When I first looked through a Premier Heritage that a good friend of mine owned, I was blown away with the quality of manufacture and the superb glass. You would expect nothing less from a company with a history like Premier Reticles. Ever since then, I had been keenly interested in their scopes and wished that one day, I too would own one. That day finally came and it became my first “high end” scope. The scope comes with its own scope caps which I thought was a nice touch. They are flip-ups and can be folded down somewhat out of the way and are much better quality than Butler Creeks. My previous scope was what the internet considers a “mid-price-range” (about $1500) scope although I know many people consider that expensive, with scopes you truly get what you pay for.
When I first mounted my new Premier Heritage I could instantly tell the difference in quality of glass and its ability to stay clear even up to 25x, which is extremely beneficial when shooting at ranges exceeding 1000 yards, or trying to properly identify your target. No doubt the large 56mm objective attributes to this, gathering the most light possible. I also decided to go with the Gen2XR reticle, which has mil dots every MRAD and a hash at every 0.5 MRAD along with “Christmas tree” subtensions which aid in holding off for windage while also holding over for elevation. Personally, I don’t use the Christmas tree much since I’m a firm follower of always dialing elevation whenever possible. With that being said, it does help out immensely on some stages in tactical matches that either have an extremely short time limit where holding over would be faster, or the stage prohibits you adjusting your turrets, therefore forcing you to use holds. The reticle is also the perfect thickness for my eyes. I still find it useable at the lowest setting and it doesn’t get too fat at the highest setting, a problem which sometimes plagues other FFP (front/first focal plane) scopes. This means that as you change the power setting, the reticle’s measurements will stay the same. Giving it yet another advantage in long range shooting since your reticle won’t take up as much of the target.
I found that the eye box wasn’t super picky, but it wasn’t the most forgiving eye box that I’ve looked through either and I still find it acceptable. One thing that I noted was that there was minimal (if any) change in eye relief when changing magnification settings. I find this beneficial when changing positions as it mitigates any unneeded straining to get the proper eye relief. By far, my favorite thing about the Premier Heritage 5-25 is the turrets on this thing. For one, they are large and easy to grab under any circumstances and the clicks are the most tactile that I have ever felt. This is huge for me since I am a huge turret snob! I don’t like mushy turrets. Once I felt the Premier’s turrets, it became what I judge all other turrets off of. It also has the “MTC” or More Tactile Click feature which means that every full MRAD the “click” will be more of a “clunk” and you’ll be able to tell physically and audibly. This enables me to sometimes make adjustments without even looking at the turret, using my time instead to scan for the next target as I’m dialing elevation. One downside to the stiffness of the turrets is that after you hit the “clunk” of the full MRAD you sometimes skip over the next 0.1 MRAD ending up on 1.2 MRAD and have to come back 0.1 if you intended on dialing 1.1 MRAD. You can avoid skipping over that next 0.1 MRAD by focusing more on the amount of pressure you apply in turning the turret, but I find it faster to just skip over and come back 0.1.
I’m told that the turret will “wear in” after a while and this won’t be as prevalent as when it is brand new. The turrets also have a “tool less re-zeroing” feature on their turret. All you have to do is pop the tab up, unscrew it a few times to disengage it, move the turret back to zero and spin the tab until you start to feel a little resistance and push it down to lock it. If you can’t push the tab all the way down, loosen it 1/8th of a turn at a time until it sits flush with the top of the turret. When you zero your turret it automatically resets your zero stop, which is 0.5 MRAD down from zero, a feature that I think is great. I find that there’s hardly even a need for a zero stop due to the double turn turret which gives you 15 MRAD on the first rotation and tops out at 28 MRAD on the second turn. That’s more than enough for me! There is also a second turn indicator which is a little stub that pops out.
This scope features a side focus parallax adjustment like many other scopes. The large knob makes it easy to fine tune your adjustments to eliminate any parallax you might have. Its range is from 50m to infinity. However, there are no yardage/meter markings on it, only a scaled bar. Some people don’t mind this but I prefer some sort of reference point for different ranges, even though the advertised markings are rarely right on, due to various environmental conditions but it at least gives you a place to start. This is easily fixed though. You can make some type of markings on the turret to reference off of, or if you don’t want to mark the actual scope itself you can place some tape around it and mark that. The illumination is housed inside the parallax knob which is a nice feature that keeps unnecessary knobs out of the way. You simply pull it out to where you will see it has 11 brightness settings, the lowest ones for night vision compatibility and the higher ones for actual visible illumination.
I found the illumination to be adequate and liked that to push it back into the turret I had to roll it back to the completely off position before I could push it back. This should help deter anyone from accidently leaving their illumination on when not using the rifle and killing the DL2032 3v lithium battery prematurely. Although it does have “off” positions in between the brightness levels, it won’t push in unless it’s all the way back to zero. I would have liked the positions between the brightness levels to have a click or some type of detent but it’s not a huge issue for me and I’m just nit-picking now.
I hope to continue to run the durable 5-25x in matches and possible hunting in the future. It fits all my needs and then some. If you can afford to pay for the Premier, I recommend doing so. You won’t regret it, I know I don’t!