Technology has a way of working into every aspect of our lives. Years ago, while touring an optics manufacturer, I was told that electronics would become standard equipment in riflescopes. At the time, I thought it was a bit crazy, but it wasn’t long after that I saw it happening before my eyes.
Burris has a long history of manufacturing quality optics in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. After several encounters with their products over my many years in the shooting arena, I have only good things to say about Burris. Since they have recently joined forces with Steiner, I can only expect things to improve.
The Veracity has been a Burris premium hunting riflescope for some time now, but the PH model introduces an incredible new bit of technology. The base of the riflescope is the Burris 4-20x50 model, which uses a 30mm tube with a first focal plane reticle. The PH model is marketed for the long-range hunter, offering high quality optics with an adjustable parallax and illuminated reticle. The reticle itself features several ballistic properties to aid corrective windage holds and elevation, to a lesser degree.
But what really sets the Veracity PH apart is the inside electronics. The scope’s built-in Heads-Up Display (HUD) shows the shooter several ballistic data points on a digital display inside the scope. The HUD shows the elevation setting reflected on the turret, as well as wind holds based on wind speeds that the user can input. It also features a digital bubble level to indicate if the rifle is canted before firing.
All these features and more are controlled with a free smartphone app. The Burris Connect App allows you to select and adjust ballistic profiles for the rifle you are shooting, and the information is uploaded to the PĒK (Programmable Elevation Knob) with the touch of a button.
Unboxing the riflescope
I was looking forward to the arrival of this scope, so I quickly tore into the package to get my hands on it. My first impression was a good one. In the past, I’ve seen many riflescopes with electronics end up looking like something from a bad ’80s sci-fi film. But the Veracity looks like a regular handsome riflescope.
The slightly larger elevation turret sits above the erector and the capped windage turret off to the right side. The parallax adjustment is on the left, as most of us are used to, and the rheostat for the elevation outside of that.
Like a child on Christmas, I immediately started touching and turning everything on the scope. The elevation turret was a bit stiff for my taste, but everything else felt great. I peeked out from my backyard at the towering Rocky Mountains beyond to see how the optical quality fared, and I was again quite pleased with what I saw.
Burris had done some preparation on these before shipping, with little notification cards in all the right places to stop guys like me from breaking something before reading the directions. I found a set of batteries that came with the scope, and it was time to get this thing mounted.
I followed the directions to install the two batteries in the housing, and then set to mounting the scope on my Desert Tech SRS M2. I opted to use a Nightforce one-piece mount, which was a touch taller than I would have liked but would work for testing.
I leveled the scope as I usually do and torqued the scope rings down. I fired up the HUD on the Veracity to see how it looked, and it was neat to have the information displayed while I looked at the mountain. I did a quick bore-sight job to get the rifle ready for the range and loaded up my gear.
Before I left, I downloaded the Burris Connect app and played with it for a minute. It was easy to download a ballistic profile similar to the ammunition I was shooting, something I would later adjust where I could true the data with actual confirmation. With the scope updated and everything in the truck, I headed into the snowy mountains.
Shooting with the Veracity PH
Once in my shooting position, I centered the rifle on my 100-yard target. The 4-20 power range is great in my opinion for a hunting scope, enough power to look at something way out there, but also low enough to see a deer sneaking through the trees 50 yards away. With the power set at 20, I fired a few shots to get a zero.
After a couple of adjustments, I had a solid zero starting point, so I slipped the PĒK turret back to zero and opened the app. With the touch of a button, I was able to zero the HUD setting. I also decide to switch the HUD output to show the equivalent distance instead of the MOA dialed. Normally I don’t care for “dial the distance” systems, but with the ability to adjust the ballistic information to match the atmospheric conditions around me, I felt confident.
While I had the app open, I re-zeroed the bubble level according to my actual bubble level and updated the scope one last time before cutting the Bluetooth connection.
I picked out a suitable target up the slope above me and settled behind the rifle, looking through the Veracity. I had ranged the target at 380 yards with my binoculars, so I dialed up the turret until it read 380 yards in my HUD inside the scope. I fired a shot and watched the impact through the scope.
I repeated the process again at 610 yards, and again at 690 yards. During these shots I noticed some small deviations from my point of aim, which prompted me to again open the app and adjust a few of the data points. After a few hit-and-miss trials, I found that the drop lined up dangerously close all the way out to 1,000 yards.
I was quite impressed with the performance of the Veracity PH scope. After truing the ballistic data, I found it to be very suitable for long-range hunting, and the ability to update things like density altitude (DA) and actual muzzle velocities are key to shooting well at those distances.
I was surprised there were no clicks on the elevation turret, but the sensor inside is sensitive down to 1/10 MOA, so clicks aren’t really needed for anything here. The wind MOA reticle was handy for holding wind corrections at further distances – I wish it had as many elevation subtensions as it does windage, but it worked fine.
I also wouldn’t have minded an MRAD version of the scope, but MOA seems to be more popular with hunters, so that makes sense. With lots of included accessories like flip-caps, batteries, and a sunshade, I think the Burris Veracity PH is a great deal for its $999 street price.
The Veracity PH is a great choice for someone who is serious about long-range hunting. It has plenty of useful tools that will help you make fast shots at longer ranges, and it will reduce the number of steps between finding your target and shooting it.
All this innovation is refreshing, especially coming from a company that manufactures its products right here in America. The few gripes I’ve mentioned about the scope are hardly worthy of passing on all the good this scope has to offer. I’m excited to see what the next step will bring. and I’m glad Burris is involved.