Not sure how strong your decision is on the S&B...but there is a potential contender for a hunting scope...it's the Premier Heritage 3-15x by 50mm Hunter:
Premier Reticles | New Products for 2011
There's been some positive buzz about this scope as well as their Light Tactical version. They source the glass from S&B...not sure about the internals...although my 5-25x's Tactical model are extremely robust and have amazing turrets...like the PM II's.
Just thought I'd throw that out there...not to derail your question....just thought there might be a cost savings for a very similar product..IMHO.