Does having a larger scope up top (x5 is 50-56mm vs z6 may be had at 44mm) bother you?I am after a scope for my 28 Nosler and have narrowed it down to the 3-18 Swarovski Z6 and X5.
Does anybody have experience with these 2 side by side.
It is not the larger objective that makes the X5 far superior. It is the turrets.Does having a larger scope up top (x5 is 50-56mm vs z6 may be had at 44mm) bother you?
For me, at that distance as well as for any hunting, the balance of a smaller scope would far outweigh the perceived increase in brightness from the larger objective.
Now, a 2.5-15x38 or x40mm X5 with a 4WX-i+ would be really sweet. Too bad that doesn't exist.
I could not disagree any more. I would NEVER run the crappy turrets on the Zs and I would never go under 50mm for a LONG RANGE(really any) hunting scope. The Zs are ok for short range when not dialing but even at that a larger objective does allow more light which is one more plus. If you gave me a Z and said I had to use it or not take it I would tell you to keep it.Right. But unless those come in a smaller form factor then their awesomeness is slightly less than could be.
Nightforce has great tracking capabilities, they are rugged, a bunch of elevation, holds zero forever, and reticles are designed for long range shooting. So if you are looking to shoot long distances constantly, then you need a scope that can take the abuse. -- gilmillan1
Nightforce is such a solid combo of reticle, available elevation, glass that is good enough to shoot at the longest range you can dial. Nightforce has bullet proof construction that can handle the incidental horse rolling or some other rodeo action. -- bigngreen
The total package. Nightforce is the best I have used as far as turret feel and solid detents. I have never had one that didn't track right on and always return to zero. Nightforce NXS is the best value for everything I need. -- Broz