Swarovski CBT Turrets and EL Range Binocs

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The new Custom Ballistic Turret for Swarovski Ballistic Turret Scopes lets you dial in the shooting distance for your specific load.

The new Custom Ballistic Turret for Swarovski Ballistic Turret Scopes lets you dial in the shooting distance for your specific load.

When you order the $99 Custom Ballistic Turret, Swarovski makes it for your exact load based on the ballistic information you provide.

When you order the $99 Custom Ballistic Turret, Swarovski makes it for your exact load based on the ballistic information you provide.

These are all the parts to the Custom Ballistic Turret.

These are all the parts to the Custom Ballistic Turret.

After re-zeroing your scope with the new turret, zero the turret so the range increments on it are correct.

After re-zeroing your scope with the new turret, zero the turret so the range increments on it are correct.

The laser rangefinding EL Range is next to an ordinary open-bridge Swarovski. Can you tell the difference? If so, please tell the author because he can’t remember which was which to caption this photo.

The laser rangefinding EL Range is next to an ordinary open-bridge Swarovski. Can you tell the difference? If so, please tell the author because he can’t remember which was which to caption this photo.

There is no external laser emitter or receiver on the EL Range. The laser leaves one barrel and returns to the other to range objects as far as 1500 yards.

There is no external laser emitter or receiver on the EL Range. The laser leaves one barrel and returns to the other to range objects as far as 1500 yards.

By Scott Mayer

Swarovski Optik North America
http://www.swarovskioptik.us/

I did a study not to long ago tracing the average group size of Remington Model 700 rifles over the past 50 years and found that, at least for Remington 700s, factory, centerfire, bolt-action rifles have become progressively more accurate. It’s no wonder, then, that everyone seems to want to shoot at longer and longer ranges. Scope manufacturers are doing everything they can to make long range shooting easier, and Swarovski is no exception. This year they showed a neat little replacement turret cap called a Custom Ballistic Turret that for $99 turns any Swarovski ballistic turret scopes into a long range marvel.

The way these custom turrets work is simple. You call or email Swarovski with the ballistic information for your load, tell them what increments you want the turret calibrated, and they fabricate this little ring that you install on your top scope adjustment turret. Once you get the new turret parts, install them and re-zero the scope with the Custom Ballistic Turret in place, set the turret to zero, and that’s it—you’re good to go for long range shooting. Want to shoot something at 650 yards? Crank the dial to 650. It’s that easy.

Swarovski’s custom turrets are very much like the ones Leupold offers. The big difference is that Swarovski lets you choose any distances you want for your load, so long as the necessary adjustment does not exceed one full revolution of the turret.

At the Swarovski booth, my friend Dean Capuano showed me their new 8×42 EL Range binocular. There is also a 10×42 EL Range, but this one looked a lot like every other open-bridge 8×42 Swarovski. The only difference I could see was a pair of small lobes hanging from the barrels that I thought he was going to tell me were some new ergonomic feature. When he started mentioning a laser I had to stop him and make sure he was telling me about the new binocular. Well, it turns out that my brain was not considering the “Range” moniker, only the visual input that I was getting. I thought I was looking at a binocular.

The EL Range is a laser rangefinding binocular and it looks so much like an ordinary binocular it fooled me. There is no outside laser emitter or receiver that you can see. The laser leaves one barrel of the bino and returns to the other to range objects as far as 1500 depending on how reflective it is. At $2869 an EL Range isn’t cheap, but for those who can afford it, it’s going to be worth the price for several reasons. First, by combining a bino and a rangefinder you have one less piece of equipment to take afield. Second, it’s the same size as ordinary 8×42 binoculars (really), and finally, they’re Swarovskis. I know that may sound a little haughty, but if you’ve never used one of the high-end brands of optics afield, you really can’t appreciate what you’re missing. There really is that big of a difference.

http://www.swarovskioptik.us/

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  • adam October 3, 2013, 10:00 am

    hi from where can i buy the Custom Ballistic Turret for Swarovski ? beside swarovski website

  • Robert R January 23, 2012, 1:26 am

    Also as for which one is left/right. GC has it right but I’d like to mention the little rubber spot on the bridge just below the knurled main adjustment is your rangefinder button. I looked at them several times at the Dallas show and couldn’t find the ‘on’ button. Finally asked and then felt really silly for not seeing it. They are a very nice ‘tool’ that’s for sure.

  • Garry C. January 20, 2012, 8:51 pm

    Why would one pay $1500.00 for fine optics then hamstring it with a load specific turret?
    Simple MOA or MIL turrets and a range card will gets you there, with flexibility to change & tune loads and bullets and swap rifles if needed…
    Both will still need a rangefinder.

    • Robert R January 23, 2012, 1:22 am

      There are some of us who have a number of these scopes on specific rifles where we do shoot the same load for the same game on a regular basis. There is no need to experiment with ‘new’ loads if the one you have does the job for you. Thus this is a great idea. It keeps it clean and neat with no ‘note sheet’ to figure out where to hold when you don’t have time to drag it out and figure out what to do. You simply turn it to the right yardage and let it rip. I’ll be ordering one for a 6-18×50 AV that has a ballistic turret on it that I use for my 243 coyote rifle and I’ll be ordering one for the z6i 3-18×50 that is on the 270 wby. The rest I’ll leave the ‘adjustable’ rings on where I can set them up for different loads and distances if I so choose to.

      Best of the West has been featuring this style turret on their scopes for years. The Outdoorsman was making a similar turret cap for the Swarovskis but their price was $200. At $99 Swarovski just cut the price in half and you’re getting OEM parts.

  • thomas carne January 20, 2012, 3:13 pm

    Leupold, are you listening? Premier Reticles beats all these brands although Swarvoski is a leader and so is Leupold. They all need a good set of ears, if there is still room to improve.

  • Scott Mayer January 20, 2012, 1:02 pm

    Awesome! Thanks.

  • GC January 20, 2012, 10:46 am

    EL Range is to the left. The knurled adjusters are the determining feature.

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