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I am still hunting for the perfect scope for my new Sako 85 stainless/laminated in .338 Federal. Everything keeps coming back to the Bushnell Elite 6500 1.25-8x32. But at $600 or so, it puts it in some rarified company. I can get a Zeiss Conquest 2.5-8x32 (which IMHO has better glass than the 6500) for $200 less, and even a Swarovski American 3-10x42 is only $200 more.
 
And this really nice-looking Meopta Artemis 2000 2.8x42 is only $60 more:
 
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How is the glass on the Meopta? Does it compare favorably to the Conquest and American? This thing looks beefy and like it will last a lifetime. How is the durability of Meopta scopes? Any input would be appreciated.
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I have an Artemis 3000 3-9x, and to my eyes it is a little clearer than my Bushnell 4200 3-9x's.  I like it and would probably buy it again if it fit my needs.  It would give you a few more minutes in the morn/eve over the 4200.  Thing that I don't like about it as much is the reticle is really fine, it seems much smaller than the bushnell 4200 plex reticle.  But I have good eyes so it is not to big of an issue for me.  But the 2000 is an FFP so I have no idean how that will look on the low end, it might look fine or it might be very tiny like most FFPs are on the low end.

Another thing just to be aware of is the minimal 3 inches of eye relief.  The 1.25-8 6500 has like 5 inches.


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Here at the local sporting goods shop had a good amount of them sold two years ago because Meopta placed an ad in the states hunting regs/guide.Some mix reviews from the buyers saying that it was a very difficult to send them back for service.The glass is good which many say is as good as the Zeiss Conquest.The price was around the high $400 to low $500 price range so it was a good seller.If the price is $649 now I would consider a 6500.  
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My personal experience with Meopta customer service was great.  I initially put my on a 45-70 and when I went to sight it is black dust from in the tube ended up all over the glass and it would not hold a zero.  I called Meopta and talked to Richard I believe and he was very nice and helpful.  Told me to send it back and he would take care of it.  I had a brand new one in my hands in about 10 days.  Since I have mounted it on a 7mm and it has seen a few hundred rounds and is holding up well.

So my personal experience was positive and I think Richard works real hard at customer service as I have talked with him on the phone several times now about binos and spotting scopes and he has always done right by me. 
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Don't have a artemis scope, but do have a R-1 that i really like. Great glass for the money. Think it would go real well with that Sako 85.
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isn't the Artemis line using steel tubes?
heavy?
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  The Artemis 2000 and 2100 are steel.
  The Artemis 3000 and R-1 are aluminum.
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Does anyone know wherer the meopta glass is being made?
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Czechloslovakia. They make great glass by the way.
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And on that note, Zeiss conquest lenses are made by Meopta.
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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

And on that note, Zeiss conquest lenses are made by Meopta.
It would seem the Conquest is the value at this level. Somehow, I find it hard to pay $260 more for glass made by the same company (Meopta), and find it even harder to pay $200 more for a Bushnell over a Zeiss.
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I am not saying conquest glass is as good as Meopta scope glass I am just saying they make it.  R1 glass is definitely better than conquest glass.  Not sure about 2000 glass.  3000 glass looks similar to me. 

But yeah the conquest might be the better bargin than the 2 and 3000 series scopes. Plus you don't have the short eye relief with the Conquest.  I got my meopta on a crazy sale for $300, so I have no regrets.


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 Thanks very much for all the response!I'ts a small world as I just last week purchased a Conquest...3.5-10 x50,I'm very impressed.I also have a elite 6500 in 2.5-16 x42,I know this is Apples & Oranges but I compared the two on an overcast afternoon @ 5x & 10x power And it seems to me that the zeiss had more clarity.I also found Zeiss was brighter but I wrote that off because of the power[50 vs. 42] difference.This was just a simple comparrison!

   I will need another scope shortly so I think I'll try the Meopta Meostar 3.5-10x50.Daddy's Christmas gift [:}

   Please keep the Meopta feedback comming ...Thanks
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I really like the meopta r1 line of scopes, I find mine clearer and brighter than the conquest, but not quite as nice as the kahles cl or swaro av, still very nice glass.
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