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does anyone have any experience either good or bad with the Rapid-Z Reticles on the Zeiss Conquest scopes?  Thanks inadvance for your input.
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talk to focus he is the resident zeiss man, he is pretty sharp about zeiss scopes
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I've had no bad experiences to this point with the conquest line of scopes. In fact if they would just add the lotec coating to the line-up I would be satisfied they would do anything I require of a hunting scope. I have zero experience with the rapidz reticle as I don't own a conquest with it. I've heard nothing but good, but will not give an opinion on something I haven't actually used.

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I have the Rapid Z (also called the #20 in Zeiss literature) in my fixed power 4X32 Conquest, and I think it's one of the best plex style hunting reticle designs available for a second focal plane scope.  To me, the thick posts are just the right thickness for good visibility in low light without being so thick that it obscures too much of the target.  I like the spacing Zeiss chose for the thin crosshair section in the center.  The thick posts don't go so far toward the center that they obscure a lot of small targets, yet they go close enough to the center so that when you begin to lose the thin crosshairs in low light, you can still center up the reticle on a game animal and make a shot.  I like the fact that the thick posts have a nice taper toward the thin crosshairs, which are thin enough in the center for precision shooting.
 
Here is a visual of the Conquest reticles:
 
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Rapid-Z reticles, developed in cooperation with Pride Fowler Industries, provide accurate, labeled holdover points for most common rounds for both bullet drop and windage compensation. The #20 is the normal z-plex reticle, the rapid Z is a ranging reticle they are now offering Ted. I looked on here and can't see where SWFA sells the conquests with the rapid z reticle but they are available and there are good pics on some other sites of the pride fowler reticles, and conquests with them. I have heard very good things about them for long range shooting.

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Well I 'pulled the trigger' so to speak on the Rapid Z 3-9X40 today.  I won't get it for about another week, but once I get it mounted and get a chance to shoot with it, I will let you all know how it goes.
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Originally posted by Focus Focus wrote:

Rapid-Z reticles, developed in cooperation with Pride Fowler Industries, provide accurate, labeled holdover points for most common rounds for both bullet drop and windage compensation. The #20 is the normal z-plex reticle, the rapid Z is a ranging reticle they are now offering Ted. I looked on here and can't see where SWFA sells the conquests with the rapid z reticle but they are available and there are good pics on some other sites of the pride fowler reticles, and conquests with them. I have heard very good things about them for long range shooting.

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OOPS!  Disregard my post, I had a brain fart and got my "Z"s mixed up.  I was talking about Z-Plex and called it Rapid Z.  I've never used the Rapid Z reticles, so cannot comment on their usefulness, though they look like pretty good ballistic reticles.  Sorry for the confusion.
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Slick, I think you will be very happy with your purchase. I have a 4.5-14x44 Rapid-z 800 that I have used for shots out to about 480 yards. Once you are used to looking through it, it seems to be a very effective long range ballistic reticle. Just use the calculator on the zeiss website as a guide for what power to set the scope on and what range you will be shooting and it should be close. You can adjust the magnification slightly up or down to make it hit dead on. This worked very well for me. Good luck with the new glass.
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