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Hello guys, i just bought the Schmidt and Bender Summit and would like to share my opinion on their first one inch tube scope.  Let me tell all of you, this scope is definitely all that it was hyped up to be and then some.  When i took it out of the box, it was a very nice looking scope with a black matte finish. It is very light, weighing in at 16.8 ounces, one of the lightest that they have ever made.  I did several tests on this scope.  That night after i got off work, i decided to test the light transmission against some other scopes.  The ones that i tested it against was a Swarovski Z3 3-12x42, Leupold VX3, Nikon Monarch 2.5-10, Monarch Gold 2.5-10x50, Zeiss Connquest , and a Bushnell Elite 4200.  Both the Nikons, Leupold, and the Bushnell were not even in the same ballpark as the Summit for brightness at dusk and the clarity and picture were also not in the same league.  The Swarovski was a very close second, and the conquest in 3rd.  For the price the conquest was excellent, btw.  For a one inch tube, the Summit is the most clear and bright scope that i have looked through, period.  I did these tests with the scopes set on 10 and 6 power.  I would say that i would have been comfortable shooting with the summit around 300 yards at dawn and dusk.  I mounted it that night on my Remington Model 700 XCR.  I used talley's steel fixed low rings and talley bases.  This scope mounted excellent!! Very low profile!!  When i was at the range the next day, i decided to test how accurate and precise the elevation turrets were. After i took 3 shots at 100 yards, it was 3 inches low and 2 inches to the left on the the target.  I adjusted the turrets 12 clicks up, and 8 inches right, which would give you a dead on sight in at 100 yards. The adjustments are 1/4 MOAif you were wondering. (I didnt end up sighting it in at 100, i went for 2 inches hight at 100 yds, and if you were wondering which ammo i was using it was the Federal Premiums with 180 gr barnes Triple shock bullets.  After the adjsutments, i shot 3 more rounds and the 3 shots were all within a 1" group.  To say the least, the turrets on this scope are VERY precise and accurate.   As goes for other features, the eye relief was absolutely fantastic, great for large caliber rifles.  I think that it is a top notch american style scope, and is a great choice for anyone who wants great performance in a 1" tube.
 
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Good to hear a review on something alittle different and new.  I must admit that I've never handled a S&B scope, let alone look through one.  Good review and thanks for sharing it with us.
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I'd sure love to have one...it's on the (ever growing) list! 
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God review,good luck with it..........
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Nice review jleinum09!! Smile

Did you test all features, etc. head to head Schmidt and Bender Summit vs. Swarovski Z3 3-12x42, Leupold VX3, Nikon Monarch 2.5-10, Monarch Gold 2.5-10x50, Zeiss Connquest , and a Bushnell Elite 4200 or just low light tests? If you did how did the other scopes fare in all categories?
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Mike650, i tested head to head with all of the scopes at dusk for light transmission and clarity.  The Summit took that hands down.  At the range, i had the monarch gold(the 30mm tube) the leupold vx3, and the conquest.  The conquest was the closest in all the categories.  The turrets were great for the price, lightweight, and had superb eye relief.  The Monarch and Leupold were close.  They both had decent eye relief and turrett adjustments, not close to the Schmidt, in my opinion.  I wish i could have done these other tests on teh swarovski Z3, but i could only buy one or the other, lol.  If i end up getting one of them i will definitely write a review on it.  
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Originally posted by jleinum09 jleinum09 wrote:

Mike650, i tested head to head with all of the scopes at dusk for light transmission and clarity.  The Summit took that hands down.  At the range, i had the monarch gold(the 30mm tube) the leupold vx3, and the conquest.  The conquest was the closest in all the categories.  The turrets were great for the price, lightweight, and had superb eye relief.  The Monarch and Leupold were close.  They both had decent eye relief and turrett adjustments, not close to the Schmidt, in my opinion.  I wish i could have done these other tests on teh swarovski Z3, but i could only buy one or the other, lol.  If i end up getting one of them i will definitely write a review on it.  


Sounds like a real nice scope. Glad to hear that S&B came out with a light weight model as well!!  Thunbs Up
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Mike, that is exactly why i bought it!! I love bright,light,  low profile, quality scopes.  I had the 2.5-10x56 on it for a few years and it mounted way too high and the thing was very heavy.  To me the small amount of brightness was not worth the weight and how it mounted on the scope.   If you were wondering i went with the #8 reticle. You should get your hands on one of those bad boys.  Smile
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Thank you for your review. Much appreciated!
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Cheaptrick  if you don't mind what is the price on that scope? 
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Originally posted by little cleo little cleo wrote:

Cheaptrick  if you don't mind what is the price on that scope? 



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Little Cleo, it retails for $1499.  compared to some other schmidts, it is a bargain. highly recommended!
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you still loving this scope?
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yes, i used it all of my deer season up here and it worked flawlessly!! worked great for low light conditions and the thing handled the recoil on my 300 rum flawlessly! turrets are still IMO very precise and accurate as well. Big Smile
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