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anybody try out any of the entry level minox zv scope series? Big Grin
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I have a couple.  Work great on the rimfires and the one centerfire I"ve tried it on so far.  Happy with it for the price.  
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how do they compare to the za-3s?

are they made in china or just use china made parts? the ZVs that is--
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Can't say I have never had a 3, only a za 5.  Optically they aren't that close but expectedly so for the price.  I like the glass better than the older prostaff I have and its on par with the vxII that i was using the same day i sighted in one of the rimfires, the vxII was a friends gun I was sighting in for him.  Adjustments do have a little slop but again expectedly so with the price tag.  I'm thinking of torture testing one on a 7lb 300wsm but ain't done it yet.
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i would like to try one of their scopes.

i have been seeing the ZA5s and the ZA3s at exceptional prices lately on the open box and dealer samples.

from what little i hear on the interwebs the ZA5s use the real expansive glass, the ZA3 has a USA made copy of the expensive glass and the ZV has the china glass.

i got a spread of $64 from the ZV to the ZA3 and another $80 to the ZA5. the ZA5 is all most exactly twice the ZV is--LOL

i'm thinking i might be better off to save up some more $$ and get the ZA5--

the ZA 3 i am looking at it the 50mm model--looks like " mucho"  scope for the $$ i did get to look through one a while back  and it was super bright and clear.

the ZA5 is that 1.5-8x --it suits me wants better--but that ZA3 at what it is selling for is hard to pass up--LOL!

the 5 being higher end of the three  --i'll have to save up more $$$

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Za5 1.5-8 for 329 sample list....I got one as new no complaints
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yea that ZA 5 has got to be the bees knees-- that is more of what i want--

then they cut the price on the 3-9x-50 to $229!!!

that is a lot of glass for $229! LOL!


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      I have/had the ZV3 3-9x40 (Chinese) and just recently ordered the 3-9x50 (American). I had a problem with the erector binding up on the chinese one. I sent it  back to Minox for repair, which has taken quite a while, but they are really great to deal with on the phone. I was actually really impressed with the glass though, especially since I got it for $159. It was really close to my Vortex Viper 2-7x32, in daylight they were pretty much identical to my eyes. Naturally, it blows away my older Leupold Vari-X  and Vari-X II in clarity and light transmission, but they are 18 year old scopes. 
      The American model should be here any day, looking forward to checking it out; can't beat $229 on closeout! We'll see how it holds up under 300 win recoil.
   Minox told me they have identical coatings, different glass. Schott on the American ZA, and Chinese glass on the ZV made to their spec. Of course, the mechanicals are supposed to be more robust on the ZA series.
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