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Likes:

 

1)      It came packaged extraordinarily well in both bubble wrap, felt pouch, and plastic bag with desiccant in a sturdy box.

2)      A sturdy metal sunshade and lens cloth was included.

3)      Turret caps are metal and easy to on and doff.

4)      Overall the scope has a sturdy feel, all adjustment rings were smooth and tight.

5)      Markings on the AO easy to read and interpret. Made in Japan was written in black ink and is hardly perceptible unless the light hits it just right.

6)      The optics are bright, crisp and clear edge to edge across all ranges of magnification. Glassing past dark I noticed no difference between my Conquest and the SII. Resolution was minutely better on the Conquest but it took me 20 minutes of going back and forth to come to this conclusion. When looking at a stationary target for all practical purposes I found them identical.

Dislikes:

1)     Cosmetic flaws were noted out of the box. The bell is sharp and had several small nicks. The  AO, while having a durable feel, was noted to have a spot on the metal that was uncoated.

2)      I have concerns regarding the hardness/durability of the finish. After rotating the scope in the rings to get it adjusted I removed the rings and found about 30% of the finish was down to bare metal. 

3)      The turrets require a coin for adjustment.

4)      I found the fine crosshair reticle was easy to loose against trees and disorganized cover.

5)      The optics where very impressive when the scope was held still. However when swinging on a target a slight wrapping of the image across the lens is perceptible. This fishbowl effect was just barely noticeable, but perceptible and may be a distraction when swinging on a target. This effect could not be noted on the conquest. In my opinion this is the only area optically the Conquest had a practical upper hand. 

6)      The warranty sounds frighteningly problematic in an era where people expect everyone to compete with the standard Leopold has set. It indicates that the warranty form must be mailed within 15 days (!) or the scope will not be eligible for warranty. Much legal mumbo jumbo is used to say that they will only take responsibility for manufacturer defects. Problems due to use, abuse, accident or ďacts of godĒ are not. In addition it explicitly states that no service will be provided unless the original purchase receipt can be produced at time of service (!). This does not seem to match the wording in their catalog at all!- "Our lifetime replacement warranty is simply the best on the market. If for any reason you are one of the very few that ever experience a concern with your sightron product, we will simply never send back a repaired or refurbished product. you will receive a brand new replacement." No mention is made of all the ridiculous qualifiers that are laid out in the forms that come with the scope. Thank god I read them or I never would have saved the receipt and mailed the forms. Warranty is not transferable unlike many of their close competitors. It seems like they are bending over backwards to find ways to entrap the customer so they can back out of service. However may manufacturers have sternly worded warranties but are very liberal with service. Regardless, in an era where everyone expects their scope to be guaranteed for life this type of foolery could hurt Sightron.

Considering this scope has an AO down to 10yds I would have to rate is as a best buy at $219. Iím in the market for a varmint scope. Will it be a sightron? I donít know yet. I would like to have a look at the monarch. If the finish appears more durable, the turrets are adjustable without tools, and the image is free of any perceptible warping when moving the scope

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Things must be evolving at Sightron.  I bought a Sightron pisol scope a couple years ago from a local dealer and do not recall any such paperwork.  After a couple of months, the side adjustment came apart from the recoil and the dealer replaced the scope on the spot: no fuss, no S&H costs, and no real time lost.  I was quite impressed with the service. ( I was an established customer of that shop for whatever that might have meant.) The new scope has worked fine and is very clear.
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Anyone else have an S2 where the image at the center larger than the periphery? If its just my scope would be good to know.

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Originally posted by rtavernetti rtavernetti wrote:

 I would have to rate is as a best buy at $219.

 

Have you looked at the  Weaver 3X9-32 rimfire scope ?

 

http://www.swfa.com/pc-2319-257-weaver-3-9x32-classic-rimfir e-rifle-scope.aspx

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To continue this thread one more time,  I liked my pistol scope so much that I just got a Sll 6X fixed power scope for $120. ( Sightron has discontinued that model according to their website.)   It came packaged as yours, but with no complicated warranty info, just the usual warranty card to mail in. It is very clear and bright and does not have the problem to which you refer.  I am more than just pleased with it.
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