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I was on their web site looking around and i didnt see a section for their scopes? there is nothing what so ever on the website and it seems like a bunch of the online stores dont carry them anymore what is up, its almost as if they have completely stoped making scopes if anyone could clearify i woudl be interested to know the answer.
 

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I've been trying to track down an answer to that question for about a month now. As far as I can tell, they do not make optics any longer. But I have found no "official" word though.

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they probably werent making a profit off them. simple enough.
 

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I called Springfield last week to ask the same question. They are having quality control issues with Hakko, their manufacturer. Currently, they are looking for another company to build their line of optics. Springfield took them off the web page because they didn't want to market a product they don't have at this time. I asked them what would happens if they can't find another manufacturer. They stated that they may get out of the optics business.

In other forums, I have read of problems with the quality of Springfield scopes. Hakko, provides a large line of optics. I blew up a red dot made by them on top of my FN police autoloader shooting slugs, so I can see the issues w/ hakko. It was 110$ at a gun show. It has a lifetime warranty. I recieved a new one, and sold it at the same gun show. Now I'll try a C-more.

I can only hope that Springfield finds another company to make their scopes. I like the reticle choices and the overall design of their optics. I have had the opportunity to purchase these scopes used, but have passed because of warranty issues.
If they are going to continue their optics line, it will be announced at the shot show in Vegas in a week or so, per Springfield. Only time will tell.
If you are still interested, there a one or two sites on the net that I have found them, and they still in stock, although the selection is mostly limited to fixed 10x mildots.

I hope this was helpful
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Hakko makes many of the scopes out there... which raises some concern. Hakko makes the Super Sniper series to name one that people on this board may be interested in....

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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!
 

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bigohio,

Thanks for your thoughts! They are very similar to others thoughts on the SS on this board also. I've only used one in very limited capacity and will be doing a thorough review of one in a few months (after the Holland, Mueller, swift, and Sightron SS scope reviews which are all pending)

MEL
 
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