Well, I was able to look at both the zeiss and nikon tonight. Granted it was the 3x9x40 conquest and the 3-12-42 nikon monarch.
Did not have them outside but they both, more or less were nice scopes.
Either the 10X on the zeiss or the 12X of the nikon is where I'm going. And really what I'm thinking more of is dialing in for range. (I'm thinking off keeping a uncluttered reticle and just dialing for elevation, and wind) Also,,,hopefully, I'll learn more this way,
So to that effect, how the heck do you dial in a Zeiss, theres no numbers there, so its a click and count type deal?? Or get a Kenton turret, that Zeiss has to install, according to Kenton
Or the nikon route and use their aftermarket turrets? Easier and more affortable,,,,
According to my software at 600yds with my anticipated load I'll need 10.06MOA adjustment Thats alot of dialing with no numbers to follow,,,,,,how are you fellas with conquests getting it done?
What about the new Leupold VX-III with the CDX? From the website, you get a custom turret designed to your load,,, I'll need to do more research but seems like a decent avenue.
thoughts? Or does anyone have one of these? It would seem like maybe they changed their turret design,, I thought just the custom shop installed these, it sounds like they send you one to install,,, might make for getting ones aftermarket easier?
I have the rapid z 800 reticule. It does not have target turrets. The rapid z works great for what I am doing now - out to 800 yds. I could send it back to zeis and they will install their target turrets for $119. No need to do it now - maybe someday - their target turrets do have whitemarkings on them.
Researching is fun - enjoy - don't just settle for something - get what you want - it may cost a little more now but you will be happier long term.
Thanks MN Hunter, I agree, researching is good stuff, this is a good site.
I really love to shoot, reload, hunt, fish. I've always been happy with my rifles but shot a friends ultra accurate custom build and I'm basically following his recipe. So hope to have the gun thats up to the task of short and long range accuracy. And really, the 300 yard range is getting old, maybe not old but kind of getting like shooting a bow at 30yds, and for someone who likes to shoot, why not see what you can do at longer ranges?
I've really have been a leupold man but was very impressed with an older 3-9-40 monarch I bought last fall, super nice optics.
Just know my basic requirements,
-Light, (this is a walking around rifle)
-3X on the min side, or 3.5X
-Most importantly, repeatable dialing, and from what I've read here seems like its a crap shoot with any maker (in my price range) , so looking at warranty as well, and I've had great service from both leupold and zeiss,,,,,,,not sure about nikon, but both my binos and spotter are nikons and no troubles there in the 5 years I've owned them
I have a 6.5-20x50mm Zeiss with rapid Z 1000 on my 6.5 Sherman. Optics are excellent and click repeatability as well. I bought the r-z as backup but mainly use the turrets for long range. I like the fact that they have 20 minutes of elev. adjustment per rotation......Rich