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Is is really worth paying the extra money to get the Z6 over the Z3? I would like feedback from any of you who have either or both of these scopes


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I have a z3.  It is a fine scope optically.  I really like the BRH reticle.  I don't think the optical differences between it and and the z6 are really great, but the z6 has robust coil spring adjustments (versus traditional leaf spring in the z3), and a 6x ratio.
 
Is it worth it? 
 
Wasn't to me, but I wouldn't mind having a z6 either.
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yeah I'm thinking of getting 4-12x50Z3. now trying to decide on
 a sako or browning
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30mm tube on Z6 there are also a lot more choices as far as magnification, they also use the HD glass on the 3.5-15 and up. Both would give you years of service but I would opt for the Z5. Just a bit more magnification than Z3 but that is more for my needs.
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Have two Z6's (1-6x24 EE) and just picked up a Z3 4-12x50 BT.  Glass is very good on both.  The reticle on the Z3 has the look of a wire, not etched.  I wouldn't throw the Z3 on my 375, where my Z6 is going.
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Z3 has a wire rectile but I have a freind who mounted one on both a 7 rem mag and a 375 and didn't have any issues.
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I have a Z3 BRH 4x12x50 on my Browning X-Bolt .243 which I use for varmit and deer hunting in NC, SC, GA.  The view at dusk and dawn is outstanding.  Up until I got this scope I have two Leupold VXIII which are good scopes but the glass isn't nearly as good as the Swarovski at dusk and dawn.  I'd definately buy a Z3 again and maybe a Z5 or Z6 if I had the extra $$ to spend.  I don't think you'll go wrong though with the Z3.  Let us know what you end up buying.  I think some of the Z6's are on sale right now but they are still a lot more $$ then the Z3.
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if i buy a demo B or demo A on the sample list, will i still have the same warranty as a new one?

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I think the BRX/BRH and windage reticle models are etched, if that matters to you.
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I thought all Z's where etched, but i have never owned an etched glass, I thought this would be my first. does that make a big difference?
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Originally posted by SpencerK SpencerK wrote:

if i buy a demo B or demo A on the sample list, will i still have the same warranty as a new one?



yes, lifetime transferable warranty means it's good no matter who owned it first
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Warranty is transferrable.  You may have to talk with Swarovski as to the details of purchasing it from a dealer as used.  Give them a call.
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I also think all Z3 reticles are etched. Can anyone prove otherwise?
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As far as the warranty goes, just call SWFA. they have the details for all the manufactures of the scopes they sell. 
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That Swaro deserves a Sako under it.Yippee
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I have scopes from both series.  Comparing my 3-10X42 Z3 to my 1.7-10X42 Z6i, the Z6 to my eyes has a tiny bit better resolution.  The main advantages you get with the Z6 is much larger field of view, more forgiving eye positioning, an image that literally seems to extend to the very edge of the eyepiece housing, and more robust construction via the coil spring supported erector assy.  It's an extremely easy scope to get behind and rewards you with a huge, high def view.  The Z3 is no slouch either.  In the center of the field, it's pretty comparable to the Z6; the Z6 just gives you more good stuff -- larger sweet spot, more FOV, more eye position latitude.

Whether or not it's worth the extra price premium to get those advantages is a question only the individual buyer can answer.  In optics as with most things, at some point in the price: performance ratio, the law of diminishing returns kicks in so that tiny incremental improvements come with a hefty price tag.  For many, if not most buyers, the difference between the alpha optics and the good solid mid-range stuff isn't worth the price difference.  Then again, the alpha glass isn't designed and marketed with the average consumer in mind.

I would say if you are mounting the scope on a hard recoiling rifle beyond, say .300 - .338 mag level recoil and you want premium optics, I think the Z6 is worth the extra $.  Logic (not to mention Swarovski) says it will hold up to heavier recoil much better.

Though higher price is not always an indicator of better optical performance or better durability, in this case, it is.
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have decided to get the Z3, 4-12x50. Now wondering if I want the 4A or BHR.  99% of my shots are under 200 yards, I hunt deep in the woods and some old logging roads.
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Go with the 4a.  If you want to go longer distances, get the ballistic turret with the 4W reticle.  Then you can tune in the distances you want.
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I have 3 Swarovski scopes with the 4A reticle and with that reticle it is very easy to get on target in very low light conditions where finer reticles can get lost in darker conditions.
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+1 on the 4A for hunting  Smile
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I am extremely happy with the 3-9x36 Z3 (purchased from SWFA) mounted on my M70 FWT.  +2 on the 4A for hunting. 

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Why take a chance on the wire reticle--sell it to me for $200 and get the new one...
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Thank's to you Matt and Ted, you made my choice much easier.Thunbs Up
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