As someone who’s spent more time than I’d like to admit with scopes, I’ve got to say, the RS5 has genuinely impressed me with its durable and high-quality design. It’s a solid pick for hunters who brave the early morning chill and long-range shooters who love the thrill of precision.
Our test of the RS5 wasn’t just a quick glance through the lens at the range. We really put this baby through its paces, from windy mornings in the mountains to the nitty-gritty of competitive shooting ranges. This hands-on approach gave us a crystal-clear picture (pun intended!) of what the RS5 is all about.
In this article, I’m going to walk you through everything – from its magnification power to the intuitive features that make it a standout. We’re not just talking specs here; it’s about how this scope performs when it’s actually aiming at a breathing animal or a target at 1000 yards.
And hey, because choosing a scope is no small decision, I’ll also give you some information on what to think about before you click that buy button – things like your use case, budget, and why Maven’s reputation in the scope world really matters. Enjoy the read -we put a lot of work into this HuntersHalt review!
How Do I Rate The Maven RS5 Scope?
For the Maven RS5 scope review, we analyzed 12 aspects of the scope, including the following.
- Magnification Power
- Lens Quality
- Reticle Type
- Durability and Build Quality
- Adjustment Features
- Eye Relief
- Field of View
- Weight and Size
- Compatibility with the Rifle
- Price and Budget
- Brand Reputation
- Scope Use Case
1. Magnification Power
With a 5x-30x magnification range, the RS5 is what you call the perfect example of a mid to long-range scope. This extreme magnification range allows the RS5 to be anything from a hunting scope to a long-range competition scope.
During testing, we found the scope’s lower magnification settings to be impressive, but the picture quality started to fade more than expected as you approached 30x. We found the magnification sweet spot at 20x, which is more than enough for most shooting use cases and hunting scenarios.
2. Lens Quality
The RS5 has extra-low dispersion ED Glass, which is fancy talk for high glass quality that prioritizes optimal light transmission. This really makes a difference for lower magnifications and shooting in low-light conditions.
Overall, we give 9/10 to the RS5’s lens quality.
3. Reticle Type
The RS5 offers four reticle options, including SHR-W (MOA), SHR-MIL, MOA-2, and CFR-MIL, accommodating both MOA and MIL users. The reticle is located on the first focal plane, which could have been expected, considering its long-range scope.
My favorite reticle is the CFR-MIL, which is a MIL Christmas-tree style reticle without a center dot – it provides excellent subtensions for those long-range shots. Pair this with the illuminated reticle feature, and you get one of the best reticles for rifle scopes.
4. Durability and Build Quality
The RS5 is produced in Japan, meaning optical quality is always the number one priority. Its waterproof and fog-proof features and a durable anodized finish.
In your hand, it just feels like you are holding a quality optic. From the elevation and capped windage turret to the magnifcation adjustments, everything is designed to be high-end.
During our tests, we exposed it to some of the harshest conditions we’ve ever tested a scope in, and let me just say this: the scope looked better than I did after that snowstorm!
5. Adjustment Features
As expected in a long-range scope, the Maven RS prioritizes long-range precision – the RS5’s 0.25 MOA or 0.1 MRAD click adjustments.
The addition of a mechanical zero stop ensures consistent accuracy, a must-have for competitive shooters and hunters who rely on precise adjustments. The parallax adjustment is 15y – infinity, and the windage and elevation are 25 MOA per full rotation.
6. Eye Relief
The RS5 offers an eye relief of 4 inches. In my opinion, this is the perfect eye-relief distance for a scope of this caliber. Remember, most long-range rifles are heavy hitters and produce a lot of recoil. Therefore, you need ample eye relief to protect yourself and prevent scope damage. That’s why I believe a 4-inch eye relief is really good.
7. Field of View
The only major disappointment of the Mavin is its narrow field of view, ranging from 23.3ft at 5x to 3.9ft at 30x (at 100 yards). However, I’m not too harsh on the Mavin for this because it is indeed a long-range scope, and precision is a higher priority than situational awareness. Still, I like to see what’s going on around my target even while I’m aiming at it.
8. Weight and Size
There are 35.4 ounces worth of reasons why I called this scope hefty. It’s not the typical rifle scope you mount on your hunting rifle and go hunt elk in the Rockies. No, with a weight of 35.4 ounces and a length of 12.8 inches, you would rather mount this optic on compatible precision rifles and use it for long-range competition shooting.
9. Compatibility with the Rifle
I didn’t really have difficulty in terms of compatibility with rifles. In fact, the RS5’s 34mm tube diameter and flexible mounting options make it compatible with a wide range of rifles.
10. Price and Budget
At a price point of $1,800, the RS5 is a premium scope. Quality comes at a price, but at least you know that when you buy the RS5, you’re buying a feature-rich scope that’ll last you a lifetime – its unconditional lifetime warranty backs this statement.
11. Brand Reputation
Maven’s reputation for quality optics and customer-centric practices adds a layer of trust and reliability to the RS5. Known for its direct-to-consumer model, Maven has garnered respect in the shooting community for its quality and value.
I really have never had problems with them, their customer service is excellent, and their products are impeccable.
12. Scope Use Case
The RS5 ‘s main use case is long-range shooting. Therefore, this scope is perfect for long-range competition shooting and hunting. If you are a casual shooter or medium-range hunter, I would rather look at other optics like the Vortex Viper HS.
What Are The Most Important Factors To Consider Before Buying Maven Scopes?
Before buying the Maven RS5, pay attention to these four factors.
- Use Case: As mentioned, the Maven RS5 is specifically for long-range shooters and hunters. Don’t go buy it if you’re only shooting within 250 yards.
- Magnification: Tying directly to the use case is your magnifcation. If you’re doing long-range shooting, a wide magnification range like the RS5’s 5-30x is ideal.
- Price: With scopes at this price tag, I always ask the potential buyer whether their frequency of use will justify the price tag.
- Brand Reputation: Research Maven’s standing in the market. A brand with a strong reputation is often indicative of quality and reliability, which are critical in high-precision activities like shooting and hunting. While Maven produces high-quality optics, they’re not as popular in the US as brands like Leupold and Vortex.
Is The Maven RS5 Good For Hunters?
The Maven RS5 is a good hunting scope for long-range hunters. The range, clarity, and durability are tailored for the demands of hunting at distances beyond 300 yards. In fact, it’s probably one of the best hunting scopes for long-range hunting I’ve tested.
Do Maven Scopes Have Variable Magnification?
Yes, Maven Scopes like the RS5 offer variable magnification, which is crucial for long-range shooting. However, they do not offer LPVO scopes.
Is The Maven RS5 Optic Worth It For The Cost?
For serious long-range shooters, the RS5 is definitely worth the cost, especially when compared to other scopes in its class. The RS5 is the closest I’ve come to the Zeiss Conquest series, which is one of my favorite series of long-range scopes.
If you’re a budget-conscious buyer looking for something more affordable, I might recommend budget low-light scopes – they’re affordable and excel in low-light conditions.
Does Maven Have A Good Reputation?
Maven has a good reputation. While it isn’t as popular as brands like Vortex and Leupold, Maven is known for producing quality optics that’ll last a lifetime, and their unconditional lifetime warranty stands as a testament to their commitment to quality.
The Bottom Line
The Maven RS5 is more than just a scope; it’s a testament to optical excellence, designed to meet the rigorous demands of modern long-range shooters and hunters. Its blend of clarity, precision, and durability, coupled with Maven’s reputation, makes it one of HuntersHalt’s favorite long-range scopes.