When considering precision shooting as a whole, the process has become much more streamlined—efficient if you will. Therefore, any truly new product should serve to add to that efficiency and perhaps increase simplicity. One such product seems to be the Burris Veracity PH.
Hunting With the Burris Veracity PH Riflescope
Their new Veracity PH, which we first got a chance to shoot at the recent Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous event in Idaho, is a technological advancement for them and shooters alike. It requires a slightly different approach when using it, but nothing difficult. Maybe just a little more involved during the initial setup, which is a bit different as well. I found this out when I tried to set up the optic without following the directions. Imagine that.
The concept of the Veracity PH isn’t completely new. Gunwerks’ Revic PMR 428 comes to mind. Like the Revic, the Veracity PH has a heads-up display at the top of the optic as you peer through it. These displays show yardage to your target as opposed to come-ups on your turrets. Both work in conjunction with a smart device app. Burris differs by not having sensors inside, like the Revic. But the Veracity PH boasts some other tech by having an elevation turret that is digital as opposed to mechanical.
Inside The PH
The basics of the Veracity PH is 4-20x magnification with a 50mm objective. Nothing Earth-shattering there. The main tube is 30mm and is one solid piece of aluminum, nitrogen filled, and so on. Again, things we’ve come to expect from decent optics from any brand. Of course, it gets coatings to improve low-light performance and reduce glare. The Veracity PH is first focal plane, a feature not common in many hunting-focused optics, but this shooter prefers FFP.
The centerpiece of the Veracity PH is the HUD (heads-up display) that provides the shooter with their shooting distance and wind holds. The display also provided info such as rifle cant and angle.
The HUD illumination is controlled by a left side knob, which features your parallax adjustment and battery cap. I should note, the Veracity PH parallaxes down to a very distant 50 yards.
The most interesting part of the Veracity PH is likely its elevation dial, which Burris calls PĒK (programmable elevation knob). This is an all-digital system that provides very precise dialing. It features a digital sensor that is coupled with the mechanical turret but is void of any “clicks.” This takes a minute to get used to. Burris claims it is precise in its dialing to 1/10 MOA. The HUD can display ballistics data in mils as well as MOA.
Of course, to make this all work properly, you need to utilize it with Burris’ ballistics app. Burris Connect has what you might expect from any smart device ballistics calculator with all the inputs for precise shooting. Users can enter custom rifle profiles, add pics and enter environmental conditions, as well as enter custom ammunition data. There is also a library full of factory ammo offerings. Once set up, you pair the optic and the app together to transfer data. Once you’ve achieved a solid zero on your rifle, you set your mechanical zero, then your digital zero. From there, you’re all set. Sounded too good to be true to me. I was wrong.
In October of 2022, I headed to one of my favorite Wyoming locations for some speed goat (antelope) hunting. A colleague reached out to Burris, and they sent out one of their representatives, Jordan Egli, to join me on the hunt and to bring out a Veracity PH for a trial run.
I had used the Veracity PH some weeks before at our annual Rendezvous, but tight time confines mean it was hard to get a true understanding of what it was. It was still under wraps at that time, just like during my hunt. My first concern was whether the Burris could deliver the goods consistently, only relying on the system itself and without having to have backup after backup. I believe in redundancy because I see things fail repeatedly.
In Wyoming, Jordan confidently ensured me that the system would work as planned, so we set up my Boring Rifles 6.5 Creedmoor with the Veracity PH. I was hard on Jordan, as I’m a skeptic when it comes to this technology, especially when it’s app-based and I haven’t trued the data.
Breaking the Shot
After some cruising around, I settled on a goat grazing in the center of a pack. The distance was only 181 yards, which is fine in my book, as I always want to get as close as possible but don’t mind stretching it out if necessary. I proned out on the ground with a clear view ahead of me on the flat prairie. I confirmed the distance with Jordan, dialed the optic to 181 yards (I think 180 yards was the closest distance that lined up) and pressed the trigger, sending a 143-grain Hornady ELD-X into the goat. It fell immediately with no kicking or anything else.
The shot landed exactly where I had placed the reticle, and my day was technically complete. I had the first official kill with the Veracity PH. But that wasn’t enough for me. Any optic can give you solid dope at 180 yards. That’s barely a chip shot.
