Shot a new S&B Tactical this afternoon, the 3-12 with 34mm tube. Only fair way to describe the scope was - underwhelming. Not sure why but like the other S&B's I have had and used, looked like someone smeared vaseline around the outer edge compared to most other tacticals I have. Nice image sharpness in the middle and real soft out at the edges. This is not a big deal, have never shot using the edge of the field of view but it bugs me. Howcome the Jap lenses are tacky sharp to the outer edge? At least this one does not have the yellow over-all tinge like the two other big 30mm S&B models I had. Nice optics but... They do not "blow your eyes out" like a certain Zeiss 3-12x56 on one of my rifles. ("Blowing my eyes out" is a quality that I look for when the image is so ---- bright and sharp that I cannot believe it.). Might put the optical quality pretty close to my 3-12x56 Swarovski, but too early to make that statement. Scope has a one-turn elevation dial that is great, except the ---- thing is metric. Turrets are excellent for "snappy" clicks, no slush. Side focus worked nicely as does the eyepiece focus to sharpen up the crosshairs. Overall it is a very nice looking scope, finish and appearance is classy. 34mm tube is chunky, I like the looks but not sure what you gain vs 30mm. Did not do much except zero it today, no playing with repeatability or accuracy, got too ---- cold. Shooting partner has shot through more different tactical scopes than most people could dream of - he was also underwhelmed by the optics. I will wring it out, only sighted in at 100 today and will get some long range experience with it as weather permits.