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June 3, 2003, 09:11 PM
i helped a buddy sight his in the first time out and he had to send it back because it had dirt or something flying around in it....i guess someone forgot to wipe his feet before putting it together.....i read a bunch of forums and most i read says they're overpriced for what you get....D I C K
June 3, 2003, 10:15 PM
I was thinkin you could probably do better for the big bucks Springfield is asking for their scopes---never actually handled one---but for what they want---that gets you into Swarovski--Kahles---and Zeiss range.
I'll take better glass over gimmicky(I know its not a word) features any day.
June 4, 2003, 12:15 AM
I've had 2 SA scopes. the lense coating de-laminated on one. No real problems with the 2nd one but also no comparison to Leupold.
Get the VX-III
June 4, 2003, 01:03 AM
It does seem the consensus the the Springfield is crap for the $$$.
Depressing, but not unexpected I guess.
June 4, 2003, 01:34 AM
I've looked through three of them for more than 2 minutes... a 6x a second generation (I'm pretty sure) 4-14x56 and the hugemongous 6.5-20x56. Let me tell you... that scope is almost unvelievably big. It looks funny on a rifle. I mean, I'm sure it's super-duper tactical and gets the job done for many folks, but it is a really big scope!
All three had decent optics... good enough that they didn't detract at all from the shooting experience but not any better than a current VariX II or Weaver Grand Slam, certainly not into the league of the M1 10x which I assume is very similar, optically, to the M3.
I don't know what the street prices are for the Springfield Scopes are, but looks like SWFA sells them for $560 - $620. I really can't imagine spending my money on the Springfields. I know of two failures out of maybe 8 or 10 scopes that I know the owners or previous owners of. Not a good record. If I were wanting to go all out on a tactical scope, it would be the M1 10x and I literally would not even consider anything else.
If you want a scope that would make a great, extremely bright and clear variable with 10x on the upper end, high end Eurpoean glass but no funky reticles or target turrets, I'd direct your attention to this thread: