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Howdy fellas, I am waiting on a Remington sps Varmint  L/H  in .243 caliber to accurise ( basically buying a action)  and am in need of a scope with MOA/MOA, 20ish upper magnification and 100 % repeatability are must with a price tag in the $900-$1300 I am eyeballing a Sightron S3 6-24 x50 ., I also see some Valdada  tactical scopes on sample list but know very little about their reputation of quality. Optical quality does not have to be the best  but decent.  If you watch lr hunting shows they will have you believe that the shots they perform are only possible with a Night force . I have owned a 3-15 NXS and that is the kind of tracking/ repeatability  I am looking for.

 http://www.samplelist.com/Valdada-IOR-9-36x56-Tactical-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-C-P78458.aspx

http://www.samplelist.com/Valdada-IOR-3-18x42-Tactical-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P76959.aspx


http://swfa.com/Sightron-6-24x50-SIII-30mm-Riflescope-P48419.aspx

 This package will primarily be a steel slapper that will see a some pipeline hunting from time to time out to 1000 yds. 

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My experience with Valdada has been very good. Unfortunately I've had no hands on with Sightron so can't offer any comparison there. The latest thing that I had that really impressed me as far as tracking was a Vortex. Hadn't used it enough to say it is better than Valdada, Ziess or Night force but. its tracking stood out to me as being distinct/crisp and very precise. I think if you go with any of the Valdada scopes you will be pleased with the choice. Good Luck!


P.S. You should get the 9-36x56 Valdada because I have been wanting one for yrs and that one needs to find a home before I throw my 2015 budget in a tailspin..............Hint........Hint.......Save me from myself!!

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You might want to email Ilya,if I remember correctly a couple of years ago that Valdada 3-18x42 used to be one of his favorite tubes,sure he can provide you with plenty of info..............
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I have owned 4 different 3-18 IORs. Every single one of them had something go wrong with them. Loved the reticle and the glass, but overall just not reliable scopes for me.

The SWFA 5-20x would be a good one to consider. IMO, a much better choice than an IOR
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   I have 2 of the Sightrons you are looking at.  Nice glass and turrets. For the money, great scope.
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First, 243, great choice, lots of great bullets for all applications, easy 1000 yard gun. I have a 243AI and it among my favorite guns, but requires you reload to get the most out of it (the AI version, not standard 243Win.)

On scope selection, have you run 20X scopes before?  I have owned/used the NXS 3-15, great scope, I think you will find most >20X scopes to be far less forgiving to get behind. Obviously, this can be overcome with lots of practice (always hitting the exact same cheek weld every time) but a little forgiveness in location behind the scope is always nice, especially in a hunting rifle where shots are often improvised rather than bench-type shots.

I've run the Sightron, did a review on it a few years back, I liked it.  The glass is good for the price, tracking was good, but I wasn't a huge fan of the turrets.

I too would recommend you take a look at the SS5-20.  If your heart is set on something in the 20X top end, it might be your ticket.  The glass is good, the turrets track true (at least on the 2 I have owned) and the reticle is acceptable for most applications.

I own a decent range of scopes and find that, almost regardless of what it can do, I usually don't go above about 12-15X for real world shots, even 1,000 yard shots, I'm just not a huge fan of watching my heartbeat in the reticle.

Concentrate your efforts on the SS and the Sightron.  Or look for a used NF in 3-15 or 5-5-22.
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" I usually don't go above about 12-15X for real world shots, even 1,000 yard shots"


I agree 100%
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:


I'm just not a huge fan of watching my heartbeat in the reticle.


 Never been able to do it myself but aren't you suppose to take that shot in between heartbeats.Excellent
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