Personally, I think Simmons sucks. Every one I have had just lacked any of the lense clarity that Burris and Redfield have. Plus, you can get a good Burris 3X9 for not a whole lot more than a Simmons Aetec.
My simmons is every bit as good as my lower end leopolds,same warranty,same light gathering,and i havnt had to adjust it in 4 years of hunting/shooting.Many brands have improved thier lines to compete with burris and Leopold,check them out.I bought my Simmons after a store owner suggested it over his leopolds forthe price range i was looking in,my next scope will also be a Simmons.
I prefer Leupold. And have never heard of a smear on an inside lens, deffinately something I will look at next time I buy a leupold. I have heard good things about Burris scopes though. My brother just got an Cabelas Alaskan guide scope and loves it so far. And I have to agree it is crystal clear, it came with lens covers that screwed in (didn't really like that) but it also came with a sun shade which was nice.
I must admit that I have missed a big game animal with a rifle. And not only was it a bull elk, it was the largest bull that I have had in my sights with a tag in my hand. But, as with most "missed shot" stories, I have an excuse. Moisture doesn't really ever bode well for hunting equipment. When moisture (either rain or snow) gets into a firearms barrel, nothing good takes place. A couple rain drops down there can change the point of impact drastically and a barrel jammed with snow after a...