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SWFA 3-15x42 Who got one?

 
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:15 PM
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SWFA 3-15x42 Who got one?

Since I started this thread I will go first I ordered one Wens. Night.

Called thurs. mournin about 8:30 to cancel my order (straight 10x) and they said they have been hammered with calls since they opened. And all were ordering the scope!!


JW who else made this move?
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:37 PM
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Re: SWFA 3-15x42 Who got one?

still trying to decide if it is worth trading my SS 3-9 for. I am waiting for someone to give a good glass comparison between the two. That will likely make up my mind for me.

Scot E.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:35 PM
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Re: SWFA 3-15x42 Who got one?

I have never looked threw the 3-9 but it has High Density glass I would assume it would have better glass as this is NOT HD glass.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:13 AM
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Re: SWFA 3-15x42 Who got one?

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still trying to decide if it is worth trading my SS 3-9 for. I am waiting for someone to give a good glass comparison between the two. That will likely make up my mind for me.

Scot E.
if you decide to sell that 3-9 SS, please let me know!
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:38 AM
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Re: SWFA 3-15x42 Who got one?

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I have never looked threw the 3-9 but it has High Density glass I would assume it would have better glass as this is NOT HD glass.
I don't believe the glass is rated HD on the 3-9, at least not like the 10xHD and 5-20. But it is still very good.

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Old 04-27-2013, 03:51 PM
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I don't believe the glass is rated HD on the 3-9, at least not like the 10xHD and 5-20. But it is still very good.

Scot E.
You are correct. I was wrong.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:48 PM
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Re: SWFA 3-15x42 Who got one?

OK, for those who haven't seen it elsewhere, here's my writeup on this scope:

So many people have been asking me about this scope, so here's a couple short notes as I haven't had a chance to spend too much time with it yet. But here are my impressions so far:

First the important stuff:

Reticle calibration and click value measure accurate within 0.5%. Reticle is square with the movement of the turrets within 1/2 degree. Tracking has been perfectly repeatable so far.

Total elevation travel of my example: 41 Mils 26 Mils "up" available after a 100 yd zero when mounted in a 20 MOA mount. Now they only advertise 36 total so they may not all have as much as mine does, I'm just reporting what I see.










The reticle on 3X, 10X and 15X:







At the range:

Size comparison with SS 3-9 and 5-20HD:







It was a dark, gloomy day at the range which is not good for pictures. So don't attempt to judge the glass quality from these pics as it's impossible to take good pics through a scope in such conditions.

100 yds:





300 yds:







A couple 100 and 300 yd targets:



I was in somewhat of a hurry and not doing my best shooting, but even so 39 of 40 rounds went sub MOA.

The eye relief on this scope is by far the best of all the Classic line, longer and more friendly than the well known fixed models. This will make the scope well suited for hard kicking hunting rifles among other things.

I haven't spent much time comparing glass yet, but it looks at first blush pretty good, clearly the overall best of the Classic line. I was able to see the 6mm holes in the paper at 300 yds without too much trouble. But yes, you can see quite a bit more detail with the 5-20 HD as you should with more magnification and higher price.

All in all I'm quite impressed with the scope for the price. Knowing how durable the classic line is, with all that elevation travel it has, this scope can do most things up to and including ELR use without spending a lot of money.

Some more comments on the reticle: The center lines are a very nice thickness, a bit thinner than some FFP scopes many may be used to so there should be very few "it covers the target" complaints unless one is hunting mice. Since it's not illuminated they kept the really thick posts of the 3-9 for low power use which work very well. The only time you'd have this scope on 3X is hunting in thick brush were your shots will be really close and for that the posts work just like a 4a. Forgive the crudeness as I'm no photoshop wiz but I threw this together so people would understand what I'm talking about--this is the scale of things on a big whitetail at 25 yds (which is actually a pretty long shot for the thick brush):



As you can see, at close range it's point and shoot--you don't even need to see the center lines. So while it isn't a "brush hunting scope" it should get the job done quite nicely for those who do that occasionally.

I need to do more comparisons with the 3-9 to determine which has the better glass on 9X. But for those trying to decide between the two, if seeing fine detail at long range is important it's no contest--the 3-15 wins easily. The 3-9 might be a nicer "all around" scope for a "regular" hunter who doesn't spend a whole lot of time shooting at long range.

If you do spend a lot of time shooting at long range, the 3-15 is easily my choice for that use.
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