Re: 2 Years of Importing Hensoldt with No Warranty Returns!!
I have no doubt that Hensholdts are high quality and rugged but how does one justify spending $3000+ on a riflescope? It seems to me to be a similar justification to buying a Hummer. I drive a Jeep Cherokee (with spares) for nowhere near cost of a Hummer, even a used one. Certainly the Hummer has capabilities the Jeep doesn't, but when are they needed? A Hummer would be of no advantage to me over a Jeep. It would just cost more to buy and operate.
Most of my scopes are Leupolds plus a few Japanese scopes (Bushnell, SS, Horus, etc). They are not a limiting factor in my shooting accuracy and none of those have failed mechanically or optically. Wind estimation just about always sets the limit on accuracy which is no fault of the scopes. All other parameters like range, air density, slope, and target lead can be measured and their ballistic effect calculated quickly with even a cheap socpe plus a laser rangefinder. Of all of my scopes a Horus Falcon is the best for getting on target quickly and accurately. I haven't had it long enough to know whether to trust it mechanically but so far no problems. It's also the most I've spent on a conventional riflescope, but still less than half the price of a Hensoldt.
I'd happily spend over $3000 on a scope which could accurately measure and compensate for downrange crosswinds. Without that feature no scope can significantly improve accuracy for the environment I shoot in (mountainous southern Arizona). The technology exists to optically measure downrange crosswind but i've not found any commercially available riflescopes with the capability at any price. . So why pay more for a Hensholdt, US Optics, Nightforce, or IOR than for the Horus, Leupold, or even a "SuperSniper (tm)" if it doesn't improve the major cause of inaccuracy? The only scope I've spent more than $2000 for is an AN/PVS-12 which gives decent night capability though it's still no help with wind.
Last edited by LouBoyd; 06-04-2010 at 12:48 PM.