Need Ideas for Mountain Rifle Scope

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by azsugarbear, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. azsugarbear

    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

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    I have found a lightweight rig that I am making into a mountain rifle. Looking for a low profile, lightweight scope to complete the set-up. In terms of priority, I want a scope that:

    1) Has reasonable quality glass w/consistent dial up/down capability
    2) Has side focus for parallax
    3) Has 40mm to 44mm objective (might step up to 50mm)
    4) Has MOA reticle
    5) Has 1 inch tube

    This rifle is to be a legitimate mountain rifle so small & lightweight become big factors. Any idea who produces a scope with this list of "must haves"?
     
  2. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

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    Swarovski Z5. Not many with a one inch tube and side parallax.
     

  3. overbo

    overbo Well-Known Member

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    My research comes up w/ a 2.5x10x42mm IOR.

    13.6 length
    18 oz
    FF plane reticles
    Illuminated center dot
    battery source on top of the A.O. turret(not on the ocular)
    Schott glass
    but it's a 30mm tube
    around $1000+

    Really like the NF 2.5x10x42mm but it's $800 more w/ Jap glass.
     
  4. Kiwi Greg

    Kiwi Greg Well-Known Member

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    I use the Leupold VX3 4.5-14x40 CDS, with Alumina caps.
    No moa reticle
    No side focus on 1" tube, has on 30mm.
    Nice compact very light scope.
    Very hard to go past for a 6-8lb rig.
    The VX6 would be worth a look as well.
     
  5. marinetowgunner

    marinetowgunner Well-Known Member

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    I would go Z5 with the bt and 4w reticle. It's based in moa.
     
  6. Tomarctus

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    Leupold vx-3 6x42 + your choice of reticle/knobs.
     
  7. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    +1. Great scope. Clear, light, and rugged. Have 2 and love them.
     
  8. azsugarbear

    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

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    Kiwi,

    Currently have the Leupold 4.5-14x40 CDS on my .243. The problem that I have with the scope is the lack of adjustment for parallax. Sure, I can dial up for a 750 yd. shot, but the animal is a blur. I end of messing with the ocular eye piece trying to get things back in focus. Just doesn't work for me.


    Tom,

    Not sure a fixed 6x power scope would be enough for 800-900 yd. shots, which I think would be about max for this caliber in this configuration.


    All,

    The Z-5 fits the bill, but a bit pricey. I looked at Zeiss, but cannot abide the fact that their turrets dial up the opposite direction as most US Mfgs.

    I appreciate the ideas and brainstorming. Anyone else with an idea is welcome to chime in.
     
  9. Kiwi Greg

    Kiwi Greg Well-Known Member

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    Can't say I had that problem, I have 5 or 6 of them.

    Also I found that I could only get about 4-5" of parallax induced POA shift at 1000 by moving top to btm of the eye box
     
  10. Varberger757

    Varberger757 Well-Known Member

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    There is one scope on the market that matches all your criteria:

    The new Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-14x42 lightbulb

    It's sleek and has extraordinary good optics, 1" tube, paralax 50 - inifinite, 90mm eye relief, MOA - clicks, 5 x zoom and all you can think of. Basically an easy choice to be taken, go and find out! :)
     
  11. azsugarbear

    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

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    If I am not mistaken, the Zeiss Conquest scope line all have elevation turrets that move or rotate in the opposite direction that most other scopes. With Nightforce, Leupold, Vortex, Sightron, etc. you dial up by turning the turret counterclockwise. With the Zeiss, you dial up by turning the turret clockwise. In the heat of the moment. this could become a real problem. I can't help but think it would be wise to try and keep the mechanical workings of my scopes the same.
     
  12. Varberger757

    Varberger757 Well-Known Member

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    I never did recognize that, even though I own both Zeiss, Leupold and Docter scopes. For me personally it's decisive to have the best lenses/glasses possible, because I like to have a decent and cristall clear image while observating game and a potential target. If you have got other preferences, so it's of course your personal thing!