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Greetings all -- first post by a scope newbie.

I recently bought a CZ 557 in 6.5x55 and I need to pick a scope for it.  I've been poking around these forums a bit and have read a lot of good things about meopta and had come pretty close to snagging one until I read about first focal plane and second focal plane reticles, and now I've gone back to being mostly uncertain.

My use will be occasional hunting, most likely dawn or dusk, often overcast, forested background.  The rest of the time I'll be target shooting.

For meopta scopes, I have been considering:
http://www.eurooptic.com/meopta-meostar-r1-3-10x50-zplex-matte-black-rifle-scope.aspx
http://www.eurooptic.com/meopro-35-10x44-4c-red-riflescope-542800.aspx

The meopta marketing suggests that meostar would be brighter -- on the other hand, with dark backgrounds I could really see the red dot in the meopro being handy.  I presume with the red dot model I would be able to turn it off and just use the cross hairs -- please correct me if I'm wrong. 

But then I read about how first focal plane reticles are easier to use because you don't have to do any math in calculating holdover.  So I started looking at this with an FFR:  http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-HD-3-9x42-Tactical-30mm-Riflescope-P50716.aspx 

With regard to the SWFA, I would prefer turrets with caps for hunting purposes -- would I have issues in thick brush?  I'm also curious about how SWFA scopes compare to the meoptas, whether the red dot is worth it or more of a gimmick, whether the 50mm end on the meostar is worth all the bulk and height, or any other suggestions people have.  My budget for the scope is about $700, but less is always better.


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First, it's complicated!

Tactical, non-illuminated FFP scopes are a challenge for low light hunting. The reticle is often too small at the bottom or too large at the top. Add to that the reticles can disappear in low light.

For your hunting purposes, the SS3-9 is not the best fit. For range work, it is just about perfect. On that scope, glass is quite good, turrets are great - but uncapped, tracking is true, and reticle is usable at the top and the bottom.

I have no experience with the Meopta. If low light hunting with wooded backdrop is the priority, you need illumination. I'd add the Trijicon 3-9 to your short list. I have the SS and the Accupoint, both do something really great, but the trijicon is a much better woods hunter.

Hope it helps!
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I would take a hard look at the Leupold vxr patrol. It will do all the thimgs you want well. It has amazing illumination, good glass, low profile uncapped turrets that work great for hunting and target shooting. And they track well.

I own a SS 3-9x and a Meopta 3-9x. The SS is a great tactical type scope and the meopta is a great hunting scope, but neither do both near as good as the vxr patrol IMO.
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Thank you both for the practical information.
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Concur with Supertool. The VX-R is a good one. 

Welcome to Optics Talk. 
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Although it stretches my price range a tad, I'd be interested in the opinion you guys have on this, especially as it compares to the suggested Leupold above:

It's a Zeiss 2-8x42 Conquest DL with illuminution

http://www.samplelist.com/Zeiss-2-8x42-Conquest-DL-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P87183.aspx

This guy had a lot of good things to say about it's predecessor, the Duralyt 2-8x42:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHLTzETyWgg
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X2 on the Trijicon for hunting.
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Not to be disagreeable, but in terms of hunting scopes, I'd rate the 3-9x40 vxr far, far below the meopta or conquest for low light.   As I mentioned in another thread, I have compared them side by side at dusk under identical conditions, watching deer walk around on an opposite ridgeline from my house.

I used to be a diehard leupold fan, and I still have quite a few of them, but I do not own a leupold that can beat any of my 3 meoptas for low light deer hunting. 
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