Nightforce SHV 4-14×56 Rifle Scope Review

Hunting, we have been doing this for generations. For some, it’s a sport. For others, it’s a tradition. For some, it’s their way of living. As much as you are trying to call it savage, we are all hunters to some degree. 


Well, I am not here to talk about philosophy. I am here to give you guys Nightforce SYHV 4-14×56 review. A riflescope that will help you enhance your hunting capabilities. Nightforce is a US-based company. But the SHV series is made in Japan. We all know how good Japan is in lens making. 



Nightforce SHV 4-14x56 Review: Specs & Outlooks

Magnification 4 - 14x
Objective Lens 56 mm
Eye Relief 3.6 in
Exit Pupil 12.0 - 3.6 mm
Linear FOV @100 yds 24.9 - 7.3 ft
Length 14.8 Inches
Weight 28.5 Oz

Build Quality

This riflescope from Nightforce is constructed with high-quality aluminum. I don’t know about you guys, but I do hate it when manufacturers don’t disclose the exact material of the construction. I mean, it’s durable build quality, there is nothing to hide. 


Anyway, as I was saying, made out of high-quality aluminum. The main tube is 30mm. The objective lens of this scope is quite big. It’s 56mm. You don’t see that big of an objective lens with this small of a body. That’s a good thing, will talk about that in a bit. 


The body is 100% water and shockproof. You can use it on top of a powerful sniper rifle. Don’t worry, it’s rugged and will take a bit of a hit. As for the design aesthetic, Nightforce went for a matte black finish (nice). This finish makes the scope pop out a bit and stands out among other scopes. 

Lens Quality

Japan knows how to make a good lens. Their companies are known for making some of the best lenses in the market. Nightforce is not a Japan-based company. They are based in the US. SHV is a series that comes straight from Japan. I know anything that comes out of Japan doesn’t become good automatically.


The lenses on this scope are something else. The lenses went through multiple layers of coatings. Making them completely immune to glares. With that huge objective lens, they transmit plenty of light. Creating bright and clear images. 


To make the scope fogproof. The inside of it is nitrogen purged. There aren’t any O-ring sealings present on the scope. Even without them, it’s completely water and fogproof. 


When you calibrate the scope for the first and time and magnify to the max, you will understand what I am talking about. To put it simply, it’s mesmerizing. 


When you first notice the 56mm objective lens, you would think, surely it’s a 24x scope, right? Well, it’s not 24x but it is 14x. Does this make it a bad scope? Hell no. It’s still a great scope. Sure the extra magnification would help to achieve better distance. 


If you are capable of seeing over 700 yards flawlessly with a good field of view. Do you need more than that? If the answer is no, then this is the perfect scope for you. If the answer is yes, then my friend, we have scopes that can shoot over 1000 yards available.


Coming back on topic. Distortion is a big problem for riflescopes. When a riflescope tends to have a high magnification but doesn’t have a big objective lens or good lens coatings. Then the imbalance makes things worse. It will create a blurry image which is known as distortion. Though most of the time it’s not noticeable. But it is noticeable on scopes with bad calibration.


You won’t find any of that here that’s for sure. It’s not even that high magnification. The objective lens and fully multi-coated lenses make Nightforce SHV a perfectly balanced scope. 


This riflescope is available in two reticles. In our Nighforce SHV 4-14×56 review, we have the Non-Illuminated MOAR Reticle. The 4A reticle is only available for the people in Europe. Yes, this riflescope does come with an illuminated reticle version too. That one is a bit heavier and a tad more expensive than the one we have here. 


Yes, an illuminated reticle is the better option. No, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy this or this is a bad riflescope. There are tons of riflescopes out there that doesn’t have an illuminated reticle. Does that make all of them bad scope? Of course, not.


The reticle is on the second focal plane. I would have loved to see this reticle in the first focal plane. This reticle performs quite well in the second focal plane. To the Europeans out there, I recommend you taking this over 4A reticle. This is simply better. I know I have said reticles are subjective but agree with me here alright. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Not even a single bit. 


The turrets on SHV is capped. Capped turrets are more secured than open back turrets. They have lesser chances of moving by accident. You will get typical windage and elevation knobs. Besides them, you will also get a side parallax adjustment. 


The turrets are made out of the same material as the scope. They are durable and won’t move at all. Doesn’t require any tools to operate them either. To make the setup easier, Nightforce includes a manual inside the package. You will also find the manual PDF on their website.

Nightforce SHV 4-14x56 Review Summary

For under $1000, this is an excellent medium to long-range hunting and target shooting scope. I know FFP illuminated reticle would make it better. That would increase the price of this scope by a lot too. 


Considering the incredible value Nightforce SHV 4-14×56 providing, it’s hard to pass.


I hope you enjoyed today’s Nightforce SHV 4-14×56 review. I know I will sound like a sellout YouTuber, but if you are looking for more scope and other hunting gear reviews. Make sure to check my other reviews and come back later for more surprises. If you have any questions left, feel free to ask them down below. Till next time. 

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