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I am planning to outfit two rifles for European hunting (6.5x55 and .308).  Based on my experience hunting in Central Europe over the past two years, I have narrowed my choice down to two high end scopes which both offer excellent light gathering and illuminated reticles needed for late evening hunts:

- Swarovski PH Illum 30mm 3-12x50

- S&B Illum 30mm 3-12x50

 

I find it hard to find any differences between the two, with both having highly variable illumination control for both bright and twilight conditions.  The only noticible thing is the weight difference with the S&B weighing 5 oz more.  In addition, the S&B costs $70 more.

 

So it really comes down to the glass and the coatings.  Does any one have any input on this choice which may be helpful to me?

 

I appreciate all the valuable info found on the board.

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I am vary familar with both companies and have used products from both and have had dealings sending product back to both for different reasons.

 

Swaro Strengths

Great Glass, Very Good Build and Swaro will replace the product if it fails.

 

Swaro Weakness

I have had binos and swaro scopes after many hard enviroment hunts fail and fill with moisture. Have had family memebers after many African & Alaskan Hunts also have Swaros products fail to moisture. On the other hand Swaro always replaced them with new product no questions asked. Also to give a little slack these Swaro Products were really used for many years before failure.

 

S&B Strengths

Great Glass, (34mm Models are awesome) Build is Awesome and if you feel your S&B needs a check up or a rebuild S&B will do it no questions asked. S&B will even take 2nd hand bought scopes and rebuild them and even build custom reticles!

 

S&B Weakness

Never had one fail nor seen one fail... If I ever find a weakness I will post.

 

I guess looking at what I wrote I would vote S&B.

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Both great scopes, I would probablyget the S&B.

 

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2 great scopes. I'll go with the S&B as well.

 

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Thanks to each of you for taking the time to give your oppinion and experiences.  I am leaning toward the S&Bs and will let you know how they work out for me finally.
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I have been wondering the same thing as well.  I have owned 2 Zeiss VM/Vs and a S&B and have been eyeing a Swarovski for a while.  I had a credit at a local gun shop and I noticed they were selling a Swarovski PH 1.5-6x42 for $919 brand new in the box.  At that price I could not pass it up so I told them to hold it for me.  I even called Swarovski with the serial # just to make sure it had full warranty.  Anyway I am picking it up in the morning.  Over the weekend I will try to compare it against my S&B 3-12x42 and let you know how the optics compare.  I don't mean to add to your confusion but I would also consider a Zeiss 2.5-10x50.  It is the lightest and most compact 50mm of its class and it is an awesome scope as well.
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