Originally Posted by ss7mm
My friend's scope is the older generation but until I can see one of the newer Sightrons I'll still have to stand by my NF.
Maybe I can talk my buddy into buying a new gen SIII.
Thanks for clarifying which Generation SIII you compared to your NF. I suspected it was the older SIII. After you compare the new SIIIs to your NF, you'll own two SIIIs instead of one NF.
My opinion is based on a collective weight-of-the-evidence approach. I shared some of that evidence above. I've been looking through scopes for more than 40 years, and researching them intently for the past 3-4 years. If you have the opportunity to compare the current SIII to your NF, you better take advantage of it. You can thank me later for doing the homework and sharing the results here on LRH.
I'm pretty sure I don't own the only outstanding SIII - here's another similar opinion:
The New Sightron SIII 6-24X50mm Mildot LR Scope - Calguns.net
"The glass on these (SIII) scopes is awesome. It is just as good or better than the top Leupold and NightForce optics.
It's very sharp and clear through the full power range. The problem with cheaper optics is clarity begins to fade as the power increases. The eye relief is about 4". Which is plenty for the heavy recoil calibers. The SIII line is rated for the 50BMG. The mil-dot reticule is a standard mil-dot reticule with the US Army dot sizes of .22 mils which are round in the case of this scope. The reticule is in the 2nd focal plane and is only accurate at 24x. So you need to be on 24x power for accurate mil ranging."
And this from our own 'Boss Hoss', posting about the USOptics scopes. His post included a Nightforce to S&B comparison, which leads me to believe jwp475 must have one of the better NightForce scopes ever manufactured:
"If you have ever used one (USO)(I have 6) you would understand. There is only one scope that the optics compare to inho and that is the S&B PMII and to a great extent the VMV's. The NF is a good mid line scope but to compare it to a FFP, no mask, and the toughest internals in the industry is not really a fair comparison.
Compare a like NF at night side by side with like USO and the difference will be readily apparent.
I could type more detail but until you perform this comparison for yourself it will not be clear. Kind of a hobby for me to seek out the very best Components, Builders, Processes and Equipment you might say that I like to win and in the process leave no stone unturned or at least try not to."
No. I don't work for Sightron or make any money off their products. I'm like most of you guys, looking for the best optic value for my money. If money was no issue, I'd be checking out the new Premier Heritage scope. It looks like a killer and it's getting killer reviews.
I welcome anyone else's comparisons of the NF glass to the current generation SIII glass. The SIII's the best buy for my money at this time. Be forewarned - the current reticle selection and variable power selections with the Sightron SIIIs is somewhat limited. I'd like to see a 4-16 or 5-20 variable power scope. But if you can live with a 6-24 variable power scope, I'm pretty certain you'd be happy with the quality of the SIII glass.