sightron SIII any good?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Elkwonder, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Elkwonder

    Elkwonder Well-Known Member

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    I am in the process of setting up couple guns and getting into long range hunting. I would like to hunt with these scopes, and punch paper out to 1000 yards or so.The sightron SIII line has caught my eye. I was thinking the 6-24x50 for my whitetail beanfield rifle in 6.5x284, and 3.5-10x44 for my 338-06 for elk. I was wondering if there is anything that is better out there for the money. Is there any other scopes out there in this price range that are gonna have better glass in them? I like that these scopes have mildot, with matching reticle. Whts the scoop people?
     
  2. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

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    The SIII is going to be very hard to beat from a "value" perspective. I think the fact that it's frequently been reviewed with, and compared to scopes far above it's price range speaks volumes for it. Yes, I have one. I also have scopes it's been compared with that are more expensive.
     

  3. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    [QUOTE=jmason; Yes, I have one. I also have scopes it's been compared with that are more expensive.

    so the 64,000 dollar question would be...how does it compare?

    my opinion in the medium priced scopes, the S111 is the top of the heap. the thing that's impressive to me about Sightrons in general is the tracking/repeatability. other than Nightforce,when i run a scope through a tracking test, it's the only scope that has passed with flying colors.
     
  4. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

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    Dave- honestly I can't see the difference in them.
     
  5. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    My rifles currently have Leupold MK4 scopes on them.

    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f53/my-260-mcr-59628/

    My friends have SIII on their rifles. They paid hundred less thatn I did. In a side by side comparison, the SIII is comparable in light transmission and repeatability. The only thing I like more about the MK4 are the M1 turrets and the TMR reticle. Sightron is about to come out with tactical turrets on the SIII scopes.

    Sightron is a great choice.
     
  6. Elkwonder

    Elkwonder Well-Known Member

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    You said that sightron is comeing out with tactical turrets, I take it you mean different ones than what come on the S3 ss 6-24x50 now. This is the scope I am looking at. Are the new turrets going to have a zero stop and turret locks, or what? Thanks
     
  7. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Currently, Sightron scopes come with 'target' turrets. Which is to say they have covers that screw on over the elevation and windage turrets. For 2011 they are coming out with a 'tactical' turret that does not have a cover on it. I like the tactical turrets because I don't like the covers on the targets turrets (one more thing to lose or damage).

    The other thing that is cool that Sightron is introducing is an MOA reticle rather than mil-dot. I'm not wild about their MOA reticle though as they put a dot in the center of the crosshair. If they develop a reticle that is more to my liking, you can bet that I will sell my MK4s and replace them with SIII. I do not think the new Sightron turrets have zero-stops.

    You can see the new 6-24x50 here:

    Sightron Riflescopes / Binoculars / Sighting Scopes product pages. SIII Series - SIII SS 6-24X50 LRMOA

    You can download their 2011 catalog here:

    Sightron Riflescopes, Binoculars, Spotting Scopes & Other Precision Optics - The great wide open just got alot sharper. HOME

    Their new scopes are due to be released for sale soon.

    You can call Sightron directly (as I did several weeks ago) and get one of their technical experts on the phone. They can go over all the specs of their new scopes in detail. They will also take your suggestions for improvements/preferences.
     
  8. Elkwonder

    Elkwonder Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info, I appreciate it.
     
  9. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    The Sightron SIIIs are an excellent scope for their price range. I'm reverting solely to the 6-24x50mm LR models for my rifles. Been waiting for their 6-24x50mm LRMOA model, which is just being released retail right now. I've used two of their 6-24x50mm LRMD scopes for the past several years. They're substantially lighter in weight than the Nightforce and other similar powered scopes, which is of great benefit to me on my packing rifles. Virtually ALL of my hunting is backpack hunting, and I'm all done with the 30 oz and heavier rifle scopes. Cursed their weight for far too long. When I compared my first SIII to much heavier and more expensive scopes, I found the SIII to provide better light transmission and resolution at 2/3 the weight, and 2/3 or less the cost.

    If I decide their new MOA reticle is as good as I expect, I may sell my two SIII Mil Dot scopes and end up with four of their new SIII LRMOA scopes. And maybe one of their lower powered SIII variables on my brown bear rifle.
     
  10. Tikka Lover

    Tikka Lover <strong>Official LRH SPONSOR</strong>

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    Hey guys those are available now at Long Range Accessories and yes they have target turrets, no dust caps and the reticle is fine hash marks every 2 MOA. Great reticle, I love mine.