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I had never heard of this scope line until this fall when I took a friend of mine from Illinois elk hunting here in WY. He had a super nice custom 308 Rem 700 with this Super Sniper scope mounted on it. I was a little skeptical to say the least, being a Leupold man. We spent some time looking through it and shooting it out to 1100 yards and it was a real eye opener. His has the HD glass and it was impressive to say the least. We were in the big, wide open sage and cedar country around here and could strecth out and look over a lot of country. Really, really good glass.

I am in the process of making a rifle like his (poor mans version) and started with an SPS in 308 and put the best scope I could afford on it, the 10x42 SS. No HD glass, and I was nervous about it. I have to say it's the best value scope I've ever looked through. I've been putting it through the paces this last month and can't find a thing I don't like about it. Very, very decent glass and it comes back to zero every time. These are great scopes for the money.
 
My friend made a very good shot on his bull elk at 400yds. For him and his rifle it was a chip shot. Took the arteries off the top of his heart and that bull didn't run 30 yards. Great hunt.
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Good deal, On the elk shot. Thanks for the kinds words on the SS, I'm sure SWFA is thankful for them.
 
I have a 10X
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2=5x20's and love them. I need 1 5x20 and 1 3x9 to finish out my collection. SS and a great scop at really good value.
 
 
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The SS scopes are arguably the best value in riflescopes out there.  Welcoem to the SS brotherhood Wink

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Thanks for the welcome.
 
I do some minor work on rifles, mounting scopes, trigger work, glass bedding and floating (occasionally), so I see a lot of rifles and scopes come my way before hunting seasons start. I have been telling people about these since I found out about them and they've all been skeptical. Now that I have mine they can do a side by side comparison and see for themselves.
I have a bench and a range up to 400 yds right next to my house here on the ranch (maybe 75 yds away) and yesterday I had a fellow show up with his rifle that was having problems (which turned out to be under charged 270WSM reloads that were giving him hangfires). He had mounted a Burris FFII 3x9 on it. Neither of us could really make out bullet holes with that scope, I've run into a few of them that were not the clearest but they tend to hold zero. He was amazed how clearly we could make out bullet holes at 100 and 200 yds with my scope. He then cracked out the VXIII on his other rifle and we had it set at 10X and compared with my SS 10x42. It was a more even contest than either of us would have guessed.
He asked how expensive this scope was and about crapped down both legs when I told him they are a $299 scope. I wouldn't be surprised to see one on his rifle before too long.
I have to admit that I was like most of these guys. I believed it had to be Leupold, Swarovski, etc., etc. to be a good scope. I was wrong.
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Except I think SVT is being diplomatic by saying "arguably" since they are just hands down the best value. That isn't to say that they will work for every application but there's pretty much an SS model that will fit most needs. Another model that would be great for hunting in the situation J-L described would be the SS 3-9. The glass is not as good as the HD glass in the 5-20 or I imagine the 10X HD. But it is as good as any Nightforce glass I've looked through.

Among the reasons I'd highly recommend the 3-9 is being able to dial mag down for a wide field of view. I was talking to a buddy of mine who spent most of his 3-day hunt in SE Montana pursuing the largest mule deer buck he's gotten in 25 years of hunting. He finally jumped the big guy @ 25 yards walking down a gully (often referred to as a "coulee" in the NW). Last year, his dad missed a similar opportunity because he left his scope @ 9X after dutifully making sure it was sighted in.
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I agree, the 10x isn't the best for dogging the brush. I got mine for shooting longer ranges and especially antelope and coyotes. I have been thinking really hard about putting a 6X42 on my 30-06 before too long (as soon as my cull cow check comes in). That seems like it would be a little better in those situations where you might surprise something a little close up. The 3x9 would be a great idea too, but I want to blow the difference money on reloading supplies.

If I'm hunting elk in thicker stuff I have different guns altogether. I like my 35 Whelen a bunch. It wears a 3x9 VXII. The other rifle is a 45-70 with a 2.5X Leupold compact (carry it in the griz country too on pack trips).
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I am thinking of getting SWFA SS Scope for my .204 where as I don't need very high power. The only thing I don't like is the weight issue I like to keep my rifles under 7 pounds. But, I have heard nothing but good things about them. I don't think they make a 3x9 4x10 under 15oz or under?
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