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Four outstanding new reticle patterns in select Victory, Victory Diarange and Conquest riflescopes. Designed exclusively for Zeiss in cooperation with Pride Fowler Industries, Inc., the new Rapid-Z reticles allow for quick and easy target holdover in an uncomplicated, user-friendly format and also provide a simple to use range-estimation feature. Reticles will be available in the standard Rapid-Z 600, Rapid-Z Varmint and Rapid-Z 800 formats for common rifle calibers and the Rapid-Z 1000 for longer-range shooting styles.

Holdover Made Simple
Horizontal lines with yardage reference numbers indicating distances provide for accurate and easy holdover to rapidly engage targets at any distance within the capability of the reticle, riflescope and rifle being used. Yardage distances will vary depending on the format of the reticle whether the Rapid-Z 600 and Rapid-Z Varmint for use out to 600 yards or the Rapid-Z 800 and Rapid-Z 1000 for use out to 800 and 1000 yards respectively. In addition to holdover reference points, the reticles will have hold points for windage equating to 5 and 10 mph winds along the horizontal axis of the major yardage lines.

Added Ability to Estimate Range
All Rapid-Z reticles will have the added ability to perform quick range estimation through the use of a simple ranging bracket feature. The shooter will need to know the size of the target in relation to
the brackets as well as have their scope set to the power that the reticle uses for range estimation
and holdover point-of-aim. Once the target is bracketed, range estimation can be made and the shooter will be able to take aim on the target through the use of the holdover aiming points located on the vertical axis of the reticle.

Innovation and Utility
The different Rapid-Z reticles will be initially offered in Conquest MC 40, 44 and 50mm objective model riflescopes and the Victory Diavari V 6-24x56 and 6-24x72 models as well as Zeiss' new Victory Diarange M T* 2.5-10x50 and 3-12x56 models all with the reticle placed in the second image plane. The introduction of the Rapid-Z 600 and Rapid�Z 800 reticles within the Victory Diarange M models marks a revolution in technical innovations for Zeiss riflescopes that brings easy to use and beneficial solutions for customers� needs.

Zeiss riflescopes with the Rapid-Z reticle will need to be set to specific magnification settings to perform the range-finding and holdover functions. An online ballistic calculator will be available on Zeiss' website for reticle power/caliber calculation. The various Rapid-Z reticle formats can be used in conjunction with over 200 common rifle calibers and bullet weights. 
 

Center of RapidZ600
 

4 models: RapidZ 600, RapidZ 800, RapidZ 1000, and RapidZ Varmint, each tailored to particular usage, particular scopes for that usage, and the most common rounds for that usage.

Reticle Class Caliber Class
RapidZ600 Standard Hunting .243, .270, .30-06, .300 Win Mag, .325 WSM etc.
RapidZ800 Standard Hunting/
Ultra Mag
.300 Ultra Mag, .338 Ultra Mag, .30-378 Weatherby Mag etc.
RapidZ1000 Sniper/Tactical .308 Win.
RapidZ Varmint Fast, light weight bullets .204 Ruger, .220 Swift, .22-250 etc.
   
Conquest
600
800
1000
Varmint
3-9x40
x
3-9x50
x
3.5-10x44
x
x
3.5-10x50
x
x
4.5-14x44
x
x
4.5-10x50
x
x
6.5-20x50
x
x
Victory
6-24x56
x
x
6x24x72
x
x
Diarange 2.5-10x50
x
x
Diarange 3-12x56
x
x

About Pride Fowler Industries, Inc.
John Pride and Mickey Fowler are competitive marksmen, hunters, and avid shooters with over 100 years combined experience. During the past 25 years, both have been professional marksmen traveling around the world to attend shooting matches as well as conducting product evaluations. Well established in the hunting and shooting fields, they have the combined credits of eight Bianchi Cup National Championships and both have won the NRA World Action Pistol Championship among numerous other police and marksman championship titles. Both have also run successful marksmanship schools for the military, police and civilian shooting enthusiasts. 



