Dual duty scope help.

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by benjamin199, Mar 15, 2010.

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  1. benjamin199

    benjamin199 Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    I would like some advice in choosing a scope that will serve dual duty for me.
    1. The scope will be used on my prone rifle for NRA mid and long range matches during any/any events, this means prone sling supported from 300-1000 yards, this rifle has a 20 moa base installed.
    2. I will be using this as a hunting scope on my long range rifle which is a HS Precision PH in 300WSM, this does not have a 20moa base, but I will probably put one on to make the swap between rifles a little easier.
    I have made a list of the features I am looking for in this scope.
    1. The low end of magnification should be no more than 4x , I would like the high end around 15x
    2. I would like parallax adjustment, either turret style or AO will work.
    3. I would prefer an objective diameter or 50mm or less.
    4. I would like at least 50moa of elevation adjustment preferably closer to 60moa.
    5. I would like a simple plex or German #4 style reticle in the 2nd plane.
    6. I would like the elevation turret readily accessible for changes. (target or tactical style)
    7. I would like very good glass and a solid scope with a good warranty.
    8. I would like to minimize the size and weight as much as possible.

    I realize everything with scopes is a compromise, and I will probably not meet every requirement above.
    I have been looking and found the following scopes.
    1. Zeiss diavari 4-16x50 T FL, 13.25”, 25oz, 59.4moa elevation, this scope seems to be very close to what I am looking for but is fairly new so I haven’t found any reviews on it.
    2. Swarovski Z6 3-18x50 15.12”, 22.4oz, 64moa elev., this scope is a little longer than the Zeiss but it is also lighter, I am worried the extra precision to extend the magnification range may make this a little less robust than I would prefer, but it seems to have a good warranty.
    3. Schmidt and Bender 4-16X50 PMII, 15.5”, 32oz, 56moa elevation, the main problem with this scope is the FFP reticle, while this scope is very rugged it is also big and heavy especially for a hunting rifle.
    4. Nightforce 3.5-15x50, 14.7”, 30oz, 110moa, again this is on the big and heavy side for a hunting scope, and the glass may be a step down from the rest, but this scope costs a lot less also.
    If anyone has any personal experience with the above scopes and can offer some good advice I would greatly appreciate it, or if there is a scope I am missing that I should take a look at please let me know.
    Thanks for your time,
  2. Jon Jackoviak

    Jon Jackoviak Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2003