Brand new to this forum and have found some great reads. A lot to learn here. My qusetion is about scopes. I have the chance to pick up a almost new zeiss 6-24X56 What I haven't seen is any mention of this brand/model. Anything I should know before making this deal?
Thanks Roy, yes I wish I'd found this group of folks a long time ago. A wealth of info to be had. Although I have zip experience in long range shooting, I have become very interested in getting involved. I wil be getting my feet wet with a H-S Precision 7mm STW. Thats what the scope is for.
At this point, I hope to come up with a combination that will give me the ability to take game out to 500 yards. I realize this would be a slam-dunk for many of the folks here. Where I hunt 300-500 yard shots are not that uncommon.
Ol'Gator, Just getting started out you might consider a reticle that would allow shots out to 600 yds without the target knob turning. As Ian M pointed out in a recent article, a good reticle sighted in correctly can keep you on for hunting purposes. We aren't shooting paper. After 600, too many variables and you then need to click to compensate. I use a mildot system and out to 600 yds, game is in trouble. Much friendlier in the field, and you can use a much smaller scope if you carry a lighter rifle and actually walk. Just a thought. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
W/the 7STW and decent shooting loads of the 160gr and greater weight it will be a thumper well beyond 5-600 yds.
With the Mil-Dot scope you shouldn't have to worry about clicks till way past 850 or so, depending on a lot of things.
Don't know if that scope has the reticle in the first or second focal plane. If in the first plane, regardless of the power the mil-dot value will be the same.
If its in the second plane then it will be calibrated (1 Mil = 3.6inches) at most probably 10 power which in my opinion and experience is sufficient for most, nearly 100% of shooting. But if you want to zoom up to max power for definition of a small target or zoom down in low light conditions the mil value changes proportionately with power.
That'll drive ya nuts [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] At least it does me. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
Other than that just about everything about a Carl Z is pretty good.
I had a 2nd focal plane scope and could keep track of things unless there was game in the field of view then I kind of went bonkers [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
Switched to a decent 1st focal plan scope and life got good, well......at least better [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!