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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/02/2005 at 10:15
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I've been thinking about getting a fixed power scope, probably a 6X42, for one of my rifles.  I've found I leave the 2.5-8 on 6X just about all the time, and I just want to try something different.  Have rifle scope optics advanced to the point that light transmission and resolution is as good on a variable as it is on a fixed?  I know on camera lenses, where unlike scopes you can read a real test, zoom lenses have increased in quality a lot over the years, but still if you look at the numbers they drop off in quality at the extremes.  The first 3-9 scope I bought, quite a few years ago was just about worthless at 9X.  That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.  I does seem logical that fewer elements in a fixed scope would allow better resolution and light transmission.  Anybody know?


Next, Any suggestions besides the Leupold FX III, IOR, and Kahles?  The kahles is more than I would want to spend on an "experiment".  Between the others I like the Leupold for size, weight, and eye relief.  The IOR does have a bit more FOV; that would be helpful on close shots.

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/02/2005 at 23:42
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These days the performance of good quality variables not perceptibly worse than that of comparable quality fixed scopes.  Basically coatings have improved to the point where a couple extra surfaces do not any difference that you can see with your naked eye.

Aside from the ones you mentioned there are not a whole lot of fixed scopes out there, but there are some.  It all depends on how much money you want to spend.  IOR 6x42 will be better than anything this side of Kahles, but if you want to spend less money there are options:

Burris Fullfield II 6x40
Sightron S2 6x42
Nikon Monarch 6x42

These run between $200 and $250 typically.

For even less money you can look at Weaver K6 6x38 (~$130).

Burris and Weaver also make a couple of target scopes with dot reticles:  Burris 6x32HBR and Weaver T6 6x40.


Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/03/2005 at 14:55
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I happen to like fixed scopes on hunting rifles. I have a Ruger #1 in 338 Win Mag with a Leupold 6X36 FXII. I feel that the 6x36 from Leupold is the best fixed power big game(whitetail or larger) scope on the market for the price. The FXII is very nice and a little cheaper than the FXIII. You might want to look at this one since you do not want to spend a fortune.


Also the 6x36 gives you a 6mm exit pupil, that should be plenty for most light conditions.







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