I have been looking for a new scope to put on a 7-300WM AI that I am having built and have found the Steiner Military scopes, more specifically the 5-25×56 with the msr reticle. I have considered the NF ATACR, Beast, USO scopes and a few others. I know that some favor ffp where others favor sfp and that is not really too much of a concern for me with a hunting scope. I had a Vortex PST 6-24×50 in a ffp before and I have several Leupold and Nikon scopes that are sfp.
What I was kind of wondering about however is why the Steiner scopes are not really prevalent on this particular forum? I do not know if it because not a whole lot of people on here have tried them, or maybe they are seen as too "tacticool", or if there is a quality aspect that they lack? I did a search and really did not come up with much feedback on here.
The main reason for selling the PST is that I just did not find the optics to my liking. The scope itself was very well built, everything operated in a positive manner, and it tracked well. I however had a shot at a nice buck this last hunting season towards last light and I just did not have a good sight picture as the PST simply lost too much resolution in the low light. I went out the next evening with a different rifle wearing a Leupold 5-20 VX-3 and it was just more clear for lack of a better description even compared at 20 power on both at the same time in the evening when I had some does come out. That and the eye box on the Viper was a bit fussy at higher magnifications. Not as bad as my Nikon, but not as good as the Leupolds.
So are any of you out there using a Steiner, and if so what has been your experience with them? A lot of the guys on the hide use them, but I kind of value the opinions of people on here as this forum has a lot of users who seem to really tell it how it is without falling into the "cool" factor. From what I have read the optics on the Steiners is pretty good, maybe not S&B or Hensoldt good, but they have been compared favorably to ATACR, Beast, Razor and maybe a touch better than USO. I also get a pretty nice deal through Promotive on them as well due to military and I would be lying if I did not say that it was not a factor. Anyway, I am just looking for some feedback from the users on here good or bad, even with the discount it is still a lot of money for me to spend. If my wife had any idea what this rifle and scope are actually going to cost I would be left buying her a truck load of shoes!!