SS scopes: I have owned one. I had it on top of a bushmaster varminter for chucks. I used it for a while. I shot it extensively at long ranges, and later sold it for one reason. I was unhappy w/ the clarity. I switched to a burris black diamond in a 1 piece armalite mount. It made a world of difference. Shooting at dusk was not that great w/ the SS. Granted, I'm not a "sniper by trade or profession." However, I'm a very active shooter in many NRA disciplines. IDPA being paramount, and I also shoot many steel plate matches in ohio, along w/ unmarked distance matches out to 600yds. It is a great scope for the money, compared to what is available in that price range.
I sold the scope to a close friend of mine for a steal. We shoot woodchucks together. I have had the unique experience to look through an SS, Burris,and a VariXIII LR, all in the same evening. There is a difference. I for one would buy another SS scope for a rifle that was used for 1-300yd use. (personal reasons) Keep in mind, I'm looking for little furry rodents at long distances, and 1ft Sq steel plates. Its' mechanics are excellent. I shot the box w/o an issue, and it's always zeroed. I actually had my AR roll off a swivel bipod harris off the hood of a GMC and hit the ground, picked it up and shot a chuck at 200yds 10 minutes later, no problem. It's just the clairty.
As for Hakko: I'm unsure. I was rather dissapointed w/ the panoramic. It didn't last very long. I had an aimpoint on the rail of a Fn police auto, but it didn't index correctly w/ the iron sights for shooting poppers and paper ( a FN issue). I took it off, and purchased a hakko for the $. The Bowling Pin Director of my club had a hakko on his 1100 remington. He also blew it out shooting slugs. Keep in mind its a red dot, not a scope. I guess you get what you pay for, of course.
I am very interested in the new Burris tacitcal coming out this year. Look at burrisoptics.com, and look at new for 05. I am a fan of Burris. Very clear, rerasonable, and the "forever" warranty. It comes in a variable 12X w/ a mildot. It retails for the same price as a blackdiamond, w/ target knobs at 1/4 adj. I love the black diamond, but can't stand the 1/8 adj on mine. It is a hassle on a 308. Anyhow, there's my 2cents on the SS. It's a good scope, but if you want the view, you'll have to shell out some more scoots.
Shooting for me is a sport. If I buy it, it will be used heavily. If anyone ever asked me for advise on optics for shooting sport matches, ie. steel plates, balloons, and paper, I would say to spend a bit more cash on the clairty. I have read many posts boasting the SS. If it's your cup of tea, great!