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Power Variability: Variable
Objective Diameter: 44 mm
Length/Weight/Tube Diameter: 14.09 inches/20.46 ounces/1 inch
Field of View: 15.5 – 4.5 feet/100 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 3 inches/2.2 – 6.8 mm
Reticle: Varminter, Dual-X
Adjustment Info: 1/8 MOA/Click
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-coated
Finish: Black Matte
Parallax Setting: Factory-set 150 yards
Airgun rated: No
Illuminated Reticle: No
Mounting Rings Included: No
Best Uses: Big Game Hunting, Varmint Hunting, Target Shooting
Weaver 40/44 Series 6.5-20X44 AO Scope Review
The Weaver 40/44 6.5-20X44 AO rifle scope is a great optic to have if you want everything you need in a scope for under $200. The Varminter reticle is definitely the more popular option over the Dual-X, and is excellent for mid-range hunting. Other hunters think so too, made evident by fantastic rating they have given it.
This model made it into our Weaver line-up because of its economical price, its premium features, and high reviews across the board. In fact, this particular model was one of the only Weaver rifle scopes that I found that had a decent sized crowd buzzing about it online. Now, this isn’t to say that people aren’t crazy about Weaver – they are.
It just seems their tactical ballistic scopes are more popular than their hunting scopes. But, those who give their hunting scopes a try, end up being converted users for life.
But, what exactly is ‘AO’ and the ‘Varminter’ reticle? Let’s get to that in the following Q&A where I’ll also address any other concerns you might have before investing in a new scope.
- Parallax AO
- Long range scope
- Multiple reticles available
- Weather/Shock proof
- No illuminated reticle
40/44 6.5-20X44 AO Rifle Scope Q&A:
Surprisingly, the lenses on this scope come with the best of the best for glass coatings – fully multi-coated optics. In this price range, you’d expect to see coated and fully-coated. Even multi-coated would’ve been a premium feature on this scope. But, Weaver outdid themselves and gave all the 40/44 rifle scopes fully multi-coated lens.
This is also a reason why hunters love the clarity and brightness of Weaver scopes – they don’t skimp on the glass!
This Weaver 40/44 rifle scope has the AO feature, “Adjustable Objectives”, that allow you to rotate the objective bell for better sharpness, clarity, and focus. It puts the reticle in the same plane as the target, which ultimately helps with better focus and eliminates parallax.
Because it has the adjustable focus on the end of the scope, there is no side focus knob – since essentially they have the same function. A disadvantage of having the AO instead of a side focus can be, having to adjust the lens with your hand which can require you to leave your sight picture.
This can give away your position because of the visible movement. But, the advantage is that AO typically gives better sight picture quality, clarity, and sharpness because there’s no extra glass in the tube, as with a side focus at the rear (closest to the shooter’s eye) of the scope.
This particular 40/44 6.5-20X44 AO rifle scope has the Varminter reticle.
It’s a duplex reticle with a filled-in dot in the center.
The second focal plane Varminter reticle has fine cross hairs with the dot being small enough that it won’t obscure the target.
While the dot may be a bit too small for some hunters, at 100 yards it should work just fine for varmint hunting.
The other reticle is the Dual-X which you can check out in the Q&A section here.
This 40/44 rifle scope is shockproof and can withstand recoil while holding its zero. The turrets are consistently described as “stiff”, which helps this compact scope keep you dead-on every time. It’s also fully fog-proof and waterproof.
Weaver’s rifle scopes do come with their Limited Lifetime Warranty. While many hunters have experienced the bureaucratic service of many company’s warranty services, there has been review after review commending Weaver for their no questions asked warranty.
Scopes were repaired, replaced, or credited back to the consumer when issues arose. It seems that Weaver holds up their end of the bargain very well, and for a scope under $250, it’s well worth the buy.
The 40/44 rifle scope has a power range of 6.5-20X. That’s a lot of power for a scope, but in varmint hunting, that’s needed to get the kill zone the first time for small prey from a decent distance. While the quality of glass and maximum magnifying range can’t be compared to a world-class brand of the same power, it’s still really good for a scope in this price range.
Some reviewers have said the image quality is perfect at this scope’s 20X, while there have been only few comments of edge distortion and blur at such high magnifications. Whether or not those flaws can be attributed to user error, is unknown, but it’s more the norm to hear of its surprisingly excellent image quality for this price range versus any complaints of the same.
Unfortunately, the 40/44 rifle scope isn’t made in the USA. While most of Weaver’s glass is made in Japan, this more affordable optic is made in China. While quality remains comparatively the same, producing these scopes in China helps to keep the costs down for the consumer. We still think the scope is excellent value which is why we gave it a spot on our list of the best rifle scopes under $300 – which you can have a look at here.
- 6.5-20X magnification range for ultimate zooming in to get right on target
- Available in Weaver’s Varminter or Dual X reticles
- Fully multi-coated lens for excellent clarity and brightness comparable to other big brands
- Nitrogen purged to for fog-proof capabilities
- Fully waterproof to ensure you can keep hunting, even in the harshest conditions
- Fully shockproof; keeps zero even during heavy and repeated recoil
- 1/8 MOA positive clicks for windage and elevation adjustments
- Backed by Weaver’s lifetime warranty
Our Verdict on the 40/44 Weaver Scope
According to the bull’s-eye, you won’t have any complaints about shot placement with the Weaver 40/44 6.5-20X44 rifle scope. It’s got most of the bells and whistles packaged in a clean and easy-to-use setup. We really had to get downright picky to find a flaw with this scope. The only thing that could make this scope even better is an illuminated option with the Varminter reticle.
If you don’t need this much reach or even the Varminter reticle, then the Weaver Kaspa 3-12X50 rifle scope with the Dual-X reticle will get ‘er done – check it out here. The Kaspa line is dedicated to the camo-dressin’, gun-packin’ fanatic since the official name for this line of rifle scopes is the Kaspa Hunting Series. You’ll also slash the price in half and save some dough.
Another alternative can save you some serious cash. The Barska AO Varmint 4-16X50 rifle scope is pretty comparable in features, however, you might be compromising on quality. But, it’s hard to argue when you don’t have the extra twenties just loitering in your wallet waiting to be spent. You get what you pay for.
Weaver is all about affordability. They try to offer a diverse range of optics that meets the budget needs of hunters without going too cheap on quality. If you need something to last you a couple years with hard recoil and abuse, the Weaver will outlast all other budget brands.