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Old 04-20-2011, 10:20 PM
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Swarovski vs Zeiss

I'm looking into getting a new hunting rifle that is lighter and shorter than my current rifles (Edge, and Ultra mags) and I am trying to decide on a scope. I am interested in a Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14 and Swarovski Z3 4-12 or possibly a Z5 3.5-18. What are your thoughts between the Zeiss and Swarovski? Also is there any difference between the Z3 and Z5 other than magnification range? This will not be my long range gun and most shots with this gun will likely be well under 300yds. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:36 PM
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Re: Swarovski vs Zeiss

I have a couple of Zeiss Conquests and love them! I've never owned a Swarovski so I am a little biased towards the Zeiss, but I've never had any problems with mine. I had one atop a Remmy 700 in .308 that survived a week of walking around in Canada going after Caribou & bear as well as numerous times in the field going up and down tree stands in NC/VA after deer. Like you, it is not on my long range rig. Plus I think they are a lil cheaper in price than the Swarovski's. Just my 2 cents, but then again I don't have near the experience most of the guys here have!

If it were me and money wasn't an object, I would say to just go to a store and look through all of them and see which one you happen to like the best.
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I have a couple of Zeiss Conquests and love them! I've never owned a Swarovski so I am a little biased towards the Zeiss, but I've never had any problems with mine. I had one atop a Remmy 700 in .308 that survived a week of walking around in Canada going after Caribou & bear as well as numerous times in the field going up and down tree stands in NC/VA after deer. Like you, it is not on my long range rig. Plus I think they are a lil cheaper in price than the Swarovski's. Just my 2 cents, but then again I don't have near the experience most of the guys here have!

If it were me and money wasn't an object, I would say to just go to a store and look through all of them and see which one you happen to like the best.
I have a Conquest and like you said I couldn't be happier with it but I just wondered how the Swarovski compared. And yes the Zeiss is cheaper so I want to make sure there would be a noticable difference before I would spend the extra money for the Swarovski.
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Re: Swarovski vs Zeiss

I have Ziess Conquests and I like everything about them except the thick crosshairs on the Z-Plex reticles. Honestly, I have no Swarovski scopes to compare my Zeiss to, but while out with a co-worker, I was able to compare his Swaro with my Conquest. We both adjusted the ocular lenses to our own eyes and compares each other's scope. Neither of us could tell the difference at any power setting. I paid $750 for mine and he paid $1100 for his.
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:02 AM
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Re: Swarovski vs Zeiss

I have a couple of Conquests and one Swaro. The Swaro was more money so I thought it would be a better scope but to be quite honest I like looking thru the Conquests much better. The Zeiss looks clearer to my eyes.
Another vote for Zeiss!
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Re: Swarovski vs Zeiss

I prefer Zeiss, but the more expensive models.
Conquest is very good. Of your choices Swarovski Z3 or Z5 if price doesn´t matter.
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Re: Swarovski vs Zeiss

I have the Zeiss 4.5-14x44 conquest model and the Swaro 6-18x50 1" scope they no longer make but it is the same line as the 4-12x50. To my eyes the 6-18 Swaro has noticeably better definition and clarity. But my last purchase was the Zeiss because of the money savings and the cool Z800 reticle (although the TDS reticle on my Swaro works very well out to 600). If it was in the budget I would've bought the Swaro.
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