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So, my Super Sniper scope shows up today and I wanted to post a quickie review of the optics.

Note: I am an amatuer astronomer and have a good eye for quality optics (at least as far as stargazing goes).

I hold this scope to the same high standards.

We all know the following, that it is a tough, quality looking scope, with very good/to excellent fit and finish. made in Japan by Kenko Optics.

What many do not know is that the optical quality is quite sharp all the way to the edge of the field. Fine object resolution is excellent too. Those who look through a quality 50mm scope may notice a brighter picture, but that is likely a factor of the objective diameter, not optical quality. Do not confuse the brighter view afforded by larger scopes as better resolution. The resolving power of this scope is probably 1/4 wave of light, better than expected. The low light performance is exactly what one would expect from a quality 40mm scope.

But I feel I must note one thing about the view brightness. You may feel more comfortable with a brighter scope under certain conditions. That one issue is enough to warrant a look at quality larger scopes if you target shoot at dusk.

Another interesting fact, it will focus quite close. I was able to get a clear focus at 15 feet, and it will focus beyond infinity. This gives a good cushion for different eyes, as everybody is different.

Now I am off to functionally test this thing.

cujet

EDIT: 10 X 40 SS with side focus and Burris Extreme Tactical 30mm rings.

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Thanks for your review!

 

Which particular SS did you buy?  10x, 16x, 20x???  Also, what rings did you go with?

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Good deal!

Thanks for the review.

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Well, I have a range report, and it is a good one! I was up against a formidable group of target shooters at the hundred yard range this weekend. Mostly bolt guys. My SS scope took 5 rounds to sight in, and was on paper from the get go! I did not boresight it or anything. That in itself is great and speaks volumes about quality control. I was able to compensate for very high cross winds and the results were fantastic. What impressed me the most was the clarity of the bullet holes. No spotting scope needed. The other guys had all sorts of issues, with scopes coming loose, mounts wearing, loosing zero and the like. And this was an experienced bunch with expensive eqpt.

 

The wind was howling, as this was the weather that produced all those Florida twisters. Most guys, no make that all the guys were getting 5 inch groups or worse, except me. I guess the combo of a heavy gun, good scope and good ammo did the trick. My groups were tight, ragged holes, with 20 through the same hole by the end of the day!

 

I was so pleased. In fact, I felt like a hero with such good tight groups and repeatable results. I even went around the target "box" by adjusting the knobs, that was near perfect too, with some allowance for my lack of skill doing this and not knowing exactly how much to turn the knobs.

 

Great fun and a tough little scope with clear optics and repeatable adjustments. Now for the calibrated knobs for a dummy like me.

 

cujet

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Cujet, if you do not mind me asking, how do you know that the Super Sniper is made by Kenko?  I do not think I've heard that before.

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It says so right on the scope.
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Originally posted by cujet cujet wrote:

It says so right on the scope.


That's interesting.  I recall there was a heated discussion on who makes the Super Sniper and Chris (the gentleman who runs SWFA and this forum) did not want to tell anyone.  I am surprised that it says so on the scope (or on the box?).  Also, no one, to my knowledge noticed that marking before.  Maybe it is new.

Anyhow, Kenko is a well respected optical instrument maker (owned by Hoya, I think, which has just acquired Pentax).

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I saw nothing in the box or in the paperwork about Kenko, only Tasco paperwork dated 1995. However the scope clearly said Kenko Optics and had a Kenko QC sticker also.

 

cujet

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