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This is sort of to run in parallel with the thread I started in the rimfire section, where people have been very helpful.

I am getting my own deer rifle, having used our estate rifles for some time. It is a 6.5x55 Swede, to be used at first and last light for deer and fox out to 300 yards. Our estate is lowland farm and woodland. I do a lot from high seats, but also a fair amount of stalking.

Our estate rifles wear Hawke Endurance 30 3-12x50 IR, but they are almost permanently set on 6x or thereabouts, leading me to wonder whether I would get better glass for my money if I went with a fixed mag. If I go down this route (and again being limited to what I can get in the UK), I am considering the following-
Leupold FX III 6x42
Weaver Grand Slam 4.75x40 (by far the cheapest of all my options)
Sightron SII Big Sky 6x42

If however this route does not get me more bang for my buck in terms of optical quality, then I am considering these variables-
Meopta Meopro 3-9x40
Vortex Viper 3-9x40

Does anyone have any thoughts on these?
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About the best bang for the buck would be Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 #4 ret.This would give you a little more fexability,I like fixed power scopes but for stalking you might think variables,you can still leave the scope on a single power & at the same time the option to use different magnification.
 
If you don't have access to Zeiss then I would go for the Meopta,they make alot of the Conquest glass.Vortex is also a good choice,can't go wrong with any of your choices.
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Unfortunately the Zeiss is substantially more expensive than the Meopro and the Viper, but I appreciate your advice about the variable.
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what is your price range?
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Originally posted by Roundhead Roundhead wrote:

Unfortunately the Zeiss is substantially more expensive than the Meopro and the Viper, but I appreciate your advice about the variable.

Sorry, just realised I should have added "in the UK" to this, because I can see from US sites the Conquest is indeed in the same price range as the Meopro and the Viper. Over here I can get a Meopro 3-9x40 for £350, a Viper 3-9x40 for £275 (or 3.5-10x50 for £340), whereas the cheapest Zeiss available is Diatal 6x42 for £485.

Ideally I want to stay around £300, which seems to put me in the $400 bracket most of the time, although as shown above, there are discrepancies.
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Minox Z3 3-9,has Schott German glass & might be in your price range!
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In the Leupold I would go with the FX3 6X42 over the previous version, the FXIII 6X42 . Seen real good feedback on the Big Sky Sightrons but never looked through one myself !
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