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    Posted: September/23/2009 at 09:55
Side focus on a big game hunting rifle YES or No?
I need some help here.  I have a NIB (never used / mounted) Kahles Helica CL 3-9X42 with plex reticle and side foucus adjustment on the left hand side.  I'm not so sure that I'm crazy about the side focus.  I'm thinking of trading it towards a Kahles KX 3-9X42 with plex reticle (and no side focus).  Or even trading it towards a Zeiss Conquest 3-9X40 with Z600 reticle.
I've never had any of the  target / varmit scopes with side focus so I'm just worried that the side focus will mess me up as this is a hunting rifle for deer / moose / elk not for varmits or target shooting.  Also I'm thinking of conetrol rings / bases so a scope without side focus would look better and have cleaner lines on the scope  / rifle combo.   Oh yea, my rifle is an older H-S Precision in 30-06.  I seek your input please.
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I'm not a fan of side focus scopes for regular, everyday hunting rifles. The CL is a great scope, but may not be your best option if that issue (side focus or not) is a deal breaker. The KX is good but not as good as the CL line. The Conquest is always a good choice IMO. Big Grin
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RifleDude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/23/2009 at 11:25
I personally don't want side focus on a big game scope, as there's no real world benefit to having it for the shots you typically take at large 4-legged critters.  It really isn't a big deal either way, but it's just another protrusion to hang up on stuff.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote mike650 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/23/2009 at 15:09
Not sure why a manufacturer would put a side focus (or AO) on a 3-9x(X) hunting scope?? They usually come into play with the higher power scopes.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote koshkin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/23/2009 at 18:26
Kahles CL 3-9x42 is probably as good of a 1" tube scope as there was ever made.  

Trading it in for a lesser scope of the same configuration does not seem to make much sense to me.

Does side focus get in the way somehow?  

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote brodeur272 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/24/2009 at 10:45
Keep the CL-a great scope.  The side focus may never be used, but you won't be able to trade for as good of a scope with what they'll give you for it.
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To quote Koshkin "Kahles CL 3-9x42 is probably as good of a 1" tube scope as there was ever made. "  And from brodeur272 - "Keep the CL-a great scope. "

I don't know, but I think I may keep it (side AO and all).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RifleDude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/24/2009 at 11:47

Smitty, I didn't read your post close enough to know that you already had the CL.  From the thread title, I thought you were considering buying one or the other.  I agree with the consensus; I certainly wouldn't sell it to get a KX just to do away with side focus, as the CL series scopes are a little better than KX.  If the Kahles CL is one of the finest 1" tube scopes ever made.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SSgtSmitty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/24/2009 at 14:24
No guys I've got the CL in my hands. 
I couldn't come up with the $ for a Swarovski with a 1 inch tube American.  So I got the Kahles CL  NIB off the SWFA sample list for $529.  It was rated real high (like second line or so) on SWFA's scope ranking chart.  everything around it were like $1,000 plus scopes.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ccoker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/24/2009 at 14:27
don't think you are doing bad
I had a Kahles CL 3-1x50 and a Swarovski American 3-10x42 at the same time
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 257WM_CDL-SF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/24/2009 at 19:10
id keep the CL I have better things about the CL  than I have the American 1" Swarovski's
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