Originally Posted by Sean K.
Thanks for the detailed write ups.
No problem. Just promise not to hate me for it later. ;)
Does the FFP 3-18x42mm come with zero stops?
No zero stop but it's not something I miss on this scope for my use. My S&B has it but I'd still trade elevation knobs on it with the IOR if I could (I like the lower profile, smoother feel and clicks being farther apart).
The biggest advantage of having a zero stop is being able to crank it down to zero without looking or in the dark, etc. If you're sniping stuff in the dark you might need to be able to do that. I don't.
The other good use where they can really help out even in daylight when you are looking is with smaller knobs that require many turns to get to distance. If you're on your 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc, turn of the elevation knob it can be easy to lose track or turn back down and stop on the wrong turn. It's nice to be able to quickly crank it down hard until it stops so you can start over and have 100% confidence it's right.
But with scopes with big knobs and 10 or 12 mils per turn, pretty much all "normal use" for me is on the first turn of the knob so it's never an issue. It's hard to loose track when you're always on the same turn for normal use or at worst a turn an a half for the most extreme range plinking that won't come up for me in the field.
I was opining over the last week using the Falcon next to the S&B that the Falcon is the one that could have used the zero stop more than the S&B since it only has 6 Mils per turn and I was on the second turn as often as not and never got off the first turn of the S&B. Though it wasn't as bad as my old 4-14 IOR was with only 13 MOA
per turn. I was often on the 3rd turn for that one. It would have been nice to be able to just crank it down and know it was back to zero.
Just my opinion on the matter. It's certainly a nice feature but not something I feel I need on a knob with 10+ Mils per turn. If I was sniping stuff in the dark, the MTC knobs on the S&B would shine. But since I'm not, I feel they're kind of wasted on me and actually like the big IOR knob better.