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I am looking at upgrading the glass on my Sako A7 synthetic in .243 from the Burris 3-9x40 to a Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x50. My concern is the weight of the scope and avoiding the rifle being top heavy/turning upside down.

The Sako came with the Burris and weighs 13oz. The Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x50 weighs 19.75oz. Is the Zeiss going to be too heavy as a walking scope?

What would the maximum scope weight be for my rifle?

Also, are Talley aluminum rings worth the price? What other quality rings can you recommend for this setup?

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I wouldn't think 6 oz would make a big diff.  It this a goat gun?   You going to be climbing mountains hunting?

what is the intended purpose/use.  Not sure I would go with the 50 for that rifle, but depends what you will be hunting and at what distances.
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Primarily coyotes and varmints in a mix of surroundings, with a whitetail once in a while.
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I have that scope on my Remington 700. I also switched from a Burris 3-9x40. I do love my scope and although it is heavier i feel the pros out weigh the cons. It all comes down to preference. If you don't mind carrying it around its not a big deal, or if you stand hunt i don't see a problem with it. Although if you are in that price range i would consider getting one of the new conquest HD5s in a 3-15x42 seems to be the best of both worlds at a decent price. Hope this helpsBig Grin 

Zeiss 3-15x42 Conquest HD5 Rifle ScopeZeiss 3-15x42 Conquest HD5 Rifle Scope
Stock # - ZEI5226219920
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If i were to do it again Im pretty sure i would end up with this one
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I like Brad's suggestion... smaller Objective bell and lighter to boot.  Prolly an upgrade to glass as well from what I understand.  I like the 3 on the bottom side as well.... if a yote happens to sneak in close!
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I have a Browning X-Bolt in .243 and I topped it with a Z3 Swarovski 4x12x50.  This is the first 50MM scope that I have owned and I can't get over the difference it makes at dusk and dawn by letting more light in and being able to see more detail in the dusk/dawn.  I have always used Leupold VX III in the past and this is a much better glass although it cost a few hundred dollars more but the detail is outstanding.  It is true you get what you pay for.  I think the Conquest that your looking for would be a great choice as well in the 50 mm but look at the Z3 Swarovski for about the same money as the Zeiss and I'm sure the glass is better.  Just my two cents.
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As far as Conquests go, I have hunted with both the 50mm and 44mm versions and see no difference in low light. The 4.5-14x44 would probably still work with the current rings you have. It weighs a little less at 17.11oz.
 
 I would probably go for the HD5 that Brad mentioned for sure, but there may be some good deals out there floating around on the outgoing Conquests. 
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Originally posted by birdhunter birdhunter wrote:

I have a Browning X-Bolt in .243 and I topped it with a Z3 Swarovski 4x12x50.  This is the first 50MM scope that I have owned and I can't get over the difference it makes at dusk and dawn by letting more light in and being able to see more detail in the dusk/dawn.  I have always used Leupold VX III in the past and this is a much better glass although it cost a few hundred dollars more but the detail is outstanding.  It is true you get what you pay for.  I think the Conquest that your looking for would be a great choice as well in the 50 mm but look at the Z3 Swarovski for about the same money as the Zeiss and I'm sure the glass is better.  Just my two cents.


I think it is the better glass of the Swarovski Z3 over the Leupold VXIII more than the increase in objective size that makes the difference. The Swarovski glass is several steps above the Leupold VXIII glass.
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    I have an A7 in 270 WSM. It's light and accurate which is why I own it. I wouldn't want to put a heavy scope on mine. It has a 3-9X40 Trijicon. They only weigh twelve ounces. The illumination is great for coyotes at night too.
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i have an a7 in 7mag and have no problem with the conquest 3-9x40....  i can't imagine the weight difference would be enough to make it uncomfortable to carry or throw the balance off or anything.
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