First Look: Sightron SIIB "Big Sky" Riflescopes

By Randy Wakeman

Sightron SIIB 3-9x42
Sightron SIIB 3-9x42. Illustration courtesy of Sightron.

I've been impressed with Sightron product for quite some time. The most interesting new line of scopes presented at the 2007 SHOT Show was, as far as I'm concerned, the Sightron SII "Big Sky" series. This is the biggest news to come out of Sightron to date. Their popular SII scopes are not being discontinued, but the "Big Sky Series" is a redesigned line of premium scopes designed to outperform anything near its price category: premium scopes without the nosebleed pricing. It appears they have managed to do just that.

Sightron began by taking on a brand new glass supplier with a higher level of stock and more closely held tolerances. They have retained what has set Sightron apart in times past: the "shoot a box" ExacTrack Windage and Elevation Adjustment System and their proprietary seven layer lens coating system.

The have also retained the excellent adjustment range of their scopes and have tightened up the eye relief. The eye relief of SIIB scopes is generous and very close to constant throughout the zoom range. The zoom range is as stated with Sightron. The Big Sky scopes all come with lens caps and are both finger adjustable and resetable to zero.

An extensive line, the Big Sky scopes range from 3-9x42's to 4.5-14x50's in their hunting scope line, 4-16 power in target scopes and also includes both fixed power and compact scope offerings. Most of the SII scopes have been given the "Big Sky" redesign and upgrade.

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