Looking for some thoughts about the trade offs between the list below - strengths and/or weaknesses. I think I've found the real players at this price point
According to the FAQ scope list, the Elite 6500 and the Zeiss Conquest are on the same level, the Nikon Monarch is one step down along with the Sightron. Neither the SS Variable nor the Weaver Tactical have been rated yet, but I'd assume the SS will be put on par with the Elite 6500 and the Zeiss Conquest, based on early reviews. Hoping the Weaver Tactical will be up at least as good as the Nikon, based on being made on the Super Slam framework.
SS and Weaver are FFP. Zeiss and Nikon are 1" tubes, others are 30mm. Only the SS is mil/mil. All but SS are AO. I'd consider them to be in the same cost ballpark, but the Nikon -
the delta there would get a good set of rings, so it is not determative for the decision for me.
I'm initially wanting to put this on my M-1A SuperMatch that has a Sadlak Airborne mount, and maybe eventually move it to a Remington 700 5-R .223 build up in progress - or leave it there and buy anew.
Intended use is for fun shooting between 50 and 250 yards. I'm not a sniper, not play one on TV. I'd like to learn how to use mildots, and be able to place my shots. My range hours are 8 am to sunset, so I probably won't get to test the twilight quality except at my house, or the occasional trip out to my brother's place.
I'm not ready to jump up to nightforce levels - that or better will go on the Sako TRG-22 / FN A3G fantasy rifle currently being put off in favor of 529 plan contributions for the daughters.
However, I am interested in getting the best value for my $. My current best scope is a Nikon Monarch 5x20 on a RRA Predator-Pursuit, so I've at least touched the edge of quality...
I know there is high regard here for the SS variable. But where does it place among the competition? What say you?
Stock # - 652164T
Zeiss 3.5-10x44 Conquest Rifle Scope
Stock # - 800362
SWFA SS 3-9x42 Tactical Riflescope
Stock # - SS39X42
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