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Old 03-15-2010, 10:57 AM
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With respect to optical performance it is not close. I have done this and I have several example of both. Use NF for competition rifles.

Cannot say how rugged the NF is but S&B's PMII the USMC seems to like FWIW.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:15 AM
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OK... back to the original post... which doesn't quite match the thread title.

Everyone comes at this question with their own unique priorities and wants.

This is Long Range Hunting and I assume this scope is for hunting unless otherwise stated. When I think of hunting, it includes a lot of rugged terrain and differing, sometimes extreme weather and enviromental conditions. Maybe that's not everyone's idea of hunting, but it is mine. I have fallen hard, twice now, on my scope in as many years in the field. Most recently, walking down a FS road with boiler plate ice covered over by about 1/2' of fresh snow. My feet went out and up from under me and I landed square on my rifle and scope (slung across my back) which landed on the hard as concrete, ice cover road.

If we were asking what the best LR paper target scope is, I would only be reading this thread and not posting in it. I would put a lot higher emphasis on glass quality and resolution than for a hunting scope. Interestingly enough, NF claims its scopes are used on more winning competive shooting rifles than any other scope, and I dont see that being disputed. For a hunting scope, you need enough resolution to shoot game at whatever distance you want to shoot it at and the longest recorded sniper kill was with a NF 5.5-22x50 at 2430 m, which is maybe about 2700 yds? That's far enough for me and I feel that I can easily use that scope set on 5.5x to hold on a deer size animal out to 1500 yds if I needed to.

I've read one member's assessment of Loopy glass being equal to NF glass and I'll have to take him at his word based on his experience. But sitting here in from of my monitor I have read many other reports that NF glass is superior to Loopy glass. I have only once or twice looked through a Loopy in the store, and not next to a NF. I have also read a whole lot more cases of Loopys being sent in for repairs than NF. Good CS is great, but I would rather not deal with CS at all. What I can say about NF glass is that it is excellent. I can count 30 cal bullet holes on a paper target at 427 yds on with my 5.5-22x50 NXS set on 22x. How far can one see 30 cal bullet holes with a Loopy, or a Zeiss or a high end Zeiss or a USO or a S&B, etc.? I can also see well past "legal shooting hours" with my NF and fairly good on 5.5x in good moonlight. If my hunting included hunting lions in moonlight, well then I would probably pick the S&B. If we're talking dark night conditions, it's time to break out the NV scopes.

I consider NF to be the starting rung in the high end scopes and for hunting purposes, the possible superiority of the glass of the other high end scopes is not needed - but if that's what turns you on, then go ahead and lay down the $$$.

Of higher prority to me than the very best glass is function and ruggedness. Back to zero everytime, even after you fall off your horse.

What scope tracks better than a NF? And what scope will track better than a NF 10 or 20 years after purchase and hunting?

What scope is as, or more rugged than a NF?

What scope can stand up to as much, or more recoil forces than a NF?

What scope can endure as much, or more enviromental extremes than a NF?

Yup, I'm a NF fan

In the end... to each his own.
"I can count 30cal. holes on paper at 427 yrds ." Can you do that in bright sun light ? The reason I ask is because I have a loopy 6.5X20X50 and at 397 I couldn't even see 1 bullet hole i'll be fair and say that I was shooting at a peace of white copying paper and the sun was reflecting off of my target . I have often wondered if a NF would be better ? If and when I have the money I'm going to go with a NF. MontanaRifleman's post above says it all to me...

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JWP, not trying to get in a pi$$ing contest here, would just like to know if you think an S&B is made as tough and rugged as a NF, and if so, why? Will an S&B stand up to the same level of G forces for the same amount of time? Will it stand up to temp extremes as well? Will it stand up to mud dirt and sand as well? On clarity and resolution, have ever actually tested it? I can see 30 cal bullet holes with my NXS set on 22x @ 427 yds. Have you done a similar side by side test with the NXS's and S&B? I think that would be interesting. How far can you actually see a 30 cal or 338 cal bullet hole with each scope? Then do the same test 30 min after sunset.

I would really like to see the different scopes campared side by side with clear cut objective tests of ruggedness, clarity, light gathering etc.

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I have owned both for several years and I like them both very much. The S&B have proven to be extremely reliable for me and so have the Nightforce, but there resolution and optical Clarity is better in the S&B's. The Nighforce scope are very good in the optical department, at least mine are and are very close to the S&B.
I know that S&B won the Marine contract, therefore the Marines thought they were rugged.

The PMll series of scopes came about because of Accuracy International's efforts to get a better sniper scope produced. The Britts use S&B.

I do not know if one is more rugged than the other or not, I do know that they are both rugged and the 2 are the premier long range hunting and Sniper scopes in the world IMHO















My Nightforce scopes have been in just as rugged of terrain and on horse back as well and both performed as expected


There is also a new player that has gotten very good reviews by its owners and that is the Premeir Heritage scopes. I have no experience with these scope and only time will tell if they are in the class of Nighforce and S&B IMHO
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"I can count 30cal. holes on paper at 427 yrds ." Can you do that in bright sun light ? The reason I ask is because I have a loopy 6.5X20X50 and at 397 I couldn't even see 1 bullet hole i'll be fair and say that I was shooting at a peace of white copying paper and the sun was reflecting off of my target . I have often wondered if a NF would be better ? If and when I have the money I'm going to go with a NF. MontanaRifleman's post above says it all to me...

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Bigbuck, that is in "good" light conditions and no mirage. I print my own targets form 8 1/2x11 copy paper and bullet holes show up fairly well against the white paper. IMO, it is a great test of resolution. With my old B&L 2 1/2-10 scopes, I could barely count bullet holes @ 100 yds on 10x, and I though they were good scopes (which they were) when I bought them over 20 years ago.
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I have owned both for several years and I like them both very much. The S&B have proven to be extremely reliable for me and so have the Nightforce, but there resolution and optical Clarity is better in the S&B's. The Nighforce scope are very good in the optical department, at least mine are and are very close to the S&B.
I know that S&B won the Marine contract, therefore the Marines thought they were rugged.

The PMll series of scopes came about because of Accuracy International's efforts to get a better sniper scope produced. The Britts use S&B.

I do not know if one is more rugged than the other or not, I do know that they are both rugged and the 2 are the premier long range hunting and Sniper scopes in the world IMHO


My Nightforce scopes have been in just as rugged of terrain and on horse back as well and both performed as expected


There is also a new player that has gotten very good reviews by its owners and that is the Premeir Heritage scopes. I have no experience with these scope and only time will tell if they are in the class of Nighforce and S&B IMHO
JWP, the S&B's sound like very good scopes and if the Marines choose them that's a good endorsement... However... I am intimately familiar with the military decision and procurment process (I've been apart of it) and it doesn't always make the best choices.

No doubt the S&B's are good tough scopes, but for the diffence in price and my needs, I could not justify the additonal cost.
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JWP, the S&B's sound like very good scopes and if the Marines choose them that's a good endorsement... However... I am intimately familiar with the military decision and procurment process (I've been apart of it) and it doesn't always make the best choices.

No doubt the S&B's are good tough scopes, but for the diffence in price and my needs, I could not justify the additonal cost.


The biggest difference in price with the S&B is when compared to the SFP NXS. The NXS FFP scope is much closer in price to the S&B which is a FFP scope

As I said both are very good and at this level one must split hairs to have an opinion as to the "best
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