Thanks, Big Mick, I've looked at the Bushnell Elites, also. I like them, but have heard some complaints of tracking issues.
I like to support those who support the site, so who is my best Sightron dealer?
Bruno's has the best price on those scopes. I'm a big Nikon fan, the glass is hard to beat and mine all work good but they are lacking in adjustment. The 6-24x50 Bushnell I had was mounted for two days and then replaced with the Sightron(which has 100 minutes of adjustment also). I haven't seen anything from Bushnell that compares.
With the 338 edge and 20 moa rail i dont need anymore adjustment only thing i will say about sightron is they are a few hundred dollars cheaper than bushnell were i come from and our gun shops dont tend to stock them. When ever i called them the storeman answerd the phone and he didnt know jack **** .
The SIII and the IOR were equally razor sharp in resolution at 300 yds. The Zeiss was good but enough poorer to note the difference.
The SIII had the highest light transmission, followed by the Zeiss, followed by the IOR. I believe the IOR has an additional lens or two to obtain the 6X power magnification and that reduces light transmission in this scope.
SIII ~ $800
Zeiss ~ $850-950 depending on whether you get target turrets.
IOR ~ $1565
Zeiss 1" tube =17.5 oz
SIII 30mm tube = 21.9 oz
IOR = 28 oz
The IOR MP-8 reticle is a better reticle in my opinion. The other two both have the standard military Mil-Dot reticle.
I consider the SIII to be the best of these three scopes for daytime use, regardless of cost. When cost is included in the evaluation, the SIII is clearly the best buy - provided you're content with the 6-24 power range.
Started with a S2, then Sightron replaced it with the Big Sky. Had tracting issues with it, so again they sent me another Big Sky. That scope would not hold point of aim, and the cross hairs would go out of focus after looking thru it for more than 3 seconds. So, I gave it to a friend who does short range hunting.Even thou Sightron tried to make it right, my time is to limited to spend on that brand again.