As you can probably see shit storm started.
It is normal when discussing durability of the scope on springers, at least on this forum.
There is a theory that springers are generating different type of vibrations that is “killing the scope”.
To be honest I do not agree with that. Especially that majority of shooters uses scopes on self-repeating firearms that do behave like the M4 from the movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phwDMrau_7Y
Of course there is no “auto” option allowed, but the vibration generated stays the same. And I’m pretty certain that with shoot ability in auto mode around 500 rounds per minute action of the rifle generates more energy than the piston of the air rifle.
In other words it is just a Polish legend about “killer springers”.
The answer to your question is FASHION-PRICE-QUALITY-FLASH AROUND (including myself
You are comparing Burris Timberline to SS10x42.
Advantages of SS in my opinion are (by experience):
1) 10 magnification in SS is somehow bigger than in BT – at least with my eye setting and I feel it like close to 12 in BT.
2) Fixed magnification helps to get use to you rifle, taking holdovers always on the same setup.
3) Crosshair BT is not that convenient as Mil Quad reticle in SS. (some say it is to thin)
4) As somebody above mentioned SS is Mil on reticle – Mil on crosshair very convenient combination when you zero the rifle. (not as easy for me as my brain is lacking the ability to remember what moves POI or POA – this have been a reason for many laughter’s )
There are disadvantages too:
1) Weight – much higher
2) Parallax error – as you mentioned at the beginning.
I’m not mentioning all those things like:
- Big, or small capability for ranging thanks to blurry picture on extreme distances
- Disappearing reticle
It is always a scope lances and your eye that is creating optical system, and as you can imagine there are no two identical eyes.
I’m using SS 3-15x42 FFP (as I like higher magnifications) and BT.
Now I’m expecting the shit storm will escalate