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Old 05-03-2013, 03:30 PM
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advice on scope

hi all, I need your advice....

I just purchased a sako finnlight 85 in 6.5x55. I was looking at the zeiss conquest hd5 3x15x42 and then noticed I could purchase the zeiss conquest hd5 5x25x50 for the exact same price....$999.95(both scopes have the locking target turret)

the last place I saw this pricing was at swfa.com

90% of my shots will be under 600 yards, and for the most part under 100 yards.

So, since they are the same price, what is the best value??? am I missing something?

thanks in advance!!
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:33 PM
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Re: advice on scope

Weight if that is a consideration.


And Reticles may be different.

I was considering the 3-15 before I pulled the trigger on my VX6. I wanted the Illuminated dot.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:22 AM
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Re: advice on scope

Dude, go 5-25x50 and don't look back......
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:26 AM
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Re: advice on scope

mudrunner and aldon, thanks for the advice.

as for weight, I am not too worried. a few ounces here and there are not going to beat me up. as for the reticle, both are the #20 zplex.

the only other worry I might have is that where I hunt muleys in eastern montana, many times it is like jump shooting rabbits. you could be hiking along a sage stream bottom and right in front of you pops up mister big and takes off for the canadian border! you have to be fast with the gun.

will the 5x25 be too much for this situation? even at the lowest power?

thanks again!!

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Old 05-04-2013, 08:13 AM
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Re: advice on scope

That's what it's like a lot here in Havre too! Yea I think 5 might cause you a little trouble, but the way muleis are, with moving off then stopping to look at you it might never be an issue. I picked up a V V in 6.5-20X50 and ended up putting it on my 22-250 because I was concerned with close shots.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:33 AM
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Re: advice on scope

I would go with the 3x15 for what you are talking about. You get the advantage of 3x for close shots and 15x is plenty of zoom for big game out past 800+ yards.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:03 PM
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mudrunner and aldon, thanks for the advice.

as for weight, I am not too worried. a few ounces here and there are not going to beat me up. as for the reticle, both are the #20 zplex.

the only other worry I might have is that where I hunt muleys in eastern montana, many times it is like jump shooting rabbits. you could be hiking along a sage stream bottom and right in front of you pops up mister big and takes off for the canadian border! you have to be fast with the gun.

will the 5x25 be too much for this situation? even at the lowest power?

thanks again!!

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Man, you'll be good from 75+ with the 5-25. Also, the Z-Plex is what my Zeiss 6.5-20x50 is. I love the reticle, but that particular rifle is mostly just for targets for right now, because at the moment I don't have a long-range place to hunt. I have had lots in the past, but haven't in the last couple years. I need to go find me a long-range place to lease where I can shoot from hill to hill @ some whitetails, like I used to be able to years back. When I do get another long range hunting area, I will probably upgrade to a Nightforce NXS 8-32x56 with the MOAR reticle.
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