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Sightr Si 2.5x32sg vs Pentax Lightseeker 2.5x25sg

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Hi all,

I'm on a shoestring hunt for a compact scope for a featherweight 223 survival carbine. I'm trying to decide between a Sightron Si 2.5x32sg and a Pentax Lightseeker 2.5x25sg, both costing less than a hundred dollars.

I am aware that these are shotgun scopes and that the short parallax configuration is not ideal for a centerfire rifle, but then again this carbine is not able to deliver sub MOA groups @ 200 yards anyway, and what i want is mainly compactness, brightness and a decent build quality.

i've noticed that the pentax has a considerably larger FOV @ 100 yards. on the other hand i like the sightron rectile - it looks more like a conventional rifle rectile.

any input on the pros and cons of these scopes? which has the better optics? i hear they are made in japan but i find it hard to believe at this price point? any feedback appreciated!

 
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Both these scopes have been discontinued.

The Sightron SI 2.5X was made in Japan and originally, it probably sold for around $125 - $150.

The Pentax Lightseeker 2.5X was made in the USA by Burris. I have a 2004 catalog from a nameless competitor that has it for $250. Other Lightseeker models seem to be pretty much rebadged Burris Signatures.

I used a Leupold shotgun scope on a rifle for years with absolutely no problems. Longest shot was around 160 yards, but there's no reason it wouldn't have worked at longer ranges.

I'd go with the Pentax. I think either of them would be a very good choice for your your purpose and for the money.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/20/2011 at 14:34
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thanks for the input - *very* helpful! i was leaning towards getting the sightron from Big A for $55 shipped, but based on your advice i went with the pentax instead. - $62 to my door from a mom and pop shop out on the west coast.

thanks again!
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