance required.
The March 10-60×52 offers tactical turrets, with the option of choosing capped turrets. This particular scope features 1/8 MOA clicks and 1/4 MOA marks for further accuracy, as demonstrated in the image below. I believe this is a great solution because the turret is easier to look at. If you have too many small lines, it becomes difficult to discern which position you are in.
Featuring a 10 MOA adjustment in one single rotation, the elevation turret provides an impressive 60 MOAs of overall adjustment – ideal for longer-range shots.
No turn indicator
The turret is of multi-turn type, offering six rotations in total. Unfortunately, there is no turn indicator on the turret, not even a line under the turret that indicates which turn one is currently in. As far as sport shooting is concerned, this is not generally an issue because you have time to count your revolutions. However, I do think that adding a turn indicator would be a great addition overall.
Zeroing the scope and Zero stop function
Setting the zero on the elevation turret is very easy. You can adjust your elevation turret on the range with a few simple steps. Begin by unscrewing the screw located in its centre, then remove and rotate it so that “zero” is facing forward. After pushing down the turret, securely fasten it back into place using the screw– you’re all done! Your new zero setting is now ready for use.
The elevation turret is also equipped with a zero-stop feature, which can be adjusted to any desired setting using the special ring located beneath it.
Let’s say you zeroed your scope on your desired position. You just have to rotate the ring underneath the turret until it reaches its stop, and then screw in the two screws, and your zero stop is set. This way, you will always stop exactly in your position.
I think this design is perfect because you have complete control over where your zero-stop lies. This type of zero stop allows you to select how many clicks below the zero mark you desire. It’s effortless to configure and conveniently stops at the desired number, giving you full control.
Setting the zero stop on both the windage turret and elevation turret is accomplished similarly. The windage turret also has 10 MOA of adjustment for every rotation, making it a multi-type turret. Boasting 60 MOA for the elevation and 40 MOA on the windage turret, this high-magnification rifle scope is custom-made for F-class or field target competitions.
Carefully examining the windage turret, you will spot large and small markings. The smaller digits are adjustments to the left side, while larger figures signify modifications to the right. Both markings are very easy to see, which I think is a great feature.
The clicks on both turrets (windage and elevation) are both tactile and audible, allowing you to feel and hear every single click. The clicks are not as tight as clicks on a capped rifle scope, yet they still provide an enjoyable feel. In my view, these turrets fit perfectly on this type of riflescope.
Tactical VS capped model
To gain a clear understanding of the differences between the tactical and capped 10-60×52 models, let’s take a closer look.
When you look at the capped model, you will notice an alternate type of turret situated beneath the cap. Like on the tactical model, this turret is also outfitted with 1/8-MOA clicks.
The clicks on the capped elevation turret are louder and more distinct than those of its tactical counterpart, providing a much richer auditory experience. Turning them is also tougher; the turrets found on the tactical model spin with ease compared to this one.
Check out our video review, where you can hear the difference in clicks
Similar to the tactical model, zeroing on the capped model remains unchanged. However, with a capped type of turret, there is no zero-stop feature available.
The windage turret on the capped model is the same as the elevation turret, and the clicks are also the same. The sound and feel are identical to those of the elevation turret.
I find that clicks on the capped model are more appealing than those on the tactical model because they provide a more tangible experience. Other than that, these two scopes are identical.
I think it would be a great solution if March could manufacture a tactical 10-60×52 model that features the same clicks as the current capped model. This could prove to be an invaluable solution for many users.
Configuration of rifle scope
The March 10-60×52 is customizable to your preferences. You can select from multiple configurations, such as including or excluding illumination and between 1/8 MOA and 1/4 adjustment clicks. When selecting a reticle, you have the choice to go with 12 illuminated models or 7 non-illuminated ones. You can configure the 10-60×52 riflescope to your shooting demands by selecting a combination that best suits you.
- MTR-1 IL (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- MTR-2 IL (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- MTR-3 IL (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- MTR-4 IL (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- MTR-5 IL (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- MTR-RTM (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- MTR-FT (1/8 MOA)
- 1/16 Dot (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- 1/8 Dot (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- 3/32 Dot (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- Crosshair (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- Di-plex (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- MTR-1 (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- MTR-2 (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- MTR-3 (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- MTR-4 (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- MTR-5 (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- MTR-FT (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
- TR-RTM (1/4 MOA and 1/8 MOA)
The optical performance of the March 10-60×52
The March 10-60×52 features a magnification range from 10x to 60x and a 52mm objective lens. The outside diameter of the objective is 60mm and it has six times zoom factor magnification.
The field of view at the smallest magnification (10x) is 3.49 meters at 100 meters, and at the highest magnification (60x), it’s 0.58 meters at 100 meters.
