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New here to the forum, but ive been hunting around 25 years. I. havent bought a new scope in years. I had an old Simmons 6x24x50 that finally gave up on me and im trying to sort through all the "new" names and features available now.
Id really like some help making the decision on what to buy. I want to spend around $500. I think i got it narrowed down to 3. The Nikon prostaff 5, Leupold vx3, and the Ziess Terra. The Nikon and Leupold have the bullet specific adjustible turret which i think is a good feature. The ziess seems like a good buy just because of the reputation.
Where we hunt we can make some pretty long shots. 300 to 600yds. Any help at all is appreciated guys!
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if 500 dollars is around your budget id look at the zeiss conquest over the terra. also check out meopta meopro scopes.   i had a nikon prostaff and hated it. thing had so much flare i wasnt able to see a deer thro it while watchn the deer with my binos
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Thanks for the help Robster80. I thought the Conquest was more expensive than $500. I definitely think its better than the 3 I listed. Thanks again.
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Don't write off the vx3, it will hold its own against the Conquest. The new ones have much improved glass and the cds turret is a nice feature. If that is not a must have feature there are a number of conquest on the sample list that are factory refurb and cary the full lifetime warranty.

http://www.samplelist.com/Zeiss-3-9x40-Conquest-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P67505.aspx
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Thanks biggreen747. I think im leaning towards the vx3. I really like the idea of the cds system. Do you have any experience with it?
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I also wanted to ask if it is worth the money to get the 50mm objective on scopes. They let in more light right?
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in good glass like leupy or zeiss there probably isnt enough noticeable difference between a 42-44mm and the 50
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If you will be doing any night hunting for critters like coyotes or hogs then you may consider a 50mm. If you are strictly 30min before sunrise to 30min after sunset I personally do not feel there is any real advantage. I do not have the CDS on my vx3 but I have kenton dials on other scopes which are the same principal. I don't use them a lot when hunting but i have on a couple occasion and I much prefer them over holdover type reticles. If you can chronograph you rifle/cartridge combo you will have a more accurate dial as well.
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Of the ones you have listed I would highly recommend the Zeiss BUT in the Conquest line (not the Terra...it's not bad but not as good as the Conquest with minimal cost difference). I own Leupold (VX3, VX-R) and Nikon Monarchs as well but to my eyes the Conquest is better than all of them, especially in low light. I like the big view from the eye box on the Zeiss Conquest and VX3. All of my Monarchs give me tunnel vision but they are very good glass for the money. The Zeiss Conquest is just hard to beat at the $500 price point. You can get a nice Demo at that price at higher magnification as well.

My 2 favorite scopes in the $500 range still remain to be the Zeiss Conquest and Sightron Big Sky (Zact7 coatings which are hydrophobic). I love Zeiss' dark etched reticles even more so than my Swaro's.

All three are great scopes but for $500 the Conquest is wonderful. If you can't get the Conquest I would vote for the VX3 next especially with the $80 rebates. Best of luck!
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Originally posted by eas eas wrote:

Of the ones you have listed I would highly recommend the Zeiss BUT in the Conquest line (not the Terra...it's not bad but not as good as the Conquest with minimal cost difference). I own Leupold (VX3, VX-R) and Nikon Monarchs as well but to my eyes the Conquest is better than all of them, especially in low light. I like the big view from the eye box on the Zeiss Conquest and VX3. All of my Monarchs give me tunnel vision but they are very good glass for the money. The Zeiss Conquest is just hard to beat at the $500 price point. You can get a nice Demo at that price at higher magnification as well.

My 2 favorite scopes in the $500 range still remain to be the Zeiss Conquest and Sightron Big Sky (Zact7 coatings which are hydrophobic). I love Zeiss' dark etched reticles even more so than my Swaro's.

All three are great scopes but for $500 the Conquest is wonderful. If you can't get the Conquest I would vote for the VX3 next especially with the $80 rebates. Best of luck!


+1 on these comments. To my eyes, the Nikon would not make the cut. I like Conquests a bit more than Leupy VX3's but either would be fine. Do check out the Sample List here for "deals". Good luck.
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Thanks for all the help guys. I had some car "issues" so my budget shrank a little. Ok it shrank alot. But, my birthday is Saturday so maybe ill get lucky! My family usually gift me Bass Pro gift cards so that will help. I dont think the Bass Pro Conqust will be in my budget any longer though.    
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Car problems have a way of doing that. If your budget just shrunk look at a Bushnell Elite 3-9x40. Under $300 and still a lot of scope for the money.
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