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Unread 08-28-2011, 06:08 PM
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Leupold vs Zeiss

I'm looking to put a scope on my new Long Range gun (thanks to my wonderful wife)
  • Gun: 300 RUM Remington 700 Sendero SFII
  • Scope Options:
  1. Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50 Rapid Z 1000 Reticle
  2. Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20x50 TMR
Does anyone have any experience with the Rapid Z reticle? If so, what are your thoughts/opinions?

Anyone reccommend a diff scope? If so, what's your reasoning?

I'd like to stay under 1,200 if possible...thanks for any and all input

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Unread 08-29-2011, 08:27 AM
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Re: Leupold vs Zeiss

I have both brands in 4.5x14x50, (on .300 RUMS) like the Z-800 (the z-1000 was to "busy" for me.)
for hunting elk/deer/antelope, like the leupold for paper and varmints, the reticle subtends less.
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Unread 09-01-2011, 05:19 PM
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Re: Leupold vs Zeiss

Agree w/Mtbullet........the Rapid Z-800 will fit your caliber choice much better. The Z-1000, though you can make it work, was designed with the .308 in mind. You can still reach out to 1000 with the Z-800. Be sure and thank the wife!

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Unread 09-02-2011, 10:42 PM
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Re: Leupold vs Zeiss

I agree with the fellas above, that z-1000 is very busy and if you are hunting, go with the Zeiss. If you are target shooting the Leupold recticle is a better choice. Two different recticles for two different jobs. I went with the 4.5-14 Zeiss witht he Z-800. I just put it on a rifle a week ago and got to the range once. Zeroed at 100 yards bullet impact was one inch above POA at 300 yards witha a 6.5 Creedmoor.
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Unread 09-04-2011, 04:32 AM
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Re: Leupold vs Zeiss

I'm in agreement on the Zeiss as well. The Rapid Z 800 is great and it has better optics than my Leupold VX-3.
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Unread 09-04-2011, 07:47 AM
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Re: Leupold vs Zeiss

Visit the Zeiss website, use the RapidZ calculator on the left hand side of the page, and see if the RapidZ 800 or 1000 is the better fit for your rifle. The calculator will tell you which one is better and may save you hassle later on.

Welcome to Carl Zeiss Optical, Inc.

When you go through it there is a button that says "Auto Pick Reticle" which will run the data and tell you which one is best. It may be the 800, but it's free to check it out.
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Unread 09-05-2011, 01:23 AM
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Re: Leupold vs Zeiss

Zeiss is an awesome scope but for Zeiss to get The dollars down for Conquest they have changed up some of the processes in the glass versus the Victory. The Leupold maintains the same glass in all the Mark 4's. The Mark 4 is designed to be used as a tactical scope.

I do not prefer a BDC reticle. The Rapid Z and other BDC's attempt to match a particular cartridge ballistics. I learned on and use/rely on the Mil - Dot reticle 2nd F/Plane. The reasons I prefer the M-D is that this scope/reticle can be swapped out to diff rifles and it will still range the same. Some BDC's only work on the caliber they were set up for. I can range any target with a Mil - Dot. The mil/moa adjustments are quick and easy. The ranging on the Mil-Dot is more precise than most BDC's.
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