I just got my SS 3-9x variable in the mail last night. I immediately fondled it in private away from my wife's prying eyes and fell in love with it. Haven't taken it out shooting yet, but can't wait to. I replaced the Viper 6.5-20x50 mildot scope with the SS on my 6.5 Grendel target rifle. What impressed me a lot about the SS was the clarity of the glass, the small form factor, light weight, and attention to detail. Nothing wasted, but loaded with features. The most important thing to me, though, was eye relief and non-critical eye placement. What I mean is that with some scopes you have to have a PERFECT cheekweld and eye placement or otherwise you are getting blurriness or tunnel vision or have to spend a second moving your face forward or to the rear to be able to see the entire FOV, and even then if you move just a hair you lose it. Not so with the SS - I can actually be off more than 1/2 inch forward or back and still see everything. I can't say that about a lot of other scopes out there (my Zeiss Conquests are the exception).
And as I am learning, you do NOT need more than 9x for most applications when it comes to shooting.