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Power Variability: Variable
Objective Diameter: 44 mm
Length/Weight/Tube Diameter: 13.86 inches/17.11 ounces/1 inch
Field of View: 4.74 – 1.6/degrees
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 90 mm/9.7 – 3.14 mm
Reticle: BDC, ZPlex, German #4, McWhorter HV
Adjustment Info: 1/4 MOA/Click
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Finish: Black Matte
Parallax Setting: 109 yards
Airgun rated: No
Illuminated Reticle: No
Mounting Rings Included: No
Best Uses: Big Game Hunting, Varmint Hunting, Target Shooting, Tactical Use
MeoPro 4.5-14X44 Scope Review
This MeoPro 4.5-14X44 HTR is one of the newer models of the relatively new MeoPro rifle scope series. Keeping objective lens size in the 40-ish range and the versatile 4.5-14X power ranges makes this scope an ideal optic.
To further add to its versatility, it’s the HTR version that makes it an awesome rifle scope no matter what shooting situation you find yourself in – deer stalking, varmint hunting, precision target shooting, tactical training, or playing at the range, this scope is everything you’ll ever need. There’s still more to be said about it online but I predict that this scope will see some high ratings.
For an all-purpose, versatile, and decked-out rifle scope, this is my Meopta pick. The HTR feature was irresistible. Today, rifle scopes are tweaking tactical features to make it more suited for the hunter, so they can appeal to a wider demographic of shooters – and it’s working.
Meopta has followed this trend to create a light-weight, compact, sleek, and high-performing beast – the MeoPro HTR.
Whoa, hold your horses. I can hear exactly what you’re saying and I’m right ahead of you. The question marks you’re gushing all over the place have earned my attention – what is HTR and what is so good about this scope?
The Q&A will have everything you need to know about the heart of Meopta optics.
- HTR model
- Excellent quality glass
- Excellent coating quality
- Parallax side focus
- No illuminated reticle
MeoPro 4.5-14X44 HTR Rifle Scope Q&A:
It can be tricky navigating between all the letters and abbreviations, no – it can be downright confusing. Some websites market this MeoPro scope as the T model or without the T, with the HTR and without the HTR. So, here’s some helpful tid bits to navigate Meopta scope reviews in the future.
There are two MeoPro 4.5-14X44 models. One with the HTR and one without. The one with the HTR is also commonly marketed as the MeoPro 4.5-14X44 T – you can unofficially interchange the T and the HTR for this model.
The T stands for Target, and it also indicates that the scope has MeoTrak TRZ Target turrets. The HTR stands for Hunt, Tactical, Range, and was designed to be suited for all three uses, appropriate for all shooting conditions. So, you can have an HTR model that will always have the TRZ turrets, but you won’t always have an HTR model even if you have TRZ turrets…
Long and confusing story made short – the HTR and T just means you have finger-adjustable, re-settable zero, positive click, numbered, and oversized elevation and windage turrets to make scope adjustments a cake walk.
This model has the BDC reticle that has four lines and two dots on the elevation cross hair to mark for bullet drop at known distances. Basing this reticle on a 100 yard zero, you can get holdover points for 200, 300, 350, 400, 450, and 500 yards.
The two dots on the cross hair are for the 50 yard marks. Another reticle is the all-purpose duplex reticle with thick, tapering cross hairs towards the center. Another is the German #4 that has the thick 3, 6, and 9 o’clock cross hairs while the 12 o’clock is fine. And, last but not least is the McWhorter HV reticle that is specifically designed for a .264 projectile with a ballistic coefficient of .612 at 3225 feet per second (FPS). Pretty spot on!
With specs like this scope has, it’s definitely made for long range hunting. A high maximum ranging power of 14 definitely offers more long range capabilities than the common and popular 3-9X model. So, if you’re wanting to practice and master the art of making long distance shots without dishing the extra cash for a 6-18X model, this is the scope for you.
Yes! This MeoPro does have a third turret to control parallax adjustments – often called a side focus. This turret can adjust for the best focus and eliminate parallax from as close as 30 yards to infinity.
This MeoPro retails on the higher end for most scopes, but has high quality and excellent glass that is on par with its other competing European optics counterparts. While it sells for half the price of theirs, it has the same cost standard as that of Leupold, Nikon, and Vortex.
This particular model comes in at around the $1000 mark for sale online. Recap: Built in America, superior glass, and unequivocal quality – that’s a heck of a good price right there. In fact, it is the scopes great value that earned it a place on our list of the best rifle scopes under $1000. If you’re thinking that you’d like to buy a Meopta scope with a little more swank, then the MeoStar R1r 3-12X56 RD which we reviewed here) costs roughly $1300 for everything it has – significantly less than its comparable buddies from other companies.
Yes, yes, and yes! The MeoPro rifle scope is 100 percent waterproof. It will outlast rain, snow, and humidity, letting nothing into the lens chambers. The lenses have also been coated with MeoShield to protect against scratches and the US military think it’s good enough to pass surface hardness and durability standards.
The fog-proof comes from having nitrogen-filled lens chambers to prevent any condensation and trapped air from obstructing your view. Meopta also promises that your scope will withstand impacts, like those accidental drops in rugged terrain, and that it can hold up to heavy caliber recoil. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be a very good scope now would it?
Unfortunately, this particular model doesn’t. This is quite a disappointment after everything that it comes with. While it’s supposed to be a fancy-schmancy rifle scope, having the option of an illuminated reticle would’ve been the cherry on top of this sundae. Sadly, this sundae isn’t quite complete without its cherry. So, if you are looking specifically for an illuminating rifle scope than you could give the Meopta MeoStar a look, or you could check out some of our other rifle scope reviews here.
- 44 mm objective lens for more low light, light transmission
- Third turret/side focus for parallax correction
- MeoBright and MeoShield for 99.8% light transmission and scratch-proof, military standard quality lens
- MeoTrakTM TRZ Elevation and Windage Turrets
- 100% fully waterproof and fogproof
- MeoQuick fast focus eyepiece for fast target acquisition
- Backed by Meopta’s North American Lifetime Transferable Warranty
- Built in the USA
Our Verdict on the MeoStar MeoPro Rifle Scope
According to the bull’s-eye, the MeoPro 4.5-14X44 HTR rifle scope can land you a perfect grouping every time – if you’re any good. The scope can only do so much for you if you’re not a very good shooter. However, this rifle scope has more than enough features to belie its low price. The only thing that would make this MeoPro sweeter is an illuminated reticle-hint hint, we hope Meopta hears us!
But, don’t be too disappointed. The Meopta MeoStar does have an illuminated reticle. In fact, it actually has more than that. We can’t spill all of the beans right here, else you’d never read the full review. But, trust us, it’s worth your time for all the money you’ll save on this exceptional scope.
To really make our point clear about the value in the MeoPro, check out the awesome Swarovski Optik Z3 4-12X50 BT L rifle scope. We go bananas over the unique turret system, but it also lacks the illuminated reticle like the MeoPro. The MeoPro does have the HTR and MeoTrakTM TRZ turrets, so it’s fair to compare these two side by side. You will have to pay a little more for the Swaro though. What can we say? It’s a Swaro.
Meopta deserves the spotlight. Not just because we’re rooting for them, but because their rifle scopes are awesome-for lack of a better word. They’re exceptional, high quality, and world-choice optics. Give ’em a chance and you’ll be an ecstatic hunter!
- Long range rifle scope
- Second focal plane