Boasting an expansive 88-101 millimetre eye relief, the scope is designed with safety in mind even on rifles that produce a hefty recoil. Moreover, its impressive eye box ensures continuity and clarity of vision even when using maximum magnification.
The chromatic aberration is noticeable, but mostly only on a very bright, sunny day and on a white target.
Image quality on March 10-60×52 VS March High Master
As you’d expect, the image quality of March rifle scopes is remarkable; however, it can’t be compared to newer High Master models which contain two super ED lenses.
The 10-60×52 model provides a razor-sharp image, with stunningly realistic colours. Though there is a small amount of chromatic aberration visible when looking at white targets, it doesn’t detract from the overall experience.
Standing out from the High Master series, the objective lens diameter of this scope measures 52 mm, hence providing a tad less light than its counterpart. This slight difference may become noteworthy when you use it in dimmer settings.
The magnification range of this riflescope is impressive – it ranges from 10x to 60x at the turn of a single 180-degree rotation, and its precisely calibrated movements ensure smooth operation. It’s nicely crafted too: although you get a plastic throw lever included in the box, I found that its quality doesn’t quite match up with the rest of the scope. I believe that aluminium is the optimal material for this application. It would provide a much more viable solution.
Installing the throw lever is effortless, as all you need to do is attach it to the small mechanism and clip it on the magnification ring. The throw lever’s design provides a secure fit that won’t move or slip out of place once mounted, making sure your adjustments are made with precision each time. With its easy-to-use setup process, you’ll be able to use this tool in no time.
You can easily adjust the eyepiece with a simple rotation, and a bonus is the counter knob. When you find your desired setting, simply twist this knob to secure it in place – that way there’s no risk of accidentally shifting focus while using it! This feature has been incredibly useful since I rarely have to change my settings once they’re set.
What does the modifier disc do?
When you purchase this riflescope, the modifier disc will come included with your purchase. The modifier disc can drastically reduce the amount of light that enters your scope by about half. With this added protection, it’s now easier to look through since the depth of focus has improved and any mirage effects have been significantly minimized. As a bonus, mounting the disk on the objective will further help you achieve optimal viewing conditions.
To mount the 10-60×52 riflescope onto your rifle, 30mm scope mount rings are essential as that is the size of its central tube. Unfortunately, there is no available model with a rail for mounting this particular scope.
March 10-60×52 price and warranty
If you’re looking for a March 10-60×52 riflescope, the price tag starts at around 3200 euros without illumination – yet, if you opt for illuminated models, that number can go up to about 3500 euros.
All March rifle scopes are guaranteed for 10 years; nevertheless, we haven’t had a single warranty issue since the production process began. We have sold many March riflescopes in that time frame and can confidently assure you of their dependability.
Scope of delivery
In the box you will also receive:
- plastic flip-up covers
- cleaning cloth
- throw lever
- modifier disc which can easily be mounted on the objective
- owner’s manual
- note on how to mount the scope
- warranty card
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I believe that the March 10-60×52 scope is the ideal choice for competitive shooting where you need to adhere to a strict rifle and riflescope weight limit; it’s exceptionally lightweight.
Craftsmanship is evident in this scope. I like that every piece of the construction is well-crafted and exudes quality when handled.
I also like the turrets, they are designed with precision, and the clicks feel exceptionally satisfying. Both the tactile sensations and audibility of each click on both the windage turret and elevation turret are remarkable.
To conclude, the optical quality is excellent. Aside from chromatic aberration, an incredible image can be achieved with this scope.
- great build quality
- nice turrets
- excellent optical quality
If one feature could take this riflescope to the next level, it would have to be a turn indicator on the elevation turret. That’s precisely what I think would need improvement for this scope to reach its ultimate potential.
Many users also opt for a throw lever made of aluminium, as opposed to the plastic one included in the box.
There’s really not much that is not perfect about this scope. I could mention that there is a bit of chromatic aberration, but every other aspect has been crafted with precision.
- no turn indicator
- plastic throw lever
Final Thoughts on the March 10-60×52
The March 10-60×52 riflescope is an exceptional product for any shooter looking for a reliable and well-crafted scope. The lightweight construction means that you don’t have to worry about it weighing down your rifle, while the turrets will give you the necessary accuracy and control when shooting. Additionally, the optical quality of this scope is truly impressive; a great image can be achieved with minimal chromatic aberration.
It is essential to be aware that the scope offers various configurations. You can select between a model with or without illumination, 1/8 and 1/4 click modifications, as well as several reticles for your liking.
This scope offers little to complain about. All in all, this is an excellent choice for competitive shooting in field target F-Class or Benchrest competitions.