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    Anyone using SWFA optics?

    They have the best prices around on scopes and appear to have a great reputation on their own brand products. Has anyone tried their stuff? I have been looking at their 3-15 power scope, not a bad price, if it's a decent optic. Thinking of putting it on top of a M1A, if I decide to pull the trigger on one, which I am very close to doing.
    http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-3-15x42-Tact...pe-P62238.aspx


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    I'm in the same boat. Looking at the same scope or one of the others for my Varmint rifle set up. Mil/mil adjustment and some sort of mil dot reticle as well. I have been sold on them just due to the word of mouth around the forums, nothing but praise for these guys.


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    Swfa has built a very solid reputation in the precision shooting community for out of the box quality and customer service. If you're not stepping up the Nightforce/USoptics level, swfa is about the best option out there.


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    I looked closely at that or a very similar one when I was deliberating for glass on my Rem308 but went with Weaver. I have had nothing but bad comments since, from everyone who's MADE a comment about Weaver scopes. I whole-heartedly recommend you go with the Swiffa to avoid that awful feeling you get when everybody you know thinks you screwed up.

    But I was so satisfied with mine I put a Weaver Tactical (hate that word) 5-20x42 MILDOT on my Rem223 prairie dog rifle.
    One feature the Weavers have that I didn't WANT was illuminated reticles. And wouldn't you know... it is a GREAT feature when I'm trying to extend shooting time in the field. I am surprised to find I use it EVERY evening. But have never used it on the .308. Don't much shoot that toward dark.

    OpticsPlanet provided mine. I have bought other stuff from SWFA and they've been great.

    MILDOTs are the cream of current scope tech, for my money. I played the video game offered on the other site so long I finally went online and bought the whole game. Also bought the MILDOT Master card. And USE it. I have shot with a few guys on the other site who use their cell phones and specific apps to dial in scope settings based on their load data and I have thought I'd like to be able to do that. But simplicity demands (for me) that I go back to the original plan... determine a load and make a small laminated chart that represents its trajectory and fix it somewhere I can see it from behind the rifle!
    In the prairie dog field, I range them with a meter, consult the chart, select a MILDOT on my reticle and fire. Scope adjustments are for doping the wind and clarity. I don't adjust for range. Ranges from 85 to 420 yards on targets of 2-1/2"X10" size.

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    I ended up going with the SWFA 3-15 X42 scope for the M1A. I will give a review once I get it mounted and get to go and try it out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by handcaster View Post
    I looked closely at that or a very similar one when I was deliberating for glass on my Rem308 but went with Weaver. I have had nothing but bad comments since, from everyone who's MADE a comment about Weaver scopes. I whole-heartedly recommend you go with the Swiffa to avoid that awful feeling you get when everybody you know thinks you screwed up.


    In the prairie dog field, I range them with a meter, consult the chart, select a MILDOT on my reticle and fire. Scope adjustments are for doping the wind and clarity. I don't adjust for range. Ranges from 85 to 420 yards on targets of 2-1/2"X10" size.
    I've received the same ribbing for my 3-15x50 weaver tactical (uhhh) and it's completely unfounded. Very nice glass/features at the price point.

    And amen brother! Mildots are like a horus minus the spreadsheet in your lens. Hold off of max 2 mils elevation @ 400yards and easy conversions for the wind factor. Hold off and shoot. No click click click. Scope adjustments are for benchrest shooters!


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    Got the new scope today and have only looked through it and fondled it, but I will say the scope is crystal clear in all powers and feels like a good quality optic. It came with an allen wrench to loosen the set screws on the turrets, but didnt come with any directions, which would have been nice to have. I am sure I can figure it out, but would be pissed if I stripped something, because I had no directions. I may check with SWFA and see if there is any downloadable documentation.

    When I get out and do a range test, I will give a final opinion on the scope and what my thoughts are.


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    One of many tricks I picked up from Samurai is to attach small ballistic nylon pouches to the sling and keep all the scope and stock adjustment wrenches in them.


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    Got out today and sighted in the new scope. Was a great day for a test run, we had below freezing temps, low light, fog, bright sunlight and shaded conditions and the scope worked well in all of them. I found it was easy to operate while shooting and the eye relief was very forgiving regardless of shooting positions. I dont know if you can possibly find a finer comparable scope for the price. I have often seen it compared to the Weaver Tactical line and the Vortex Viper PST, but both of those run about $200.00 more, so these are an excellent buy for the price.
    I am pleased with my purchase.


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    I just got rid of a gun that had a weaver ( tactical..:) ) 3x10x40 on it and at $300 from midway it was a very good scope and liked it enough that i will/or would buy another in the future. had nice postive , clicks o nthe exposed turrets and were tight feeling, good glass thru the range and had the mildot reticle with mil/mil adjustments.

    I cant say anything good or bad about the swfa as i havent used one, but played with one and although it felt allright and glass was allright, for me atleast the weaver had a better turret fel and setup and both were about the same for glass quality..this was the fixed 3x10 swfa which is 300 also..


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