Like i say, im lucky enough to own both S&B and USO...so i think on comparisons there is little to choose from.
Ohhh BTW i collected both T3 Tacticals today so im gonna dress em up tonight and post some pics
My observations are only personal and as a *retired* professional shooter, take my comments with whatever dose of salts you wish.
Using extreem range (a power pylon) at 2 miles both scopes set on infinity the resolution is crisp and very clear both showing the insulators and disks as seperate items. If anything i would say the Schmidt has only a very slight edge...and i mean SLIGHT.
Turret turn, for some reason USO (as a lot of US scopes are) have counter clockwise turret movements. This has caused me many wrong adjustments at critical times....but it is an operational error on my behalf...no fault of the scope. The same would be said after a Canadian rifleman noted when i let him shoot my AIAW during a NATO excercise....so horses for courses as we say here.
Turret click and feel is good on both, the USO has slightly dampened feel to them where as the Schmidt is good for gloved fingers ( a must for any UK Commando unit because we fight in extreem cold climate) However for Civillian use and warmer climates the USO has good feel.
Both scopes are Milliradian so no problems there
Reticule....mmmmm, my personal favorite is the one i have in the AIAW Schmidt combo (not available to civillians and was Accuracy Internationals own design) but that comes through training with it for 12 years. But for clarity i give the USO thumbs up.
Power and useability. A lot of guys go for max power in scopes, im not a keen advocate of this philosophy and think that 12 is more than adequate for the hunting of the species humanous. But the USO scores here 100%. 17 power is a very good compromise on a hunting scope and not seen widely in Europe.
Fit and finnish on both (My USO is a Canadian sniper in green annodized) is what you would expect from these 2 camps...damn all between them. If however i was on the battlefield, i would go for the Black AR coating on the S&B...again its a personal choice.
Glass quality, well again the S&B and the USO in grind quality...bugger all between them in reality. Neither wins an outright prize in my book as its just too close to call.
Night use....Schmidt all the way, for some reason (and im not sure why) the USO does not deliver the last 10 mins of useable light very well. I have checked this with both scopes set on 8 power and side by side comparison....go figure??
Eye relief...bugger all in it
So to sum them both up, and i can only comment on the 2 i own for the no nonsense purpose built sniper market, I would happily take either into the hunt. Experience has shown me many different scopes, fitted to soooooo many rifles that it comes down to your own preference and what you feel comfortable with, and the time you spend behind the scope giving familiarity and confidence is what makes that shot just a little easier.
Both are fine optics, both have merrits and only a few (if any) faults. I know you guys dont always plumb for the European exotics, and we dont always have access to companies like USO and the products. I have spoken to USO and have been absolutely won over by the supream customer service and that counts for hell of a lot. I know people who have had bad times with them....but again, its personal service and its priceless value to any purchase.
Value for money.....USO for me, comfort factor with the customer service (i have never tried to return either S&B or USO products) i feel USO have done me proud.
I know a guy here in the UK who bought a combat scope from USO for his AR15...he loved it but it had a rail fit problem, USO offered to take his rail and machine both parts to an exact fit for ZERO cost.....i bet S&B wouldnt
Thats it from me for now....off to build up my rifles and get em ready for the weekend