Originally Posted by Ethan21
Try a search on here I am sure there are alot of discussions on this but in my opinion you should spend more on the glass 2x if you have the ability but there are good scopes out there if you can't.
Agree 10 X.
However, if the COST of failure to identify the # of legal points on a CO ELK in the first and last 15 min of shooting time is a loss of $3,000 or more you might want to learn from my mistake (all my hunts are DIY). I traded the final ELK hunt of my life, some day soon($$$ wise), for a ZEISS-VICTORY-DIAVARI-4-16X50-T-FL. In 2010 it and the Swk. Z6 cost $2,200. I tested them both at dark against my $710 2008 version_ VX III LR 4.5-14x50 BC. The Bull I had to let walk at 100yd, with 3-5 min left in shooting hours, would have rode home with me that night had I purchased either originally.
My stuff: DEC. 2008
New TIKKA T3 SS lite 338WM =$575
New 2008 VX III LR 4.5-14x50 BC=$710
My stuff: DEC. 2010:
New ZEISS-VICTORY-DIAVARI-4-16X50-T-FL. / Rapid Z 800=$2,200
(Traded piggy bank $$ for that last ELK hunt to prevent ID failure again.)
If the above could not
happen in your life in the future....by all means get an $800< $1,000 Zeiss Conquest or comp. that you like.
There are some fair scopes in the $200 < $400 range also. If you want to kill stuff at 1,000yds I would go 300WM or up.