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Riton Optics: The Right Stuff
Want a riflescope that will work in good or bad lighting and be able to engage game from the muzzle of the rifle out to 300 yards, maybe a bit more? Check out the Riton RT-S Mod 7 1-8x28IR-H.

This is quite a scope. Very impressive in many ways. Let me count them.

With a variable power range of 1x to 8x, this model is valid for virtually all conditions encountered on hunts around the world. Whether the hunt is for the big stuff in Africa, a deer in the dark woods or open sage, or elk across a canyon, the hunter is not ill equipped with this instrument.

SMALL CALIBER BLASTING with Riton scope proved to be both fun and effective. Here, author uses the Riton RT-S Mod 7 1-8x28IR-H scope atop an AR in 5.56mm.

Many hunters prefer variable scopes that go to higher magnification for general hunting or specific applications, and Riton makes them (I’ll be taking a look at their RT-S Mod 5 4-16x50 Wide FOV later on).

The RT-S Mod 7 1-8x28IR-H is intended to be credible for dangerous game hunting, as well as other game globally. The folks at Riton had an assist from fellow scribe Craig Boddington in its design. The result answers the requirements of a dangerous game scope and a whole lot more. In fact, it could be considered an all-around scope, should someone want to suggest it.

When a scope is configured to work effectively for dangerous game, it is logical to put it on a rifle designed for such things. So, I put the Riton RT-S Mod 7 1-8x28IR-H scope atop a .460 Weatherby Magnum and blasted away.

Every time I feel the maiden’s caress of a .460 Weatherby Mag. pushing against my shoulder, I remember those many days when Roy Weatherby and I would sit in his office in South Gate or home in nearby Downey, talking about guns, ammo and hunting.

There was no question that personally, he liked the .378 better than the .460, but truth is that he thought both were pretty much unnecessary. The .460 may not have been his favorite, however, of the big Weatherby cartridges, it certainly is mine. But I digress.

After quickly boresighting the rig, two shots and it was “walked” to put the bullet a couple of inches or so low at 25 yards. Then it was out to 100 yards for fine-tuning.

Lots of twisting knobs and deliberately walking the bullet holes from here to there on the target at will was both fun and effective. This scope tracked virtually perfectly, which is a good sign. It means the innards are precise enough for repeatable adjustment.

RITON SCOPE WORKED great atop a .460 Weatherby Magnum rifle, as the author shows here. This scope works for everything from small game to the biggest stuff on the planet.

Such attention to detail in this regard bespeaks overall quality in both design and production.

I was able to move the point of impact both precisely and significantly (lots of inches) in all directions. This no doubt is due to the fact that this model has a 34mm main tube, which allows for a whole bunch of adjustment.

The reticle with lighted center dot when desired is something to talk about because it is the kind I have liked since scopes first started being equipped with such kinds of reticles.

It is kind of a combination of the old German three-post concept combined with bullet drop hash marks, with the center dot thrown in for good measure. Such a scope is both quick to use and a joy when lighting is bad or when the game animal is dark, in the shade and/or standing in front of a dark background.

After having all the fun I could think up with the .460 as the “alpha,” I thought about seeing what it was like on an “omega” rig, so I put it atop an AR chambered in 5.56mm NATO and popped off rounds by the dozen, walking the bullet holes around the target at will. Great fun.

One note here, however. The 34mm rings I had were right for the Weatherby bolt gun and way low for the AR, but I made them work. Reminded me of times in the long ago when discussing things with Gene Stoner before the industry had all of the add-on right stuff for his design. I digress again.

Then I spotted a target of opportunity out there at what looked like a bit of a poke and thought, what the heck, good chance to check out the bullet drop feature. The rangefinder put the distance at 364 yards and the rig was sighted dead-on at 100 and the barrel had cooled in the process.

RT-S Mod 7 1-8x28IR-H SCOPE is both sleek and sturdy. The 34mm main tube is rigid and allows for a lot of adjustment.

That’s nice, because in a hunting rig, the critical consideration is where the rig puts the first bullet out of a cold barrel. If it is right, there is no need for follow-ups or chasing critters around God’s creation.

I held the reticle where I thought it probably should be at that distance with the quartering, more or less, 15mph wind and squeezed off a round. Dead-on hit. What more can I say? (Only that I have no doubt that I could hit things a whole lot farther out than that with this scope, but in general hunting terms, that’s about as far as one usually pokes at game.)

One quality of this scope that is worth focus here is the operational clarity of the optics. By clarity, I mean the combination of innate resolution, High Density/Extra Dispersion glass, coatings – all of the things that deliver effectiveness in real world situations – the whole package.

In that respect, this model has it all and that puts it in the company of the best, regardless of brand or origin. This is a serious precision instrument.

One thing this model is not is light. It is both full-bodied and robust. For its intended uses, that is all good.


The scope’s tube is aircraft grade aluminum and the scope is 100 percent waterproof, fog proof and shockproof. It features ½ MOA windage and elevation, has a locking illumination control with six daylight-bright settings and a fast-focus eyepiece.

• Magnification: 1-8x

• Parallax Setting: Fixed at 100 yards

• Tube Diameter: 34mm

• Objective Lens Diameter: 28mm

•  Focal Lens Position: Hunting – Second Focal Plane

• Lens Coating: Fully Multi-Coated, Full Wide Band, Waterproof Coated, Low Light Enhancement

• Reticle: Riton German #4 Mod 1 Illuminated Reticle

• Field of View at 100 yards: 142 ft. @ 1x – 17.5 ft. @ 8x

• Material: 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum

• Weight: 15 oz / 709 g

• Length: 10.9 in / 277 mm

• Eye Relief: 4 in / 101 mm

• Exit Pupil: 14mm @ 1x

• Click Value At 100 Yards: ½ in. / 12.7 mm

• Adjustment Range: 175 MOA

• Mounting Length: 7.3 in. / 186 mm

Riton makes a whole range of optics at various price points, depending on features, etc. They call it their MOD SERIES, which is divided into four levels:

Mod 1 optics are in the $150 to $180 price range.

Mod 3 optics are in the $200 to $340 price range.

Mod 5 optics are in the $320 to $570 price range.

Mod 7 optics are in $680 to $1,500 price range.

Riton, as a Tucson, Arizona-based veteran and family-owned business, stands out in quality, value and service.

“Riton was built out of the belief that a person’s hard-earned dollar should buy quality optics and the best service at every price point,” stated Founder Brady Speth.

For more information about Riton, check local dealers or visit

LIGHTED RETICLE IN the RT-S Mod 7 1-8x28IR-H is fast and easy to use in any kind of lighting under any conditions.

ALPHA AND OMEGA of cartridges were used with the RT-S Mod 7 1-8x28IR-H scope. Here, the scope is shown with the big .460 Weatherby Magnum cartridge and the 5.56mm. Big or small rifle, the scope works great.

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Steve Comus is a nationally recognized hunting editor with Safari Club International and a WON Guns and Hunting Guns Editor. His column appears every other week in WON and he can be reached at

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