Re: Zeiss 4.5x14 Rapid Z
I have two of these scopes. One each of the Rapid-Z 800 and the Rapid-Z 1000 w/ target turrets. Here are my thoughts:
I love the glass in these scopes.
They don't have a large adjustment range, so I would recommend a 20 MOA base if you intend to do much shooting past 600 yards.
I have shot the Rapid-Z 1000 out to 600 yards and it performed well. The reticle on it is pretty thin. While that makes it easy to hold small at longer range, I consider this to be a daylight only scope. The RZ-1000 is also a pretty busy reticle, which makes me think that it would be very easy to use the wrong holdover line in low light conditions. The RZ-1000 is also calibrated for .308 (I didn't realize that when I bought if for my 6.5-284). It can still be used with other chamberings, but that makes it a little more complicated to use.
I haven't used my RZ-800 much yet, but I think the reticle thickness on this scope is a pretty good balance of precision and visibility. It is much more straightforward to use vs the RZ-1000. If I could have this reticle with the target turrets on the RZ-1000, I would consider it the best of both worlds.
I really don't like the Zeiss software for the Rapid-Z reticles. I find it to be imprecise and very limiting to use. So far, I have ignored it. I intend to figure out the reticle subtensions on my own at each magnification setting and match that information to my zero and the known trajectory for my handloads.
I think the RZ-1000 is the better target/varmint reticle and the RZ-800 is the better hunting reticle. However, if I bought another Zeiss Conquest, I would take a hard look at getting one with a Mil-Dot reticle (Zeiss #20, I think).