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I have a Steyr 30-06 for whitetail.  Plan on upgrading to a Conquest or  a 4200?

 

What size & scope?

 

2.5-10x44  ,  2.5-10x50,  3-9x40

Bushnell 2.5-10x50 Elite 4200 Rifle Scop $428.95

Bushnell 2.5-10x40 Elite 4200 Rifle Scope $348.95

Zeiss 3-9x40 Conquest Rifle Scope $399
Zeiss 3.5-10x44 Conquest Rifle Scope $589
Thanks for the help in this very important decision.

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Personally, Im not a big fan of 50mm objectives.  You have to mount them with higher rings which changes the aiming characteristics and they tend to be heavier.  The amount of minimal low light performance gain is not worth the trade off in my opinion.

 

So between the Zeiss 3-9-40 or the Bushnell 2.5-10x40...well I have both scopes and both are very very nice. I like the power range on the Bushnell not a big difference between 2.5-10 and 3-9x but I like the lower/higher range none the less. In everyday normal sunny conditions I really could not tell a difference.  When it got dark the Zeiss had a slight edge in pulling in more light (as I've stated before both scopes will allow the hunter to hunt well past legal or eithical shooting hours so not much of a gain)

 

I give the Zeiss the slight edge in optical performance, nothing drastic but an edge. Depends if you want to spend the extra $50 for that slight edge. My question is what about looking at the Bushnell 4200 Elite 3-9x40 ? At $258.95 that is considerably less money and a bargin at that. That is what I would go with and take the rest of the saved money and buy nice ammo and go shooting

 

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Ditto, 100%.  The 3x9 40mm 4200 should be fine, or, look at the Sightron SII 3x9 42mm, which can be had for 199.95 at a competitor, which I believe is just as good and you can save even more money for ammo and other items.  I really wish SWFA, would pick up the Sightron line of rifle scopes.  I own both, the 4200s and Sightron SIIs, so I can compare, but I do not own them in equal powers.  However, Sightron, made their name in the 3x9 magnification of scopes.  Good luck, you will be happy, with any of the above choices.
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Thanks guys for your help!
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