Can anyone tell me what they think of the Kahles multi zero scope. I don't do alot of long range shooting but I do hunt out west and shoot up to 500yds. I like te way it sounds but I want to here some hunting input on the scope.
I had the 2-7x with Multi-Zero. I believe Swaro and Kahles have gone their separate ways with Swaro walking away with their own version of the Multi-Zero. There has been some concern about customer service on Kahles products now that they don't have a US distributor. I thought Legacy Sports took over the distribution, but if it that happened, it didn't last long. This is all based on memory, so please correct me if I'm wrong. Kahles scopes are supposed to be incredibly tough, but I don't have any first hand experience with that.
Overall, I really liked the Multi-Zero. If I remember correctly, I had it zeroed for 100 yards, with indicators set at 200, 300, 400, & 500 yards. By luck, when the dial was topped-out, it was dead-on for 600 yards. I used the scope on a DPMS 308, and busted rocks and targets at 600 yards with ease. But, the system lacks a mean to easily correct for wind. In some ways its similar to the ballistic reticles (the ones that lack windage marks) that are getting more popular. The difference being that Multi-Zero can be custom tuned for your load. Its twist and shoot (Multi-zero), not point and shoot(ballistic reticle). But the lack of a means to easily correct for wind is one of the reasons I got rid of it.
Optically, I thought the CL was very, very good. Some say that they are among the best. I compared the 2-7x vs. a MK4 1.5-5x20 over several days and nights, and the differences were dramatic. But these scopes have different specs so it wasn't really a fair comparison. Even so, the Kahles was very good during low light with a large FOV compared to the MK4.
I have 2 of the Kahles 3x12x52 CL MultiZero's, one on a custom 280AI and the other on a custom 338RUM. For comparison I also have a Burris 4x16x50 Black Diamond, a Zeiss Diavari 2.5x10x50 V/VM, a Zeiss 4.5x14x44 Conquest RapidZ800, a Kahles AH 3.5x10x50 TDS and an IOR 6X42 MP8 along with reloading and shooting ocassionally over 40 other rifles.
I bought my MZ's several years ago for $600.00 each when the prices got cheap after the distributorship went South. They are excellent scopes and I haven't had a hiccup yet. The 338RUM is certainly a test of holding up under recoil with over 300 shots through it.
The MZ's and the Diavari are my brightest scopes with a very slight edge going to the MZ's. The Conquest has the best resolution and clarity and when I need to spot bullet holes at 300 or 400 yards I pick up the Conquest.
When you think about it, the MZ claim to fame is repeated turret adjustment and then returning to your zero and if that was not exceptional then the long range adjustments would be useless.
Here's how it works. On the top of the elevation turret there are 3 settings; A, B & C
Essentially you zero your scope on A, set your zero stop on B and shoot on C.
You put it on A and set your zero as you would any other scope. I set mine on 200 yards. After your rifle is zeroed, change the setting to B, rotate the turret counterclockwise until the turret stops and that will set the internal stop to your zero. Then hold the turret in place and change the setting to C
The turret is divided with horizontal black and silver layers. The black ones are stationary and turn with the turret and the silver ones are set back and turn with a little effort but are not loose enough to move without you setting them. You can use the red tool or just move them with the point of a ball point pen
The marks are easy to see and one is not needed for 200 yards since you have an internal stop for that yardage. Here is the scope stopped at the zero stop and the first mark to the right is for 300 yards
One advantage is that you can easily set your distances between your set marks, like this is set for ~430 yards
or ~530 yards
easier and quicker than counting and definitely easier to return to your zero.