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Burris Fullfield 2 3-9X40mm Rifle Scope Review (Ballistic Plex Reticle)

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burris 3-9-x-40mm fullfield ii ballistic plex riflescope
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Magnification: 3-9X
Power Variability: Variable
Objective Diameter: 40 mm
Length/Weight/Tube Diameter: 12.2 inches/13 ounces/1 inch
Field of View: 33 - 13 feet/100 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 3.1 - 3.8 inches/13 - 5 mm
Reticle: Plex, Ballistic Plex
Adjustment Info: 1/4 MOA/Click
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Finish: Black Matte, Nickel
Waterproof/Shockproof: Yes/Yes
Parallax Setting: 100 yards
Airgun rated: No
Illuminated Reticle: No
Mounting Rings Included: No

Best Uses: Big Game Hunting, Varmint Hunting, Target Shooting, Tactical Use

Burris Fullfield II 3-9x40

The Burris Fullfield II 3-9X40 mm rifle scope with Ballistic Plex reticle is your varmint and small game, predator, or African plains hunting rifle scope. It'll take you from the hot sands of the African deserts to the tundras of Alaska and back. It has a great rating and plenty of customers have given it a top mark.

Online there's dozens of people sharing their opinion about this roughly $180 scope. If you want a highly recommended and inexpensive Burris rifle scope, you've hit the jackpot.

If you have a bigger budget and are looking for something that suits long range then you must check out the Burris RT-25 5-25x56 scope, its great value.

Honestly, this rifle scope wasn't in my original list for review. In fact, I nearly dropped the newer Droptine from our Burris line-up, just to include this older, more tried, and maybe soon to-be-outdated scope, but then I thought "why not just throw them both in?".

There was compelling evidence for me to review this rifle scope, and exhibit A was a forum that had almost 300 reviews of the Fullfield II, with a superb rating of 4.6/5. You'll also keep seeing this specific model pop up all over the place when you're looking for the best Burris rifle scopes. So in the end, I couldn't deny the high praises of the strong Fullfield community that stands behind the cheap-priced but quality scope.

Sometimes "old school" is what's cool.

So, what has everyone all excited about the Fullfield II? The Q&A will answer your questions and anything else you mightn't have thought to ask.


  • Price
  • Ballistic reticle available
  • Weather and shockproof
  • Lightweight
  • Compact


  • Integrative focus/power ring

Fullfield II 3-9X40 Rifle Scope Q&A:

Will the Fullfield II hold up to recoil?

Not just the Fullfield II, but all of Burris' rifle scopes are made with a dual spring system for ultimate recoil control. The typical system in most conventional rifle scopes is the single leaf spring system that has served the hunting and shooting community well over the years. But, these bad boys have double spring tension assemblies that have been tried, tested, and put through the ringer.

So, will it hold up on hundreds of rounds on your AR or your .300 Savage - yes! In fact, if you're shooting anything less powerful than a limb-ripping .50 BMG, you know - the .50 Browning Machine Gun bullet that was designed to take down military tanks, you're covered.

BURRIS FullField II 3-9x40 Scope, Ballistic Plex Reticle, Matte Black (200162)
  • Popular and premium traditional hunting scope at an affordable price; High-grade optical glass provides excellent brightness and clarity with lasting durability
  • Quality, precision-ground lenses are larger than those of comparable scopes, for better light transmission; Index-matched, Hi-Lume multicoating aids in low-light...

Where are Burris rifle scopes made?

While Burris Optics is an American company, they went through a difficult economic time during the first decade of the 21st century. While labor, raw materials, and plant costs rose over 40 percent during this time, they kept their cheaper line of scopes, including the Fullfield II series, in the affordable price range of around $200. They were forced to either reduce the quality of the scopes or discontinue the cheaper lines altogether.

Neither was an acceptable option, so they kept the same quality standards and outsourced the manufacturing to the Philippines. Quality control, final testing, packaging, final inspection, and customer service and warranty fulfillment is all still completed out of their headquarters in Colorado, USA.

What are the differences between the Fullfield II and the Fullfield E1?

