@ 06:49 am (GMT)
John D. Hays - New Mexico
Well, let me tell you what I am trying to do on scopes here with this plethora of rifles.
Magnums: Sightron SIII SS 6-24 x 50 MOA with Mil-Dot reticles
Non-Magnum Calibers: Sightron S-TAC 4-20 x 50 with MOA-2 reticles
Other Non-Magnums, wood-stocked: Sightron 2-10 x 32 with Duplex Reticles
All of these are 30mm diameter scopes so I can move the SIII scopes around to the non-Magnums without worrying about changing and aligning mounts. Mostly though, I don't move scopes. I like them to mate for life to the rifle they fancy first.
I have a variety of 1" diameter scopes that live on quasi-collector rifles such as pre-64 Winchester Model 70s. For these, on eBay, I seek out the shiny black Leupold Vari-X scopes which are sharp optics, and look sharp and retro.
Its funny, but we think of firearms as holding their value well, but quality optics, Japanese, German and Leupold, are MUCH more salable and they're easier to store. Quick money if you need it -- no paperwork.
I started this thread because I am looking for a lighter scope with the quality and capabilites of the SIII SS 6-24x50 without spending more than I pay for the Sightrons. I want it for a lightweight Winchester M70 in 300 WSM and for this lightweight Winchester M70 in 7mm Practical. (by lightweight I mean not exceeding 9 lbs)
I need these for hike-in mountain rifles.