Found some good deals on German/Austrian optics and decided to upgrade a few of my rifles. First, I found a West German Zeiss 3-9x Diavari-C on eBay for $425. No lens covers and some ring marks, but the optics are clear and the zoom and focusing rings are smooth, which is what's important. That's a very highly regarded scope; a couple of our members have that same item on multiple Sakos. It's my first; I have had the 6x Diatal-C for a long time and like it, but I was very impressed with the 3-9x Diavari when I looked through it. That went onto my L461 carbine in .222, replacing a Burris 3-9x compact. Then I picked up a 10x Diatal-C for an amazing 300 bucks, also on eBay. That was a piece of luck. It was being sold by a pawn shop in Florida, which dropped the Buy it Now price from 400 to 300. I jumped on it and it turned out to be in excellent condition with very minor ring marks and one tiny scratch in the coating. That is now on my L461 Mannlicher-style full-length rifle, replacing a Burris 12x. The Zeiss is much smaller physically than the Burris, making for a lighter and better-looking package. The improvement in the view isn't as dramatic as with the Zeiss on the carbine, but it's a definite step up. And finally, I spotted a Swarovski 3-9x on Armslist, like new in the box, for $500 (that scope is $700 new). Followed up on it and discovered that the seller was a guy I know and trust, so I grabbed that and put it on my Tikka 695 in 6.5x55, replacing a 1.5-6x Burris Signature. That is the current version of the 3-9x Swarovski, which is labeled "Assembled in USA." You'll notice that all three of the scopes I replaced were Burris. That doesn't imply anything negative about Burris scopes. I've been using them for years and always thought they offered excellent quality and value for money. They are (mostly) US made and have the same unconditional guarantee as Leupold. The Signature line, which was only made for a few years, offered 4:1 zoom ratios and excellent sharpness and clarity. They were priced at the top of the line but still offered outstanding value. The only drawback with Burris is mounting - some of their scopes have the turrets way forward, making them harder to fit to certain rifles. I still have a 2-8x Signature on a .300 H&H L61R, and I may well find other uses for the three scopes that I replaced. Something I discovered mounting these scopes is that the two Sakos required (old style) high rings, even though the objective bells would clear the barrel with medium rings. The European eyepieces are much bigger than on a typical Burris or Leupold 1" scope and the bolt handle would hit the ocular housing when the scopes were mounted in medium rings. Too bad; I've got lots of medium rings but those were my last high ones. Got out to the range today and did a sight-in check at 25 yards. My laser had done a good job; a couple of rounds each got them centered. I didn't fire them at 100 because of the layout at the county range where I shoot. There is a 50-yard range, with target mounts at 50, 25, 10, and 5, and a 200-yard range with target mounts only at 200 and 100. So, I'd have had to move to the other side of the range, and I also had some pistols to shoot, so I will shoot the three rifles for a final zero check and some accuracy testing next week. Here's a picture of the three rifles with their new scopes, followed by a "Before" pic of the .222 with the long 12x Burris and a comparison shot of the Burris and Zeiss scopes.