Here's the situation:
In the spring I am looking to purchase a http://www.blaser.de/koko/main.html?mod=WB90&var=A22&lng=en Professional in .280 Rem. I am looking at the gun for some goat hunting in the mountains as it's much flatter than my Tikka .30-06. The .280 will also be a caliber that can backstop for my normal hunting of Roe, pig and red deer.
On my -06, I have http://swfa.com/Schmidt-Bender-25-10x56-Zenith-30mm-Riflescope-P1668.aspx and have no issues with it worth mentioning. The only thing I am really looking for is an upgrade in magnification. So, with that being said, suggestions?
I really require a 30mm tube, 34mm is a possibility. I require a 56mm objective also. After that, I am open to suggestion on brands, reticles and what nots. I prefer a lighted reticle, minimum of 3-10x56mm and a price under 2000USD. If I can get it, I would like a rail mount system also as the new Blaser saddle mount is what I am looking at.
All that being said, since it is meant to be a 80% daylight gun, an illuminated reticle isn't a necessity. New isn't a requirement either as I am perusing The Sample List every few days looking to snap up a steal that meets my though processes.
Here are my first few ideas:
1. Swarovski 2.5-10x56 Professional Hunter SR #6528 off Sample List
2. Zeiss 6-24x56 Victory Diavari #10914 off Sample List
Thoughts? (I know I set that 2k USD limit and clearly #4 is above that. However, I have a dealer here that will give it to me at cost + 15% so that is a BARGAIN of epic proportions.)
I have never been a fan of Leupold and have several colleagues here that hunt with them in 30mm tubes. Invariably, they say they wish they had ignored the wife's dirty looks and spent another 400USD to step up to my S&B or spent more for a Zeiss. So, if you are going to suggest one of the gold bands, please make your argument cogent and compelling beyond all belief!
Thanks in advance.
168gr BTS What more do you really need?