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    Posted: October/21/2014 at 10:11
It has been a while since I used one so I thought I would update myself and everyone on the subject scope.  I've been meaning to get back into some target shooting for a while and the Swift Premier 8-32 seemed like a good starting point.  

First, my wife likes it, so I'm halfway "there"…  I'm in the process of mounting it on a .243 BAR, so this is just a set of first impressions.  

It is a nice, sleek package with shooting targets in mind.  Comes with a 4 inch sunshade.  It is not a tactical scope and is not a hunting scope… though if pressed into service, could perform those functions… just have to know when and how to apply it.  Though, I doubt that it would stand up to a lot of really hard usage.  If you saw "Lone Survivor", it won't take that kind of punishment… I don't think… but not many optics will.  

The quadraplex reticle is clean and well defined.  I've run through all the power settings and worked the AO and focus and I can read the names on tombstones at a cemetery about a mile from my house at 32x.  The eyebox is a little "critical"… not too bad, not as bad as some much more expensive scopes I have in my possession, but one must find the "sweet spot" when addressing the rifle (I had it loosely put on the rifle with a set of rings I don't intend to use on it… the rings I am going use are "used" and, unfortunately, require some cleaning up before they are useable.  They are TPS and still in pretty good shape, but obviously used by someone who does not know how to mount a scope on a rifle.  They are fairly caked with white Loctite and need a lot of cleaning before I will put them on my rifle).  
Adjustments are audible and tactile and one could wish a LOT of "tactical" scopes had adjustments that were as clean and crisp.   Adjustments are 1/4 MOA.  

The glass is very good for the price point.  I don't think there is anything out there that touches it in the price range and it is better than some much more expensive scopes. 

Overall "first impression" is that the Swift Premier 8-32 is as good or better a value than I remembered.  

It is inexpensive… it's not "cheap"…

I'll be taking it to the range in the next few days and am looking forward to continuing this evaluation.  Certainly, this assessment will not touch on durability, but I do have some past history with Swift products and they were well constructed.  Three of my four daughters started out learning to shoot with a Swift 3-12 and  Leatherwood Sporter ART.  This one seems, at first glance, as well put together as the ones I have encountered before.  I have a feeling I will enjoy this review as much as any I've done.  I really like this little scope.  Well, not really "little"… without the sunshade it is 16.9 inches long…  but it's a target scope.  

More to come on this one… I'm anxious to test it out in diminishing light conditions at high power.  




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Check POA changes with respect to the image focus.

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I shall…

My BIG issue… I FORGOT that I put a 20MOA rail on the BAR… adjustment range has never been Swift's strong point.  Couldn't get near a zero.  Finally found a BAR flat rail and got it zeroed.  I'll check out POA change possibilities this weekend.  
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I took off early today just to run this test.  
1) My last shot when I zeroed was at 32x so I cranked the scope all the way down to 8x, adjusted parallax and fired one round.. dead center,
2) cranked to 20x, adjusted parallax, fired one shot… dead center…
3) cranked to 10x, adjusted parallax, fired one shot… dead center…
4) cranked to 24x, adjusted parallax, fired two shot… one canted left, one canted right… both hit exactly where expected based upon approximately 45deg cant,
5) cranked to 32x, adjusted parallax all the way down and all the way up to "infinity", then adjusted to max resolution… dead center… I did this 4 more times… all the way down to 8x, up to 32x, adjusted parallax all the way down, all the way up at the low end and high end and then to max res.  

The only POI change I got was when I canted the rifle left and right.  
                                                                                                                                                             
Northern Alabama is not a great place for 8x or more, I have to plan for anything longer than 100 yards most of the time.  However, I will have no problem taking this scope and rifle combo hunting.  I've always loved the 243 BAR and the more I shoot it with the Swift Premier 8-32, the better I like them both.  My first hunt this year, will be with the Champlin 378 Weatherby Magnum, but there is a 243 hunt not far behind it.  

10 rounds is not a very big sample, but given the results, I think it adequate for this test and conclusion set.  I can make no statement as to long term durability of the Swift 8-32, but it's still looking good.  The glass is very good.  It is not Swarovski or Zeiss class glass, but the scope cost less than 10% the price of theirs and I dare say there are a number of people who could not tell the difference in glass quality.  At dawn and dusk, there is enough light to shoot at 32x.  I've not really exercised it in full dark, yet.  This review is in the early stages.  Before it is over, the scope will get a real workout.  


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The test I had in mind was to not change magnification, but rather change the parallax setting.

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Well, I moved the parallax around as much as it can be moved, but why would I need or want to change parallax setting if I don't change distance or magnification??? I'm distance limited here until I get some heavy duty mowing and tree cutting done.  But changing mag causes a parallax setting change.  However, I will try different distances when I get to the Skyline or Maple Ridge range/s.  I can also try changing the P-setting and then see if I can "align myself" to make the shot… that is not a thing I would ever do, though.
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I've spent a box of shells changing distances, parallax settings, readjusting diopter (just for grins)… no POI change.  

There is some fuzziness at 32x, seems like the parallax adjustment needs about another half turn to get it "fine tuned"…. however, it is NOT destructive to being able to make a shot.  The Swift 8-32 is a very nice scope for a low price.  It seems an excellent match for the 243BAR, so that is where it will reside.  Zeroed at 300 with Winchester 95gr ballistic silver tips gives me a 350 yard PBR.  I'm happy with that.
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I echo your sentiment about Swift scopes being inexpensive but not cheap, and your comment that the glass is very good for the price point. I have 2 Swifts, one 3-9 and another 4-12 with parallax adjustment. Only issue with them is that the power adjustment is tight.  For basic scopes they are an excellent value.
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