Upgrading: Feedback Wanted (Vortex/Zeiss)

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Forstr, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. Forstr

    Forstr New Member

    Jun 24, 2012
    Hi Folks,
    I'm running a Redfield 2-7X33 accurange on my flat top AR and for the money it performs well. On a calm day when I'm doing my part, she'll print sub-min groups to 400 (discounting the ever-present flier). But I'm looking to kick it up a couple notches in range and accuracy; just on paper until I get comfortable enough to pop varmints at longer range. After exhaustive research on various bullet drop/ranging reticles and other features, two options have emerged: a simpler "BDC" reticle, or a plex w/ dial up cheat sheet. Biggest disadvantage with plex is theres no crosswind benchmark.

    The Viper 4-12X40PA with "dead hold BDC" is appealing to me. I read good things, and have seen several, though not this specific model. Adjustments are nice, glass seems good, and the reticle isn't distracting. I like the crosswind feature, and the yardages aren't power-specific such that you're unable to use the higher setting. Looks like I can have one for $400.

    Also looking at the Conquest 4.5-14X44 AO with z-plex. Glass is outstanding...it's a Zeiss. Dialing up is not as fast, but with a known trajectory and some practice, I think it would be as accurate, if not more so. And I could use any magnification. Not sure if I can get custom turrets for it, as some of the info on their site seems somewhat contradictory. I can get an unmounted demo for $595.

    I'd like to hear y'alls thoughts and experiences. Perhaps it will assist me with the decision. Thanks!
  2. 42769vette

    42769vette Well-Known Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    my thoughts are that if they were the same price the zeiss is a better scope, but i currently own both and i dont think the zeiss is 33% better