Sightron SII 3-9x42mm
I've used the Sightron SII 3-9 x 42 for some time, and though I have reviewed other Sightron product in favorable terms, I've neglected to do a stand-alone review on this scope. I really don't know why; in the price / performance / value comparison it is a true standout.
Optics designers will tell you that, although great care is taken when designing a scope, the end product is a "system." Small but important features like latitude for eye position are not easily put into equations. There is no "eye position non-criticalness factor" that is accepted, much less that can be published.
This means that after a scope is designed, and finally comes of production lines it is likely to be a bit better, or a bit worse, than the designers had hoped. The Sightron SII 3-9x42 is one of the former, and the scope that defines a "Sightron" as far as I'm concerned.
Here are the basic specifications:
The eye relief is generous and non-critical, the scope is only 12.1 inches long, weighs only 13.1 ounces, and has perhaps the most accurate windage and elevation adjustment tracking of any scope remotely near its price, the famous Sightron "ExacTrack" system. The internal adjustment range of this scope, at 95 inches, is 50% more than many competitive scopes.
It costs about $250 street price in 2006, and there is nothing in this price area that I've seen that has better tracking, better glass, the compactness, light weight, and generous adjustment range all rolled into one package. All lens elements are fully multi-coated with Sightron's "ZACT 7" seven-layer coating.
If you've wondered what all the fuss is about Sightron, but have yet to try one, this is the Sightron hunting scope to try. You'll quickly understand why Sightron has developed such a strong following. And, Sightron scopes are backed by what I consider the best customer service and warranty in the business.
The SII 3-9x42mm does everything that can be asked of a rock-solid hunting scope. You won't easily find another scope with the same quality and advantages near its price. It is the scope that defines "Sightron."
Copyright 2006 by Randy Wakeman. All rights reserved.