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SWFA SS 3-15x42 Tactical Rifle Scope FFP Mil Quad Reticle 1/10 Mil Adjustments SS315X42MQ
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SWFA SS 3-15x42 Tactical Rifle Scope
FFP Mil-Quad, 1/10 MIL Clicks, 5 MIL Revolution
SWFA SS 3-15x42 Tactical Rifle Scope Specifications
Specifications Exit Pupil: 2.8 - 11.8mm Field of View @ 100yds: 7.21ft - 34.78ft Field of View @ 100m: 2.4m - 10.6m Side Parallax Adjustment (m): 6m-Infinity Eye Relief (in): 4.2 - 3.8 Diopter Compensation: -2 ~ +1 dpr Click Adjustment Value: 0.1 MRAD Adjustment Per Revoultion: 5 Mils Total Elevation Adjustment: 40 Mils Total Windage Adjustment
40 MilsType of Reticle: Mil-Quad Focal Plane: 1st Coating: Fully Multi Coated Waterproof: Yes Fogproof: Yes Shockproof: Yes Weight: 24 Objective Bell Diamater (A): 49.4mm / 1.94" Bell Length (B): 103mm / 4.05" (C): 57mm / 2.24" Tube Length (D): 152mm / 5.98" Overall Length (E): 347mm / 13.66" (F): 55mm / 2.16" Eyepiece length (G): 92mm / 3.62" Eyepiece Diameter (H): 43mm / 1.69" (I): 34mm / 1.33" Tube Diameter (J): 30mm / 1.181"
SWFA SS 3-15x42 Tactical Rifle Scope Details
- Matte Finish
- First Focal Plane
- Patented Mil-Quad Reticle
- 30mm Tube
- Side Focus (6m-infinity)
- OK for .50cal
- .10 Mrad Turrets
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Glass can be difficult to describe. Coatings designed to enhance contrast in certain light can make objects seem dark in other light. And bright glass does not necessarily mean sharper resolution. Clarity is largely determined by precise lens placement, not just glass quality. And so, for a very general reference, this optic is noticeably brighter and more clear than my Leupold VX-II 3-9x40 (a common American household scope). Put plainly, the user can immediately determine that the optics in the SWFA are superior. However, when comparing this to my friends SWFA SS HD 5-20x50, this model is clearly not in the same league. I'm not saying the glass is bad, because I actually feel it's quite good. I'm simply pointing out that you can have a significantly better viewing experience if you're willing to pay for it. But in this price range, for a scope that tracks very well, the glass is better than what you'd expect. If you're a glass snob, you probably won't like this model. You *might* like SWFA's HD line. Their HD line isn't for the top tier glass purist, but it stacks up well against some higher priced optics.
The magnification ring and parallax knob are both adequately smooth and stiff. Parallax adjustment goes from 6m to infinity, and is marked with various distances in between. However, these distance markers are quite inaccurate. No big deal, I don't look at the knob when adjusting parallax anyway. The turrets are stiff enough that you won't worry about losing your zero when you bag your rifle. The turrets are affixed via 3 set screws, allowing you to center them back at zero once you're sighted in. The turrets turn with tactile and audible clicks. The clicks aren't as crisp as I would like, but they're adequate. I am able to turn the turrets back and forth a fair amount without clicking them to the next hashmark. And yes, my set screws are properly tightened down. The turret set screws are not slipping. The movement is play in the mechanical adjustment system. I've felt better clicks, but I've also felt much worse. Most importantly, the scope tracks very well, which is what really matters here. SWFA claims 36 mils of elevation and windage adjustment. Turning the turrets through their full adjustment range, I'm getting 40.2 mils of elevation, and 37.7 mils of windage. The eyepiece is of the fast focus design. The reticle is SWFA's own mil-quad design. It's highly useful and I like it quite a bit. Using the reticle to range or size targets of known distances and size has proven very accurate. It's too bad SWFA doesn't include a plastic reticle subtension card like they do with their HD line. I had to make my own and have it laminated.
I'm including some pictures through the optic. Please keep in mind that these were taken with my iPhone for fun. The camera will not represent the true quality of the optics. Plus, I'm sure that Amazon compresses review images down to garbage. The 4 red targets are at 200 yards. The 1 red & 1 green target are at 300 yards. The 6 orange steel plates are at 750 yards. Using this scope on the pictured AR, with my chrono'd handloads, and the Vortex LRBC, I have accurately and consistently tracked elevation from a 100 yard zero to impact targets at 200, 250, 300, 500, 750, and 1000 yards. This scope is definitely a keeper. I highly recommend it as THE budget option for an aspiring medium/long range shooter.
Here are some highlights:
1. When we got to the class, the instructor checked all our rifles for zero to make sure we had read the course instructions and followed them. My rifle had been zeroed and was the first to go. While the instructor was describing parallax he said that "many rifle scopes are not accurate in their range estimates (on the knob) when it comes to adjusting for parallax, so just rotate the knob until your target and reticle are both in focus. This rifle scope happens to be accurate".
2. Dialed in at 460 yards then got a first shot hit at 700 yards after getting dope data from JBM. This scope tracks accurately.
3. Consistent hits at 800 and 1000 yards.
I sold my Leupold Mark 4 LR/T 3.5-10x40 mil-dot for this scope and I have no regrets. The main difference was the glass was noticeably clearer on the Leupold, and the Leupold was a milliradian reticle but adjusted in MOA which required some math. This scope is mil/mil so it's pretty straightforward to adjust. The mil-quad reticle works and is consistent with the knob/adjustments. The adjustments are spot-on.
I'd love a zero stop but you can get one for $22 via mail order so I'll just do that and be happy.