I recently discovered the Burris 2-12x50 with the German #4 lighted reticle in it and from what I could find written it looked like a good scope. I started looking around and did find some sitting in a store that the owner was interested in moving. Bad economy sure does help when looking for a deal.
Anyhow the price was right and I bought several. Without going into a very long spiel about comparing one to a Swarovski Z6 I can say without a doubt that it's not a Swarovski but for roughly 1/4th the price it wouldn't be fair to think it would be. The bottom line in super low light and going into the dark where shooting wasn't possible the Burris held its own for being able to make a shot to within a couple of minutes of the Swarovski. Since most of us don't hunt at night (ala our Euro friends) I do not see any reason to spend $2500 on a lighted reticle Z6 Swarovski when the Burris will do everything that a reasonable hunter can probably do on his own and more so 'legally do'. Most places I hunt deer you can't hunt in the dark anyway so having a scope that could get you into more trouble hardly seems worthwhile.
The Swarovski was clearer and brighter toward the end of the daylight and of course Swarovski has a huge field of view that nobody in the scope world can come close to and that includes Zeiss. However on 2 power both the Swaro and the Burris picked up the barrel in the FOV. There is no doubt in my mind that the average legal hunter would be thrilled with the Burris. The weight is actually less than the Swarovski and the size is roughly the same also. Both have 30 mm tubes, 12.9" long, etc. The Burris weighs 19 ounces and the Swarovski weighs 19.8 ounces.
I noted the reference to the Leupolds earlier on. The one thing I found while researching the scopes is Leupold only has a 2 year warranty on their electronics. The Burris has a 5 year warranty on electronics
. Even Swarovski only gives a 2 year warranty on electronics.
The other thing I really looked at is the complaints over the years about the red dot not being centered on a lot of scopes. Doesn't do much good to sight it in with the reticle and then the dot isn't where the bullet is going. On the Burris they figured out how to light up the center dot and that is it. Nothing else lights up or confuses the issue. Plus their reticle beams are very fine so in low light you don't have anything cluttering up the view other than the red dot in the middle which is also very small allowing for better shot placement than some that have the huge 'dots'.
I'm not going to get rid of my Swarovski but for somebody who wants an illuminated reticle I have to say that Burris did a heck of a job. And their warranty is 'forever' and makes no difference who owns the scope - just like Leupolds when it comes to glass and mechanics. I've got one mounted on a 270 and it will stay there. The only thing keeping me from changing out some other scopes is I like an even higher power range. 2-12 is good, 3-18 or 6-18 is more my style for hunting the mountains or plains for that matter.