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I have narrowed my scope choices down to three.  Its going on a browning 7mm-08.  The kahles is $50 more from the sample list than the other two are new so which would you choose?  One thing that turns me away from the bushnell is the length and weight is considerable more and its being used on a compact sized gun for my wife.

 

Bushnell 4200 1.5-6x36

 

Leupold VX-III 2.5-8x36

 

Kahles AH 2-7x36

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If weight is a consideration than Bushnell is not the best option you are right.

Between Leupold and Kahles has better glass, but Leupold has more flexible (and longer) eye relief.  Either one would work fine, you just have to figure out what is most important to you.

There are some other scopes you may consider here (if you are still considering alternatives):  Nikon Monarch 2-7x32, Burris Signature Select 1.5-6x40, Sightron S2 1.5-6x42.

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I have two VX III 2.5-8X36, and am very happy with them.  I looked at the Kahles 2-7 (new) and decided it wasn't worth the extra money.

 

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Thanks for the replies.  Now one more opton to throw in here.  I was just browsing and noticed that Zeiss now makes the conquest in smaller sizes than the 3-9x40.  The 2.5-8x32 would be perfect.  The price is a bit higher although I dont mind paying it for a superior product.  What are your opinions on this compared to the others mentioned in my first post.  Worth $130 more?
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It is hard to say off-hand.  It should be of similar optical quality to the Kahles.  I think the new Conquests have just been announced, and I am not sure if anyone has seen them yet. I think they are also a bit bigger and heavier than Kahles and Leupold.

One advantage of the COnquest though is that it has constant 4" of eye relief.

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For a hunting scope one that has a reticle with hold over points could be helpful.
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The large eye relief is going to be very important to my wife.  The conquest is a little larger than the leupold, about 2oz. heavier and 1/2" longer so its not much different at all. 
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Then the Conquest may be the best option for you.  If eye relief is an issue you can also look at some other scopes designed for kickers. Personally I tend to lean toward lower magnification scopes, so another suggestion would be a Burris Signature Safari 1.75-5x32.  I also has alot of eye relief, probably half an inch more than the Conquest.

 

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Do you have any experience with the fullfield II 2-7x35?  I have a FFII 3-9x40 on another rifle and am very happy with it for the price.

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I have a 2-7x35 with the Ballistic Plex.  It is an awesome little scope.  It is small and lightweight and has good glass.  The glass is obviously not as good as the Kahles or Conquest, but it is bright and clear completely out of proportion to its price.

 

Another thing to consider is that the lower the magnification range, the less noticeable the difference in optical quality becomes.  I've played wiht a 3-9x40 FFII a fair bit, but for a regular hunting rifle I'd probably side with a 2-7x35. It is smaller and lighter.  It can be mounted lower and for any real world use it has plenty magnification.

 

ILya

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