My first scope for my 6.5CM was a Kahles K525i. Then when S&B consolidated their distributorship, I got a new 5-25 PMII for about $2500 (for my .223). The Kahles ergonomics/fit and finish are head and shoulders above the S&B and the optical quality is somewhat better. (to my eyes) I would have gotten another Kahles, but the price was hard to turn down.I’m in the market for a scope with a 25X top end, and am having a hard time deciding what to get. I have two USO LR17s, which I like a lot, but I am desiring a little more magnification on the top end for paper punching and load development. I don’t compete in Precision rifle, but I do enjoy shooting steel at distance which, for me, is out to 800 yards.
I considered another USO, but I don’t believe that they’re the same company that they were years ago when I bought my LR17s, and I don’t want to sink big dollars into something that may have quality issues. I’ve looked at the NF ATACRs, but don’t care for the reticle choices, and frankly, NFs don’t blow up my skirt for some reason. Don’t know why. I don’t want a Vortex or Khales either. That leads me to S&B. For years they have been considered Tier 1 optics with amazing glass. I honestly don’t know how they compare with other offerings in that department as I’ve never gotten behind one, but the legend lives and I have to believe that there is some truth to it.
I’m considering a 5-25 PMII, but I’m not sure which specific model would suite my shooting preferences. I primary dial for elevation and hold for windage, so I don’t need a Horus or similar reticle. FFP is a must. I tend to not trade or sell items once I’ve bought them if they are functional and the quality is high, so this purchase would likely last me the rest of my shooting lifetime. You only live once and I’d like to have at least one high end optic before I’m pushing up daisies. Is this scope that purchase?