Optic Review: Burris XTR II 1-5x24mm Tactical Scope

    The original Burris XTR 1-4x24mm is one of the best 1-4x tactical scopes on the market. Recently Burris replaced the 1-4x model with a much improved 1-5x24mm XTR Gen 2 model. It’s interesting that Burris elected to use a 1-5x ratio instead of 1-6x like others. The main benefit of featuring a 5x ratio is the price. While a decent 1-6x scope starts at $1000 with the top-end 1-6x models at over $2000. The new Burris XTR II 1-5x24mm tactical scope has a street price of $800, which is just slightly more than the old XTR 1-4x original.



    Burris offers two reticle choices for the XTR II 1-5x24mm model. The Ballistic 5.56 G3 reticle is optimized for the 5.56mm caliber with BDC to 1000 yards. The Ballistic CQ Mil reticle offers plain hashmarks in Mils for any caliber. Burris includes the ballistic info for some of the popular .223 Rem and .308 Win ammo for both reticles here.



    The Burris XTR II 1-5x24mm tactical scope offers a true 1x at the low end. Also new to the 2nd generation of the XTR line is the daylight visible reticle illumination. The illuminated horseshoe and dot at the center is bright enough that I have no problem seeing it even on a very sunny day. The field of view and eyebox are quit good for its price point.



    I found the Burris XTR II 1-5x24mm to be a good all-around performer optically. However, it also has some trade-offs such as its battery life is relatively short and it’s longer length than most of the 1-4x and 1-6x scopes. At over 21 ounces, it a quit heavy for its class. Another change is that it’s now made in the Burris factory in the Philippines instead of the Burris’ Colorado, USA facility like the original XTR 1-4x.



    The T&E sample that I received is the combo package that includes the XTR II 1-5x24mm scope already mounted in Burris PEPR 1-piece 30mm mount. There’s also the Burris FastFire III mini reflex sight attached to the scope with a 45-degree off-set scope tube mount.



    The adjustment turrets don’t have a locking feature but both have zero-stop build-in, which allows quick return to the zero. The adjustment is 1/10 Mil per click. The turrets feel great with a nice positive tactile click to them.



    The Burris XTR II 1-5x24mm tactical scope works great with my testing platform, the Aero Precision M5 AR-10 style rifle with the 16-in medium contour barrel.


    Burris XTR II 1-5x24mm Tactical Scope Specification:

    Magnification: 1x-5x
    Tube size: 30mm
    Objective lens size: 24mm
    Ocular lens size: 44.25mm
    Length: 11.3 inch
    Weight: 21.1 ounch
    Power: 1x CR2032 lithum battery
    Reticle: 2nd focal plant
    Illumination: Daylight visible, 11 levels
    Parallax: Fixed
    Eye Relief: 3.5-4.25 inch
    Exit Pupil: 12-4.8mm
    Field of View: 108-21.5 ft
    Adjustment: 1/10 Mil per click
    Street Price: $800 to $1100 (the combo package as reviewed)


    Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry. Tim’s direct contact: Tyan.TFB -at- gmail.com