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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/28/2009 at 23:13
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This is a follow up on my opinion of the z5 scopes. I traded a nightforce for a swarovski. As I stated earlier most of my friends said I was stupid until they looked throught the swarovski. I can now tell ya'll that the z5 handles the recoil of my 338 lapua. I am not a good shot and I was able to get two different groups to touch. The amazing thing was how well the adjustments work. The first group that touched was an inch high and an inch right. I adjusted the scope four clicks left and the next group was an inch high and dead center. From owning both scopes I do not understand why people say the nightforces are so much tougher. I have seen numerous scopes not hold up to recoil. I can honestly say the z5 holds up. I must also say that all I shot was about 15 times so I cannot speak about the long term durability, but I can say that I am very impressed the the z5. If you want a great scope find the money and buy a swarovski. You will see things others don't and have a scope that will hold up to anything. Also deal with swfa they will take care of you.
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Welcome, rlreed!
So, are you saying the Nightforce did not hold up to your 338 Lapua's recoil?
I don't mean to bust your chops, but isn't it a bit premature to make concrete conclusions about whether or not the Z5 is as tough as Nightforce?  You admittedly said you fired only a few groups through the rifle with the Z5, yet you are ready to declare it as durable as a scope specifically designed for heavy duty use?  The Z5 and NF are designed for entirely different applications.  Though the Swaro has the NF soundly beat on optical performance, NF is much better for long range tactical use if for no other reason than it has better long range reticles, better W/E adjustments, and more elevation adjustment range.
Don't get me wrong; it wouldn't surprise me if the Z5 survives long term use on your .338 Laupa.  As an owner of a few Swaro scopes, I have no doubt it is a fine scope.   But, if the Z5 does survive long-term mechanically, that only proves that your sample is up to the challenge; it still doesn't prove it is more or less durable than NF.  Even if it holds up long term, and even if the NF failed on you, examples of one don't prove or disprove anything. 
I'm glad you are enjoying your Z5 and wish you many years of trouble-free service!
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/29/2009 at 10:47
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Glad to hear you like the Swaro.  After my first, I picked up several more...
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