If Navy SEALs can work with a 10X SWFA on a 7.62X51 I believe the average hunter can too. BTW, I own one that's on a Savage 10T along with a suppressor.I saw that. Looks like 2.5 inches ... at the 10X end, I'm assuming. It says 3.35''-2.56'', so guessing that means that it's 3.35'' at the 2.5X end. Most reviewers seem to think it isn't much of an issue, but looks like most of them are using it on 22-caliber guns. The rifle would be a 6.5 Creedmoor 7 lb. rifle, so recoil would be somewhere between a .223 and a .308. Not sure if it would still be an issue.
I see the Vortex Razor LH 1.5-8x32 has good reviews but is now discontinued. That said, I might be able to find one (maybe used) if that is the best option, although it's more expensive.
Now that I'm looking at Vortex reviews/comparisons however I'm seeing a lot of negativity as well. I'm starting to wonder whether this is sort of like looking at hotel reviews - every place has horror stories and in the end you don't want to stay anywhere.
It also looks like the Swarovski Z3 3-9x36 might still be obtainable, so if anyone has thoughts on that one and how it stacks up, please let me know. Like I said, I'd rather have a lower magnification on the wide end but that is tolerable if I can lower the risk of getting something that has QC issues like not tracking, moving zero, etc.
I spoke to them on a number of occasions, last time to see if they started changing reticles again. While speaking to them I mentioned I buggered up a screw on a target adjustable knob. They sent me a new set free of charge.Never had a problem with any of my scopes so I can’t comment on customer service.
I have this exact scope on my X-Bolt 7-08 whitetail rifle and am very satisfied. 30mm tube, side focus, and B&C reticle was difference maker. I also have VX5 on another rifle and really can’t tell difference in clarity. Both track very well.I have a Leupold VX3 4.5-14 X 40, 30mm tube with side focus and a B&C reticle on one of my 260 Remingtons. IMHO its a very good all around hunting scope.
VX5HD 3-15x44. 19oz. Zero to 500 yards, it's the perfect power option.This is a lazy post in that I know I could probably find the info. I need with proper research, so I apologize. I'm asking because Cyber Monday is tomorrow, so I'm trying to get an answer in time to buy tomorrow and possibly save some cash.
Simple question (hopefully), but I'm seeking recommendations for a lightweight, low-power, low-profile scope for hunting deer and hogs with a 500 yard max range. If it matters, 400 yard is probably a more realistic max range. Given the game that it will be used for, good light gathering for dawn/dusk situations is a big benefit - so expecting objective lens size (weight/profile) vs. light gathering capability to be a trade off.
As for cost, these specs seem pretty simple to me so I'm not expecting it to cost too much, say under $600. But if you think a higher end scope offers a material benefit for these specs, I'm all ears.
For the same use case, I previously chose a Leupold VX 3 1.75-6x32mm. I have not shot it much farther than 200 yards but I found it fine at that range. I'm starting by checking out the current Leupold offerings but it seems like there are a lot of new manufacturers and models since I bought that one, and I doubt I'll have time to get my bearings by tomorrow.
Thanks in advance!
I have that SWFA 10X and the application is far different. As a sniper scope a 10X would be rugged but not ideal. As a hunting scope I've toyed with the ideal and have used it on targets out to 1230 yards and as close as 7 yards on a rat. But it really cannot compare to a good low powered variable for out to 500 yards. It's just a different application.If Navy SEALs can work with a 10X SWFA on a 7.62X51 I believe the average hunter can too. BTW, I own one that's on a Savage 10T along with a suppressor.