Meopta ZD 6-24×56 RD Scope

Meopta ZD 6-24x56 RD

Meopta USA Inc. is now offering a new rifle scope that was specifically designed for long range sniper rifles. Called the ZD 6-24×56 RD scope, this optic offers a wide range of magnification, a new illuminated reticle and a third turret that controls the parallax adjustment from 25m to infinity. This is a second focal plane scope.

This scope offers variable magnification from 6x to 24x. All of the glass that is exposed to air is multi coated to reduce glare and reflection, but still provide 99.8% light transmission for each surface. The exposed lenses are also coated to help prevent scratches and other damage. According to the company, the ZD 6-24×56 RD scope meets the relevant military specifications for surface hardness and durability.┬áThe total light transmission through the scope is about 92%.


As mentioned above, the reticles are illuminated. The company uses an illumination system that offers 256 settings for a range of lighting conditions. The reticle has integrated range finding marks that work with .308 Win and several other cartridges to provide target estimations.

According to the company, the scopes are submersible, fog proof and shock proof. The scope weighs 30.6 ounces. It has a 30mm main tube and is hard anodized with a black finish. Meopta scopes come with a lifetime warranty.

MSRP: $2069.00

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  • BattleshipGrey

    Forgive my ignorance, but I thought mildots were standardized measurements which can be used for range finding and holdovers. Saying the “The reticle has integrated range finding marks that work with .308 Win and several other cartridges to provide target estimations” sounds odd to me if my summary of mildots is correct. I thought it was only BDCs that were optimized for specific calibers.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      This isn’t a mildot reticle, it’s mil hashing. I didn’t look into the full reticle, but I’m assuming it’s not dots spaced at 1 mil each, but hashes and marks at .5″ each at the least. There is a difference for explaining this scope uses milling or this scope has a mildot reticle. Mil-hashing is “gen2” where single spaced dots riding give enough resolution.

      As to the ranging… There are two ways to range with this reticle, the “proper” way where you take your size of the target and divide out the number of mils in the scope it occupies. This requires math.

      And the shortcut way they added to this scope, that they are talking about:

      You see those marks along the lower quadrant? Those are the same height at different ranges. So 18″ or 36″ or 5mils at 100m or whatever and how they would appear at specific ranges. You know it’s supposed to be 36″ (human head to torso) and line up, fits best at the 400y mark – that’s a human 400y away. Simple, but not very accurate unless you are specifically shooting known sized targets and not at angles.

      • Gratefuel Dead

        For all the times I’ve wished you didn’t have a keyboard, you have redeemed yourself with this explanation.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Thanks I guess? I think I currently have 56 hours of long range / precision rifle instruction, so I’m glad I’ve taken something away from it.

      • BattleshipGrey

        Thanks for explaining that. Even though I have a couple scopes, there’s still a lot I have to learn. When I went to the Meopta website I noticed they called it mildot “II” (2) so I wondered if something was up that I’d not heard about.

      • Tritro29

        It only requires a calculator and a logbook at given ranges. You do it once, write the numbers down, and then with basic memory rule, you’ll pretty much learn it every time you shoot. Also Stadia-metric woks pretty much OK for the ammo MEOPTA have chosen. For everything else it is indeed tricky.

        Saying Stadia-metric measurement is “loose”, is absurd, since Mil-dot is basically a different form of stadia-metric range-finding.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          I can use .1 and .2 mils in my reticle which is a calibrated first focal plane scope. So if I bumped my adjustment a little bit, I know it’s still right. Not so for a SFP.

  • MechanizedSwede

    2fp… Nooooope nope nope, just nope

    • JumpIf NotZero

      There are legit reasons to buy a sfp scope. But not at 24x, not with this reticle, not at this price or weight.

  • Will P.

    If I’m going to pay 2k for a scope it needs to at least be FFP(first focal plane), even some of the sub $500 scopes are FFP now.

  • Full Name

    $2069.00 for a 2FP scope?

  • Bobb

    Good luck to them, but the reticle is pretty busy, 2fp is not the most popular and 6-24 isn’t a large magnification range now-a-days, 5-25x is standard and anything more than that is the new stuff.

    So this would have made more sense 15 years ago.

  • Eric B.

    Meopta optics are Czech made and superb. Cabela’s high end optics are made by Meopta.

    But Meopta’s prices are relatively modest when compared to equal quality Zeiss, Swarovski and Leica scopes.

    Battleship, you’re correct, mil “dots” (now usually hash marks) are for use with any rifle cartridge. Whereas “BDC reticles” are extremely limited to be accurate within a specific Altitude Density range and not beyond 400 yards. After that they lie to you.

    My Bushnell ERS 3.5 – 21 x 50 has a Horus H59 reticle, all in mil-radian hash marks on the “Christmas tree”. But I believe the author was misquoting Meopta ad copy which likely said the curved scale on the bottom of the scope view is the range-finding part.