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Noticed an interesting SWFA auction on E-bay and wanted to get others on the scope.

US Optics reputation precedes itself, so glass and build quality are probably exceptional and price it is listed at is very competitive.  Information on whether it is a FFP or SFP is limited.  One review I did read was that it was a dual focal plane, but need to do some reading on that one.

Bouncing between the idea of mounting either an Aimpoint or a 1-4x/6x scope on my AR.  I realize the Aimpoint will be faster for target acquisition but the variable scope has the advantage for precision fire at ended ranges.  All about compromises.  AR will spend most of its time shooting at targets between 10-300 yards.

Other variable scope in the running is the SWFA 1-6x.  I had the 1-4x and was very pleased with the scope, but higher magnification is a plus since it may spend some time on my .308 SASS.

Any insight/reviews on the SN-4?  Enough to set it apart from the SWFA?
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Marine24, as I understand it, with the dual focal plane USO scope, the reticle is in the second focal plane in the lower powers (not sure where the change is made) and in the first focal plane in the higher powers.
This sounds ideal for someone like myself, who's eyes has trouble with the reticle in the first focal plane at lower powers for a CQ scope. The cost of the scope was also an issue for me, so I'm not real familiar with the scope. If your eyes are good with a FFP scope in the lower powers, then the SWFA 1-6 would be the way to go and save yourself some coin. I think the reticle in the 1-6 SWFA probably works better for that type of scope too. JMHO
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Just checked USO's site. The SR-8c 1-8x has a red dot in the SFP that can be turned on when needed. You also have a choice of 2 different reticles in the FFP, both are Mil based. The MSRP is $2,495.
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BeltFed:  Appreciate the input.  I'm not very familiar with dual focal plane scopes, but see the IOR, Premier and Leupold are some that offer it.

I didn't have a problem with the SWFA 1-4x scope at 1X other than speed on to the target compared to my Aimpoint.  No big surprise there.

Need to do some research on the DFP scope.  IOR 1-10X scope looks interesting but not sure of the rationale with having a .308 calibrated turret and a 5.56 calibrated reticle.  I like their scopes but petite isn't a word I would associated with IOR.

Good info on the SR-8c but little pricey for my tastes or needs.

The SWFA 1-6X seems like the right fit for me.  Given my experience with their 1-4X, I expect great things out of their latest release.
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I know what you mean about the IOR. I have the 1.5-8x, and while I love the reticle, the BDC is only good at 8x for 55gr NATO loads (it's SFP). And like you said, it's not petite.
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Whenever I think of USO I think of.....WEIGHT. I love USO stuff, but man it's heavy. 
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I went through some of the same issues for the 223 AR

I have a 1.5 X 4 Leupold VXR patrol on my light carbine works fine out to 200 yds
 A 1 X 6 SFWA on a heavier Carbine and love it
Both of these once zeroed at 200 will not change turret setting  I dope it out in the scope

The 308 AR platform is another problem I am working on

The 223's I generally limit to @ 300yds so the Leupold is underpowered and the SFWA is at max for my eyes.  But it works great.

The 308 AR I want to take out to 600 yds and need at least 10x to make it but don't want to put on a scope that is bigger than the freaking rifle or make it look like a Xbox sniper rifle. I also want a low power for the bugger that ops up close which is where it will reside most of the time.  At this range I ned to dail in the wind corrections so I need the turrets  exposed and want .10 MIL turrets.

the SFWA and the US Optics are within two ounces of each other so I don't think it is an issue. The 1X6 Leupold mk6 (TMR) if you want for both 223 and 308 is 2 grand and I have a hard time justifying that much money for a 1 X 6

The 1X10 IOR is the heaviest of the bunch and you pay for it
from here the $ go out the window for say the Leupold MK8, Swarovski, Khales, etc. 

that is my two cents but I will watch the replies to see what others come up with

Wish SFWA would come up with a 1 X 10 or even a 2 X 10 in the 1X6 HD package for under 1500 and I would be very happy. 
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I'm going with the SWFA 1-6x for my 16" AR.  I used to be able to shoot out to 600 yards with irons, when I could see that far, and expect the 1-6x will fit the bill for ringing steel at that range.

On my AR SPR, I went with SWFA 3-15x since it is primarily a varmint/predator rig.  I don't expect I'll get the opportunity to shoot beyond 600 yards, but it will give me the precision fires I'm looking for in this setup.

On my .308 DPMS SASS, I have a Weaver Tactical 4-20x.  This is a 800 yard rifle.  I just picked this up and hope to provide my opinions on it once I can get to the range.  My initial impressions are favorable, but more to follow.

I considered the Weaver Tactical 1-5x, but prefer a simple mil-dot, as opposed to a BDC reticle.  Glass quality wasn't bad, but my SWFA 1-4x was better and expect the 1-6x will be the same.
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The only Add I can put on this is out here the Mirage becomes an issue at higher power and the limited field of view makes it hard for me to pick out and run with movers, so I tend t power down some from your selection,  but I can't argue with your choices and it sounds like good advice.  I have the SFWA 1X6 on a 16" AR and agree (First SFWA I own)  if the quality holds for the other products it sounds like a winner. 

When I go from 600 to a grand I gravitate to bolt action with a 3X15 Nightforce (kind of the girl I brought to the dance and as far as I will go with the 308) 

Longer than that is in the 338 to 50 world and I just can't pay to play there (but have friends who do and it is much better to play with theirs than go with the investment right now).  they all run 5 to 25 range one has 8 to 32 (pain for me to hold really still even prone)
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