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I'm shopping for a compact scope to mount on my Ruger Gunsite Scout, but I don't want a scout scope! At this time I have 1" tube scopes Leupold VX-II 1-4x, VX-III 1.5-5x, Bushnell Scopechief 1.5-4.5x, and Nikon Slughunter 1.65-5x. To be brutally honest, the 30+ year old Scopechief has the brightest, clearest optics, most magnification, and widest field of view. It will remain where it is....

I'm looking for MORE than the VX-III 1.5-5x offers. At the top of the list at this point is the VX-6 1-6x. The yet unavailable SWFA 1-6x is appealing in that I have experience with SWFA scopes already. My 6x SS is incredible. I've not been able to look through a Weaver 30mm Super Slam 1-5x Dangerous Game or Nikon African 1-4x. None of these are inexpensive, and I prefer 5-6x as maximum magnification.

In that I'm getting older, I'm getting fussier about optics. This scope will get used, and will replace the VX-III 1.5-5x already mounted there. I'll move it to another rifle, and the Nikon 1.65-5x may find a new owner.

Other suggestions and opinions would be appreciated! The SWFA 1-6x is gonna be at the top of my price range.
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I should have also mentioned that some of the reticles offered are not what I'm looking for. Duplex, German #4, mildot, are fine. Some of the illuminated donuts, caliber specific, and other "busy" or oddities are not desired.
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Welcome to OT excess!

If by "want more," you mean better image quality, how about....

http://www.samplelist.com/Swarovski-125-4x24-Professional-Hunter-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P57669.aspx

or...

http://www.samplelist.com/SWFA-SS-1-4x24-Tactical-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P57526.aspx

or...

http://www.samplelist.com/Zeiss-15-6x42-Diavari-VMV-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-C-P54168.aspx

or...

http://www.samplelist.com/Zeiss-2-8x42-Conquest-Duralyt-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P56928.aspx

These are all in the ballpark of the SS1-6X price or less, yet by virtue of the fact they're SampleList items, they're priced substantially less than original retail.

Or, waiting for the SS1-6X to be available ain't a bad plan either.
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I have a Nikon Monarch Gold 1 1/2 - 6 X -42 30mm and I'm real pleased with it.

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Well the Swarovski 1.25-4x24 is tempting. If I weren't concerned about size I would just buy another SWFA 6x42 and be done with it, so the scopes with 42mm objectives aren't even a consideration.

Its not just about image quality. Brightness, eye relief and field of view are all considerations.

Does anyone have an idea as to when the SWFA 1-6x will be available? Customer Service apparently doesn't know.
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  if you like the leupold vx-6 1-6x24,you should also consider the sightron Slll 1-7x24 w/german #4. i have one and like it alot,the ele/win adjustments are very precise,glass is great,awesome zoom power,true 1x,lifetime warranty and i've seen them for $250 less than the illuminated german #4 version of the leupy.
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Wow, I did not know sightron makes a 1-7x.  That looks pretty neat.  
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I stopped by a local shop today that has a pretty good selection. They had, and I was able to compare the Leupold VX-6 1-6x duplex, Leupold VX-R 1-4x, Leupold VX-III 1.5-5x, Burris 1-4x MTAC, Vortex Razor 1-4x, and Weaver 1.5-6x32 (Kaspa Extreme Tactical). I was only able to look through them in the building, but got a pretty good idea. Keep in mind that I have hunting/tactical use in mind, so everything is a compromise.

The Weaver was awful, IMO. I couldn't get it focused for my eyes, the reticle was very fine and hard to see. The Burris had a reticle that seemed useless to me. I have a VX-III 1.5-5, so its a known quantity, but this time I got to compare it side by side with the VX-R Patrol and VX-6 1-6x. The VX-R Patrol is 1.25-4x with an interesting (busy) reticle with a GREEN fire dot in the center(FireDot SPR). I think it odd that the 30mm tube scope has a 20mm objective, so what is the advantage over a 1" tube with 20mm objective? The VX-6 has the extra magnification and a bright, friendly eye box, and 24mm objective.

The Vortex Razor was the most $ at $1200+ and had the EBR-556 reticle. It was bright and sharp, but seemed to have a noticably narrower field of view at 4x vs the Leupold at 6x. THAT was a surprise!

I'm wanting a 30mm tube "compact", and of these I preferred the VX-6. Mildots or even the FireDot SPR reticle would make it more appealing.

Does anyone know what the distances are between the markings on the VX-R Patrol FireDot SPR reticle? I thought I saw a reference to 2.5mil, but that seems ridiculous. That would translate into 9moa for each.



    
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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

Wow, I did not know sightron makes a 1-7x.  That looks pretty neat.  



It is a neat concept I hope to have one that is a good representation of Sightron's abilities.
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