As the Riton 1 Conquer 6-24×50 scope proves, “entry-level” doesn’t mean compromising. Riton packs a lot of features and quality into their scopes, making them a great choice for anyone wanting exceptional optics at a reasonable price. Riton was founded on the philosophy of providing quality optics and service. The Conquer range includes the 1 Conquer as the base, with the 7 Conquer being the top-tier optic. And as I looked over their website, I noticed that many of the features found on their top-of-the-line models trickled down to their least expensive scopes. That’s not to say that they have the same glass and construction, but they’ve applied as much of their know-how and manufacturing processes as possible to produce a surprisingly good scope for the money. These days, a good value is hard to find, so it’s definitely nice to get more than your money’s worth.
Riton 1 Conquer 6-24×50 features
Right off, you’ll notice the included integrated throw lever. It’s removable, should you decide to add an aftermarket one, but it works well enough that I wouldn’t bother. Next are the Riton R3 Zero Stop turrets. Their engravings are as visible as their clicks are audible/tactile. On the left side is the parallax adjustment, which goes from 0 to infinity. You’ll also notice flip-up covers are included as well. Less obvious is the fast-focus eyepiece, as it’s hidden by the rear cover. I’ll get into the features a bit more after the specifications.
Riton 1 Conquer 6-24×50 specifications
As the name would imply, the Riton 1 Conquer 6-24×50 has a magnification range of 6x to 24x, with a 50mm objective lens. Field of view at 100 yards is 16.8 feet at the short end, and 4.4 feet at full magnification. The lens coatings are described as fully multi-coated, full wide band, waterproof coated, low light enhancement. Housed inside the 6061-T6 aluminum body with 1″ tube is the R3 ranging reticle. Adjustments values for the R3 turrets are 1/4 MOA per click, at 100 yards. Total range of elevation adjustment is 67 MOA. Overall length is 14 inches, and weight is 24 ounces.
Important numbers to note are the 3.9 inch eye relief, and an exit pupil which varies from 8.2mm to 2.1mm as the magnification increases.
Mounting and zeroing
My local shop had a limited selection of rings when the Riton 1 Conquer 6-24×50 arrived, but I found some medium height rings and installed it on a Ruger American Rimfire in .17 HMR. That was the first of several rifles it was tested on. It eventually found a home on the Ruger LRT (Long Range Target), which seemed like a great match. But if you’re wondering why the photos show it mounted on different rifles, now you know.
My magnetic laser bore sighter is set up for a 25 yard zero, which is a two-minute job to set up at home. From there, it usually only takes a few shots and a handful of clicks to set a 50 yard zero, since most of our rimfire shooting is done with subsonic ammo at that distance. Once the zero is set, use the included wrench to remove the turret, and reinstall with the engraved 0 on the turret lined up with the engraved line for zero on the scope.
I was unemployed for the entire summer, which meant a lot of shooting. Usually, I’m happy to go shooting one or both weekend days. But I got plenty of trigger time in during the week. So the Riton 1 Conquer 6-24×50 got quite the workout. Dialed down around 8-12x, I used it on our Throom plate rack. Then I cranked it up to 20-24x for the KYL rack. Making adjustments was easy, as the integrated lever is small, but the motion is smoother than expected. I’m a bit undecided on the unmarked parallax adjustment. Admittedly, I don’t look at the distance most of the time, so I don’t really miss the numbers. But compensating for bullet drop is easier when I know how far away my target is.
Since I have several scopes that get swapped around to different rifles, I feel like it’s difficult to choose a favorite reticle. But I do like the R3 reticle, as it’s easy to put that center dot on my target. And I quickly learned to use the hash marks on the reticle to compensate for drop and wind, although I didn’t really encounter many windy days. Despite using relying on them, I still made sure to check the tracking on the turrets, and found them reliable. I haven’t had a bad scope in ages, so this test is valid, but I would be truly surprised if a scope didn’t track well. Maybe I’m just spoiled.
For a scope that carries a $325.99 MSRP, optical clarity is fine. For the actual retail price they sell for, it’s great. As a photographer, I have a preference for very good glass. And I’m not going to expect a sub-$300 scope to be as nice as a $1,000+ camera lens. The color is fine, the sharpness is more than acceptable. On the low end, images are crisp. By the time it’s at full magnification, I felt like the edges were getting soft. But I’m not taking photos with this, so edge sharpness is less critical to me. It’s still sharp in the center.
What did give me some trouble was the eye relief. I would sometimes lose the image completely at higher magnifications, which was a bit annoying. This mostly happened when shooting from a table. From my shooting bench, it wasn’t much of a concern. While not necessarily a function of the scope itself, the 3.9-inch eye relief is a little longer than some of my other scopes. Obviously, the solution is to mount it on one rifle with the correct length of pull and cheek rest height. But swapping from rifle to rifle, and using it on fixed stocks, this came up once in a while.
Optically and mechanically, the Riton 1 Conquer 6-24×50 did not disappoint. Glass was more than good enough for my needs. The turrets and reticle make adjustments quick, easy, and predictable. The inclusion of the throw lever and flip-up covers add some value, saving buyers an additional $50 or so. Same with the 1″ tube, as rings in that size are usually a little less than their 30mm counterparts. While that may not seem like a big deal, it is to anyone on a budget looking to get into some higher magnification. I would love a $2,000 scope, but I know it won’t make me a better shooter. So I look for optics that provide really good value, at a reasonable price point.
How reasonable? Well, the MSRP range is $325.99 to $409.99, depending on whether you opt for the SFP or FFP version. With some patience, it can be found for around $100 less. Suddenly, the Riton 1 Conquer 6-24×50 is looking like a smoking hot deal when you need to stretch your budget. You can afford a scope and ammo! To top it off, Riton offers their Unlimited Lifetime Warranty. No registration or proof of purchase required. If you have an issue, they’ll replace it. To me, this makes them virtually risk-free for a couple of reasons. First, you’re always covered if something goes wrong. Second, the added value of that warranty generally means that should you decide to upgrade, you won’t lose much selling your scope. The new owner gets the same warranty.
The fine print
Riton provided their Riton 1 Conquer 6-24×50 for my testing and evaluation, at my request. I’m active on a few enthusiast sites, and there are always questions about optics. When I saw the retail price of this scope, I knew that I would have to try it out, and see if it was a good value worth recommending. After many months with it, and in excess of 1,000 rounds, I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest it, especially when I have seen it for as little as $218. At that price, it’s tough to beat.
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