extremely pleased with Swarovski Z5

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Trm82, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. Trm82

    Trm82 Well-Known Member

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    So I bought a tikka 300 wsm put a McMillan edge on it a powder coated the gun and topped it off with a Swarovski Z5 3.5-18x44BT. Since installation I have not touched a dial on the new scope. It was almost bang on at 200 yards which is the distance that do my load development at. So I found my load and only had to adjust 4 clicks to the left and entered my ballistics in the Swarovski site a I set my dial clicks to 400,500,600 yards. I confirmed 200 yard 0 this morning and then moved out to 500 yards and put 2 shots inside a 4" painted circle twice on a 2 X 2' steel plate. What a awesome scope and I've never been so happy with a scope but I have never owned this caliber of scope before. My load is a 168 ttsx @ 3250 fps.
     
  2. Boman

    Boman Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a great setup. You should be covered for just about everything in North America.
     
  3. Trm82

    Trm82 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah the 338 may not get used a lot anymore with the 300 around.
     
  4. Cruiser

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    Which reticle and how do you like it?
     
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    Trm82 Well-Known Member

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    I have the plex reticle and I love it but I have not hunted with it yet. I find the other reticles to busy, I like it simple. I was amazed that the only adjustment I made was 4 clicks left and was hitting a 3-4" circle at 500 yards. If you can afford one I would say do it.
     
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    I you tried the reticle at last light?
    Thanks
     
  7. marinetowgunner

    marinetowgunner Well-Known Member

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    The BT with the 4w is the way to go. I love mine. The way the 4W is set up, you wind up seeing a lot more behind the reticle. Still plenty thick to see it in low light.
     
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    I only have VX-3 and VX-R to compare to but it definitely pulls light in better than them and I would expect it to for that price. Actually when I went in to buy a scope that day I had a VX-6 in my sites until I looked at the Z5.
     
  9. Boman

    Boman Well-Known Member

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    Marinetowgunner,

    Do you dial ranges on your Z5? How reliable is that turret? Has it been repeatable?
     
  10. theo98

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    TRM,

    What about the Z5 changed your mind over the VX-6?

    Ted
     
  11. Trm82

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    What changed my mind was the idea of not having to pay to have a new turret made if I happen to change my load, and the weight savings of the Z5, and that they are 1" tube and not 30 mm. CDS are fine and I actually have one but they aren't in the same league as the Swarovski BT. My Z5 weighs 15.9 and the VX-6 is 19.0 oz and I was looking to stay as lite as possible. Total package is 7.3 lbs.
     
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    theo98 Well-Known Member

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    All great reasons...hear the optics quality is also excellent! If I were to change out my VX-6 3-18X50, it would certainly be the Z5!!
     
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    Oh yes I guess I didn't mention that. You can Cleary see there was a difference in quality when comparing the 2 scopes .