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Posted: 7/20/2010 4:27:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/20/2010 4:28:21 PM EST by 01mikep]
I have a RRA 308 with a 26 inch barrel that I am looking for a scope for. I like what I hear about the SWFA SS series. Of the 10x, 16x, and 20x, what would be most at home from 200 to 800 yards. This rifle will be on the bench and chasing paper and gongs most of the time. If it is in the field hunting, it will be in a blind or stand. I know there are most likely better scopes for this, and I should most likely go with a variable, but I want to give a decent fixed power a try. If I like the SWFA SS I will put the same thing on a RRA 24inch .223 I have. It's kind of the "minnie me" version of the .308 rifle.

If you have had any experience with this line of scopes, even if it has been on other style rifles, let me know what you think of them.

Thanks,

Mike
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 5:54:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/20/2010 5:59:24 PM EST by gee223]
If you are going to hunt with it, you will probably be happier with a variable. The 10x would be a pretty excessive for hunting, especially if you need a close quick shot. Going down below 10x can help minimize the effects of mirage in those kind of days too.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 6:28:36 PM EST
Out of all the fixed power SWFA scopes, the 10x I think is the best. It's a good all around magnification. The higher magnification (16x and 20x) I read (don't quote me) don't have the clarity as the 10x does. Should you go hunting, even from a blind, 20x and even 16x seems a bit excessive.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 6:54:52 PM EST
I have both and the 16x was way too much at 200 yards, it might be better at 6 - 800.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 7:10:59 PM EST
will any of the variable Super Snipers work with a .50BMG Barrett 82A1's recoil? consistently? in a larue mount
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 7:36:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/20/2010 7:38:33 PM EST by ralph70bjj]
If I were you I'd go with the 10x, that's what I have on my bolt gun and its a great scope for the money. The 16x will be TOO much for hunting, even the 10x isn't the best for hunting situations but its worked for me time and time again.

ETA: I've use my 10x to 600 and it does fine, no real need for more magnification. Unless your hunting groundhogs at that distance.
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 2:51:27 AM EST
I just noticed that they have a 6x as well.

Looks like FOv at 100 yards stacks up like this

6x = 13
10 = 13
16x = 6.75
20x = 6.75

I thought that the 6x would be almost twice the FOV as the 10x and the 16x would be about a quarter wider than the 20x, but that is not what is advertised. I have a 4.5x14 power scope on a 300 win mag hunting rifle and if I forget it on 14x, it is easy to "get lost" in the scope until it is zoomed down. FOV at 100 when on 14x is about 7.

Thanks for the input,

Mike
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 8:33:26 AM EST
The SWFA website is wrong on the 6X. It was measured by an owner at 21. Can't believe they haven't corrected it yet.
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 9:31:25 AM EST
I hunt with a SWFA 10x on an FN XP 308. Target acquisition is not a problem.
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 9:34:38 AM EST
I wonder if the 16x is wrong as well then?
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 9:37:42 AM EST
Originally Posted By Stazi:
I hunt with a SWFA 10x on an FN XP 308. Target acquisition is not a problem.


Same experience, only mine is on an FN PBR.
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 10:02:13 AM EST
i've got the 3-9x SS and it's worked good out to 600. hopefully i'll be able to stretch that out a little farther this weekend.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 6:18:00 AM EST
I have a SS 10X on a Remington PSS and the SS 3-9X on SA M1A National Match. I shoot steel and IPSC targets out to 900 yards with them and am happy with my choice. If you can swing the 3-9 I bet you would not regret it. I would not choose the 16X because of mirage. You don't need higher magnification unless you are shooting precision targets or small varmints.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 10:15:14 AM EST
I think I am pretty much set on the 10x for the .223.

I am tempted on the 16x for the .308 though.

Is the 10x enough for repeatable hits at 800 on a torso sized gong. That is the only reason I am leaning on the 16x.

These are both pretty boring bench guns for the most part.

Thanks,

Mike
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 10:23:24 AM EST
the way i look at it, 9X is only slightly less than the 10x and military snipers have used fixed 10x scopes out to 1000 yds and beyond for years. with the 9x, i'm getting a variable scope that'll do everything i need it to do out to as far, if not farther, than i can shoot it.
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 11:34:57 AM EST
good point
Link Posted: 7/22/2010 11:36:08 AM EST
Originally Posted By 01mikep:
I think I am pretty much set on the 10x for the .223.

I am tempted on the 16x for the .308 though.

Is the 10x enough for repeatable hits at 800 on a torso sized gong. That is the only reason I am leaning on the 16x.

These are both pretty boring bench guns for the most part.

Thanks,

Mike


Yes, you can quarter the head of a full size IPSC target at 800 yards with 10X.
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