Jordan then bagged a goat using the Veracity PH at more than 400 yards. After that, I decided to test the data at varying distances. I hopped out of the truck (my was it cold) and slid the rifle into a RRS tripod for some standing shots. Rocks would be my targets and there were plenty of individually distinguishable ones in the Wyoming landscape.
Jordan spotted for me from inside the truck, and we agreed on a distinct rock at 562 yards. I dialed to 561 and pressed the trigger with an impact exactly where it needed to be. I was stunned. The next rock was 640 yards. I dialed and sent. Elevation was perfect although I was light on my wind hold by a minute. I still wasn’t convinced. The final rock was 950 yards. With six minutes of wind, the ELD-X delivered a first-round impact. There was nothing left to prove. It was still hard to get my head around, but the Veracity PH delivered as it should.
Burris’s Veracity PH represents another technological step in precision shooting. But it’s not just technology for the sake of it. It’s real-world useful technology that actually works as advertised. I’d hunt with this optic any day and I hope to see it in a tactical/target version soon. For more information, visit burrisoptics.com.
This article originally appeared in the August-September 2023 issue of Ballistic magazine. Get your print or digital copy or subscription at OutdoorGroupStore.com.
On January 26, 2023, Ballistic reported:
“Revolutionary” gets thrown around pretty recklessly in media. We know, we do it too from time to time. When you’re a gun nerd, it’s hard to not get caught up in the new guns and gear from time to time. But we really should reserve the term for products that break new ground. Well we think the new Burris Veracity PH riflescope does just that. Because this optic blends a unique digital turret system with a built-in Heads-Up Display (HUD) unit, giving shooters an incredible access to ballistic data. And it does so while hitting a price point many shooters can likely afford.
Burris Veracity PH Riflescope Details
First off, the optic comes in a 4-20x50mm range, delivering tremendous utility for hunting and long-range shooting. The new PĒK (Programable Elevation Knob, or “peak”) system delivers clickless elevation adjustments down to 1/20 MOA. So paired with BurrisConnect Mobile App via Bluetooth, shooters can formulate a ballistic solution with remarkable speed.
Basically, you zero the rifle and enter all the pertinent data into the app. Once synced up, the dialing you perform with the elevation turret gives you the near-exact dial-in distance displayed in the HUD. So range your target, dial the distance to readout via the HUD, and fire! We spent some serious trigger time on the Veracity HD at the recent Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous. And it was simpler and easier to get shots on target–and faster–than it takes to attempt to explain it.
The system displays MOA clicks in either yards or meters. Redundant 1/4 MOA laser markings provide a non-digital backup. The riflescope also operates standalone from the BurrisConnect App as well. The optic features a 5X zoom system with bright, clear glass. It comes with side focus/parallax adjustment, Wind MOA FFP reticle, zero turn stop adjustment on both windage and elevation turrets.
Again, we’re trying to “say” a lot of things here. But the Veracity PH comprises one seriously impressive optic. It proved incredibly intuitive in the field. Applying DOPE repeatedly, at varying ranges, blew our minds. Fast, easy, and repeatable–without fail–during our initial range day. We can’t wait to test this bad boy even more. It sure looks like a winner.
With the new year, the Veracity PH now lists for $1,200, and it’s worth every penny. For more info, please visit burrisoptics.com.
Burris Veracity PH 4-20x50mm Features & Specs
- Magnification: 4-20x50mm
- Objective Lens Diameter: 50mm
- Tube Diameter: 30mm
- Field of View (Low to High @ 100 yards): 26 – 5.5 ft.
- Eye relief (in.): 3.5 – 4.25
- Exit Pupils – Low / High (mm): 12 – 2.5
- Diopter Setting: +2 to -3
- Reticle Plane: Front
- Display Plane: Rear
- Reticle: Wind MOA FFP
- Display Illumination: Rotary Dial, 5 illumination settings
- Battery: CR 2450 x2
- Length (in.): 15
- Weight (oz.): 27.2
- Elevation Turret Marking Graduations: ¼ MOA
- Elevation Turret Digital Resolution: 1/10 MOA
- Total Elevation Adjustment Range*: 66 MOA
- Elevation Turret Travel Limit**: 33.8 MOA
- Windage Turret Graduations (Clicks): ¼ MOA
- Total Windage Adjustment Range*: 37 MOA
- Windage Turret Travel Limit**: 24 MOA
- Parallax Focus: Side Focus
- Parallax/Focus Range: 50 Yd. to Infinity
- Operating Temperature: -20° to +140° F
- MSRP: $1,200