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Old 07-28-2014, 2:58 PM
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Default SWFA SS 16x42 or Vortex Viper 6.5-20x 44mm?


Looking to scope a Remington 700 .308. I have narrowed the choice down to the SWFA SS 16x42 or Vortex Viper 6.5-20x 44mm both of which can be purchased for $299. Which is the better choice? I will be using this combo for range/hunting trips.

I also created a simple poll if you want to vote your choice:!/polls/53d6...s-better-value
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Old 07-28-2014, 3:08 PM
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I had a SS 16x as a back up scope to take to matches for a while. After I got my second 50 up and running with a second NXS, I sold it without ever mounting it. I recently bought a SS 20X for a new short range 50BMG upper. But, for your application on a little .308, I'd go with the Vortex. I would never want to hunt with a fixed 16x. It's just not practical. Cranking the Vortex down to 6.5x would work much better for hunting. As far as which is the better value, I'm going to say that it depends on the application so, the premise of your poll is flawed.
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Old 07-28-2014, 3:19 PM
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I really don't think you can adequately run a .308 in that price range. You are definitely need to sacrifice features/quality. If your goal is target shooting paper, go with more clarity and magnification. If your goal requires adjustments and variable ranges, you'll need less magnification and preferably the ability to adjust power.
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Old 07-28-2014, 3:38 PM
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For your intended use, the vortex for sure.

Though 6x is still a little high for hunting. 3x/4x on the low end would be better.
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Old 07-29-2014, 7:58 PM
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Thanks for the comments. Very useful.
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:39 PM
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I was just in this same pickle. I just bought the Vortex from Midway over the SWFA SS, it will be here Thursday. My dad also bought that scope on sale for his AR. It is good to go. Clear, good turrets, nice and simple BDC.

I choose it because I had a Vortex Crossfire II 6-18 on my 308. Pulled it off of there and bought the Viper to replace it. The BDC (had the same on the Crossfire) works very well for .308, 100, 200, 300, 400. Plus Vortex's warranty is hard to beat.

Although its not the best option for a precision rig, its a good scope for shooting steel and hunting. Its a $450 scope your getting for $300. If that is your budget, do it.
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