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I plan on purchasing a new Z3 4-12x50 to match up with a Sako 85 that I have on order. I didn't see much difference in the optical clarity between the z3 and z5, maybe others have a different opinion, but I did notice a tremendous difference in favor of the z3 over my Zeiss conquest. This scope will be used for hunting and I like the BRH reticle. I have the 4a in a few conquest scopes but I never owned a ballistic reticle. The z5 was a little too much to deal with for hunting and I rather not be fussing around with parallax adjustments in the field. I've done well killing deer out to 400 yards by hold over but how accurate is the Swarovski ballistic calculator? Where I hunt I can very easily have shots over 500 yards, I actually nailed a coyote at 350 last year. My only problem is, I don't have access to a range over 300 yards to confirm the data from the calculator. In the past, I zeroed my long range deer rifle at 300 yards. Has anyone actually confirmed the data at various distances out to say 600 yards?

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I use the Shooter App and JBM ballistics online to calculate my own drops with my Z3.  While I can't vouch for Swaro's software, I can vouch that my reticle is perfectly subtended at max power.

The dots are in MILs and the drop crosshairs are in 1/2 MILs.

My recommendation, regardless of the method you use to get your drops, is that you NEED to find a place to actually shoot and proof your drops at any ranges you will end up shooting while hunting.
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It's not easy in the NE to find ranges much beyond 300 yards. There's a road on a piece that I hunt locally that may get me to 400 but that's about it. My long range deer hunts are with an outfitter in NC that I go to every year. I can easily range 1000 yards across those beans fields .   Guess I'll continue to hold over with the main cross hair until I can find a range, Perhaps in PA
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