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I am looking at both of these scopes in 6-24x50 for my Remington 700 SPS Varmint .308. I have not seen a bad word about either scope in online reviews and specs seem pretty close, but I'm not able to hold or look through either one locally. Has anybody had experience with either -- preferably both? Any opinions on glass quality, durability, etc.? If you could pick only one, which one would it be and why?

I will really appreciate all the help I can get on this. I am limited at present to 600 yards but my goal is to stretch that to maybe 1000 someday. I have a Vortex Viper HS 4-16x44 LR on a 20moa base now but seems to me there's got to be more/better.
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Not exactly the same magnification but I had a 4-16x50 Weaver Classic Extreme and was not impressed at all. Clarity was good on it but it was heavy and the adjustments were mushy feeling. The illumination was really bad IMHO. It gave off a halo effect around the edges of the glass in low light which made it very difficult to use. Unless it was really cloudy the illumination could not be seen during the day or if was brighter outside. Illumination knob was hard to turn and very sloppy feeling. Basically a very UN-refined scope with a great idea. Heck side by side a Super Slam their nearly identical in looks and it felt rugged. Again, the glass was pretty good though for the price point and the eye relief was good also.

Like any other Weaver they are a good scope on sale or Closeout but No way I would ever pay retail price for one! I Have always liked Weaver's so I'm certainly not bashing them (their fixed power compacts have been great as well as the Super Slam etc) but it's really not that great of a scope. I guess for <$300 I would say that's about what it is worth. I have a buddy who still has his Weaver Classic Extreme and the same issues are present on his. I was also surprised to see my Classic Extreme was made in the Phillippines and not JAPAN. Between those two I would pick the HS-T but for a few bucks more an old Zeiss Conquest would be a solid choice if you are ok with a 1" scope.   Everyone's eyes and opinions differ but that was just my personal experience with the Classic Extreme. I was happy to let mine go.

Best of luck to you!

Edited by eas - February/14/2015 at 00:58
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Thanks. I appreciate the heads up and ordered the Vortex.
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