First Blood with the Premier:
About 415 yds away, one single shot dropped him on the spot. I used the scope from muzzle poking distances in the dark to wide open spaces in the full sun. It couldn't have performed any better. It was more than capable of any condition I threw at it, from thick brush to long range.
For one extreme example, tonight I made a first round hit on my gong--completely cold--at 1011 yds in the dark
with a full 15 MPH crosswind. While it is certainly one of the best shots I've made (yes, I did cheer outloud and put the gun away to "quit while I was ahead") what's more impressive for this discussion is how the scope made that possible.
The Glass: It was 15 minutes past legal shooting light for hunting, with no snow and no moon that means pretty damn dark. I know some put less importance on glass quality than I do and that's fine, but this is one situation where they simply wouldn't have been able to see the target at all with lesser scopes. It was all I could do to barely make out a "white blob" just barely well enough to aim at. Any lower quality view and it would have been a safe gong.
The illumination: Without illumination the shot obviously would have been impossible as it was way too dark to see the reticle without it. The shot was made on the lowest setting which is really, really, dim and only lights the center cross of the reticle--basically the same as S&B PMII's which have arguably the best illumination systems around. Most illuminated tactical scopes, even on the lowest setting would have washed out the target (assuming the glass was good enough to see it at all in the first place even without the illumination on).
The rest: Dope of 6.0 Mils up and 2.0 Mils right was added (while I usually hold windage, for this shot I could not see the reticle besides the illuminated center cross) very easily with the turrets. I put the cross in the center of the faint whitish blob looking thing, squeezed the trigger and listened for the sound....
Anyway, I figured many here would like to hear about that. It's not often (or ever?) most people would ever need a scope to perform such a difficult task, but man is it fun to see one do it. I don't believe there are many that could have.