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Anyone here use Super Sniper brand scopes?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by hornadylnl, May 24, 2007.

  1. hornadylnl

    hornadylnl Well-Known Member

    I've been reading several reviews and they receive very high ratings. Just wondered if any of you guys have one and what you think. Whenever a company posts reviews, you know they will leave out the bad ones. Thanks for any information.
  2. JWarren

    JWarren Well-Known Member

    Like you, I've heard good reviews. On Snipersparadise.com, I've read reviews that seem to be independant.

    I haven't looked into them very far because I just can't see me mounting one. I can already hear the ribbing I'd get from the guys around here from that Cheesy-sounding name.

    There are way too many comparable scopes that do not carry a "Kick me!" sign on them for me to consider. My next bolt-action will likely carry US Optics or Schmitt and Bender.

    -- John
  3. hornadylnl

    hornadylnl Well-Known Member

    Do you have any particular models of those 2 brands to recommend? I'm wanting to get a good scope that I can use on a 50 that won't cost more than the darn rifle does. I want to stay in the $300-400 range and still have a good quality scope on another rifle if I decide in the future that I want to put a nightforce on my 50.

    ETA, as for the kick me sign, I don't plan on more than 1 or 2 people to ever see it.
  4. JWarren

    JWarren Well-Known Member

    Hiya my friend.

    USO and S&B won't fit into a $300-$400 range (which is the primary reason I am planning on putting one on a bolt gun-- as opposed to already doing.) They are in the $1,200 range.

    I was kinda making a statement on the cheesy name of the SS scope more than a comment on it's quality. Frankly, if it is a good scope, and it's within your price range, then I'd get it. If I didn't like the name and it is prominantly displayed, a quick coat of Duracoat fixes that.

    One thing to consider: Most serious percision shooters will never blink an eye at spending FAR more on optics than they do on the rifle they set on. It would not be unreasonable to see a $350 Savage sporting a $1,000 Leopould scope.

    Incidently, you may want to look at some of the Leopould scopes. I haven't been pricing them recently, and am probably behind on the models, but I think they have some models in the $300-$400 price range. Those will be good scopes as well.

    I seem to remember a post on Snipersparadise that was posted by a current military sniper. He listed his top five picks of scopes to buy for his personal rifle. His criteria was different from one he may have in his profession. The criteria included price to quality ratio, realistic assumptions of how long he would be looking through it (he wouldn't be looking through it for hours at a time.), and decent ability for consistent ratio.

    This was the list he came up with on brands:

    1. Schmitt and Bender
    2. US Optics
    3. Nikon
    4. Ziess
    5. Leopould

    I don't endorse his list, per se-- but it is a good starting point. He didn't make any mention of any particular models, and there really was not any specific information listing why he ordered the scopes as he did. He did, however, list five quality scope manufacturers to decide from. Of that list, I think Nikon and Leopould may have models in the 300-400 price range, but I am not sure.

    -- John
  5. Henry455

    Henry455 Well-Known Member

    Heck of a scope for the money. I have one mounted on a RRA Varmit upper. 11/2 years and 2000 rounds, no problems.
  6. hornadylnl

    hornadylnl Well-Known Member

    $1200 is definitely more than I want to spend right now. I know good scopes cost a fortune but you have to wonder, is a $1200 scope 3 times better than a $400 scope. I don't want to be the mall ninja tactical guy at the range who spent $1k on a scope and couldn't outshoot a bsa scope. I figure if I can put in a better group than what a moderate priced scope allows, then I'll upgrade. I don't currently have a varmit rifle but I want to get a good enough scope for the 50 that if I do upgrade scopes, I can still use the first scope for another rifle.
  7. JWarren

    JWarren Well-Known Member


    I hear ya-- and I am with you. Henry probably settled it-- he's got one... he's happy with it... and he didn't have to see a child into slavery to get it.

    I think I may look at them a bit closer myself.

    -- John
  8. hornadylnl

    hornadylnl Well-Known Member

    Trust me, I think there is nothing worse than buying something cheap or middle of the road, only to be unhappy with it and end up forking out all the extra dough for the good product in the end. Usually the money you spend on the first item is pissed down the toilet because you have no use for it once you buy the good one. If the Super Sniper products are as good as the reviews say they are, then I don't think that will be an issue. If I opt to get a better scope in the future, I can save the Super Sniper for a varmit rifle or maybe even a deer rifle.

    I like the idea of the open turrets and not having to screw caps off. I'll have to do some reading up on 50 bmg ballistics and moa so I'll know how many clicks to give it for different ranges. From what I understand of moa, it is 1 minute of angle at 100 yards or 1 inch off. If you have a 1/4" moa scope you have to give it four clicks to move 1 inch. At 200 yards, you have to give it 2 clicks to move 1". Am I correct here?

    As far as the quality of the glass goes, I have great vision and I'm not wanting to take paparazi photographs at 3000 yards.
  9. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    The only SS I have ever seen in person was quite clear and sharp. I would think it a good buy, fixed power keeps the cost down.
    My main fault with it is the thick mil-dot reticle. Not what I want for known distance target shooting.
  10. LeadPumper

    LeadPumper Well-Known Member

    Super Sniper...

