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It sounds like I received a complete lemon, but here is what was happening on the reticle focus issue.

As with all my scopes,  I start off by setting the reticle focus against a clear sky.  The ss 3-9 has a nice lock ring once the focus is set.  With my other scopes this has always  been a one time procedure.  With the ssI would set the focus and within one range session, I would be eventually have to unload the rifle and reset the focus.  It just wouldn't hold its setting even though the lock ring was tight.  Does that make sense? 
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Have you double checked that you tightened the ring the correct way?  Could you possibly have turned it out, instead of in?  Just thinkin' out loud.  Smile
 
If you really think it's defective, give SWFA's customer service another chance.  Yeah, it sucks having to send it in again, but I'm sure they'll do right by you if something is wrong with the scope.
 
You are correct, set it once, lock it down and forget about it.
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Sorry guys, I should have made that warranty situation more clear.  Swfa, exchanged my scope after seeing that the mag ring was completely locked up.  It was a surprisingly simple process, and they didn't even bat an eye.  I ended up selling the replacement scope without ever taking it out of the box.  
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    I would like to say this.  I think SWFA is a very good company to do business with, and will continue to do business with them in the future.  I feel like some people have been offended with my critique of the ss 3-9, and this in no way is meant to be an inditement on SWFA as a company.  The original poster wanted to compare the pst to the ss, and I gave an honest opinion.  I also stated that I had zero experience with either the vxr or pst, both of which are available from SWFA.  It's just that I too read all the hype about this scope, and bought it. Only to be let down because of what I see are design flaws and a probable lemon.  
       I will also say this.  If the mag ring design were the only "flaw" with my scope, I would have kept it with the switchview attached.  As such, it was not the only flaw, and I decided to sell my replacement scope.  It's pretty simple really.  I bought it, tried it for a few years, and the scope wasn't to my liking.
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i had one that wouldn't track, 9 mils to get to 550 on an ar. the next one was perfect for what it is.
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Not offended at all, 6.5. 

I don't make or sell or make my living off of SWFA's SS scopes. I only use them and found them ALL to be to my liking. 
I just pointed out that MY experience and many others, don't reflect your experience. No more, no less. I wasn't attacking you personally, nor did I mean to disparage your opinion.  
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