Optics Merry-Go-Round made another spin. More US Optics.

Discussion in 'Optics and Tactical Gear' started by spamassassin, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    I've been busy with setting up a precision rifle training curriculum with TiborasaurusRex and haven't had much time for shooting at all, much less shooting matches lately. The two I did get a chance to shoot recently showed me some things about my optics were going to need dealt with. I loved my Vortex Razor 2's but just not enough I guess. For one, I'd gotten them after getting sick up and fed with USO's ER-25 and USO's excuses for what was a clearly rushed build that kept having to go back. The weight of the Razor2 was one thing. They're stupid heavy. The turret locking was another. They're really stiff so I'd pretty near have to come off the gun to change setting and all that cost me time and points. The double turn indicator was also pointy and I jabbed myself with it in barricades a couple times which really pissed me off. The biggest thing though, the number of Razor 2's that I watched fail in one way or another during matches and classes. If you have to find a tiny allen wrench under time pressure, you're boned.

    At the same time, I've been getting more time behind my US Optics SN3 3.8-22x44 ERGO and decided that between everything what I wanted was more of that. The objective bell parallax is something I'm comfortable with, they're stupid tough, world class glass, magnification range is super flexible and they track perfectly every time. So, I did a little horse tradin' and I'm back on USO on my LR competition rifles but, not using the MR/LR/ER line. I'm on the B-series and SN3 series.

    I picked up a B-17 3.2-17x50 which has been sitting on my .243AI for a couple months. I swapped that for my old 4.5-27x Razor 2. I just swapped my Razor 2 3-18x for a US Optics 3.8-22x58mm with all kinds of cool custom options (Rapid ERGO, CaPRC reticle, 34mm tube with internals machined for more travel, etc...) and some Seekins low mount rings. What all this ends up with is another grand scope shuffle. The B-17 will go on the .223 snake gun next week and the 3.8-22x SN3 will go on the .243AI. The other 3.8-22x is on my coach's 6xc.

    The B-series scopes are really great. They have all the feel of a hunting scope, lithe trim lines, turrets don't protrude far from the scope body, not insanely heavy, etc... but with the features you need in a tactical scope and just stupid good glass. They shrunk the turret housing down by putting illumination controls into the parallax knob and turrets are all locking now and the elevation knob is basically tool-less. The SN3's are more robustly built and lack some of the bells and whistles but I just like them and this one came with ARD, screw on caps, flip covers, Seekins rings, etc... just all kinds of goodies and by bouncing that Razor 2 I made 400 bucks on the deal which I can use to pay off some travel expenses that working with Rex has brought me.
  2. Keith Moderator

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    I hope these ones work better for you. Happy New Year.
  3. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    The B-17's been killin' it. I'm finding it a lot easier to use than the vortex. I'm going to move the B-17 to my .223 later today and I'll put the 3.8-22x58 SN3 on the .243AI. I went out with a few of my students yesterday to do some casual shooting. Everyone was able to pony up to the 900 line and bang steel with their first shot using my calculated data and then run down the line closing in to 600. I got my new load tested which is a 115gn DTAC at 3100. They're real laser beams. .620G1 BC on those. They came out with a new model that's got a rebated boat tail and closed point that I really like. Short bearing surface. I should get the 3.8-22x today hopefully.
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