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Hey out there.  Have been looking around at variable mil-dot scopes in the 4-16 power range, and have come across the Millett Gold Buck series with the 30mm tube.  Trouble is,  for the scope I'm considering - the Gold Buck 4-16x56mm, 30mm tube, mil-dot, side focus - there are two different models listed on Millett's website and catalog, model BK30733 and model BK30735, both with the same short description and retail price.  The ...733 is listed under "30mm Main Tube" and the ...735 model is listed under "New Generation Target Scope".  But nowhere can I find any description of what the difference is between the two.  Is the ...735 model an upgrade to the ...733 one, and if so, what the heck are the improvements?   Looking around the web (and here) I"ve found a street price diff of @ $100 or so - SWFA only lists the higher street priced ...735 model, which leads me to guess that the ...733 model is being discontinued/replaced by the ...735 one. Can anyone confirm that as well as what the actual differences are?  How close do these Millett's focus, as close as 10 yds (as Bushnell scopes claim)?

I'm not completely settled on the Millett scope yet, actually was first looking at a Bushnell Legend 5-15x40 mil-dot, or maybe a Swift Premier 4.5-14x44 mil-dot.  Have to keep the cost as close to $200 as possible, and there aren't many variable power mil-dots in that price range - at least not ones worth spending money on (no way on BSA's, Barska's, NCStar's, etc).
How well do the Millett Gold, Bushnel Legend, and Swift Premier scopes compare optically and mechanical reliability/repeatability wise?  Don't have much of a chance to view any in person around here, at least not the mil-dot models I'm looking at.
I'm looking at this scope for primary duty on a couple of old heavy barrelled .22 target rifles for paper target and steel silhouette shooting.  It will likely also see some time on my A-Bolt II Varmint .308 rifle, to see if I can get the hang of using a mil-dot at longer variable distances, and prior to possibly investing in the high $$$ FFP mil-dot scope I'd someday like to drop on it.
Any help and thoughts appreciated.
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This Mueller scope seems to be well thought of, for the most part, and it has a lit Mil Dot.
If you can stretch your budget just a bit, ($289 plus shipping) the Nikon Buckmaster has a Mil Dot, side focus and I'm sure you would be very satisfied. Mounts low too with it's 40mm objective.
Or, if you prefer, we can contact Steve w/ Millet Optics via PM and he can give you the SITREP on the Millets first hand!!
What say you, Sir?? Wink  
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Shoot, forgot about the Mueller, guess I'll add that one to the possible list as well.  That illuminated reticle would be a nice contrast on black steel targets...
The Millett is the most appealing right now because of the side focus.  I briefly considered the Buckmaster, but it has a minimum focus/parallax adjustment of 50 yds, which rules it out for the primary .22 use on sillouette targets (at least at the range I shoot).   I looked hard at the Buckmasters a few years ago at a some gunshows but passed because I really wanted a Weaver tactical (that was on closeout), then blew the chance at it by waiting too long.....
Also, stretching the budget up just that much gets me in the price range of a Price Fowler FFP scope with the .22 Rapid Reticle.  While I'll likely look at one of those in the future, I'd like the scope I get now to be able to pull some temporary duty on the .308 A-Bolt II, to see if I can grasp the ranging ability of a mil-dot, before spending bigger $$$ on a FFP mil-dot dedicated to A-Bolt use.
I sent an email to Millett (from their website - sales@ (is that the right one to use?) about the differences between the ...733 and ...735 models, and the min focus/parallax adj - hopefully they'll reply quickly.  Or do you have a direct email for Steve that'll get me a quicker/more detailed reply?
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