MTC Connect vs SWFA SS

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    mcdonama
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    I’m starting a new thread to follow up on my previous one re: scope choice.

    Now comparing:
    http://mtcoptics.co.uk/products/riflescopes/connect/
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    http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-10x42M-Tactical-Riflescope-P53713.aspx

    These scopes are quite a bit different in features and design but about the same price.

    I tend to leave the magnification on one setting so fixed vs variable is not really that important to me.

    The MTC is popular with the HFT guys with a number of recent winners using it.  The almost zero eye relief is unusual and probably takes some getting used to and it cannot be mounted on anything with recoil, and that includes medium power springers like the HW35, HW97, etc.  But, it’s an air rifle specific scope and apparently excels for range estimation and hold over for the ranges that we typically shoot.

    The PB crowd seem to really like the SWFA SS scopes.  I like the reticle on that one a lot and especially like that it’s a Mil/Mil scope (the turrets and the reticle are both Milradian rather than MOA).  The MTC has Mil reticle and MOA turrets.

    Would the SWFA be as appropriate for air gun range shots?  Strelok has this reticle and I played with the app a bit to see what the aim point looks like with different variables that one might see with it mounted on airguns.  Looks pretty good and it has the added advantage of ‘normal’ eye relief so it can be mounted on most anything– PCP, springer or PB.

    Anyone out there have experience with the SWFA?  

    Thanks,

    Matt

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    30cal
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    There is a thread going on the SWFA at the moment. Its about the 16 power but they are the same scope other than power. You would have to check on the close focus distance. I have their 3-9 x44 on a PB and its a very good scope! Mine has the mil quad reticle and I really like it. But its not for airgun use as the close focus distance is 50 yards.

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    mcdonama
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    Good call on the close focus– appears to be 10 meters so should be ok for what I need.

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    30cal
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    Perfect! That would be a great scope for a pcp.

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    Jama
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    SWFA SS fixed power scopes focus to 10 m; their variable 3-15 FFP focuses to 6 m. All SWFA’s are good for heavy recoil as well.

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    mcdonama
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    I went with the SWFA.  The SS 10×42 MMQ.

    The main reason I decided against the MTC Connect is that the manufacturer recommended against mounting it on my spring guns.

    Things I like about the SWFA:

    • the glass is very clear
    • mid-adjust focus
    • mil/mil design (reticle and turrets calibrated in milliradians)
    • the reticle markings are thin, very sharp and show up well
    • lots of reticle subtensions for range estimation, hold over, and windage 

    Overall, I like it a lot so far.  I have it on my AA200 and it’s big improvement from the UTG Bugbuster 3-9×32 that I had on there previously.

    I haven’t mounted it a springer but I do plan to try it on my HW35.  It’s a bit scary to me to mount a $400 scope on a spring gun!  I hope it doesn’t break the scope… fingers crossed!

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    30cal
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    I am not sure that scope is safe on a spring gun! I asked SWFA if my 3-9×44 was ok on a spring gun and they did NOT recommend it. The fixed power may be but you should check first.

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    Daxx
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    I live near the SWFA store and I was able to look through some of their scopes.  They are VERY clear with bright edge to edge performance.  I also happen to know that they are made in the same factory as Nightforce scopes, so that should tell you the place they are manufactured is known for quality.

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    mcdonama
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    A couple weeks of experience and so far no complaints on the scope.  Agree with Daxx– super clear all the way to the edge.

    love the reticle so far.

    have not mounted it on the springer yet but I am planning to do so.

    FWIW this scope is excellent for the $.

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