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I'm going to upgrade the optics on my deer hunting gun. I'm looking for optimal resolution and excellent low light performance. I'm considering a Swarovski American Lightweight off of the sample list or a new Kahles KX as the prices on these two are very similar and at my spending limit.

I'm looking at 3x10x42 in either model.

I own some good scopes such as Burris Signature Select, Bushnell 4200 and a Conquest but have no experience with Kahles or Swarovski as they've always been a little out of my price range.

 Also are either of these scopes finicky as to eye position?

 

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Welcome whitetailman!

 

Either scope is fantastic -- really!  I don't intend my answer to sound like a cop-out, but the Swaro and Kahles 1" model scopes are both very comparable and pretty much as good as it gets in 1" main tube scopes.  They are both optically superior to the other scopes you name, but whether their performance advantage is significant enough to justify the extra cost is up to the individual.  Both are made in Austria, and both are covered by the same service center in Cranston, Rhode Island, with an excellent reputation for customer service.  Given the same magnification and objective size, I would make my selection based on which of the two had a reticle you prefer, which one best fits your weight & length requirement, etc.  I personally think the Swaro is maybe a slight bit better optically, but just barely, and others here would most likely disagree.  They are probably so close optically that if you had 10 people compare the two, you might get equally divided opinions about which is "better."  You truly won't go wrong either way!

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i would give the slight advantage to the kahles KX - it is suppurb for the money -

 

get a #4 reticle for lowlight and be on your way -

 

you will be very happy.

 

good luck and let us know what you decide.

 

J

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I certainly think the Kahles is the better value, unless you found an exceptionally good deal on the Swaro AV.  Again, these are pretty much the pinnacle of 1" scopes, so you'd be thrilled with either.
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Thank you guys for your input. Whenever I make my purchase I plan on testing it against my current optics and I will be sure to give you an update.

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we look forward to reading your post -

 

and welcome to the OT.

 

J

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