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Signature Select vs Conquest vs Monarch

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Unread 11-13-2007, 02:50 PM
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Signature Select vs Conquest vs Monarch

I'm looking for a practical hunting scope for short to medium/longish range with a mil-dot reticle. I'm having trouble getting a good idea of what will be useful.

It appears you can get a Burris Sig Select 3-10x and have a mil-dot put in for a total of ~$500 plus shipping. You can get a Zeiss Conquest 3-9x with the Rapid reticle for the same. For less than both you can get a Nikon Monarch 2.5-10x with a mil-dot.

Spec-wise its a no-brainer, but I'd prefer the US made product and have seen a few Monarchs go bad. How much better is the Conquest glass than the Signature Select? I have a Euro Diamond. I don't need better glass than that. Any practical positive experiences with the Rapid reticle?

Sorry this isn't a solely long distance query. This just happens to be one of the few forums where folks actually know what they're typing about.
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Unread 11-14-2007, 02:12 PM
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I cant help you with hands on knowledge of the burris and Nikons, but I have a power of friends that swear by the Zeiss. For the money, without going the next step to the euro made big guns, I'd say they would be hard to beat. We recently compared them to some US made Khales and a lower grade burris model, and the conquest blew they away for clarity and brightness !

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Unread 11-15-2007, 02:00 PM
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Did some digging. I can get a Pentax Lightseeker 3-9x43 with Mil-Dot for less than the Burris or Zeiss. I'm pretty sure Burris makes the Lightseeker. I guess I can live without 10x. Of course, I'll probably decide I like something better before I buy.

The MOA-based Bushnell reticle is kind of interesting...
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Unread 11-15-2007, 04:10 PM
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Go with the Zeiss Conquest 3-9x

I have 3 Zeiss Conquest an that is all that I will buy know .


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Unread 11-16-2007, 05:10 PM
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In my opinion, the Zeiss has better glass than the Burris and Nikon, so I would go with the Conquest if it was me.
Jon Jackoviak
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Unread 11-23-2007, 02:48 PM
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The Zeiss Conquest is the best value for the money scope I could recommend. Great light transmission and good resolution. I've owned Zeiss Conquest, Bushnells, Leupolds, and IOR scopes, and looked through quite a few others over the past 30 years - some costing less and some costing much more. Conquest is very impressive for the money.
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Unread 11-26-2007, 06:55 PM
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Correct me if I am wrong, but the Conquest is at least assembled in the US?? I believe some Burris scopes, and Burris parts are now made overseas?? So buying American is at best shady!! I agree with you, I would rather buy American if I can.

As far as the scopes are concerned, I have owned all(more than one) the scopes discussed. IMO the Conquest is the superior product. Tom.
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