Aeon Athlon Aztec Hawke Leupold March MTC Optisan Sightron SWFA UTG Vortex

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    edosan
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    thanks for sharing, great post

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    mmahoney
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    Added review for the March 3-24×42 FMA-1 Illuminated, and Leupold Freedom 3-9×33 EFR.

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    jps2486
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    I wish you could have included the Sightron S-Tac here.

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    mmahoney
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    @ jps2486

    Ironically, I am thinking of keeping my Daystate Mk4iS and am currently shopping for a scope for it if I do decide to keep it. I'm looking at 4 different scopes and the Sightron STAC 4-20×50 is one of them. In fact, it is the one I'm leaning towards. Do you own the scope and have an opinion on it?

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    rwsmike
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    When you get that sightron I would love to hear your take on it . Thank you

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    mmahoney
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    @rwsmike

    I purchased the scope a couple of weeks ago and wrote a review on it that I have been dragging my feet on posting. I like the scope better than the rating I am currently giving it in my review. The problem, I think, is that I weigh the reticle as 15% of the review weight when I have adjustied my shooting style to almost exclusively use the turrets to dial in my point of aim. I only really use hash marks on the reticle to help me estimate how many clicks I need to adjust the turrets to fine tune the scope. Besides that, reticles are probably the most subjective part of rifle scopes and opinions differ greatly. I've been debating a change in my evaluation criteria before posting it. I'll go ahead and post my opinion, but please realize that I really like the adjustment range of the scope and that isn't reflected in the current rating. Also, the plain duplex reticle of the scope I bought lowers the score artificially in my view.

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    rwsmike
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    I actually owned the sightron stac moa in 3x16x?? I forgot the front size and it was a  nice scope but I hated to keep taking torrent caps off plus the reticle was almost to fine. When I you finally get the reticle clear it seemed ok but very tough looking up into a low lighted tree.

     

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    mmahoney
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    I agree with the turret caps. I just leave them off now and store them in the scope's case to keep me from losing them. I like a nice fine reticle for the target shooting I do 95% of the time, but really hate them when pesting in thick foliage, too. Thanks for adding your opinion.

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    mmahoney
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    Well, the low ranking of the Sightron was bothering me so I fixed my rating criteria to better emphasize the features important to me as an airgunner. I feel much better about the rankings now.

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    PumaCarl
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      Great review! Thanks for taking the time. It is appreciated.

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    Gunnertrones
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    Very, very informative!

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    mmahoney
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    Updated with my impression of the Vortex Diamondback 6-24×50 FFP tactical riflescope.

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    redcrow
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    I just replaced an Aeon 10-40X56 with a Hawke Sidewinder 8-32X56 (thanks Vu), and it would be difficult to overstate the improvement. Guess I just got lucky, but this Hawke compares favorably with a Leupold 8.5-25X50 LTR I had back in my powder burning days, and that scope was near twice the price in 2009 dollars.

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    mmahoney
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    That doesn't surprise me. I was not at all impressed with the Aeon and won't be buying another of the brand. I suspect something was broken inside the turrets of the Sidewinder I owned. I really like the lower cost Vantage series from Hawke and think they are the best budget scope money can buy. I'm still on the fence with Hawke's more expensive scopes. I'd like to take a gander at their new Sidewinder 6-24×56 FFP. I'm hoping to hear good things about the brightness of the image at 24x since the objective is 56mm compared to most other companies 50mm. I also wonder if it is worth the extra size and weight.

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