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Well I need help for my buddy.  He is looking for a new scope for his 7mm Tikka T3

Here are the requirements

Power Range ~ between 4-20 (could be 4-16, 5-20, 4-14, etc...)

High low light capability ( this is going to be used at dawn and dusk so the best low light performance would be ideal)

Clarity (once again as important as low light capability)

Non-illuminated

No tactical turrets

Simple reticle (no Christmas trees)

This scope is going to compliment a Swarovski spotting scope that he has but he would like to keep this under a $1,000

My thoughts are

Zeiss
Vortex
Sightron
IOR
Nikon


What do you guys recomment


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Stock # - SWA59023
  • Matte
  • 4A
  • 1"
Specifications
Weight (oz):14.5


4A

Length (in):13.78
Eye Relief (in):3.54
Field of View @ 100yds (ft):29.1 - 9.9
Exit Pupil (mm):12.5 - 4.2
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Well just got off the phone with him and now the budget it up to 2,000Howdy


I don't know how to edit my original post or title so once again

BUDGET IS up to $2,000ExcellentBanditoBig Grin



That should make it interesting



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All of the alpha scopes I've messed with (Swaro, Zeiss, S&B, Leica, Kahles) had wonderful optical quality and will easily function in low light hunting situations. The retical selection as well as owner criteria will aid in desired selection. For 2K, it won't be hard to find a winner. Yippee
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Anything from a VX3,Conquest, and up will get you past legal shooting times.  If it were me, I'd look hard at the Conquest HD5, and VX6 from Leupold and save a grand.  The glass on the top end stuff is great, obviously, but the reticles I've seen out of them left a lot to be desired....wires too thin for really poor light conditions IMO.   
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That depends on if the top end scopes are FFP. If they are, the reticles I have used easily surpass any requirements for low light use. Just crank up the power a bit and the reticles become "heavier". If a Euro Zeiss, Swaro, Kahles or S&B is in the budget, I can justify the cost.
It also depends on where you are hunting at. Most of the areas I hunt have a lot of cover. If I see an animal in low light that is out a ways, there may be plenty of obstructions in the way that can deflect the shot and possibly injure an animal. This is where the excellent contrast and resolution of the aplha class scopes really shine. If you are in more open country this might not be a requirement.
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I have to ask about his requirements for higher magnification.

If he doesn't want a tactical turret and no Christmas tree reticles how far out does he want to be able to shoot?

Usuable MPBR is 350 -400 yards on big game.

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First off ,you need at least 50 post in order to edit a post.Now that you have upped the anty I can tell you the Premier Heritage Hunter scopes are the bong.I have the illum & I still think it's the best glass out there for hunting.I've done side by with S&B & Zeiss,I have just sold my Swaro Z6I so I'm going by memory on that one.Another to take a look at is the Leica ER's,if you want a side focus though you will have to go with the 3-14,very under rated with some of the best glass out there.   
 
Can't go wrong with any of the above mentioned scopes either.At 2K you are definetly talking the best of the best,Potato Pototo.
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Zeiss 3-12x56 Victory Diavari 30mm Rifle Scope

$1,499.95
 
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Thanks guys for the help


Ccoker - I agree with you - either a christmas tree reticle/BDC/Mil etc... and/or turrets for anything over 300-400 yards but he wants it is simple so about all I might be able to convince him is a BDC reticle even thought I am not terribly fond of them for longer ranges
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