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This is just a prelim, first impressions.  I just finished mounting it on the .338 Lapua Magnum custom (Kassandra) and I have only done some very preliminary evaluation.  No pictures yet, someone in the house ran my camera battery down and I don't know where the computer cable for my wife's camera is.  I've taken a few with her camera, but have to wait until she gets home and finds the cable... If it were MY camera, I would know where the cable is... (I probably shouldn't have said that...).  It looks good on the rifle.  I probably could have used medium TPS rings... there is more clearance than I expected.  Perhaps I calculated wrong, but I thought I had the proper ring height figures when I ordered.  No matter, I like it a little high.  For snap shooting it is perfect for me.  However, when I put the pictures up, I KNOW someone will say something like "couldn't you have mounted that scope any HIGHER????  Actually, no, these are the tallest rings TPS makes...

1) Illuminated reticule... red in color, it has a rheostat control that is as fine as any I have ever seen.  Adjustment is gradual and precise.  It also has a memory feature that returns to the last lighting level set before turn off.  I have not tested it, but it has auto-off at 3 hours.  It is useable in complete darkness (yes, I went into a closet with lights on and off and and checked ambient light and diffusion.  You certainly CAN turn the illumination high enough to make the scope difficult to see a target in the dark with, but it can be adjusted so that the target is highly visible and the reticule appears to just overlay it... as it should.  
a) I have a number of scopes of different varieties, and have used quite a few more, with mil-dot reticules.  None have the precision look this one does.  It is clean, clear, distinct.  I have to say it is the best constructed reticule I have ever looked upon.

2) Turrets/adjustments... I have not done a mechanical zero, yet, but did twist the knobs a bit ( I love doing that).  Clicks are very distinct, audible and tactile... solid.  

3) Overall clarity... what can I say, it is Zeiss's best FL glass.  There is no edge to edge aberration, it is without "tunnel effect" as much as any scope can be.  I have checked it on a target at about a mile and I can see pretty clearly throughout the entire power range.  The difference is resolution at 24x.  One of the finest telescopes I have ever had the pleasure to look through.  

That is all I've done so far.  More later.  I have to go spend some time with the wife.  Just wanted to start...

The manual is not as complete as I would like. This scope has a lot of "features" and documentation is rudimentary.  It should be much more detailed.  Nice little package, good illustrations, just basic information.



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Very nice.  Eagerly waiting for pictures.

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If the manual is not complete enough for you, send me the scope ( and rifle ) and I will send it back with a complete manual after testing.
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That is a NICE scope and a perfect match for the rifle.

Mazal Tov!

So....., when I visit Alabama in June, can I go play with the rifle even if you are not there?

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

That is a NICE scope and a perfect match for the rifle.

Mazal Tov!

So....., when I visit Alabama in June, can I go play with the rifle even if you are not there?

ILya

Absolutely... I have Lori meet you with it and take you to the range.  However, the nearest place to exercise it is about an hour from Huntsville.
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These are quick look pictures.  Better to come:












Like I said, not very good pictures, they will be better tomorrow, but I may be coyote hunting with this rig tomorrow.  




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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

That is a NICE scope and a perfect match for the rifle.

Mazal Tov!

So....., when I visit Alabama in June, can I go play with the rifle even if you are not there?

ILya

Absolutely... I have Lori meet you with it and take you to the range.  However, the nearest place to exercise it is about an hour from Huntsville.

I was joking.  Going to the range with your rifle, but without you is just plain wrong.

ILya
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I'm good with it...  we'll talk more as June approaches.  However, the first weekend, I will be in Texas with it.  
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

I'm good with it...  we'll talk more as June approaches.  However, the first weekend, I will be in Texas with it.  

We'll just have to arrange a future date when we can both bring our 338s.

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

I'm good with it...  we'll talk more as June approaches.  However, the first weekend, I will be in Texas with it.  

We'll just have to arrange a future date when we can both bring our 338s.

