First Look: Nightforce SHV Mil-XT Scope

A new MRAD-based reticle for the SHV line of optics.

posted on December 28, 2023
Nightforce SHV Mil-XT Scope

Nightforce Optics has just added an MRAD (milliradian) based reticle, their signature Mil-XT reticle, as an option for the first focal plane scopes in their SHV riflescope lineup. The SHV (Shooter Hunter Varminter) is one of Nightforce’s classic original product lines with scopes that are meant for sport and field use, compared to other scopes made by Nightforce that are better suited for tactical applications. SHV scopes are typically lighter in weight and have simpler reticles and with the new Nightforce SHV 4-14x50mm C694 first focal plane model, shooters have the option of making shots with an MRAD based grid reticle while still maintaining the lighter profile of a field scope.

The Mil-XT reticle has a network of subtensions and stadia lines with holdover points that are intuitive to use. Like most other reticles, most points are spaced apart by 0.2 MRADs to provide precise points and make corrections on the fly much easier. The Mil-XT reticle was originally designed for tactical and competitive shooters but its usefulness can also extend to other shooters too, especially those who don’t do much dialing.

Nightforce SHV 4-14 x 50mm First Focal Plane C694 Specifications:

  • Magnification Range: 4-14X
  • Reticle: Nightforce Mil-XT
  • Focal Plane: First focal plane
  • Main Tube Diameter: 30mm
  • Optic Body Material: 6061 Aluminum
  • Finish: Black
  • Eye Relief: 3.1 inches
  • Overall Length: 14.8 inches
  • Weight: 30 ounces
  • Field Of View: 25.1 feet at 4X, 7.4 feet at 14x
  • Click Value: .1 MRAD
  • Turrets And Rotation: Exposed, counter-clockwise
  • Parallax Adjustment: 25 yards to infinity
  • Internal Adjustment Range: Elevation 27 MRAD, windage 19 MRAD
  • Exit Pupil: 10.8 mm on 4X, 3.3 mm on 14X
  • Illumination: Analog
  • Elevation Feature: Zero set

The new Nightforce SHV Mil-XT 4-14 x 50 FFP C694 riflescope has a retail price of $1,290. To learn more about this scope or other products from Nightforce, please visit


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