Swarovski Z3 vs Z5 vs Z6

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Camo123, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. Camo123

    Camo123 Member

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    What are the big differences between the various lines of Swarovski scopes. The prices vary by as much as $1,000. If I am shooting at a maximum distance of 300 to 350 yards will I be able to tell the difference?
     
  2. Robster80

    Robster80 Well-Known Member

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    i own a z3 ....have considered the z5 for the extra magnification....the z3 is excellent glass...ive heard the reticles are a bit thin in the z5 and z6 but ive never looked through one
     

  3. Camo123

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    I can get a Z3 for about 30% to 50% less than a new Z5 and the Z6. However I will not buy a scope again for this rifle and I don't want to be disappointed. However for a slight clarity difference I am OK saving the money. I already have $1,300 in the gun and I plan to spend about the same on the scope. A once in a lifetime expense. I will gun to son eventually.
     
  4. marinetowgunner

    marinetowgunner Well-Known Member

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    Z3.....3X magnification.

    Z5.....5x erector system, larger ocular lens than z3, patented 4-point coil spring system (for explanation click HERE)

    Z6.... 6x erector, 30mm main tube, I'm pretty sure they do not use a 1" erector, 4-point coil spring system, largest ocular lens than the z5, hd lenses.

    It's really something you have to look through to appreciate.
     
  5. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    I had a similar dilemma about 4 years ago. For me, the Z6 did not have enough additional value relative to the others to warrant the price tag. So, it was down to Z3 vs Z5. I ended up choosing the Z5 for the additional magnification range (3.5-18) and have no regrets -especially- within 350 yards, where on large close critters I can crank down and on little far-out critters I can go to 18x.

    I justified it (like you) as a once-in-a-lifetime expense. I now have two :)