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Old 06-06-2013, 11:43 PM
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Re: Preferred scope for a moderate range, LW hunting rifle

6.5-20 is more magnification than what your looking for in a LW rifle. I would stick to a 4.5-14ish. I would probably even go with a 2.5-10 to save weight and for those close shots (which are usually more likely). I have used my 2.5-10x44 PST out to just over 800 yards and find it ample. If you knew that a lot of shots would be in the 600-800 yards range I would go with a 14x or 16x on the top end, but if they were the "once in a while" type shots I would go as low as 10x.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:58 PM
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Re: Preferred scope for a moderate range, LW hunting rifle

Save a bit longer and get a Swarovski 3.5-18 with the brh reticle. I use these on my hunting rifles and depending on the caliber I'm out to about 7-800 yards with a 100 yard zero. Awesome scopes
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:03 AM
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Re: Preferred scope for a moderate range, LW hunting rifle

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Is that the 'Conquest' model?
Yes. You must remember, even though the Conquest is Zeiss' affordable line, that doesn't mean it's junk. In fact I would have Conquests over every other scope under $1000. I have 2 Conquests, and their quality is just as superb as the Victory and Diavari lines. They were built by ZEISS in their NY plant, and come with a lifetime warranty. Their customer service is 2nd to none, as well.

After owning 2 Conquests (one of them since 2008), I would never hesitate to buy another one for any of my other rifles.

4.5-14x50 vs 6.5-20x50 is not that much difference in weight. They are 1" tube scopes, so they are not very heavy. They are very sturdy made. Sure, they won't be as light weight as a Swarovski, but they are more rugged for field work.

If you are looking for low magnificaiton, light weight, and the best glass in the business, check out one of these:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/484...-reticle-matte

I have one just like it, but without the illuminated reticle. They are some of the sharpest and clearest hunting scopes I've ever looked through.

They are also ultra lightweight at only 16.5 oz....
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:56 PM
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Re: Preferred scope for a moderate range, LW hunting rifle

Any thoughts on the Bushnell Elite 6500 2.5-16x42? I can pick a new one up for about $450. No turrets but perhaps Kenton could fix that for another $100. Thoughts?
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:18 PM
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Re: Preferred scope for a moderate range, LW hunting rifle

Im looking for a scope for the same purpose. I looked at the Swaro 3-18x50, very nice scope. I just don't care for the turrets. I don't know why they don't go to a conventional target elevation turret. I also looked at the Zeiss 6.5-20. seem to be a very nice scope, but I want to get a look at the new hd5 models. I don't care for the vortex glass. and as I mentioned before, I can't find a sightron to look through. the new Leica scopes look nice, but it seems like they've already discontinued them. it seems like we're all looking for the same scope, and nobody really makes it...
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:16 AM
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Re: Preferred scope for a moderate range, LW hunting rifle

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Any thoughts on the Bushnell Elite 6500 2.5-16x42? I can pick a new one up for about $450. No turrets but perhaps Kenton could fix that for another $100. Thoughts?
That's a great price for an E6500 and is well below wholesale. I own 4 E6500's and although the clarity of the optics rivals scopes that cost more than double the cost of the E6500's, I'm not so sure you'll be happy with turning turrets on one.

They perform well but if you're looking at shooting game beyond 400yds and turning turrets, I think I'd look at a scope that is WELL KNOWN for precise tracking in any situation.

I don't think I'm qualified to tell you what scopes qualify for that distinction but I don't think my Bushnells do so reliably every time. However quality of workmanship and clarity of optics are nearly unequalled.

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Old 06-12-2013, 10:30 PM
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Re: Preferred scope for a moderate range, LW hunting rifle

Swarovski z5.....3.5-18 BT with 4w reticle would be the route that I would go. Excellent glass, good weight, intuitive turret system that can be used however you want, and a reticle that allows for a great sight picture while giving you the ability to see behind the reticle and have some type of windage hold.

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