Location: Northern NY
SWFA SS 3-9x42 Tactical Riflescope: $599 + ~$15 shipping
Bushnell 3-12x44mm Matte Illuminated MilDot: $695 Free Shipping
Looking at these for an Remington XCR Compact Tactical .308 that will be used for mostly hunting, but would like to play at the longer .308 ranges. There are no plans for any competitions or anything like that, but you never know.
Most of the hunting ranges are within 200 yds (actually shoot most whitetail within 50 yds), but will possible use this to hunt some elk, caribou, etc. at longer ranges.
I like the reviews on the ss 3-9x42 but I am not sure that 9x is quite enough for the longer distances. I know the .308 is pretty good out to 700yds with 168gr, and can go to 1000 with some 175gr bullets so I would like to have a scope capable of those distances.
For only about $70 bones more I can get parallax adj., Iluminated Reticle (thinking coyotes) and 3x more magnification on the Bushnell.
The reviews on the SS are amazing (they are loved) but the few reviews on the bushnell are quite good also. I am leaning towards the bushnell because of the options, and from what I have read the optics should be similar.
What about durability? This will be a gun that is used and will get bumped, dropped, rained on, snow, cold to hot temp swings, etc. Haven't heard much about the Bushnell's durability.
So for the questions. Is the bushnell the better deal for only $70 more, or should I go with the SS.