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... another should I get this or that question.  Since most things are a compromise I've looked at a lot of posts here and have concluded that for the caliber and ranges I will shoot and what I want to accomplish, a mid power variable with FFP, a mil dot or variant reticle and preferably mil adjustments will meet my needs.  Based on what I am willing to spend, the Weaver 3.5-15x Tactical and Vortex Viper PST 4-16x come the closest to what I actually need.  I'm leaning toward the Weaver based on years of favorable experience with their products and about $200 lower cost.  My experience with Vortex is a SPARC and Strike Fire, both of which I like, and favorable comments and reviews of the PST and Razor series scopes.  Would the PST provide $200 worth of material advantages over the Weaver?  I have not seen much said about the Weaver series on the forum and it seems like a very good value.  I'm ready to buy now.Yippee
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Actually I think you will be OK with either of those two choices. If you could spend a bit more I would highly recommend the Super Sniper 5-20x50 as I have two of them.  I ordered in a PST and looked it over and decided to go with the SS. The PST seems to be a nice scope with a great warranty. The Weaver is also a nice scope for that price range. Another that you have not mentioned is the Trijicon  Accupoint 5-20x50 and I have had several of those with mixed results as far as how much I liked the way the Tritium illumination was I prever the post but my son has one of the green mil dots versions and the scope only has 50 moa of internal adjustment but the glass and knobs are very nice. Of these I am least familiar with the Weaver but I have always had very good luck with Weaver scopes but found other brands to have better glass.  The truth is that you dont have to have perfect glass nearly as much as you have to have perfect repeatable adjustments to be consistent. I recently ordered a Super Sniper  Mil Quad reticle fixed 16x42 which is so popular that it is back ordered easy to see why at $299.95
I have owned 5 or 6 of their fixed power scopes and they are an awesome value and tough as nails.
SWFA SS 16x42 Tactical Riflescope SWFA SS 16x42 Tactical Riflescope
Stock # - SS16X42MQ
  • Matte Finish
  • Patented Mil-Quad Reticle
  • 30mm Tube
  • Rear Focus
  • OK for .50 cal
  • .10 Mrad
$299.95 
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I have shot the Vortex, and looked through the Weaver at a comp, but own neither one. The scope I do own is the SS 5-20. As far as glass goes, the Weaver is much closer to that bench-mark. The Vortex as a zero-stop shim set, but the Weaver has locking turrets. Let's call that even. Both scopes are 13.7" long, but the Weaver weighs 5 oz. more. The reticles of both scopes are similar, but I think I would prefer the Weaver EDMR, because of the dots at the whole mil mark. So to wrap this up, if it were me, I would also choose the Weaver.


But as a side-note, it really is hard to beat Vortex's reputation of standing behind their product! But I haven't heard of any Weaver's breaking either...
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I'd recommend the Vortex or the SS.  I bought a Weaver based on recommendations here and it failed on me in the first 300 rounds on a LaRue OBR.  The elevation knob when unlocked could extend past the adjustment range and would actually cause the turret to free spin losing where the elevation was in reference to zero.  I'm sure it was just a lemon, and Weaver did replace it no problem.  But I sold the replacement.  Mine was the first one I've heard of having this issue, and the scope was otherwise a great value, though heavy. 

The glass was very close to the SS in terms of quality, with the SS being slightly brighter on the same magnification settings.  Vortex has an amazing warranty.  I've had no experience with the SS warranty, though I hear they are good. 
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I appreciate the responses.  I've decided to go with the Weaver with the EMDR reticle for this application.  Having looked through several Trijicon scopes the glass quality was tempting but I really want to try FFP and learn to range.  Within the coming year I will be buying a SWFA 5-20 for what is currently a growing box of parts that will become a 6.5 Creedmore or .260 Remington with the SS in mind.  If it turns out as I hope I will likely sell the Savage .308 and can move the Weaver to my AR or CZ .223 Varminter.  Thanks for the input.  Monday will be order day for the Weaver and rings!
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