Optics form a big part of my set-up. That is why I choose only the best to put on my guns. While looking for budget scopes, I came across the Burris website. I was fairly surprised to see that they had glowing reviews at such a low price. I read more about their history and products.
What I immediately liked about Burris while browsing their site is the fact that both optics are covered by the Burris Forever Warranty. The warranty extends to any damages or defects, so long as they are not deliberate or cosmetic damage that will make the optic useless. It equally does not cover theft or loss of the unit. Best of all, it is transferable to future users.
I will list the similar features for both Burris 332 and 536 in this section, then proceed to the differences in their separate sections. The first thing I noticed when I visited the Burris website was the word discontinued on two other options besides the Ballistic CQ reticle. Because of this, this review shall consist mainly of the optics with Ballistic CQ reticle, which the website states to be made for competitive shooters, law enforcement personnel, and military operators. Going through a few reviews, I concluded that these “discontinued” products are limited edition bundles.
There are three reticle colors, namely red, green, and black. The illumination control is a rotary dial found. The black setting is available even without a battery. The green setting is more of a neon or apple green hue. There are five settings each for the red and green reticles.
Operated by a CR2032 battery, the optics run from 200 hours to 500 hours for the highest and medium powers, respectively. Both of them are matte finished. The shipping is free of charge for their patrons who live in the United States.
Costing at $314 from the website and with a suggested retail price of $359, the Burris 332 is 5.3 inches long without the sunshade or flip-up covers. It weighs 14. 2 ounces. The lens diameter is 32mm, its magnification is 3x and its close focus is 9 feet. The field of view is 32 feet at 100 yards. The glass is multi-coated by Hi-Lume and the inside is filled with nitrogen, making it fog proof. The optics is waterproof.
Burris 332 has a Picatinny rail base, which allows the use of additional accessories like lasers, lights, or secondary sights. It has a 2.5-inch eye relief. Both the elevation adjustment, at its total capacity, and the windage adjustment is 80 MOA, with a click value of 0.5 MOA. The discontinued options were a choice between a combo kit and a supposedly new Ballistic 3X reticle.
A Gungoal review praises this prism scope as a solution for shooters with astigmatism. The reviewer, who is not named particularly on the website, claims that they have astigmatism and has used a lot of optics. In the end, he was disappointed with them until the Burris 332 came along. They list three disadvantages, namely a fixed magnification, the scope being on the heavy side, and not military grade.
Another review, this time by Shien for Top Red Dot Sights, states that one disadvantage of this prism scope was the fact that the crosshairs turn extremely small when the target is 200 yards and beyond and can be difficult to observe.
The Burris 536 is priced at $366 with $419 as the suggested retail price for dealers. It is 5.8 inches long and weighs 18.75 ounces. The lens has a diameter of 36mm. Its magnification is 5x and close focus is at 25 feet. The field of view is 20 feet at 100 yards.
It has a Picatinny mount and a 2.5 to 3.5-inch eye relief. Both the elevation adjustment, in its total capacity, and the windage adjustment is 70 MOA. They have a click value of ⅓ MOA. The discontinued options included a combo package with the Ballistic CQ reticle while the other was a Ballistic AR reticle.
Richard Douglas, writing for Scopes Field, has an interesting insight as he bought the scope in 2018 and has recently updated his website. As I read the review, I was surprised to see that his purchase also had a sunshade, which was not listed on the site. However, he found one fault in the eye relief feature, which he said needed some getting used to.
Shien of Top Red Dot Sights also made a review on Burris 536 where he cites inaccuracy in hunting, jumping, or other rapid shots. He also critiqued the eye relief feature, adding that it caused him to lose rear iron sight when using the Burris 536.
I will have to say that Burris 332 and 536 are almost equally similar in all aspects. However, I’d have to go with the Burris 536 simply because of its bigger diameter and better eye relief, having an inch of difference from the Burris 332. However, if you are on a tight budget, Burris 332 is a decent choice. Keep in mind that you are not just paying for the sight, but for the Burris warranty, which is a bargain in itself.