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This just popped up in another thread.

Do you have any scopes that are absolute keepers?

I am sure we all have particular guns that would have to be pried from our cold dead hands, but do you have rifle scopes (or binoculars and spotters, really) that you feel the same about?

Riflescopes:
For me, my three Super Snipers are absolute keepers:
10x42
10x42HD
3-9x42

Also:
Nimrod 6x40 (Israeli scope designed for Galil Sniper)


Binoculars:
Vortex Viper 6x32

Spotters:
I am not particularly attached to any of them.


S.S. scopes are special to me because I have absolute trust in these scopes and they also have some special significance to me because of how important the OpticsTalk community is for my way of life.

Viper 6x32 binoculars are on the list simply because I spent so much time and energy trying to persuade people that lower magnification binoculars have a lot more utility than they are given credit for.

While I am sure Vortex decided to make the 6x32 after extensive market research, I like to think that my efforts helped as well.

ILya


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Zeiss Diavari 2.5x10x50 T* VM/V (being retrofitted with an elevation turret now)
Kahles 4x12x52 MultiZero (2 of them)
Zeiss Conquest 4.5x14x44 RapidZ 800 (wonderful clarity and resolution)
 
Keepers in waiting:
Kahles AH 3.5x10x50 TDS (a little parallax and glass not great but fits the trajectory on one of my rifles)
IOR 6x42 MP8 reticle with turrets (new and haven't made up my mind yet, good first impressions though)
 
Dispensable:
Burris Black Diamond 4x16x50 BMD
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SS10xHD, Zeiss Diavari Victory 2.5-10, Kahles ZF84 (and I don't even have a rifle for it, yet), and Springfield Armory 6-20.  The Ellis Optics is also a keeper for me and I have a Leatherwood 3-9ART that is retired.  It is a keepsake, now.  

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My Swaro. Z-6 (thanks to the samplelist)  hands down...which sits on my 'go-to' Tikka T3 30-06.   Second place (tie) would be my Zeiss Conquests.
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For myself I have three scopes, one set of binoculars and one rangefinder.
Scopes; Burris Signature Safari 1.75X5X32 witha 3P 4a reticle. It lives on a CZ550 in 9.3X62 and has been my go to rifle for the past 4 seasons. Never has changed POI.
Zeiss Conquest 3X9X40 duplex it has lived on a couple of rifles and has never let me down.
Kahles CL 2X7X36 4a a newer addition that I hope lives up to the others.
Binoculars; Minox BD 6.5X32IF love the glass and smaller size. Amazing bino for under $200
Rangefinder; Leica CRF1200 just plain does what it is supposed to do.
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Zeiss conquest 4X32!
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For now;
 
Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x50 (Z-Plex)
Swarovski AV 6-18 (BR)
M84 (the one that came on my M1D)
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SWFA SS 3-9x42 Tactical Riflescope Mil-Dot SWFA SS 3-9x42 Tactical Riflescope
Stock # - SS39X42
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  • First Focal Plane Mil-Dot
  • 30mm
  • OK for .50 cal
  • 0.1 MRAD
$599.95
Add SWFA SS 3-9x42 Tactical Riflescope to Cart 
Trijicon 1.5x16 Compact Acog Rifle Scope Amber Triangle Trijicon 1.5x16 Compact Acog Rifle Scope
Stock # - TA442
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  • Free Lens Cleaning Pen w/ Purchase
Trijicon 3x24 Compact Acog Rifle Scope Red Crosshair Trijicon 3x24 Compact Acog Rifle Scope
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Aimpoint CompM4s 30mm Red Dot Sight 2 MOA Dot Aimpoint CompM4s 30mm Red Dot Sight
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Honorable mention goes to the discontinued 1x Burris scout scope on my 45-70 pistol its one tough little scope they finally got one right so they quit making it.
I also like my FX3 6x42 Leupold very much but would prefer the long range duplex to the heavy duplex that I have, still it is a very nice scope.  I can certainly think of several scopes I wish I owned  - Heinsoldt, Accupoint, Diavari -  might as well wish for a winning lottery ticket its tough to get to A much less to Z.  
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All of my Zeiss Conquests (2-8x32, 3-9x40 (2 of those), 4.5-14x44 Z800), Aimpoint Comp M4s, both Aimpoint Micro T-1s, SS 3-9 variable. 
 
