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I'm looking for opinions or first hand experience on what you guys out there consider the best scope for ruggedness and holding zero. Would prefer glass quality very good to excellent

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SS 3x9 or SS 10XHD  end of discussion
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 In it's price range,plus some,this would be one of those at the top:
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SS scopes (from everything i've read and heard) and Bushnell's elite 4200's can be dropped off a cliff and still function....
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Hopefully BigDaddy will stick his head in here and tell you how tough the SS scopes are

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How do any of you feel about the Swarv PH, AV or Conquest????
 
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 I can only speak about the Conquest (4X in particular).  Other than not knowing how it will hold up (I recently got it) there is NOTHING I don't like about it.
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I have a 10X SS I ran over with my truck a few years ago and it still works like a charm. I had it leaning on the front tire on the drivers side and drove right off with it still there. The front tire ran over the action/scope at a 45 degree angle and the back tire just monster trucked it.  I droped the 3X SS from about 4 feet off my loading bench a few times while testing it and changint the rifles it was on. it work perfect after picking it up off the floor. I would say they are crazy tuff.
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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

I have a 10X SS I ran over with my truck a few years ago and it still works like a charm. I had it leaning on the front tire on the drivers side and drove right off with it still there. The front tire ran over the action/scope at a 45 degree angle and the back tire just monster trucked it.  I droped the 3X SS from about 4 feet off my loading bench a few times while testing it and changint the rifles it was on. it work perfect after picking it up off the floor. I would say they are crazy tuff.
 
Enough said, unless someone happened to run over their SS with an Abrams.
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No, not yet but give it time and I will try it. Althought the tire was 38in's tall if that matters.
I picked it up wiped the cow poo off it and it never lost its zero.
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I dont think any one mentioned the SS10HD glass(i personally have not seen it ) but the reports are it is REALLLLLLLLY GOOD. For the money I doubt you will find a tougher scope with glass that can beat the SS10HD.

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I have a SS10x HD,several Conquest, Bushnell Elite 6500,& a few other top quality scopes,None compare to the SWFA SS10x HD.The only other baseball bats  I know of are 3x the price of the SS & I don't think they will mechanically outdo the SS,but they do have better glass by a small margin!
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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

I have a 10X SS I ran over with my truck a few years ago and it still works like a charm. I had it leaning on the front tire on the drivers side and drove right off with it still there. The front tire ran over the action/scope at a 45 degree angle and the back tire just monster trucked it.  I droped the 3X SS from about 4 feet off my loading bench a few times while testing it and changint the rifles it was on. it work perfect after picking it up off the floor. I would say they are crazy tuff.

If you ever ask to borrow a rifle, remind me to just refer you to pyro or KickBoxer...
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   Most of my scopes haven't really lived that tuff of a life in terms of driving a vehicle over them. I have found the old steel tube weavers pretty tuff. My 4x was knocked off the bench once and when I picked it up it was still on zero and working fine. I also had an old K10 years ago. It was sitting on the ground on a harris bipod on one of our ground hog hunts. Buddy kicked it over and when it fell it hit the edge of a rock sticking out of the ground and made a pretty large dent in the side perpendicular to the tube just ahed of the turrets. It worked fine and since I was poorer than Job's turkey I used it like that for a couple of years . I eventually traded it off on a rifle because it just bugged me to look at it.
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Either my SS variable, or my Burris scopes.  Have had a couple of the Burris (FFII and Black Diamond) scopes rolled on by horses and survived fine.  Carried all of them on horse hunts.  And horses are not easy on scopes.  Plus all the miles banging around in my truck.
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One forum member rigged up a recoil machine and pounded a bunch of scopes to oblivion.
Vortex Viper came out real tough, which is just what other forum members say about them.

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Me and a buddy were in gun store back in the late '90's, and happended upon some NightForce scopes in the case. We had never seen or heard of them at that time. We got the sales guy to let us handle one, and after a few questions, the dude said, "watch this".
He grabbed the small end and slammed the bell down on a padded bar stool, pretty freak'n hard I might add, and said, "betcha can't do that with your scope at home".

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Originally posted by Alan Robertson Alan Robertson wrote:

Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

I have a 10X SS I ran over with my truck a few years ago and it still works like a charm. I had it leaning on the front tire on the drivers side and drove right off with it still there. The front tire ran over the action/scope at a 45 degree angle and the back tire just monster trucked it.  I droped the 3X SS from about 4 feet off my loading bench a few times while testing it and changint the rifles it was on. it work perfect after picking it up off the floor. I would say they are crazy tuff.

If you ever ask to borrow a rifle, remind me to just refer you to pyro or KickBoxer...
That is all.

kickboxer has me beat, his guns take down trees, mine just shoot through them.Bucky
bd has a .458win mag right now ask him about it.
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Originally posted by Corndawg Corndawg wrote:

Me and a buddy were in gun store back in the late '90's, and happended upon some NightForce scopes in the case. We had never seen or heard of them at that time. We got the sales guy to let us handle one, and after a few questions, the dude said, "watch this".
He grabbed the small end and slammed the bell down on a padded bar stool, pretty freak'n hard I might add, and said, "betcha can't do that with your scope at home".

 
  Shoulda asked to buy that one at half price.  Bucky
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Most quality fixed power scopes are very tough.  If you will be using it for hunting I would look strongly at the Leupold FX3   6x42 with long range duplex.   If you can live with a fixed 10 the Super Sniper 10x HD is a very nice scope and what is on my rifle.  You need to decide if you want tactical knobs or not and how you will use it makes a big difference in what is the right choice.  If you find that you are in that really really good scope crowd the tactical Zeiss Heinsold is the best scope in the world. 
 
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My old Leupy Vari3x 3,5-10x40 took a fall onto a hard surface dirt road. The road was surfaced with crushed rock etc. The rifle slipped of my shoulder as I was about to climb aboard a vehicle. The scope took the punch, with a few scratches. It never lost zero though.
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bigdaddy ran a ss-10x over with his pickup and it survived.
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Originally posted by Alan Robertson Alan Robertson wrote:

Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

I have a 10X SS I ran over with my truck a few years ago and it still works like a charm. I had it leaning on the front tire on the drivers side and drove right off with it still there. The front tire ran over the action/scope at a 45 degree angle and the back tire just monster trucked it.  I droped the 3X SS from about 4 feet off my loading bench a few times while testing it and changint the rifles it was on. it work perfect after picking it up off the floor. I would say they are crazy tuff.

If you ever ask to borrow a rifle, remind me to just refer you to pyro or KickBoxer...
That is all.
 
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My S.S. has taken some abuse and kept on ticking. While nothing like BD, it has survived a really bad set of Burris rings, and a fall down a pretty good AZ canyon with my fat ass tied to it! No loss of zero, but some pretty good bruises on my back! 
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You didn't mention price range or weight requirements, but scopes do not get much stronger than US Optics.

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