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Hi all
Im torn between s&b 3-12x50 illuminated or the nightforce nxs 5.5-22x 56 for my .223 for fox shooting at night with a lamp from ranges varying beetween 100-300yds.
 
Any thoughts on the pros and cons of each scope for the application at hand would be appreciated. 
 
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The S&B has superior low light glass and DEFINITELY has a superior illumination system than the NF.  Don't get me wrong, the NF is a great scope for tactical, target, and varmint shooting, but the S&B is quite a bit superior optically and you have much greater control over illumination intensity, not to mention S&B doesn't over illuminate their reticles.  S&B really knows how to do lit reticles right!
 
The only downsides are that the S&B will have less W/E adjustment travel than the NF, and it's more expensive.
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Agreed: S&B's illumination is better, but I'm not sure it is worth the difference in price.

If you are only going out to 300 yards, there is little need for the S&B - the Nightforce will do fine.

If you want to spend $2,000+, get the S&B, but it won't do you any real favors - I doubt you'll miss one with the Nightforce that the S&B would have hit.
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RC is correct.  You won't exactly be handicapped with the NF and there would be few situations where the S&B would allow a shot that the NF wouldn't.  Still, it's worth noting that S&B outperforms NF in the dark.  Though the S&B is optically superior and has the better illumination system, worth is a subjective thing, so whether or not it is worth the extra $, only you can decide.
 
However, I must say this.  At the typical shot distances you indicate and that you would be able to see even with spotlight under a predator hunting scenario at night, you really don't need the magnification the 5.5-22X56 offers.  Sure, you can also use it for long range shooting when you aren't predator hunting.  But if this is a dedicated night hunting scope, super high magnification is unnecessary, so I would recommend you save some $ and go with the NXS 3.5-15X56 instead if you're leaning toward NF.
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since you are on THAT side of the pond - try http://www.light-stream.co.uk/spec2.htm 
 
this scope has top quality glass and coatings and illuminated reticle. side focus for longer shots.
 
this is as clear and bright as an Elite 4200 or Conquest in my opinion -
S&B will probably be noticably better, but not by too much. This is a very good scope.
 
this would probably be as good or better than nightforce glass, from what i've heard about them.
 
if you want to save money, this is the way to go - the quality is excellent.
 
my 2 cents.
 
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Originally posted by jonbravado jonbravado wrote:

since you are on THAT side of the pond - try http://www.light-stream.co.uk/spec2.htm 
 
this scope has top quality glass and coatings and illuminated reticle. side focus for longer shots.
 
this is as clear and bright as an Elite 4200 or Conquest in my opinion -
S&B will probably be noticably better, but not by too much. This is a very good scope.
 
this would probably be as good or better than nightforce glass, from what i've heard about them.
 
if you want to save money, this is the way to go - the quality is excellent.
 
my 2 cents.
 
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I will take a look..
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Thanks all for the advise.
I picked up a mint 2nd hand nightforce nxs 5.5-22x50 for a good price. Just waiting on some apel fixed mounts then i`ll take it out for a test drive.
 
thanks again
 
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Originally posted by dwighet dwighet wrote:

Thanks all for the advise.
I picked up a mint 2nd hand nightforce nxs 5.5-22x50 for a good price.
 
What reticle did you get? 
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Where are you in Ireland?  I was over there a couple of years ago.  Absolutely gorgeous country.  Really liked Killarney and Dingle.
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I am in Tipperary. The mrs and i go to Dingle for long weekends.Is a great little spot.Good pubs.Great craic to be had.And hangovers!!
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