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I'm mulling over buying a new B&L Balvar that was produced several years ago but is new in the box.  I recall looking through them in the past and being impressed, but was wondering what everyone would consider them as being comparable to so I have something to judge $ by.  In my mind I have them being on par with the japanes made pre-monarch Nikons and the early Burris Signature scopes and slightly better than the older Leupold Vari-X II.  I know it won't match up to my current Zeiss Conquests but it was made about the time that the Weathery its intended for was and seems like a good fit.  Any help will be appreciated.
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If that scope you refer to is a variable, I believe they transformed into the B&L Elite 4000 scopes made in the mid 90's. They got excellent reviews and I happen to own 2 4000's and can say the are great scopes. I would put them ahead of the Leupold Vari-X II and in my opinion are better than the Vari-X III's. The only main difference between the 4000's and the new Elite 4200's is that the 4200's have the Rainguard lens coatings and are slightly brighter, but difficult to tell side by side. Depending on who you speak with, the Conquest will get slightly higher ratings optically, but I feel that is of the opinion of the man or women behind the scope.


John Barsness wrote of this scope in a recent article where he stated that it was one of the most durable scopes he as ever owned and that " it refused to break regardless of the rifle he mounted it on". Enough said.

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