I attribute my perfect success in taking every animal I went after in Namibia in 2008 to my Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 with #4 reticle - my PH loved it
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I am having to decide between my Zeiss Diavari 2.5-10x42 or the Schmidt & Bender 3-12x42.
I think I prefer the extra 2x on the top end vs the extra .5 power on the bottom.

At this point, I think i am keeping the S&B as my "keeper"


Differences:

S&B is bigger, heavier, "feels" and looks better built...No plastic, just exudea quality workmanship.

The zeiss optics are great but i think the S&B is tied with it. the Zeiss is nice and compact, lighter.

The turret construction goes to S&B, the clicks are all identical and the tactile feedback is consistent. Plus I like the indicator that tells you where you are in the adjustment range.

The S&B has noticeably more eye relief.



Specifications
Weight (oz): 20


#9

Length (in):13.5
Eye Relief (in):3.7
Field of View @ 100 yards (ft):31.5 - 11.4
Exit Pupil (mm):14 - 3.5






Specifications
Weight (oz): 15.5


#4

Length (in):12.3
Eye Relief (in): 3.5
Field of View @ 100yds (ft): 43.5 - 12
Exit Pupil (mm): 15 - 4.2








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Man do I feel inadequate!

My best scope is a Leupold VX-II.  I was toying with putting a Zeiss Conquest on my credit card for the Mauser project, but feel lucky I can manage the Fullfield II for it.

Man does poverty suck or what?
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Originally posted by eurolynn eurolynn wrote:

Man do I feel inadequate!

My best scope is a Leupold VX-II.  I was toying with putting a Zeiss Conquest on my credit card for the Mauser project, but feel lucky I can manage the Fullfield II for it.

Man does poverty suck or what?


I know where your coming from.  My Brother has a sign over his office desk that reads  " I've been RICH and I've been POOR, RICH IS BETTER " 

The classic understatement.
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The best one that I have, and obviously my keeper, is a Swarovski Z5 3.5-18x44 BT. Amazing clarity and useful range for everything from varmint shooting to bench. I haven't had this one long, but it has put my other scopes into retirement.
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My "keepers:"

Zeiss Diavari 2.5-10X50 w/ lit #8
Swaro Z6i 1.7-10X42 w/ CD-I
S&B Zenith 1.5-6X42 w/ Flashdot #9
Kahles CB 2.5-10X50 w/ lit 4NK
Kahles CL 2-7X36
Kahles AH 2-7X36 Rimfire
Zeiss Conquest 4X32
Leica Ultravid HD 8X32 bino
Leica Trinovid 8X50 bino
Vortex Razor 8X42 bino


Have many other optics I love, but I would never consider parting with those under any circumstances.


Edited by RifleDude - February/06/2010 at 09:05
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I really can't say that I have any scopes that I couldn't live with out.  Some I like better than others, but none that aren't subject to replacement.  I think this is a reflection of how many very good options we have and the many new and improved scopes that we see each year.
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i dont have any high dollar scopes like most of the ones mentioned above, my bushnell 4200 elite 3x9 will stay with me forever. anything ive put that scope on so far it has handled. i suspect that the 2x7 vortex viper i just got a while back will be in that league as well.
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I have a late seventies-early eighties Weaver K4-1 Micro Trac that I will never get rid of.  A terrific 4X scope that works and is bright until half hour past sunset....
 
