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That depends on your application and the magnification range that you need.

Generally, Aetec is a better scope with better optics.

 

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i ditto koshikin, because the purpose you would use the 3.8-12 for, you wouldnt want to use the 6.5-20, and the other way around.

 

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   I have had a 3X10X44, .44 Mag series from Simmons, on a 30.06, and it has been excellent. In 4 years, I have had no problems with it, and it has accounted for much game.  I bought a new WBY vanguard this fall, and put a Sightron SII on it, but, in my opinion, an Aetec would have likely of been nearly as good, and probably somewhat more economical.  I think the Aetec would be a good choice.
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The Aetec is Simmons top of the line model, but that's not saying much. LOL
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The Aetec has the better optics. Also for the money
it's about as bright of a scope as you'll find. I've had
one (3.8-12x44) ever since they first came out. It was
on 2 different 7M-08's, loaned out to a friend who
used it on a 30-06 for several years & now it's on my
Ruger 10-22 & so far is still going strong. My vote
would have to be for the Aetec.

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I have owned 2 Aetecs. Never had a hint of a problem with either. One was on a .30-06 the other on a 7mm Mag. For the price, it can't be beat.
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I suffered with a Whitetail Classic this past season which I removed from the rifle when I got home from the final hunt of the year.  To their credit Simmons had a new .44 mag returned to me within 2 weeks.  Have yet to mount it on anything since I'm saving up for a Conquest.  May end up using the 44 on the relic above the fireplace ;-)
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I have owned two Whitetail classics and still have one on my Ruger 10-22, I do not want another. The zoom tube is stuck on 2.5x ( it is a 2.5-8x36), a little 2-7x32 Burris Fullfield I have is two steps above it optically speaking when laid side by side on the same power in poor light. A coworker of mine has two 3.8-10x44 Aetecs and they are not the same, one is brighter than the other. I have looked through the brightest one and it would be decent for a $100 or so dollar scope. He also has a Simmons Whitetail Expedition that is a little 2-8x32 I believe and it is brighter and clearer than either of the Aetecs he owns when compared at 4x in poor light ( we did this comparison ourselves and he was shocked). From this I would think they have a lot of variations in quality from one scope to another in the same product line. That alone would make me pass on them even at their low price.
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I have a couple of the expeditions one on a .300 win mag and another on a  .270.......I have been very pleased with them and they have accounted for several good bucks......some taken in the waning hours of daylight and they were plenty bright enough........
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The Aetec uses better glass, coatings, internals and has better light transmission, eye relief, field of view, etc.  The only thing the WTC18 has that is better is magnification.
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Have you looked into the New Simmons Master Series? I hear those are going to be good scope!

 

http://www.riflescopes.com/departments/63/rifle_scopes/simmo ns_rifle_scopes.htm

http://www.simmonsoptics.com/Riflescopes.htm

 

 

 

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They have not made any yet.  Should start getting them late summer.

 

By this time next year everyone will have a totally different opinion of Simmons.  After Meade acquired them they have made huge advances in scope technology.  The new Master Series is truly revolutionary.

 

Simmons Master Series

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Hey Chris, do the new Simmons Master Aetec series have wire reticles or etched reticles? Just curious.
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Not sure, I would guess etched because that technology has gotten a lot less expensive and easier to do.  I think wire reticles are fast becoming a thing of the past.
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