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I've ranted previously with how much I like the CL series from Kahles.  Great optics, reliability and performance at an excellent price.  Went deer hunting this past weekend and used an A-Bolt in .308 that wears a Kahles CL 4x12 52mm.  Here's a quick summary of Saturday evening's hunt:

Where: about 15miles from Monroeville, AL on 756 acre lease;

Method: "shooting condo" basically a wooden house about 6' off the ground overlooking a green field;

Time: from 2:30pm-5:30pm

Quarry: whitetail deer, hog/boar, coyote, bobcat, aliens, Al Gore (just kidding)

The Hunt: Saturday was gorgeous, about 45degrees and the wind had finally started to die down.  The field was empty when I got into the stand.  The longest shot this stand presents is about 80yds and it's surrounded by large oaks, pines.  There's a small stream about 50 yds to the south.  Didn't see a thing (except for a small birds and a few squirrels) until about 4:45pm when a doe & yearling entered the field from the far end.  They grazed for about 15 minutes and then went back into the woods.  Then, about 5:25pm, the came back into the field (again from the far end) but this time they were joined by another doe.  Our property is overloaded with doe so I decided that this one would be a shooter.  Keep in mind that the sun went down right at 5:05pm and that by now it's pretty much dark.  I brought the rifle to my shoulder and looked through the scope.  I had no problem whatsoever seeing the reticle or distinguishing aimpoint on the deer.  It was easy to view the muscles of the shoulder and I was able to see that this was not a button buck.  The animal was about 75yds away and I aimed high on the shoulder, hoping to anchor her right there as I didn't want to have to track in the dark.  I squeezed the trigger, the rifle let out a roar, and the deer's back legs folded in and down she fell.  Never even kicked.  The other doe and her yearling ran in a couple of circles, then finally took off into the woods.  Upon inspection, the bullet struck exactly where I aimed (thank heavens!) and the kill was made humanely.

Final Assessment: Very bright scope.  From a "letter of the law" standpoint this was probably an after legal time shot by about 15 minutes or so.  However, I was able to see fine details of the animal and there was no question as to whether taking a shot would be ill advised.  Based on previous hunts from this stand with rifles that wore both Leupold VX III and Burris Black Diamond scopes, I got longer shooting time.  I feel that it's safe to say that I would not have been able to take that shot with either of the Loopy or Burris models.

 

Just my $.02 based on a real world experience.  Obviously, your results may vary...

 

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Which Leupold and Burris scopes are you comparing?
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Originally posted by mwyates mwyates wrote:

Which Leupold and Burris scopes are you comparing?

 

Here's what I was using:

Burris BD 4x16 50mm: http://www.riflescopes.com/products/200954/burris_4-16x50_bl ack_diamond_30mm_rifle_scope.htm

 

Leupold VX III 3.5x10 50mm: http://www.riflescopes.com/products/LEU55076/leupold_3.5-10x 50_vx-iii_riflescope.htm

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Any Leupold or Burris is no match for the CL or any AMV coated Kahles in a field test. Great review Ceylonc.
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No match in price, either.  The Kahles is a superior scope, and a much better value than the other high dollar Euros.
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Originally posted by mwyates mwyates wrote:

No match in price, either.  The Kahles is a superior scope, and a much better value than the other high dollar Euros.

 

You can get a AMV coated Kahles for alot less money than alot of Leupold and some Burris scopes now, I am not going to go into to much detail here but people that keep up with the latest know what I mean. As far as bieng a much better value than the other higher performing euro's that all depends on the type of shooting and the features you are looking for,again I am not going to go into to much detail but people that participate in other types of shooting besides hunting know this.

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Guys, right on for the Kahles. Next up for me is the 1.1-4 X 24

 

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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Guys, right on for the Kahles. Next up for me is the 1.1-4 X 24

 

 

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The substantial jump in price between the Kahles CL and say a Conquest or Elite 4200 is relative to the jump in price between a Swaro SLC bino and a Pentax SP bino. Unfortunately, to get a noticeable jump in optical performance, it will cost you two to three times the cost. Personally, as far as riflescopes go, I can no longer justify the cost difference. Bino's are a different story. If you can hunt and shoot legally "15 minutes" past/before what the other scopes allowed that would probably justify the cost to me, especially when on an expensive hunt.
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Thanks for the review, ceylonc.  I have a Kahles American Hunter scope and have been extremely impressed with it, so with all the talk of the CLs being considerably improved over the AHs, I'm very intrigued by these scopes.   A CL may very well be my next hunting scope purchase, partially influenced by your many positive comments. 
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