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Scope application- hunting, 300 to 800 yards canyon country--mounted on 7mm Rem mag or 6.5 / 284 sheep,deer, antelope and elk. My eyes are aging so I need very good glass and good magnification. budget $600 to $1,800 what do you guys recommend / experiences. Thanks any info helps.
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Originally posted by m_freeman m_freeman wrote:

Scope application- hunting, 300 to 800 yards canyon country--mounted on 7mm Rem mag or 6.5 / 284 sheep,deer, antelope and elk. My eyes are aging so I need very good glass and good magnification. budget $600 to $1,800 what do you guys recommend / experiences. Thanks any info helps.
 
I would not second guess buying any of these scopes and I put them in order of which ones I would choose first to last.
 
Leica 3.5-14x42 ER 30mm Rifle Scope Ballistic Leica 3.5-14x42 ER 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - LEI51012
  • Matte
  • Ballistic
  • 30mm
  • Side Focus
$1,999.00 
 
This particular Leica is what I plan to take on my elk hunt on top of my 6.5/284 in September. One of the best if not the best scopes in the world. I know it is a little out of your price range but its worth the extra $150.
Swarovski 5-25x52 Z5 Riflescope BRX Swarovski 5-25x52 Z5 Riflescope
Stock # - 59887
  • Matte
  • BRX
  • 1"
  • Side Focus
$1,638
Swarovski 3.5-18x44 Z5 Riflescope BRX Swarovski 3.5-18x44 Z5 Riflescope
Stock # - 59767
  • Matte
  • BRX
  • 1"
  • Side Focus
$1,498.95 
Leica 2.5-10x42 ER 30mm Rifle Scope CDD Leica 2.5-10x42 ER 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - LEI50014
  • Matte
  • CDD
  • 30mm
$1,849.00 
 
Zeiss 3-12x56 Victory Diavari 30mm Rifle Scope #4 Zeiss 3-12x56 Victory Diavari 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - 5217419904
  • Matte
  • #4
  • 30mm
  • LotuTec Protective Coating
$1,899.95 
 
 
Bushnell 4.5-30x50 Elite 6500 30mm Rifle Scope DOA 600 Bushnell 4.5-30x50 Elite 6500 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - 654305B
  • Matte
  • DOA 600
  • 30mm
  • Rainguard
  • Free Sun Shade w/ Purchase
  • Free Fleece Pullover (Mail-In Coupon)
$779.95 
Zeiss 4.5-14x50 Conquest Rifle Scope Rapid Z 800 Zeiss 4.5-14x50 Conquest Rifle Scope
Stock # - 5214919972
  • Matte
  • Rapid Z 800
  • 1"
  • Side Focus
  • Hunting Turrets
  • Etched Glass
  • 2nd Plane
$924.95 
 
Zeiss 4.5-14x44 Conquest Rifle Scope Rapid Z 800 Zeiss 4.5-14x44 Conquest Rifle Scope
Stock # - 5214309972
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the Z-5 in 3.5 - 18 is a fine scope for your application....
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Swaro or Zeiss Victory, you can buy more magnification, but you can't buy better glass (and better glass wins every time.)
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The Leica glass is on par with the Swaro and Zeiss IMO.
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I might need to try one, my Leica binos have been well used and never disappointed me (though they are a bit on the heavy side.)
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Originally posted by Chris Farris II Chris Farris II wrote:

[QUOTE=m_freeman]
Scope application- hunting, 300 to 800 yards canyon country--mounted on 7mm Rem mag or 6.5 / 284 sheep,deer, antelope and elk. My eyes are aging so I need very good glass and good magnification. budget $600 to $1,800 what do you guys recommend / experiences. Thanks any info helps.
 
I would not second guess buying any of these scopes and I put them in order of which ones I would choose first to last.
 
Leica 3.5-14x42 ER 30mm Rifle Scope Ballistic Leica 3.5-14x42 ER 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - LEI51012
  • Matte
  • Ballistic
  • 30mm
  • Side Focus
$1,999.00 
 
This particular Leica is what I plan to take on my elk hunt on top of my 6.5/284 in September. One of the best if not the best scopes in the world. I know it is a little out of your price range but its worth the extra $150.
Swarovski 5-25x52 Z5 Riflescope BRX Swarovski 5-25x52 Z5 Riflescope
Stock # - 59887
  • Matte
  • BRX
  • 1"
  • Side Focus
$1,638
Swarovski 3.5-18x44 Z5 Riflescope BRX Swarovski 3.5-18x44 Z5 Riflescope
Stock # - 59767
  • Matte
  • BRX
  • 1"
  • Side Focus
$1,498.95 
Leica 2.5-10x42 ER 30mm Rifle Scope CDD Leica 2.5-10x42 ER 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - LEI50014
  • Matte
  • CDD
  • 30mm
$1,849.00 
 
Zeiss 3-12x56 Victory Diavari 30mm Rifle Scope #4 Zeiss 3-12x56 Victory Diavari 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - 5217419904
  • Matte
  • #4
  • 30mm
  • LotuTec Protective Coating
$1,899.95 
 
 
Bushnell 4.5-30x50 Elite 6500 30mm Rifle Scope DOA 600 Bushnell 4.5-30x50 Elite 6500 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - 654305B
  • Matte
  • DOA 600
  • 30mm
  • Rainguard
  • Free Sun Shade w/ Purchase
  • Free Fleece Pullover (Mail-In Coupon)
$779.95 
Zeiss 4.5-14x50 Conquest Rifle Scope Rapid Z 800 Zeiss 4.5-14x50 Conquest Rifle Scope
Stock # - 5214919972
  • Matte
  • Rapid Z 800
  • 1"
  • Side Focus
  • Hunting Turrets
  • Etched Glass
  • 2nd Plane
$924.95 
 
Zeiss 4.5-14x44 Conquest Rifle Scope Rapid Z 800 Zeiss 4.5-14x44 Con
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When you say a canyon country I see a lot of climbing and maybe some getting bumped around. With this in mind you may want to keep to the slimmer objectives 40 - 42. I don't see as much need for very low light. The smaller scope will lessen the chances of getting knocked and bumped, plus be a lot lighter. IMO If you want a Ballistic reticle I have a Zeiss Z600 3-9X40 that I like but I don't expect to shoot over 500 yds. You may like the Z800 or the Z1000 for your situation. The Leupold VX3 4.5-14x40 may be a good choice also.
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