I’m trying to decide on a scope and I’m in need of some opinions from all you very knowledgeable OT members/staff.
This scope will be going on a .30-06 and will be used for whitetail deer and hog hunting. It will be used mostly in low light conditions and I may do my fair share of night hunting for hogs as well.
I live in South Georgia, USA and probably 95% of my shots will be taken within 50 yards (I hunt mostly in the swamp). I’ve got my crosshairs on a few different scopes and I’m open to any and all opinions and suggestions.
Here are the scopes I’ve got my eye on as well as explanations for my dilemma:
The first two scopes are IOR:
IOR 4x32 with the 4A reticle (most of the reading I’ve done suggests this is a great riticle for low light conditions). http://swfa.com/IOR-4x32-Hunting-Rifle-Scope-P6742.aspx
IOR 6x42 (also with the 4A reticle). http://swfa.com/IOR-6x42-Hunting-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P2149.aspx
Both of these scopes rank higher on the riflescope rating scale than any of the other scopes I’m looking at but I've read about durability and customer service problems. Does this include the fixed power scopes as well?
The price for the 4x32 is $359.95 (from swfa). The price for the 6x42 is $594.95 (also swfa), which brings me to my first dilemma:
Price vs objective size: I’ve done a lot of reading about objective size and from what I’ve gathered, the objective size really only matters at high magnification as long as glass quality is good. If my math is correct, the exit pupil for the 4x32 would be 8mm and the 6x42 would be 7mm. Would it really be worth it to spend $235 more for the 6x42?
The Zeiss Conquest 4x32 is on my list but it’s only available with the Z-Plex reticle. I’m not sure if that reticle would be sufficient for low light use. Although it is cheaper than the previously mentioned scopes at $299.95 http://swfa.com/Zeiss-4x32-Conquest-Rifle-Scope-P6595.aspx
The Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 is available with the #4 reticle but it’s more expensive than the 4x32 at $499.95 http://swfa.com/Zeiss-3-9x40-Conquest-Rifle-Scope-P5400.aspx
I’m also looking at the Meopta Artemis 2000 6x42 for $449.95. It has the #4B reticle. http://swfa.com/Meopta-6x42-Artemis-2000-Rifle-Scope-P7982.aspx
Now we move on to the Sightron S11 Big Sky 6x42. The problem is, it’s only available with the Plex reticle and also I believe I’ve read about durability issues with the Sightrons. I’m not sure if that applies to the fixed power scopes or not? And of course I could have just been reading about one individuals problem and not the majority. The price is $397.95 plus a $50 mail in rebate. Total comes to $347.95 http://swfa.com/Sightron-6x42-SII-Big-Sky-Riflescope-P9153.aspx
And then the Sightron S11 Big Sky 3-9x42. It’s available with the HHR reticle which ILya suggested I get if I go with a Sightron. The price is $432.95 plus a $50 mail in rebate. Total comes to $382.95 http://swfa.com/Sightron-3-9x42-SII-Big-Sky-Riflescope-P11092.aspx
Then we have the Vortex Viper 3-9x40 for $339.95. It’s available with the Dead-Hold BDC. I haven’t read much about that reticle, so I don’t know if it’s suitable for low light conditions or not? http://swfa.com/Vortex-3-9x40-Viper-Rifle-Scope-P11229.aspx