Re: Zeiss vs. Leupold
My rifles all have either Zeiss Conquests or Leupolds on them. I have a Conquest 3x9x40 on my .300RUM and its holding up fine, for the last 7 years. I have shot several boxes of bullets through it, so its had some use. And I reload, so a box isn't 20, its 100.
I have never broken any reticle in either brand of scopes, and here is the first time I have heard of this. My dad did break one in a Weaver, on his .270win. They replaced it under warranty, no questions asked. He also had a power ring lock up on a Leupold, also repaired under warranty.
Comparing the L vs the Z, the Z has an edge in low light gathering capabilities. That's comparing both brands in 3x9x40mm.
Good luck to you on your hunt.
Browning A-Bolt Stalker SS in 338RUM, Rem. 700 SS in 300RUM, Rem. 700BDL in 7mmRemMag