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Zeiss Rapid-Z 600

 

 

 

 

Zeiss Rapid-Z 800

 

 

 

 

Zeiss Rapid-Z 1000

 

 

 

 

Zeiss Rapid-Z 1200 (coming soon)

 

 

 

 

Zeiss Rapid-Z Varminter



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Rapid Z Calculator

 

Instructions For Using the Zeiss Rapid-Z� Reticle Ballistic Computer Program.

 

1. Enter your E-Mail address in the appropriate box.

 

2. Enter your zip code in the appropriate box.

3. Click LOGIN

DATA ENTRY

Screen will now show MAIN DATA FORM

 

4. Enter altitude (ft) where you will be zeroing your rifle in Altitude (ft) box and

Click SUBMIT DATA. (Every time you enter new data, you must click SUBMIT DATA button).

 

5. Enter approximate temperature in TEMPERATURE (F) where you will be zeroing your rifle and click SUBMIT DATA box.

6. If you are using factory ammunition click on Obtain Factory Ammo Data link. You will now be on the CARTRIDGE DATA FORM.

A. Look at SELECT BRAND, scroll to your chosen brand and type of factory ammunition and click on it, then click on SHOW DATA button.

 

B. Look at SELECT CARTRIDGE information and scroll to your chosen load. Click on it and then click on UPDATE button and wait for data to be updated.

C. Click on MAIN DATA FORM button (this will take you back to

MAIN DATA FORM) with your chosen load information entered in appropriate boxes. Skip to step 8 (reticle analysis).

 

7. If you are using handloaded ammunition, click on Obtain Bullet Reloading Data link.

A. Now you will be able to select the bullet brand caliber/diameter weight and style. Then click on the UPDATE button and wait for the new data to appear. Then click on the MAIN DATA FORM button.


B. Once on the MAIN DATA FORM you will need to enter your Muzzle velocity based upon your handloaded specifications. You can also update any other atmospheric conditions at this time as well.

RETICLE ANALYSIS

 

8. On the MAIN DATA FORM click on Reticle Analysis link (this will transfer you to the RETICLE ANALYSIS page.)

9. If you know the Rapid-Z� reticle you are using, go to RETICLE SELECTION drop down box and scroll to your reticle and click on the reticle from the drop down box. If you do not know which reticle is most suitable for your caliber click on the AUTO PICK button, and it will select the correct Rapid-Z� reticle for your application.

10. Look at the SCOPE POWER SETTING and enter into the Maximum Power box the maximum magnification of your Rapid-Z� scope.

 

11. Click on OPTIMIZE POWER button. The correct power zoom ring setting (operating power) will be highlighted below the OPTIMIZE POWER box. This is where the power will be set when zeroing your rifle. If you are hunting in an area with different atmospheric conditions (Altitude/Temp) than where you zeroed your rifle, enter that information on the MAIN DATA FORM and repeat the reticle analysis calculations and make note of your scopes new power setting. You can change to this power setting when you arrive at your hunting destination.

12. You are now ready to go to the range and zero you rifle. Set zero on center cross-hair at 200 yards. Adjust your zoom ring to the correct power setting. Set a target at 400 yards and shoot a group using the hold over aiming cross hair marked 4 on your scope. Fine tune your zero to be dead on at 400 yards. Your point of impact should now be very close from close range out to the Furthest distance you feel comfortable shooting. Always check your zero out to the longest distance you will be shooting.

 

TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST LONG RANGE AMMUNITION

 

For shooting at distances of 300 yards or more, it is best to use ammunition loaded with high ballistic coefficient (B.C.) bullets. The higher the B.C. number the better the bullet is for long range shooting. Bullets with high B.C.�s have more retained energy and less wind drift at long range.

