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After looking at all the various low power scopes on the market I though I was set on getting a Leupold VX3 1.75-6x32 or 2.5-8x36. However, after looking through a couple of the Leupold 2.5-8x36 scopes (they didn't have the 1.75-6x32) I found that I could not get them to focus. They would get close, but never quite "lock on" to a clear picture. I tried 2 of them with the same results. I also tried a Zeiss Conquest and a Nikon just to be sure it wasn't me. They focused just fine.   Obviously the Leupods are not for me.

So....

Now I am thinking of trying the Bushnell Elite 6500 1.25-8x32. But I don't know where to try one locally and I haven't seen any reviews or other discussion about that scope. Can anyone comment on that particular scope or the Elit 6500 line in general as compared to the Leupold VX3 line?

There is also the Minox ZA5 1.5-8x32.   I know nothing of these scopes.

I guess my question is which one is better?  The Bushnell Elite 6500 or the Minox ZA5?

FYI, this will be mounted on a Winchester Model 70 featherweight in 6.5x55.

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Rob
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....also,

What would be your opinion of the Zwarovski Z3 3-9x36?    Close enough to the other two to be worth the upgrade?    Worth the extra $200?
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Can I suggest one that I just  put on a rifle of mine that I am quite happy with :
 
Trijicon 1-4x24 Accu-Point 30mm Rifle Scope Red Triangle Trijicon 1-4x24 Accu-Point 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - TR24R
  • Matte
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  • 30mm
$844.95 


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I'm wondering if that is a bit limiting on range and low light?  What are you shooting it on?
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My bet is on the Minox... Then the Swaro, distant 3rd to Bushy. The eye-box of the Minox might get a bit fussy at the top 1/3, but that mag-range is just about perfect!
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Its a .223  1 in 9 twist
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As for limiting in low light --  24mm divided by 7mm exit eye pupil is 3.42 so any power 3.42 or lower will be just as bright as any rifle scope you can buy with equivelant glass and this glass is dam good and this is light and fast.  It's designed to hunt coyotes at  night that is why the smith vortex flash suppressor is on the barrel to prevent the first round from ruining your night vision.
 
But you might really like a Zwarovski.
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I have the Minox and am very pleased with it.  There is plenty of eye relief and I haven't seen any issues with the eyebox yet.  I have one on a 270WSM Model 70 Featherweight and will put the other on my Savage 99 in 243, also a Featherweight.
 
Go with the Minox...
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Note the eye relief on that Bushnell is 6 inches.  It is not made to be mounted quite like most scopes.

On the Trijicon being bright enough.  I had a 1-4x and used it in low light quite a bit and thought it worked quite well.  Excellent scope IMO. 

I would not go just based off the math of figuring out the exit pupil alone.  Several night time hog hunters that use the trijicon's say that the 3-9x is noticeably brighter on all mags vs the 1-4x.  They also say the 2.5-10x is noticeably brighter than the 3-9x. 
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Thanks for the responses so far.     I'm actually starting to lean toward the Trijicon 1-4x24.      As it turns out, someone I know has this scope on a .375 Ruger and is going to let me look at it next week.     So we'll see.      I really like the low power and wide field of view because 90% of any shots I make will be under 100 yards, and most under 20.   I live in N. Alabama.     I figure that if I can hit an 8" place at 100yds open sites with ease, that a 4x scope should get me out to 300 yards in a pinch.      I can't see needing to ever go beyond that.    The scope isn't going to make the rifle shoot any straighter than I can hold it.
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