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Zeiss Conquest V6 Riflescope Review

Zeiss Conquest V6 Riflescope Review

By Andy Backus

The new Zeiss Conquest V6 riflescopes marry glass quality that will be very hard for other manufacturers to compete with at their price point with all the features, bells and whistles that American long range shooters have come to expect, in an exciting new line of riflescopes that has been several years in the making.

Zeiss Conquest V6

In writing this Zeiss Conquest V6 review article I started thinking about the fact that Zeiss has been doing just one thing for the last 170 years and that is innovate, design and manufacture some of the very best optics on the planet. With such a strong history of optical expertise it had always surprised me that they had missed the mark on offering a long range rifle scope line that would appeal to American shooters and hunters - until now. With the introduction of the new Zeiss Conquest V6 line of riflescopes I can personally say that Zeiss has finally gotten it right.

Don’t get me wrong. There will be a contingent who say Zeiss got it wrong again by only offering the Conquest V6 line in MOA and not MIL and only in second focal plane with no first focal plane options. There seems to be a trend in the US where more and more shooters are heading to FFP and MIL, however there are still a huge number who prefer second focal plane and MOA as I do, and for those shooters the Conquest V6 line will be very appealing. Plus I wouldn’t be surprised to see the V6 line expanded in the future to add FFP and/or MIL options. But for now FFP and MIL shooters will be disappointed.

CLICK HERE to read an article about the pros and cons of FFP vs second focal plane scopes.

To further my point about there being large numbers who prefer second focal plane and MOA I will mention some polls that we have run on our website LongRangeHunting.com, which is an online magazine and forum site dedicated to long range shooting, especially as it relates to hunters, with over 100,000 members. We have polled our readers several times over the years asking, “Will your next riflescope be in MOA or MIL?” and separately, “Will your next riflescope be FFP or 2nd?” Our most recent polls on those two topics show a 69% to 31% preference for MOA over MIL, and a 65% to 35% preference for FFP over 2nd. So MOA is preferred over MIL by our readers and although FFP is preferred, there are still a large number who use 2nd focal plane scopes.

So what did it take for Zeiss to finally get it right for many long range shooters? From what I have heard, a watershed moment happened when some of the American Zeiss higher-ups persuaded a group of their German engineers to come to the US and spend a few days in Texas at the FTW ranch, a 2000 acre ranch specializing in providing extensive training for law enforcement, military and civilian shooters and hunters. There they shot steel at many different distances all over the Texas mountains and got a taste of how many American shooters love to shoot and hunt. I can imagine that the excellent, former military instructors at FTW gave the engineers lots of good feedback and suggestions about what features they personally look for in a long range scope and what they feel works best for their 500 students per year and many hunters per year. I am told that after that experience, the Zeiss engineers finally got the message about what the US market wanted and headed back to Germany to design the Conquest V6 scope line.

Fast forward a couple years and I too was recently invited by the sales and marketing team at Zeiss USA to attend a Conquest V6 product launch event at the same FTW Ranch in Texas, along with a group of writers, photographers and industry insiders. Over two days we were treated to an abbreviated version of FTW’s famous “SAAM” (Sportsman’s All Weather All-Terrain Marksmanship) Hunter Training Course. High quality bolt action rifles chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor were provided, topped with the three new Zeiss Conquest V6 riflescope models. And Hornady generously provided thousands of rounds of their outstanding 140 grain ELD Match ammunition for us to play with.

Our first morning of training began with a classroom session where Zeiss introduced the Conquest V6 scope line. They explained that there are three models, a 1-6x24, a 3-18x50, and a 5-30x50.

CLICK HERE to read the Zeiss Conquest V6 product brochure including specifications, reticle details and more.

In describing all three models they made the point that the glass in the V6 line is superior to anything else in its price point. Zeiss said that Conquest V6 scopes feature fluoride lenses, which no other scopes in this price point have. Fluoride lenses are considered a step above HD lenses in quality and they reduce chromatic aberration, aka color fringing, where different wavelengths of color are not focused at the exact same position in the focal plane. The result of color fringing is a less sharp image and less contrast between similarly colored objects (a tan antler and tan grass for example). In addition, both sides of every lens within the V6 scopes are coated with specific coatings developed by Zeiss to provide extremely bright and sharp images from edge to edge.

The Conquest V6 1-6x24 is designed to appeal to competitors and hunters for close up, fast acquisition style shooting including for dangerous game, especially when configured with capped hunting style turrets and a simple duplex style reticle called Zeiss’s #60 reticle. But it also has a configuration option with serious elevation and windage turrets for dialing up longer shots along with Zeiss’s ZMOA-4 reticle with hash marks on the vertical and horizontal crosshairs. The turrets feature ½ MOA click values for speedy adjustments. This model does not have a parallax adjustment system so I would consider the maximum effective range to be about 500 yards.

Zeiss Conquest V6

But close range work is where the 1-6x24 scope really excels thanks to outstanding glass with a forgiving eye box and a wide field of view, which allows the shooter to acquire targets quickly and confidently. A bright, pinpoint illuminated center dot using a brand new fiber optic illumination system designed by Zeiss further enhances target acquisition. the 1-6x24 scope features a battery power management system that automatically turns off the illuminated dot whenever the gun is tipped away from the typical shooting position and then it automatically turns on when brought back to the shooting position.

The 1-6x24 with hunting turrets and #60 reticle will retail for $1549.99 and the version with ballistic turrets and ZMOA-4 reticle will retail for $1599.99. All the Conquest V6 models are expected to be available to the public in early summer of 2017.

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