Ballistic Plex Reticle
Burris's Ballistic Plex Reticle (Image Credit - Burris)

The Fullfield series is the bread and butter line of rifle scopes for Burris. They're affordable, equipped with enough bells and whistles, and they have enough of an established consumer base that can spread the word on what's good and what's not.

The Fullfield E1 is the newest series addition to the Fullfield line. The E1 has the larger and very accentuated grooves in the turrets for easier gripping. The other difference is noted in its name - E1, which stands for Enhanced 1 reticle.

It's very different, and it has a set up better suited for cross wind trajectories. However, I think the downside as to why people aren't crazy about the E1 reticle is because it doesn't go right to the edges of the field of view. The Fullfield II that has the Ballistic Plex reticle keeps it simple and non-distracting.

The Fullfield also costs a bit less. Almost everything else is the same. The other differences will be discussed in the following questions.

How is the power ring and eyepiece set up on the Fullfield II?

This Burris scope must have an old school style set up where the eyepiece and power ring are one in the same. Burris says this feature is a simple and integrative system, but it must be outdated because I've never come across this before.

I can see how this "integrative system" can be troublesome every time caps are put on or taken off or focus changes slightly because of zooming changes. But, the upside to the fast focus eyepiece is it's capable of fast target acquisition each time you change the power range.

But, because of the fast focus eyepiece you can't lock it into place to keep your focus which can be cumbersome if it gets out of focus every time you change zooming power. Hmm, vicious cycle...

This is a very different system compared to the separate eyepiece for focus and the power ring for magnifying range being two separate parts that is the norm and the standard today. So, it just depends on how much this is going to be an issue for you. With all the raving reviews online, it doesn't seem to bother most people.

burris fullfield 2 3-9X40 nickel finish
Image Credit - Burris

Does this scope have zero-reset turrets?

This Burris rifle scope is not marketed to have zero reset turrets per se, but according to their User Guides, you can reset your zero after you've sighted in with the Fullfield II rifle scope. Though, what's interesting about the E1 is since it has the very nice, large, and knurly turrets, you'd think you'd be able to reset your zero easily.

Unfortunately, it seems they're either too stiff to reset or just plain won't do it. Boo.

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Noteworthy Features:

  • 3-9X zoom for the most common power for versatile hunting conditions
  • Plex or Ballistic Plex available
  • Access to the new Burris Ballistics Tools online software
  • Simple and integrative one-piece focus and power ring
  • Waterproof and fog-proof with quad-seal gas rings for superior durability
  • Light-weight at only 13 ounces, and 12 inches long to fit most mounting systems
  • Burris' HiLume Multi-coated lens for ultimate clarity and light transmission
  • Recoil-proof with double spring tension assembly to keep your zero even under heavy recoil and shock
  • Suitable for varmint, predator, and African plains hunting
  • Backed by Burris Forever Warranty

Our Verdict On The Fullfield 2 Scope

According to the bull's-eye, the Burris Fullfield II will land you in the inner bull's-eye. It's a very popular scope for very good reason. If you can get past the focus and power ring being one and the same, you'll be a converted fan too. We are already converted, that is why the Fullfield earned its place in our line-up of the best rifle scopes under $200.

However, to go the normal route of a separate focus and power ring, you'll want the Burris Droptine 3-9X40 scope. There's not much difference when it comes to price, but you might want to check out its knurly turrets! It's a neat, entry-level, all-purpose scope for the field.

You could always have a look at what the Redfield Revolution 3-9X40 sports. It has some neat features that might just rob you away from buying a Burris. But, hey! Having options when it comes to choosing your rifle scope is the name of the game, right?

Burris caters to quality, and quality caters to hunters. In the food chain, Burris is at the top. With their scopes, they'll help you fill your tag, fill your hunting fix, and fill your tummy. You'll be full and sated until next hunting season. We guess that's why it's called a Fullfield right? Not really, but good enough.

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Simon Cuthbert - Founder

Simon is an avid outdoor enthusiast and the founder of Target Tamers. He is passionate about bringing you the most up to date, accurate & understandable information on sports optics of all kinds and for all applications. Simon has contributed to notable publications online and teaches beginners the technical side of optics through his extensive library of optics guides.

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