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Howdy! First post, lots of lurking...

Considering one of these, and would be interested to hear any experiences you might have to share. It'll be going on a Kimber .325, so... there will be recoil.

I'm pretty sure it'll be optically brilliant. My primary concerns are low light performance and durability.

As far as low light, I have a few Conquests (3-9, 3.5-10) and Leupolds (2.5-8), so any direct comparisons to those would be particularly valuable to me.

As far as durability, holding zero, tracking well etc i'd love to hear anything you've got, pro or con.

Thank you, I appreciate it!

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Those AV's are very nice scopes....much better than Leupy's IMO. I've got the 3-10 X 42 on my Cooper 25-06 and it's the bugs nutz. Granted, the recoil is less than you'll have with the Kimber, but I'd bet you'd not have any issues. There are some good deals to be had on AV's since the Z-3 came out. Good luck.
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Bugs,

Any comments on the tracking?
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Good to see you here, Jeff.  Finally decide getting any useful information from E and art's playground was an exercise in futility?      Wink
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Welcome to OpticsTalk, Jeff.

Swaro AV is a great scope and is about as good as a 1" scope gets these days aside from the heavier S&B Summit.   Even then, it is close.

I would not be too worried about durability.  All things break once in a while, but these Swaros are well built and the chance of you having a problem is rather slight.

In terms of optical performance, it is better than VX-3 and Conquest.  It is also more expensive.  If the question is whether it offers better performance, that is a definite yes.

If you are wondering whether it is worth the higher price, well, that's up to you.

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Originally posted by Jon A Jon A wrote:

Good to see you here, Jeff.  Finally decide getting any useful information from E and art's playground was an exercise in futility?      Wink


Also won't have to worry about "Steelhead" bird dogging him either.
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Well hello there gentlemen! What a pleasant surprise! Thanks for the welcome.

Probably gonna order one Monday. If I do, I'll shoot a tracking test first and post results.

From the (hard to read) PDF of the manual online, it appears the stock turrets work like a Conquest's. I hope so. I can use that as-is.
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Have two 4-12x50mm's.  One on my .270 and one on my .338 win mag.  Never had any problem with them.  Optical performance is second to none and have over 100 rounds on it with the .338 and no durability issues so far.
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I have the 3-10X42 AV mounted on a .300 Win Mag.  I've been using it for about 10 years now with no problems.  It is, as you would expect, optically excellent.  I've heard that Swaro doesn't recommend the AV scopes for rifles with heavy recoil, but I don't know at what recoil level this starts becoming a factor.  I would suggest calling Swarovski Optik North America and asking their opinion, as a .325 generates somewhat heavy recoil. 
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Mine has been a 300 Weatherby for 2 years now .. zero  issues  after about 75 rounds ...
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I really enjoy mine and it's about the best I can afford at my income level.
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No issues tracking wise to date. It's been spot on. I liked the first one so much, I got another (3-9 X36) for an 1885 Low Wall. Highly recommended.
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I have heard about some problems with holding zero with this scope on a 9.3x62 calibre by a friend of mine (We are in the same hunting community). The scope was then repaired and he put a Z6 scope on that rifle. The AV scope is now on his other rifle chambered in .223 rem. Apart from that, the scope is optically very good and can stand up to any other scope with 42mm lens in terms of low light performance. As far I have heard from his experience, personally I only had one look through and cant give any real comment.          
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Just use good mounts you'll be fine.  I don't think you will be burning alot of ammo thru her will you? Good luck sounds like a real beauty!!!
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My Swarovsk AV is the 4-12x50.  It is mounted on a 7mm Rem Mag at the present and has never lost zero or had any issues in (7) years.  I shoot this rifle quite often and the scope is nearly as optically bright, contrasty and clear as my Zeiss V/VM.  Believe me that this is a compliment for the AV scope.  I would unconditionally recommend this scope.
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I have 2 of them, both 6-18x50 with BR reticles mounted on 204 Rugers.  No problems with tracking or holding zero.
 
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Thanks folks! Been working with it for a few weeks now. Review on the way!
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Just as an update, the scope is tracking well and holding zero through continued dialin' and shootin' on my .325. The mechanicals on this scope feel and, so far, function great. And the optics are sweet! So far, so good.

I did a back-deck, microbrew-fueled low light test again the other night. Nothing fancy. Just watching detail fade into the darkness at last light. I compared the Swaro and a Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40. The Conquest hung in there to the bitter end by virtue of (I think) the good glass and high-contrast coatings. Interestingly, while the Swaro coatings aren't as contrasty to my eye, the resolution as noticiably superior. At any rate, they finally gave up the ghost and got yo where I judged I'd not be able to shoot... at 14 minutes past last legal light (defined as 1/2 hour past sunset). This on a clear June night in the country so...

Anyway the scope is doing great through 200-ish rounds. I
Impressed with the tracking, holding zero, optically awesome. So far so good.

Knock on wood! :)

    
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Wow. Typos galore, and I don't see how to edit... gulp.. what I get for posting at 1:48 am I guess <grin>.....
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You'll be able to edit your posts once your post count gets to 50.

In the meantime, you just have to live with the typos (I could potentially fix them for you, but that would be confusing the functions of a moderator with those of an editor, and I am pretty lazy anyway).

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