Sightron S-TAC..March 18 2017 at 11:24 AM
|Charlie Frear, Georgia Airguns (Login GeorgiaAirGuns)|
Response to Looking for scope recommendations for the Mutant Short
Hello Tracy,I just received two of the Sightron S-TAC 4x20x50 and what a surprise! I have always had a Zeiss Conquest 4.5x14x50 MC with a duplex reticle. It is the highest quality scope I own and it is what I had on my Powertuned Cricket .25 Bullpup. A customer/ friend recommended I try the S-TAC 4x20x50 with MOA reticle as a replacement scope due to it's higher magnification, ability to focus down to ten yards, better reticle and lower cost. I was skeptical that a scope that did not have German glass could compete with my Zeiss Conquest. Was I ever wrong!
I got two of the S-TAC 4x20x50 MOA reticle in to test against my Conquest.
So yesterday evening I waited until the last 30 minutes of light, I believe just about any scope looks fairly clear with a lot of light, it is in low light when the quality optics of a scope reveal itself. I had some metal spinners out at about 110 yards, with both scopes mounted on bullpups so that I can look through them supported in my clamped rest.
I then pointed both guns at the cement 10 yards in front of me to get the sharpest possible ocular/ reticle focus possible for a fair comparison between the two quality scopes. I first tested both scopes at 14 power because that is the max for the Conquest.
I wasn't worried about the box test or the turret system because they are both quality scopes and have been proven many times over, by other people that both of these scopes are very reliable. This test I was doing was strictly for low light optical clarity.
This is what I found.
Both scopes were exactly equal in clarity. I looked at a piece of cardboard at 40 yards to see if both scopes showed the corrugated cardboard print through behind the surface layer of cardboard as well as the various sized pellet holes and again both scopes in the were exactly equal in low light.
Back out to the spinners at 110 yards, with the light getting even lower I tested both at 14 power again and it was still a dead even tie. Now I dialed up the Sightron S-TAC to its max 20 power, the new strikes on the spinners that knocked off the paint were still totally sharp, what amazed me is that with the 20 power setting I could now see where the white spray paint did not fully white out the old strikes and still had a slightly grayish undertone to the white spray painted surface.
I could not believe my eyes that a non German glassed scope at over $350.oo less for a similar reticle had the exact same optical clarity.
Another key point for the Field Target shooters is how well it snapped into focus, even at the lower 14 mag setting it still snapped right into focus, it carried out this function much better than the Conquest.
I have always said the glass quality follows the money, this S-TAC has proven me wrong.
I will be mounting this on my .25 Cricket today in Burris Signature rings to enjoy more magnification and a better reticle at $350.oo less than the Conquest.
So bottom line Tracy, I don't know the other scopes you have listed, but I can tell you with all certainty the claims I have made above are backed up with my experience and testing and the S-TAC will now be my premiere line of scopes at Georgia Airguns.
Thanks for reading the long write up.
Charlie Frear, Georgia Airguns