Re: SWFA 10x42
I have the older SS 10x and a SS 3-9 with the mil-quad reticle. I also could see missing some shooting opportunities with a fixed 10x. (However, I live on the East coast.)
The SS 3-9 would make a great hunting optic. It has much better glass, the reticle is thick enough to pick up in timber and still shoot sub-moa groups, and it has matching reticle and turrets. The reticle also has 1/2 mil hash marks for more precision with holds. I would recommend the lens hood as the scope does have considerable glare without one. I also like the throw lever accessory for this scope, pretty handy for a quick change in mag.
More money than the 10x, but the 3-9 is a noticeable upgrade.