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    Since the new Simmons Aetec Master 4-14x44 appears to be permanently unavailable, what would be the best option for a .270WSM?  I am loooking for at least 3.5 inches of eye relief, 14 to 16 power on the top end and a price tag around $300 or less.  It also needs to hold up under the farily stout recoil of a lightweight rifle chambered in  .270WSM.  I am considering:
Nikon Buckmark 4.5x14
Burris FFII     4.5x14
Weaver V16  4x16
Weaver Grand Slam 4.5x14
Sightron 4.5x14.
So far I am leaning toward the Buckmark as it appears to offer the best value.  I guess another option would be to downgrade a little and consider a 4-12 in a Leupold VX-1 or VX-11.  Or break the bank for another $150 to $200 and just get a VX-III, which I would prefer not to do, since I believe a good serviceable scope can be had without paying the "Leupold premium".
I currently have a Burris Fullfield II 3x9 Ballistic Plex mounted on the rifle, but would like a little more magnification for shooting 200 yard groups at the range and hopefully 300 yard rock chucks this spring.  I like the Burris fine for deer hunting and shooting groups at 100 yards off the bench, but would just like a little more magnification.  Any thoughts?
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Weaver GS, FFII, Nikon, in that order.

 

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Grand SLam has pretty short eye relief. Definitely less than 3.5".

 

Weaver V16 does not have the glass to compete with the rest of these scopes.

 

I have not seen the new Nikon Buckmaster yet.

 

SIghtron has the most eye relief of the bunch (either 4.5-14 or 4-16 model) and better glass than Fullfield II.

 

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I think the Weaver has the best optical performance out of the ones listed (although I have not looked at the Sightron SII but as stated above it should be considered).  I would not think that the .270 WSM would have so much recoil that it would require a scope with a large amount of eye relief.  However, if eye relief is a concern then I would look at the NEW Nikon Buckmaster then the Burris Fullfield.  I personally dont think the glass on the Weaver V series is as good as the others and is not close to the Grandslam series.  
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In my searching around, I found a Sightron SII 3x12x42. for a shade under $300.  Anyone have any personal experience with that particular model?  The Sightrons claim to have about the second best eye relief behind Leupold.  While the Weavers, Burris's and Bushnells seem to come up a little short in that area.  I have made do with my current Fullfield II, but it did manage to nail my 16 year old on the eyebrow.  (I guess 140 pounds on a 6'4" frame just isn't enough mass to soak up the recoil of a .270WSM)  So I am trying to improve the eye relief as well as add some magnification.  I would have no problems with any of them on  a varmint rifle or up to a .260 Rem or 6.5x55, but the short mag probably should have at least 3.5 inches.  Other ideas still appreciated.
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I've played with it.  It is a nice scope.

 

Ilya

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