I believe this is my first review so please bear with me. I will try to list this as appropriately as I know how.
I will be focusing on features that particularly set this scope aside or more in front of those in its price range and why this particular scope can fit a multitude of purposes
I have to first start by thanking a particular person on this site. He has ingrained in me 2 things 1 unexpected things can come from unexpected places, and 2 you can get quality in optics less than $1,000.
The first review will be very brief.
I was looking for a scope with a high magnification range but still had some adjustment this provided me with 50 MOA.
This scope has side focus is once piece HQAA ( high quality aircraft aluminium I cannot stand the use of this as a marketing tool). It is listed as double the thickness of the 1" models, Waterproof, fog proof, it has a European style fast focus knob this has the ExacTrack elevation and windage
Large oversized target knobs with 1/8 inch adjustment (not as much of a turnoff for myself) Non-Exposed Turrets, the Knobs could have been a little heavier. This has side Parallax focus down to 10. This has the ZACT-7 and other specs as below. If you want more go to www.sightron.com.
Specifications for Sightron S-III SS 10-50x60 Side Focus Riflescope:
Features of Sightron S III SS 10-50x 60mm Side Focus Rifle Scope:
Initial impressions: well finished decent weight, not to heavy, everything seems solid.
Ok here come my only complaints about this scope. The adjustments are 1/8 MOA not a deal breaker for me as I am only punching paper, with that said the adjustments were very squishy/mushy, not sloppy as they seemed to stop but not very inhibited to moving a place forward or reverse. I will state another aesthetic complaint once I removed the Caps I told my self Ut Ohhh, The reason is it simply looked like Chinese Crap to me (at first until I started playing with it on paper).
Again I am only giving the 10-50 a short review.
Besides all the aesthetic details and specs of the scope, I am a practical individual lets see what it can do.
I took it out to the range and put 100 rounds down range, Zeroed nicely, then started Tracking, Tracked better than I ever thought it would even after hearing Sightron's are great trackers.
Started doing non standard box testing and ARC testing...I can say this with astonishment, WOW... this performed better than I was even prepared for after the Tracking tests, I was absolutely floored after feeling the squishy, dare I say, mess. Cranked a ton and tried to be abusive to no avail everything was exactly as it were, once I returned to zero I dialed up down right left and could have made T H X all day long tired the trickery of O V W M A. Not a flaw with the precession and repeatability of the adjustments.
This scope was MIL-DOT accurate at 24x, astonishingly this was pretty decent to look through not as kind on the eyes as a PMII or a USO or even Zeiss or Swarovski but better than a MARK IV or VORTEX.
I would say the limit of this scope for non-headache magnification is around 36-38ish the rest is a little more light and hazey than I like. I took shots at even 50X that were perfectly centered but had to rest my eyes in between, I would have rather done some star gazing with that much magnification.
I will state this I have never looked through a scope that had this clear of higher magnification usually I see signs of lightening or hazing at around 24-25 and complete "clouding" at 30.
At 10x this is a true joy to look through at about 18 for me it starts to degrade slightly not really noticeable till 24 than staying there until 27 or 28 than a pretty quick drop off.
So I said I Make it Hurt, I want some more, I want some more.
This time I needed more Elevation Adjustment and still a 24x higher end enter the:
Already liking the Specs and the Adjustment Values MIL MIL
Specifications for Sightron SIII 6-24x50mm Riflescope SIIISS624X50LRMDCM:
Ok so for those needing it a chart to explain Mils (in inches)
Sorry for the horrible pictures I am no camera guy...
Ok so here I am with my new scope out of the BOX, as you already know I am deeply disappointed with the feel of the previous experience of the "Target Knobs" enter the TACTICAL KNOBS. I should not even put those two things in the same sentence...
These Tactical Knobs on this scope put to shame many others I have every felt. I mean ever felt.
They are the most significant feeling adjustments I have ever felt. They are like pulling a pneumatic nail gun trigger POP, POP, POP, vs (compared to a CLICK, CLICK, CLICK but more forceful) the typical tic, tic, tic.
I tell you I have no way to put into words the feel of this. They are by my limited words spectacular.
No slop, No play, No squish, No mush, No more, No less, they are by my definition as perfect as you could ask for(at any price range)
The scope is entirely usable at all powers without any noticeable degradation until you are above 20ish then some very little loss of definition.
Again the EXACT TRACT was flawless a true wonder to behold
I took this out and did the standard tests as well as some homemade ones requiring a very calm day a very steady bench and a very accurate set-up.
This was able to make 5 shot groups of less than 1 inch in an X and then I and H, not saying much but than to go through the power range and parallax and repeat says quite a bit.
I wrenched on this even worse than the target knobs, I went round and round and round and back again just to do it figuring lifetime warranty if I broke something, I tell you this if there was a break in period I can't tell the difference from the first time I spun those magnificent dials.
I was able to go out and down past the mil range in elevation and put 6 or 8 on each side of the line up of 20 target stands with the windage knobs came back to zero without a hiccup, actually I hiccuped as I forgot which target I was shooting at from left to right but when I figured it out I was baffled as I shot better than My last sight in group...
I am not a comparative reviewer to other scopes I mentioned a few but don't really think that it is fair.
I bought these scopes with the intentions of replacing some $2k and $3k scopes.
I am not at all missing what I gave up or replaced.
I will say that for me I could not even bare the mention of Sightron looking at a SI probably 8 or 9 years ago and thinking eewh.
Now I have a confidence that can only be had after getting one of the newer TACTICAL KNOB scopes in your hand...
I will post some other offerings that I know will do just fine...
Part of my desire for the 10-50 was to see them at their worst as for me I feel no manufacture will ever be able to solve the inherent issues with going to 50x...
Below is a link for this scope I now own.
PM me with any specifics. I am a straight shooter I will not sugar coat it...
The best tell of these scopes is the fact I have truly used every available adjustment Since I mostly shoot Subs and at extreme distances and I have yet to see a skipped position or a failed positive position...
I will try to update this post yearly to give feedback...
Edited by 338LAPUASLAP - May/03/2011 at 13:21
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