I got it off a used gun I bought years ago.  I sold the rifle years ago....but I have always kept that scope!!!!     Wink
 
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               "Keepers"

Zeiss Conquest 3.5x10x44 Rapid Z 600
AV Swaro 3x10x42 4A Reticle
Zeiss Conquest 4.5x14x44 Rapid Z 800
Kahles American 3x9x42 Ballistic Reticle
Super Sniper 3x9x42 Mildot
Leica 1200 Range Finder
I just traded off a new Leupold VX-3 for the SS. I did not like the FOV on the Leo. Ive never owned a Mildot before and would probably not have kept it either but for the Mildot Master which simplifies the system tremendously.  I really like the stoutness and Quality/Clarity of the SS scope.
 


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Trijicon, Zeiss, Elite 4200 & 3200, Leupold's VX-II. A pair Zen-ray, Leupold Green ring Cascades & Olympus Magellan EXWP Binos so far...
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Originally posted by 308WIN 308WIN wrote:

I am having to decide between my Zeiss Diavari 2.5-10x42 or the Schmidt & Bender 3-12x42.
I think I prefer the extra 2x on the top end vs the extra .5 power on the bottom.

At this point, I think i am keeping the S&B as my "keeper"


Differences:

S&B is bigger, heavier, "feels" and looks better built...No plastic, just exudea quality workmanship.

The zeiss optics are great but i think the S&B is tied with it. the Zeiss is nice and compact, lighter.

The turret construction goes to S&B, the clicks are all identical and the tactile feedback is consistent. Plus I like the indicator that tells you where you are in the adjustment range.

The S&B has noticeably more eye relief.



Specifications
Weight (oz): 20


#9

Length (in): 13.5
Eye Relief (in): 3.7
Field of View @ 100 yards (ft): 31.5 - 11.4
Exit Pupil (mm): 14 - 3.5






Specifications
Weight (oz): 15.5


#4

Length (in): 12.3
Eye Relief (in): 3.5
Field of View @ 100yds (ft): 43.5 - 12
Exit Pupil (mm): 15 - 4.2






 
I would keep the Zeiss for the weight, field of view and 4A
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I'm probably at the same point as Lucytuma with the possible exception of a Kahles 3-10X50.  Also, I put a Conquest 3-9X40 on my Son's Rem. 700 CDL .270.... we'll probably keep that in the family.  I do have a pair of Vortex Razor bins in 8.5X50 that I'd only get rid of if there was something the same  quality in lighter weight at the same price point!
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Bucking some of the trends, but i dont own some of the preferred brands.
 
Meopta 4-16 AO R1 Clear, repeatable adj. does exceedingly well at 600 yd BR
 
Meopta 3-10 R1 Repeatable adj. May eventually get me in trouble because I can still see deer and count points well past regulated time(well I used  to)
 
The comparisons to some higher rated scopes left me with little differences in performance, cant speak for customer service, duability or other-just havent had problems.
 
Leupold VX -111  #.5-10 25 YO or older. Still has good brightness well into the past dusk light frame. Repeats adj well.
 
Weaver T-6 Original Used to shoot a lot of hunter score BR. Adj most precise of any scope Ive used. No paralax when adjusted either horizontal or vertical.
 
Nikon 10-36 ATB binos Just like 'em.Big Smile
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Can't say that I am attached that much to any of mine. They come - they go. I will probably keep my ZEN 10x43ED2 regardless of whether or not I ever get new binos. They can always serve as good quality truck/camper binos.

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It appears that I have selected the wrong profession compared to some of you boys based upon your scope collections. 
 
Nonetheless, by far my favorite scope is my Leupold VX-II 2-7x33.  I have scopes costing less, and scopes costing more, but that little sucker just plain rocks.  I wish I had half a dozen more of them
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Never, in a million years, would I get rid of:

Kahles 2-7x36 rimfire
Kahles 3-9x40 (two of them)
Zeiss 4.5-14x44 Z800
Zeiss 6.5-20x50 Varmint

and last, but definitely not least

IOR 4x32.

I trade guns around a lot.  Won't stop till they are all Coopers, but these scopes stay.
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