Weaver Super Slam 3-15x50 Review

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by Txhillbilly, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    After the first range session with the 458 SOCOM,I decided to buy a new scope and mount for it.
    The ProMag mount was never the mount of choice,but since I've had it for years,I just went ahead and used it.
    Like the old mount,the Redfield scope,was just an old one that I had and just threw the two together on the 458.

    Knowing the punishment that the 458 will dish out to anything mounted on it,I didn't want to spend too much on optics.But,I still wanted a quality scope with good clear glass,and decent magnification since I'll spend a lot of time with load development with this rifle.But I also wanted it to be low enough in power,so it would still be very useful for hunting hogs at night along with my ND3 laser.

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    For a mount I went with the Burris PEPR mount,it is well made,and also comes with plain and picatinny rail top rings so you can mount accessories on top,if needed.That will work great for mounting the ND3 laser.

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    I decided to get the Weaver Super Slam 3-15x50 with a Duplex reticle.Weaver has always built a good scope,and a tough one.The Super Slam is their top of the line,and has great features.It also has some very good Japanese glass,and the clarity is as good as scopes costing 2-3 times as much.

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    These scopes have some neat features.The turrets are exposed,but they cannot be moved until you pull them up/out. You can also reset zero on the turrets by unscrewing the top ring off the turret (No wrenches needed),and then lift off the center,and line up the zero with the mark on the scope.Push the center back down,and replace the top ring.It's all done!

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  2. Txhillbilly

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    Turrets down-locked in place-

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    Turret,with top,and center ring removed-

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    The scope also has side focus for parallax adjustment.It turns smooth,and easily adjust focus at varying ranges.

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    This scope is very,very clear.I was pleasently suprised by the quality of the glass.
    The turrets turn easy but firm,and have audible clicks.
    I didn't do the box test,but they seemed to be very true on adjustment.

    The scope has about 40moa adjustment,so it's not really a long range scope,but it has way more adjustment than I need for this rifle.

    I hope it is tough enough for the punishment that the 458 SOCOM gives it,but if not,Weaver has a Lifetime warranty.

    I got a great deal on this scope from Natchez Shooters Supply,They have all of the Super Slam scopes on sale,and there is also a $50 mail in rebate from Weaver,so I'll end up paying just a little more than $300 for this one.
    For that price,I think your getting a great scope for the money. THB
     
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  3. JonM

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    i will be interested to see how that scope holds up. my 458 has destroyed 3 so far. last one was a nikon african monarch.
     
  4. Txhillbilly

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    Me too,Jon.

    I know these things are hard on optics,but hopefully it'll be a good one.Only time will tell.

    I went to the range today,and it still impresses me as to the accuracy of those big bullets.
    I didn't have much luck with the H4198 loads,but I shot one of the Lil Gun loads at 100yds,and had groups of .834" and .784". I feel sorry for the hogs!
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    There is just something about .45x inch bullets that are crazy accurate. Ive never really come across a 45 whether its handgun or rifle that didnt shoot super well.
     
  6. Shopfox

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    Txhillbilly, at risk of raising a dead thread (I see JonM is active too still so here goes)...

    How has the Weaver Super Slam 3-15x50 held up for you?

    I just ordered my 3rd Super Slam. I'll have (2) 3-15's and (1) 2-10, and was curious about durability and longevity.

    Had I been thinking, I'd have asked this question BEFORE ordering :eek:
     
  7. Txhillbilly

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    It survived all the punishment that my 458 SOCOM could dish out for 4 years,and now resides on my Savage 10 FCP 308.

    Weaver has always built a good quality optic,and the Super Slam will run right with scopes costing hundreds of dollars more.
     
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    I'm currently using a Burris PEPR with one of the Weavers. I'm looking to pick up another PEPR mount. Have you found a better value, or would you still recommend the Burris?
     
