Swarovski Z5 5-25x52 or Z6 3-18x50?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Smoak352, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Smoak352

    Smoak352 Well-Known Member

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    Please help me choose a scope. This is going on my factory Mark V 257wby.

    The Z5 5-25x50 is only $1600 and goes to 25x magnification. However, I don't want to regret not getting the better scope. Does the Z6 have better glass? I don't know if I will ever use anything over 18x so the Z6 may be better. The Z6 is about $2250.

    How can I choose?
     

  2. TimeOnTarget

    TimeOnTarget Well-Known Member

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    Same glass in all of the swaro scopes.
     

  3. Smoak352

    Smoak352 Well-Known Member

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    Are you joking? Why would anyone buy the Z6?
     
  4. TimeOnTarget

    TimeOnTarget Well-Known Member

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    Nope, Not joking, I verified this with swaro themselves.

    Only differences that i can see are the 1" tube vs 30mm which may equate to a slightly clearer picture and the wider power range (6x vs 5x)

    Personally id go with the z5 if i were you. Only slightly less power range and MAYBE slightly less picture quality but a lighter scope.
     
  5. Smoak352

    Smoak352 Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like Z5 is the choice I will go with. Anyone else have these scopes?
     
  6. AtteL

    AtteL Active Member

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    Notice that field of view is much better in Z6 series, specifically when that is lower magnification.
     
  7. 7sand8s

    7sand8s Well-Known Member

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    I have a z6 2.5-15x56 with BRH reticle I will let go for 1950.00 shipped..only been on the gun about 4 months. It has all the paper work and everything that came with it. Looks brand new!!
     
  8. Smoak352

    Smoak352 Well-Known Member

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    That is tempting. I am looking for something in the 20x range or higher.
     
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    I am also looking at the Z6 3-18X50 or the 2.5-15X56 but the BRH worries me because I'm afraid that I would not be able to see the recticles in low light conditions as they look to be very fine. I think 7A or #4 recticle would be better. What is your experiance with it?
     
  10. 7sand8s

    7sand8s Well-Known Member

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    I have been in the stand well after LST. You can see them, just not as good as I would like. I have recently purchased the vortex PST and can see just fine now. Thats why I have no need for this one.
     
  11. lightwind

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    There is a significant difference between the Z5 glass and the Z6 glass. The Z6 is the equivalent of the HD version. The Z3 and Z5 have the same glass. The z6 has a much higher quality glass and you can tell that by looking through them. I have both a z5 and a Z6 and it is easygoing see the difference.
     
  12. TimeOnTarget

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    Had you talked to swaro about this?

    Swaro told me that they were the same glass.

    I believe the z6 can be/is brighter though as it has a 30mm tube.
     
  13. lightwind

    lightwind Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I have spoken directly to Swarovski about this. They use FL glass in the Z6.

    Also, the tube diameter has nothing to do with the brightness. The tube diameter is what determines the amount of motion of the erector. The objective lens is what determines how much light gets into the scope. The use of better glass and coatings is what improves transmission. The diameter of the tube does not.
     
  14. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    If it is any help, the 257 is not real long range rifle, or are yougoing for smaller than coyote varmit?.A 20 x would, or close suffice.I had at one time Ziess 10x40, el 10x40 , and el 10x32 and I would mount my 10x40 el on tripod mount and my eye 10 years ago could hardley tell a difference in all 3.