ILya

ILya, you are my friend and my brother.  I trust you.  If you are here and I am not, want to shoot, whatever I have is available to you.  
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I will have more pictures to post later today, but just a quick update.  I just boresighted and zeroed.  After boresight, I fired 5 rounds.  I fired 5 rounds because I adjusted to a dead center zero.  It is zeroed with 230 solid brass bullets (CNC turned to a reported .843 G1 BC.  That's about a .430 G7 BC.  Not bad.  They are loaded to 3040fps, but I have not chronoed.  Anyway, this is perhaps the easiest scope to zero I have ever used.  The click increments are a accurate as they can possibly be.  I will describe the procession when I post the target.  
This scope/rifle combination is worth every penny I paid for it.  Hensoldt has been my "dream" ever since I got to haul one around for a while (on a superior rifle, BTW).  Now that I have one, I just can't understand why I waited so long.  There will always be a place in my heart and in my "intended use" for moderately priced scopes, but the overwhelming quality of the Hensoldt is apparent from the first time one picks it up.  Everything about it feels right.  As a test person (normally called a "range rat"), "feel" is like a sixth sense.  Learning to "feel" the "rightness" of a system is something that every tester strives for.  This scope/rifle combination has that "feel" of "rightness".  This is one combo where the shooter would have to work at missing and not so hard at hitting.  
Over the next week or so, I am going to exercise the Hensoldt/Bijou Creek quite a bit.  More reporting to follow. 
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Zero target:
High left hole is 1st shot after boresight, adjusted 5 clicks down, 2right
Rounds 2 and 3 were in the same hole (my wife said... "did you shoot another target??  or did you miss??), round 4 adjusted 1 click right,
round 5 pretty much dead center after adjusting 2 clicks down.  After this series, I "zeroed" the turrets, a very easy process, I might add.  Zeiss/Hensoldt even supplies a "custom" screwdriver.  
I am ready for just about anything with this setup.  I expect to get to the 500 yard range on Monday.  Coyote hunting tomorrow.  

edited because I hit the wrong key, should proofread before hitting "return":



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Nice.

Enjoy the scope, Dan!

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ILya,
 It ("the scope") is truly the "gift that keeps on giving".  This scope/rifle combo is amazing.  
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Very very very nice!! Excellent  When can I come visit?

Nice shooting too.  Looking forward to the 500 yard results.
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Originally posted by helo18 helo18 wrote:

Very very very nice!! Excellent  When can I come visit?

Nice shooting too.  Looking forward to the 500 yard results.

The welcome mat is extended... let me know when you can make it.  We'll hunt SOMETHING.  Alabama is not as "robust" in hunting opportunities, game-wise, as Montana, but there are some...  

I, too, am looking forward to the 500 yard results...
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Maybe sometime later in the summer or next fall after I make some money.
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Come in the fall... we'll hunt some deer.  I've been feeding up some NICE ones.  Several BIG ones, very big for Alabama.  They'll be exceptional next season.  I'm feeding high protein deer feed almost exclusively now... they'll be big.

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Will start saving the money.  Sounds like fun.  I have never hunted outside of Montana for big game. Would be fun to see and hunt another area.
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Bow season starts mid-Oct, gun season the Saturday before Thanksgiving (every year), looks like 15 Oct and 19 Nov this year.  Let me know and I will put it on the calendar.  
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Great shooting Dan.You are my insperation on how to get to the top ExcellentI see I'm on the correct progression;First came the Rem 700 police in .223 with a Conquest 3.5-10x50 3yrs ago,now last year I'm into the 700 5R in .308 with the Victory FL 4-16x50,so if my figures are correct next year .338 &Hensoldt.
 
I just love how you guys teach us newbies.By the way how do I stop the divorce?Big Smile
 
Good luck @ 500,[forget the luck your not going to need it],just send pics. 


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Excellent shooting and the rifle is beautiful, Dan. 

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Excellent,

just excellent.
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