 

 Example: 300 Winchester Magnum Federal Vital Shok

180 Gr. Nosler Accubond______________________180 Gr. Speer Trophy Bonded Bear Claw

B.C.: .526__________________________________B.C.: .361

Velocity: 2960 fps____________________________Velocity: 2960 fps

Energy @ 600 yrds: 1,567 ft. lbs._________________Energy @ 600 yrds: 1,036 ft. lbs.

Wind drift: 10 mph 3 0� clock, 23.9 inches__________Wind drift: 10 mph 3 0� clock, 38.5 inches

 

It is clear that the load with the high B.C. bullet is far superior for long range shooting!

 

Try to stay with bullets that have B.C.�s in the .45 and higher range. High B.C. bullets are generally in the high weight range for caliber. A few examples of factory ammunition using these types of bullets are:

 

Federal Vital Shok, using the following bullets.

o Sierra Game King BT

o Barnes XXX

o Nosler Ballistic Tip

o Nosler Accubond

o Nosler Partition

 

Hornaday using the following bullets.

o Interbond

o Interlock

o SST

o A-Max

 

Remington using the following bullets.

o Accutip

o Scirocco

 

Weatherby using the following bullets.

o Nosler Partition

o Barnes X

 

Winchester using the following bullets.

o Elite

o Ballistic Silver Tip

o Accubond

o Power Point

TIPS FOR MAXIMIZING ZERO

 

For many hunting situations you will not be using the longest distance hold over crosshair on your RZ 600 or RZ 800 scope.

 

Example 1: You are using a 25-06. Shooter ability, the rifle and ammunition have the accuracy and power to cleanly kill a deer at a maximum distance of 400 yards. Zero your scope at 200 yards on the center crosshair. Use the reticle analysis form. In the box below AUTO PICK RETICLE marked BAR NUMBER change to number 2. In box to the right marked DISTANCE change to 400. Click SUBMIT DATA; now click OPTIMIZE POWER. This will set your maximum shooting distance dead on for 400 yards on hold over crosshair marked 4 in scope.

 

Example 2: You are using a 300 Winchester Magnum. Shooter ability, the rifle and ammunition have the accuracy and power to cleanly kill an elk at a maximum distance of 500 yards. Zero your scope at 200 yards on the center crosshair. Use the reticle analysis form. In the box below AUTOPICK RETICLE marked BAR NUMBER change to number 3. In box to the right marked DISTANCE change to 500. Click SUBMIT DATA; now click OPTIMIZE POWER. This will set your maximum shooting distance dead on for 500 yards on hold over crosshair marked five in scope.


BULLET VELOCITIES

 

If available, use a chronograph to check the velocity of your selected ammunition coming from the rifle. Factory listed velocities are generally taken out of a 24 inch barrel. These velocities can even vary from ammunition by lot number. Barrel length also affects velocity. As an example, if you are using a 26 inch barrel, your velocity could be 25 to 100 feet per second (fps) faster than with the same load out of a 24 inch barrel. If you have a 20 inch barrel instead of a 24 inch barrel you could be loosing as much as 120 fps in velocity. This will change your magnification ring power setting.

 

BALLISTIC PROGRAMS

 

For users who want to know more about how their rifle will perform, a ballistics program from Exbal www.perry-systems.com with calculations for all Rapid Z reticles should be purchased. You can explore wind effects; get a profile of trajectory, velocity, energy, time of flight, etc� vs. distance to target. It also has an extensive ballistic reticle function to determine the point blank range data for each of the cross-bars or hashmarks on Rapid Z ballistic reticles for a specified target height.

 

HAVE FUN

 

Please shoot responsibly and ethically within the means of your ability, and that of your equipment and the conditions encountered. Carl Zeiss Optical, Inc. cannot be held responsible for missed or poorly placed shots. We encourage you to have fun with all the Rapid-Z� reticles. We also encourage you to practice and become familiar with your personal limitations and with the performance of your rifle and the selected bullet. When used properly the Rapid-Z� reticles will help you to become a better marksman and allow you to make ethical shots for clean kills on wild game.



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