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I have a FN SPR in 308 and will be purchasing a new scope for it - my choices are down to either a Sightron SIII 6x24x50 30mm or a Leupold 6.5-20 30mm Long Range Target scope.  The rifle is strictly a long range paper puncher (I use it in 500 yard shoots at small targets) and would like thoughts on the advantages/disadvantages of these 2 scopes.  I am trading in a Nikon Tactical 4x16 which although an excellent scope does not have the magnification I want.
 
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I have the Leupold 6.5x20x50 varmit scope, very sweet!!! Alot of people tried to keep me away from them , but I ran up on a deal last year and picked this scope up less then half the price of a new one. I like it better then my Swarovski and thats saying alot. 
 
I havent looked at a Sightron, But I can tell you you will get everything you pay for it the Leupold
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I have a few Leupolds (Vari-X II 3-9x40 and Vari-X III 6.5-20x40 and 8.5-25x40) and one Sightron (SS II 6.5-25x50).  Although in my opinion the Sightron isn't as good as the Leupolds, it is a nice scope.  My main complaints with the Sightron are the rather thick cross wires and the low knobs on the turrets move very easily and I can barely feel the clicks.
 
If you have the bucks I would spring for the Leupold.  Just my $.02 worth.
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I'd go for the Sightron.  The new S3 (there was a redesign), IMO, runs circle around any Leupold other than (possibly) VX-7 as far as optics and repeatability are concerned.

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Thanks for the info and I've have decided to go with the Sightron SIII 6x24 - decision now is to go with either the dot or mil-dot reticle - thoughts on this?  For my target shooting purposes the dot seems to make sense - easier to spot bullet holes and field of view less cluttered.  Make sense?
 
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SIII or SIIB will run circles around the VXIII line.

Much better tracking

Much better control of the erector assembly

Upgrade in glass

Equal or better warranty

Really not a hard choice to make!

Rob
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The Sightron is redesigned with better glass and internal adjustments.I would take the Sightron II  over the VXIII.The glass on the Big Sky compares to my Zeiss Conquest.The only thing is Sightron does not replace the discontinued scopes with a new product, they well try to repair or an upgrade to a Big Sky cost around $150.00 if the customer request it.
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Hunter12345, I do know that Sightron does keep many of the discontinued scopes wharehoused for this purpose. Obviously if the scope is 15-20 years old the stock isn't probably going to be gone. I know at this time they have the 1.5-6X42 SII only available for replacement purposes.

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I wish they did but learned that all of the discontinued scopes are repaired or you have it replaced with an SII 3-9x42.I own many Sightron scopes and have had an issue with a 3-9x42 SII which was replaced no questions asked.This time my 2-7x32 SII has a problem with adjustment and contacted Sightron and got a choice of just a 3-9X42 SII for a product replacement only and pay for an upgrade to get a Big Sky.Sightron still has good customer service just the cost has driven them to repair the discontinued scopes, by the way the 2-7x32 SII cost me more to buy than the SII 3-9x42 but Sightron management advised that the 3-9x42 cost the company more to produce than the SII 2-7x32.At this time that is not the case of discontinued scopes are in storage, found that out last week.I hope Sightron can make its way into the major retailors here in the U.S.
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Have had the Sightron 8-32x56SIII DOT for several months. First scope I've ever spent that much on..and I have to say, all the info I learned on this forum was right on..Glass is THE most important single piece of equipment to learn to shoot up to your best..I shoot it on a Savage Target action-Shilen .243AI .270 neck 28" bbl-Stockade PD-Tactical stock. And on a Savage F T/R .308.Warne QD rings on Ken Ferrell's 20moa bases..IT WORKS. I shot my buddies Leupold 6.5-20 or 25 x50 the same day, next bench..same target....NO comparison in clearity and resolution...side focus is right on...and noticebly brighter...I got my money's worth.  Leupold has a gret scope no doubt...but the Sightron out shines it for like money...I agree, the reticle dot is 1/4 moa and I am having mine changed to 1/8 moa...other than that it is all I'll ever need.... Thanks to SWFA...one happy customer  Consistant sub-1/4 moa 5 shot groups with my formed brass and load/bullet combination
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   I FINALLY found me a new Sll 1.5-6x42. I haven't mounted it on anything yet but will say it compares favorably with my new VXlll 1.75-6x32 which I have mounted and sighted in but haven't hunted with yet. There are so far a few things about the Sll I like better. It's image is better edge to edge,the eye relief is better at 6x,it seems to be almost a consistant  e/r of 4" through out the power range,and it was CHEAPER.  Informal low light comparisons seem to be equal even though the objective is smaller on the VXlll. Better lenses/coatings on the Leupold? I do like the hvy plex on the VXlll better but the Sll's is ok. Right now I feel the Sll will end up replacing the VXlll that's on my .300 by next season. I've got a 9.3x62 coming I could use the VXlll on.
 
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