  9. Txhillbilly

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    I really don't like mounts like the PEPR,I've used two mounts like them and got rid of them. I'd rather use a 1/2" riser,and medium scope rings. The other mounts always have the scope raised too high off the rifle for my liking.
     
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    Can ya tell us about knocking the crap out of those hogs with that big gun.
     
  11. huffmanite

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    Guess I've owned several super slams for 3-4 years now, the 3-15 and a couple of the 5-20s. They do have some nice optics, quite clear and bright and I've always trusted their windage/elevation adjustments. I normally go to range two-three times a week and spend a couple of hours each time shooting at least three rifles. Quite often, one of the rifles has a Super Slam on it. So, lots of rounds have been fired with them.....zip problems with my Super Slams. Don't know about the new versions of Super Slams introduced within the last year, but it's definitely a scope I'd recommend to someone.

    I belong to a 600 member private range and I get to see quite a variety of brands/types of scopes. Kinda odd to me, while I've seen Weaver Grand Slams and Classic V scopes on member's rifles, can't say as I've ever seen another member with a Weaver Super Slam scope.
     
  12. Shopfox

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    I learned about the Super Slams from Chuck Hawks, here are/were his categorizations (see below). The Super Slams were the only high quality scopes he'd listed that I could find in my price range.

    Do you have any familiarity with some of the other 4-star to 5-star scopes he lists?
    If so, how do you feel it compares?
    Is the 4+ grouping reasonable from your scope experience?

    Five-Star Scopes:

    Leupold VX-6
    Schmidt & Bender
    Swarovski Z5, Z6
    Zeiss Victory series

    Four-Star-Plus Scopes:

    Bushnell Elite 6500
    Leupold VX-3, FX-3, VX-R
    Sightron Series III (SIIISS)
    Swarovski Z3
    Weaver Super Slam

    Four-Star Scopes:

    Bushnell Elite
    Leupold VX-2, FX-2
    Minox ZA
    Nikon Monarch 3
    Pentax Lightseeker
    Sightron Series II Big Sky (SIIB)
    Vixen Sport Optics line
    Weaver Grand Slam
    Zeiss Conquest
     
  13. stalkingbear

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    So the 3x-15x Weaver Superslam is as good as a Bushnell 6500 and/or Nikon Monarch 5? Of course Leupold VX-6 or Zeiss or IOR is what I'd choose if I still had the same income, but have to save up on severely limited fixed income! Down actual 2,600-2,700$ per MONTH from what I used to draw, and that's more than I even draw total now! I can find the Weaver 3x-15x-40mm on sale for about 360 and the Leupold VX-6 runs around 900-1,100.
     
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  14. Shopfox

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    I've never even looked through the high dollar glass, so I honestly can't say if the rating is fair. The Weavers were the only 4+ category scope I could afford (hit a decent sale) - even if they were rated a notch too high, I don't feel too bad. They were still about $100-$150 less than the Leupold VX-3's, at the time.

    About the only thing I can really say from a comparison standpoint: the glass is better than my $200 Nikon Prostaff's, and the turrets/adjustments are much nicer than my Nikon's or Redfield Revolution.

    The 2-10x50 was about $270, and the 3-15x50 $370. Txhillbilly caught the better sale than me.
     
  15. huffmanite

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    Chuckle, 2 years or so ago, a brand of scope called Nitrex was discontinued by its parent company and Natchez Shooter Supply handled the sell of the Nitrex inventory. The Nitrex TR2 models were Weaver Super Slams and the Nitrex TR1 models were kinda a combination of Grand Slams and Classic V Weavers. Both Nitrex and Weaver SS and GS are made by same Japanese company. Rebates were given on the Nitrex scopes of $100 or 50, depending on the model.

    Think my final cost on the 3-15x42 Nitrex TR2 was $237 and for the 4-20x50 TR2 was $279. Gent I shoot with on a regular basis bought three of the Nitrex TR2 scopes from Natchez. LOL, several times he's offered to buy my Nitrex.....I laugh and tell him....he-- No!