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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: November/19/2005 at 15:39
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Hello, I'm a new member here on the forum and wanted to ask for some advice before making a final decision on buying a scope... First, let me say the discussions I have read are very informative and it proved to me just how little I know about optics. Frankly, however, I'm in a bit of information overload and thought I'd ask for a little help from the folks who know, instead of trying to "wing it" myself!

Here's the situation:

Based on everything I have read (here on the forum) and from looking at scopes (in a retail setting) I have narrowed my preferences to the following:

Swarovski 4-12 X 50 American
Zeiss 3-12 X 56 Conquest
Schmidt & Bender Zenith 2.5 - 10 X 56 (This made the list because I have found a demo at a dealer for $1,200.00) This the upper end of what I was wanting to spend, but doable...   

Hunting situation: I hunt whitetail deer from a blind in Texas, with an occasional go at hogs and predators. My longest shots are usually 200 yards, with the norm being around 100. I am wanting to "scope" my new SAKO 270 for those hunting conditions, with a bias toward peformance after sunset and early in the morning.


1) In your opinion is it worth the extra $300.00 that I would have to spend to get the S&B? I realize I would be giving up 2X (magnification), but some of the posts on the forum have convinced me that would be of no consequence and I am probably worrying about that issue for no reason.          ;  

2) If my decision was soley between the SWARO and Conquest I have described above, which scope do you think would best suit my hunting conditions (keeping in mind my emphasis on low light shooting scenarios?)

Thank you in advance for taking time give me some advice...    
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: November/19/2005 at 17:09
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I think all of those scopes are major overkill for your application, especially on the objective side of things.  I would go witha Conquest in 3-9x40.  You can spend more, but you will not see significant improvement for the hunting conditions that you are describing.  If you want to spend a few more bucks get one the higher end Zeiss, Swaros, or Kahles CLs in roughly that same size and magnification range. 



Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: November/20/2005 at 19:21
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I'm with ranburr.

Go with the Conquest, BUT get a 44mm objective, friend. You can use the extra money you save to get a good set of rings like Talleys.

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