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I am still trying to decide on a scope for my new rifle. I was looking at the Zeiss 3.5-10x50, but I keep going back to the Burris Euro Diamond 3-12x50 or the 3-12x56. I like the 12 power and I want a #4 reticle. Does anybody have some real world experience with these scopes. I know some just have opinions, but I am looking for real experiences with the Burris. I have only owned Leupold before so I have nothing to base my purchase on. I see it rates a 6 on the tbone scale, maybe Chris could chime in with his opinion on the Burris vs. the Zeiss. I need to keep it around $600, I have 30mm and 1" high rings on hand so that is not an issue. Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Have owned both, both are good, neither will disappoint.  IMO, 56 is a little too big for that gun, and 50 is getting close to too big.

 

12X is a great thing on a bench but seldom used in the field.  For that gun, I'd recommend something with a smaller bell, a little lower power, and good glass.  Conquest  with a 44mm (I think it is a 4-14x44 - but don't plan on using the 14x too much.) 

 

Burris is solid, no question; either will do well.

 

I prefer the Zeiss, but that is pure opinion and you know what "they" say about opinions.

 

Good luck.

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Thanks Rancid, I also think the 56mm may be a little large. I have used Leupold 50's in the past and really like the brightness of the larger objective. I primarily deer hunt in SE Alabama, this is why I like the brightness. (get there before daylight and leave after dark). In Alabama we are allowed to shoot a buck and a doe per day from the second week in November until January 31st. I am hunting a lot at dawn and at dusk. Thanks for the input.

 

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Have you looked at a Meopta ??

 

I almost picked one up recently !! They actually make the glass for the Ziess Conquest's from what I have heard !!

 

Anyway.........a Meostar 3x12x56-30mm with a #4 is a very nice scope and probably very comparable to the high end Ziess/Swaro./S&B etc. ........and they are only around $649 !!

 

I'd check one out for the heck of it anyway !!

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I looked at the meopta and it seems to be a great deal. The only thing that concerns me is the lack of eye relief, it only has 3". The 7mm has a little bit of kick in the Tikka T3. Sometimes you have to make an awkward shot and I really don't like scope eye.
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i would reccommend the conquest or the monarch UCC's on closeout.

 

those should have enough eye relief on that cannon.

 

great gun, btw. you will be very pleased w/ tikka - you get the T3?

 

J

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+1 on the meostar by meopta - i bought one and can't wait to get another !!!!!

awesome and bright.

 

eye relief could be an issue if you are a 'light' holder.

 

J

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I have a meopta meostar 3-12X50 with illuminated #4 dot.  Clarity is excellent and the illumination is wonderful.  Turn it down to one and you can barely see it at dark, or crank it up for full brightness.  My only complaint is the size of the dot. It is somewhere around 1-2 MOA.  When you crank the scope up to 14 it looks like a frigon orange in there.  Great scope for hunitng under 300 Yrds, but not very good for precision stuff.

 

I also have an older model Burris fullfield 3-9X40.  Not sure if they have upgraded in the past, but this scope is terrible at low light.

 

 Good luck 

 

I have an IOR 4-14X50 illuminated MP8 on the way.

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LOL - "looks like a friggin orange" funny stuff.

 

sounds like a lethal hunting scope. i am very happy w/ mine in a #4 reticle.

 

J

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FWIW.........I have had a T3 lite in a .270WSM with a Swarovski PV 3x12x50 for a couple of months ..........it has a 3.15 " eye relief and it hasn't been a problem for me !! It kicks descent but no eye contact yet !!

 

 

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