Nikko Stirling Diamond FFP First Focal Plane rifle scope review
Ryan Charlton of distributor Highland Outdoors has used the 4-16×44 scope he sells with half mil-dot reticle on his own rimfire. He says he has had hits out to 300 yards using a combination of dialling in holdover and using the reticle as his aim point.
There are plenty of precision scopes for centrefire rifles, but what if you want the same degree of accuracy in a rimfire or airgun scope and still pay less than £500?
Ryan recommends you take a look at the Nikko Stirling Diamond FFP, or ‘First Focal Plane’ scope.
Japanese optics manufacturer Nikko Stirling is not in the top ten of riflescope makers that Fieldsports Channel viewers use, but those who do like it for its value for money. We surveyed 3,500 Fieldsports Channel viewers in March 2020 and produced this report on riflescopes.
David from the UK has a 20-year-old Nikko Stirling and he says, "It's a great old scope that just works".
Robert from the UK has a Nikko Stirling GameKing on his Howa 1500, which he uses for foxshooting. He says the improvement he would make to it is thinner wires in its reticle.
Daniel from the UK has a Nikko Stirling Diamond LR on his Howa 1500, which he uses for foxshooting. He says it is, "poor in low light. Very good with night vision, though."
Viewer Peter from GB has the Nikko Sterling Diamond scope on his Ruger and gives it the highest 5 star rating for ease of use, reliability and value for money.
It comes in 30mm and 34mm tube variants – either 4-16×44 or 6-24×50. There’s a choice of illuminated reticles too – either the precision rifle reticle, or a half mil-dot reticle.
“What really sets this scope apart is the distance you can adjust the parallax down to. It dials all the way down to 10 yards,” says Ryan. “That makes it ideal for a rimfire or airgun, or people who are using digital rear add-on night vision.”
So why use a First Focal Plane scope? “With FFP, when you adjust the magnification you zoom in or out of the reticle as well as the image – the two stay in proportion. So your hold points remain the same regardless of magnification,” Ryan explains. “That makes the scope very easy to use. If you want to raise your aim by half a mil, you dial in 0.5 on the turret and the job’s done, whatever magnification you’re using.”
The turrets are calibrated at 1/10th mil clicks, and you simply lift them up to adjust. “Nice positive clicks too,” comments Ryan. There are other useful features too, such as the reference point on the magnification ring, which is easy to feel with thumb or finger.
There are many more great scopes in the Nikko Stirling Diamond range, but these two are well worth a look for a rimfire or airgun. Prices are £386.99 for the 4-16×44, and £450.99 for the 6-24×50.