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Optics GrassHopper

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I have a  7mmWSM  as my all around hunting rifle.  This rifle will hunt deer in the woods, thickets and beanfields of MS.  I will also use it for Caribou, goat and sheep in AK.  I have owned a Zeiss conquest 3-9 (until it along with my 280AI where stolen), and currently have an elite 4200. Both served me well but would like a little more magnification and more lowlight performance than I get from the elite 4200.  I really need a scope that can work hard between 50yds and 500yds.  If I had the money I would probably get the Swarovski 2-12x50Z6, but I have set my budget at no more than $1500, and would like to stay under $1000 unless there is significant gain in getting a scope at $1500.  I have read reviews and looked at specs until I'm almost blind. I have read alot of info and have made a few assumptions:(maybe incorrectly) 
1. Quality glass trumps magnification
2. I need a wide FOV for those sub 100 yd shots
3. I don't need a 50mm objective to get excellent low light performance  
My short list and prices are as follows:
SWARO-Z6 1.7-10x42 7a reticle: $1499 (SWFA Sample list)
Burris Six X 2-12x50 3p-4:$879
Burris Six X 2-12x40  3p-4: $759
Elite 6500 2.5-16x42 Fine multi-x: $750
SWARO-Z5 3.5-18X44 BT 4A:  $1475
Any thoughts, experience, or input would be appreciated.
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Nothing at all wrong with the Swarovski's, either one, but I would prefer the Z6.  However, my choice would be:
SPL15722 Zeiss 2.5-10x50 Daivari VM/V Rifle Scope DEMO-B Click to view
5216259908, Matte, Illum #8, 30mm
You said you didn't need 50mm obj for low light performance, however, it DOES have better low light performance and you have a 50mm in your list.  The Zeiss is the best of all and less than your top price.  I'm not recommending it to you, just telling you what I would do given the same choices. 
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Chief Sackscratch

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I just ordered a z5 3-15 myself,  liked the 44 obj and the mag range.  The BT can really help especially if you order an actual target turret from Swaro and then you can dial it in with a bit more precision than the 4 settings the standard has.

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/30/2012 at 09:52
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Optics Master
Optics Master

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The FOV on the VX6 is fantastic, and the glass is also.  I have the 2-12x42 w/plex reticle and CDS dial when I want to stretch it out some.  To my eyes the glass is better than the VX3 and Conquest, and on par with my neighbor's SwaroA.  Adjustments have been on the money out to 900, back to 100, and everything in between.   So far so good.  It's the most user friendly variable I've ever gotten behind. 

If I wanted absolute top of the line I'd look hard at that Diavari Kickboxer posted about. 
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