| RifleDude wrote:|
I left out US Optics because even though they are made to order, their scopes are really intended for tactical applications, and I had the impression the OP was asking about hunting scopes since no tactical-related questions were asked and this thread wasn't in the Tactical section. I'm sure a USO would work fine as a hunting scope, but why special order a plain jane hunting scope from a tactical scope company
when there are very fine hunting scopes available already that are as good or better optically, lighter, and probably less expensive? I haven't owned a USO, but from all I've heard, they supposedly rank up there with Zeiss, Swaro, Kahles, and S&B optically. The fact that you can order one in whatever configuration you want certainly supports the idea that they are a premium scope manufacturer.
I do own an IOR scope (4-14X50), and it is quite nice! Although they are very good, I left them out intentionally because I don't believe they are as good as the other premium brands mentioned.
Tactical scope aside, that was why I asked. I wouldn't begin to know where to look around here for the oppertunity to compare a S&B, Swaro, Kahles or a US Optics to make my own judgement. If anyones budget allows for a S&B then it puts everyting else in play. Especially when distance shooting is a goal because turret adjustment is a must. I would certainly hope that for the money US Optics whould have glass equal to a S&B. But until someone who has had both can share their experience you are left to speculation. Unless it is known that they use the exact same glass (configuration) or not. If you know anyone who has a US Optics there may be a good chance they have had a S&B and could share their experience.
This may push the intent of the origional question but when budget allows everything should be considered.
but why special order a plain jane hunting scope from a tactical scope company
Edited by Sgt. D - May/05/2008 at 08:39