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After considerable research I have determined to equip my 17HMR with a Zeiss Conquest scope.  My intended use is 80% rabbit shooting (primarily disk & dawn) and 20% paper punching. I prefer the 50mm objective for it's advantage in light gathering over the 44mm.

The two options I have in mind are as follows:
1/ Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x50AO MC (Parallax 30 - infinity)
2/ Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50AO MC (Parallax 50 - infinity)

I would appreciate advice on:
- The real world minimum focusing distance of each
- Reticle choice for my application (my personal preferences are Z-Plex & Mil-dot)
- Target knobs or hunting knobs.

Which would you choose for a 17HMR application and why?

Thank you.

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Personally I'd go with a 4.5-14x44, and mount it lower, but depending on where you are, you may need the light. I live on the plains, and even 1/2 hour after sunset my scope is still very bright. There will not be a huge difference between the 50 mm and the 44. (except in price) The 50mm will have a .43mm bigger exit pupil.  Mine will focus to 30 yards easily. (I sometimes use it to see the numbers on my chrono) I think 14x is plenty of magnification for the ranges a 17hmr is useful for. And for me, the reticle choice would go to mil-dot, just for ranging purposes, and I like to play with mil-dots just because it's a parishable skill. I would have to have target turrets to dial in the shots. The HMR is quite capable of making longer shots on rabbit sized game. My longest so far is a touch over 200 yards on critters, but have hit milk jugs twice as far out.
Here is the scope I'd put on. This is the target turret version, although the picture doesnt' show it. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a lot of internal adjustment. It should be enough to get you to about 350 yards though.
This suggestion is based on my conditions here, depending on the areas you shoot, and the ranges you are likely to encounter, that opinion changes. How far away do you normally shoot at rabbits? Do you live in flat ground, or mountainous terrain? Heavily wooded, or scattered timber? These are all things I would think about before pulling the trigger on this one.
Oh, and welcome to the OT! Good luck with your decision.

Edited by trigger29 - May/23/2010 at 07:41
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