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    https://youtu.be/9RISnWRTtvA

     

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    Sweet.  And a tank too.  The fixed 10x was the original DoD milspec SS.

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    Lol,loved the video:)

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    Loved the video. I’ve been listening to you Joe. I have 2 and intend to get another. 
    It is hard to explain the quality of these scope if you have been using inferior stuff. You just get use to rubbish. 
    Like trying to explain to someone what strawberry jam tastes like. You really not going to know till you try. 
    Thanks for spreading the word. 

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    Joe,

    I got my SS 10x42M (sold via Tasco) in the late 1990s.

    It cost me then equivalent then of ca. 1300 USD.

    Came in a plain white cardboard box with the NSN stamped on it.

    I have used the scope on two (2) full-bore rifles (0.308W) – an Enfield L39 & a BAT actioned long-range target rifle.

    I must have put close to 10000 rounds through the Enfield, and 4000 rounds through the BAT, and the scope was still running sweet as a nut :)

    It now sits on my TX200, and has had ca. 5000 rounds of pellets through it, and again, is still going strong.

    For me, they are a superb scope :)

    Have fun & a good Sunday :)

    Best regards

    Russ

     

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    Enjoyed the video, JWR. Especially the end LoL.

    How do the 12×42 and 16×42 compare to the 10×42? Wondering if the glass is just as good as the magnification goes up.

    Are they truly around 18oz in weight? I’m currently running a 21oz PA 4-14×44 FFP on my Vulcan which is decent, but I’d like to shave off a few ounces while gaining a little quality at the same time if possible.

    Thanks much!

    Matt

     

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    Thanks Joe for the video. I am planning to order one based on your review. I have been using Hawke Sidewinder 20x 1\2 mil dot and I am ready to go to something simpler, sturdy and lighter for hunting. I will be using on my Wildcat and Impact. The plan is to move to MOA turrets and MOA Quad reticle. Question: I have been using Chairgun for my ballistic studies and field cards. As far as I know there is no MOA reticle there. Do you know any software that have MOA reticles? Thanks mate in advance.

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    Guys thanks for all the kind words . But sorry I don’t have any info on using mildots . It algabra to me and I barely can count money.   Lol

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    strelok, strelok+ (android) have a large number of reticles including moa.

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    “Paio”Thanks Joe for the video. I am planning to order one based on your review. I have been using Hawke Sidewinder 20x 1\2 mil dot and I am ready to go to something simpler, sturdy and lighter for hunting. I will be using on my Wildcat and Impact. The plan is to move to MOA turrets and MOA Quad reticle. Question: I have been using Chairgun for my ballistic studies and field cards. As far as I know there is no MOA reticle there. Do you know any software that have MOA reticles? Thanks mate in advance.

    
If you are otherwise happy with Chairgun and you’re committed to switching to MOA, why not just get your MIL calculations as usual, then convert to MOA using 1 MIL = 3.4377 MOA?

    i don’t know how accurate ballistic apps intended for centerfire rifles are when using the low BCs of pellets and airgun flight models, but all of the main ones allow you to select MILS or MOA at minimum, whether they have a reticle drop graph or not. I prefer Ballistic AE (IPhone), but haven’t tried to apply it to airgun trajectories.

    The big question is why change from MIL to MOA to begin with? 1/10 mil clicks should give you plenty fine enough increments, it already directly correlates to your software of choice, and the SWFA MilQuad is a fantastic reticle for precision shooting. Whether you’re using MOA or MIL units, you’re still just working in angular increments. In reality, when dealing with number of clicks or holdover units on a reticle as provided to you by a ballistic app, MILs is simpler anyway because you’re always dealing with 1 decimal place, in 1/10th MIL increments. 

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    Nice review as usual, Joe! I really enjoyed your montage at the end! Haha!

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    Hey Joe Wayne, 
    Wow! I went and watched this video on YouTube and then watched all your others also. Your videos are very informative and entertaining as well…I really enjoyed them. And you are making me want to try one of the SWFA scopes real bad…Especially the 3-15×42 with the integral throw lever! I like the “throw away” box it comes in too…I don’t want a scope in a fancy box that is going to go on a closet shelf anyway, because I know I paid for it to go up in there. I like the no fluff, just scope aspect of this product a lot. I learned a long time ago that the worse a scope is the more useless add ons you get and the fancier box it comes in. Love your videos Joe Wayne…I believe we would get along.
    Best regards, Chuck

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    Thanks Chuck , my videos can be a little blunt at times but the ” reviews ” that are seriously only thinly veiled ads get on my nerves . I don’t have any sponsors or anything ..Just an iPad and a lot of time on my hands 😉

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    Well Joe Wayne you also make me want to learn how to make a YouTube video and upload it…with the understanding that if a picture is worth a thousand words it would allow me to use a few less. My Daddy liked telling his friends that whatever he could say in five words, his son Charles could say in fifty every time. :) And I have to admit to being guilty of going waaaay overboard in telling people about the Athlon scopes I had discovered around this time last year. I was just so impressed and I thought everyone else would be too. The good part is that they recently gave me a discount on future purchases to thank me for all the calls they got from guys that read my comments. But I really want to check out one of these SWFA scopes…besides your videos I watched the one by Matt Dubber a couple days ago where he highly praises his SWFA scope also. Do they come with illuminated reticles?
    Best regards, Chuck

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    No Chuck ..They kind meat and potatoes scope . Basic but quality

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    Well Joe Wayne I am a meat and potatoes kind of guy so you are preaching to the choir brother.

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    “Matt247365″Enjoyed the video, JWR. Especially the end LoL.

    How do the 12×42 and 16×42 compare to the 10×42? Wondering if the glass is just as good as the magnification goes up.

    Are they truly around 18oz in weight? I’m currently running a 21oz PA 4-14×44 FFP on my Vulcan which is decent, but I’d like to shave off a few ounces while gaining a little quality at the same time if possible.

    Thanks much!

    Matt

     

    I have a 10×42 and 12×42 and both are just as clear as the other. Would be hard to choose one over the other honestly!

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    “Dairyboy”I have a 10×42 and 12×42 and both are just as clear as the other. Would be hard to choose one over the other honestly!

    
Cool. Thanks, Dairyboy. That’s great to hear. I’m dying to see what all the buzz is about with these SWFA scopes.

    I shoot my Vulcan in the 40 – 75 yard range.Thinking about trying the 16×42 model.

    Matt

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    Matt the 16X is great !!

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    How about the 20x Joe.. I seemed to read somewhere it was dim…

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