    Been using a SWFA Super Sniper 10X42 30mm side focus (got on an Arfcom group buy last year) on a Savage 10fp in .308. (168gr Federal Gold Match)


    So far I have been extremely happy with the scope (it replaced a Bushnell Banner Dusk to Dawn 8-16 X 40), I use the rifle primarily for 100 yard benchrest (Bell & Carlson Duramax stock, Warne Tactical one-piece rail and Warne Optima rings).

    The scope is solid and well built. The knobs are large and easy to adjust, with just enough clik (no mush) and have shown to be repeatable (shooting a box) with minimal error. The optics are pretty clear, though not S&B or Zeiss clear (but without the price tag either). The mil-dot reticle is also clean and clear.

    Overall I very much like the scope, and like some others, was put off by the name, thinking that it couldn't be that good with a name like "Super Sniper", especially under it's previous brand, Tasco.

    I for one am glad to have been wrong, and thankfully SWFA picked up the line so those of us who hadn't figured out it was a good scope had a chance to.

    I would buy one again.

  11. hksw

    hksw Well-Known Member

    I have a SS in 20X. My first one actually crapped out after 80 some rounds atop a Ruger 10/22M converted to .17 HMR. The lens containing the reticule listed to the right about 5-10°. Thought it odd that it would fail on such a small caliber with it being rated for .50 BMG. I got the scope from SWFA and told them of the problem. I sent it back to them and they replaced it with a new one. The replacement has working OK since. This is about 3 years ago, IIRC.

    IMO, although the scope is OK (apart from the failure which I can attribute to just statistical luck of the draw), the optics are just slightly not as sharp at something in the Leupold VX-III range (which is what I replaced it with on the .17 HMR). It sits atop a .22 lr now. For the price, though, I think it's OK.
  12. Jong

    Jong Member

    I would agree that for the price it is an excellent scope. I have had one for about a year on a 17cal hmr and really enjoy it for that.
  13. cheaptrick

    cheaptrick Well-Known Member

  14. hornadylnl

    hornadylnl Well-Known Member

    This is what I like to see. When you read reviews on the companies website, you don't know if the number of bad reviews are equal to or more than the number of good reviews or not. The company selling the scopes aren't going to post negative reviews. Thanks for all of your input and if anyone else has any experience with these scopes, I'd be glad to hear it.
  15. Outlaws

    Outlaws Well-Known Member

    So you shoot a .50 caliber rifle that was probably $2000 or more, you shoot ammunition that probably costs $2.50 or more each round, and you don't want to spend more than $400 on a scope?


    IMO the rifle and the scope are the cheapest part of shooting a .50 BMG. The cleaning kit, reloading supplies, and the components for ammunition will eventually dwarf the cost of the rifle/scope. Why spend all that money on ammo and shoot it with a crappy scope?

    There is no cheap way to shoot a 50.
  16. obm

    obm Well-Known Member

    i have an 16x. i too find the reticle a tad thick...but for about the same money i think the bushnell elites have clearer picture, tho, the bushnells don't feel as rugged as the SS.
  17. hornadylnl

    hornadylnl Well-Known Member

    I'll have about $1300 in the rifle without scope. I said in an earlier post that I want to buy a scope of good enough quality that if I decide to upgrade to a nightforce or what have you, I can use the scope for another rifle. You can buy an $8000 Barret and a $2000 nightforce but it doesn't mean you can hit the broad side of a barn with it. I think it makes sense to learn to outshoot the quality of your rifle or scope before you sink thousands into it and not be able to hit anything with it.

    I'll be shooting reloads through the gun. I'll have less than $1.50 a round in them and that includes brass at 65 cents a piece. I'm going to buy unsized pulled bullets for under 25 cents a piece. Lee makes a bullet sizer for under $15. I can get powder for $33 for 8# not including shipping or hazmat.

    YES, I DO UNDERSTAND THAT THESE WON'T BE SUPER MALL NINJA 5 MILE SNIPER ROUNDS AND THAT WON'T BE THEIR INTENDED PURPOSE. There is only 1 range within an hour of me that I believe will let me shoot it there and it goes to 750 yards. Where I'm located, you'd probably never get more than a 500 yard shot anyway. I'll probably only put 1-200 rounds a year through it anyway.

    My intended purpose for this rifle isn't so much pinpoint sniper accuracy. One of the reasons I want it is because for now, we still have the freedom to have them. This is the model that I will be getting. www.bohicaarms.com
  18. Afy

    Afy Well-Known Member

    I wouldnt trust anything from a company called BOHICA Arms...

    BOHICA is an acronym for Bend Over Here It Comes Again... :uhoh:
  19. mumbleypeg

    mumbleypeg New Member

    I recently bought a SS10x42 and mounted it on a CZ 527 in .223

    I am well impressed. I have only shot out to 400 yards using this set up but hit what I was aiming at. The scope matches well with the CZ and it's intended purpose.

    I have read complaints about the reticle but I haven't encountered this. Then again I'm not really a prairie dogger or a bench rester. For coyote sized targets in early morning conditions I have been pleased with my SS.
  20. hornadylnl

    hornadylnl Well-Known Member

    I think the owner knows what BOHICA stands for. I'm sure it is a stab at those who want to ban 50's. It looks like it will be Aug. 1st before I can get my upper. I'll let you know how it looks and shoots once I get everything set up and ready to go. I've been in email contact with the owner several times and so far, the service seems top notch. He's even returned emails well after what one would consider normal business hours.

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