The Montana Vintage Arms reproduction of the Winchester B-5 scope brings quality optics and fills the missing link in a variety of restorations or as an upgrade to a modern reproduction of vintage arm from the pre-WWI era. Even better, the optics are much, much better than any original, yet it still offers the old world charm of the straight tube scope with external adjustments.
Originally, these B-5 scopes show up in all kinds of unlikely places such as US Marine-issue M1903 rifles used during the last days of WWI (and pressed back into service early in WWII), as well as a variety of sporting rifles from single shot to bolt actions of many calibers.
MVA offers two versionS of the B-5 scope and the one reviewed here does not offer the wider range of adjustments of its more expensive brother. Yet it offers everything I need for my Ballard .22 LR project including parallax adjustment from 50′ to 200 yards. Another great application for this scope would be on one of the Savage M30 Favorites—and I might just do that.
The 1-piece tube is beautifully blued, the bases are nicely color case hardened and the adjustments work smoothly. It offers decent eye relief, and would be suitable for harder kicking guns than a .22. The scope slides in its mounts under recoil along a fixed track and must be pulled back into position. The “battery stop” can be set by the shooter for the proper field of view. The adjustment hashes on this simpler version move the reticle 1.5 MOA at 100 yards (the more expensive version offers 1/2-MOA adjustments). The reticle can be rotated to center it
I chose to add the optional leather sight covers, to enhance its period look. While I have yet to finish my Ballard, and haven’t field tested the scope, I expect no disappointment. After all, this isn’t 15X Tactical Special with ranging windgauge reticle, it is meant to replicate a period scope. This B-5 does so with much better achromatic-type lenses, coatings and construction than the originals.
By Jeff John
Maker: Montana Vintage Arms
61 Andrea Dr.
Belgrade, MT 59714
Objective Diameter: 3/4″
Eye Relief: 3″
Internal Adj. Range: 12.5 MOA elevation and windage at 100 yards
Click Value: 1.5 MOA
Weight: 13-1/2 ounces
Tube Diameter: 3/4″
Overall Length: 15-1/2″
Reticles: Plain crosshair
$650 (target knobs)
$40 (leather scope covers)
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