Looked through some scopes today

Savageman25

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I spent the whole day looking through scopes. I loved it and I hated it. I loved looking through them but I hated that it really didn't help me decide exactly what I want.
First scope I am buying is for a ar 6.5 creedmoor. This gun is going to be for mostly target shooting. I couldn't decide if I wanted to get a vortex viper pst ebr-2c 6-24 or Zeiss hd5 5-25 rapid z 8 (or z1000). I love Zeiss glass, But I would like ffp (the big deal). I love that the Zeiss has great glass, but I like that vortex is mrad. I love that Zeiss has great glass, but I like that vortex is illuminated (although I don't think this really is a factor). The truth is I will probably buy both of these scopes sometime. But right now I need to decide which one first. Anyone have experience with these scopes? I will probably move one of these scopes to a hunting rifle sometime because I really want bushnell tactical elite 3.5-21 but don't wanna pay for it right now. It would be great if Zeiss glass didn't just wow me when I looked through it. So my question really comes down to am I gonna regret buying a vortex and shooting out to long distances when I could have had a better sharper image?
 

FearNoWind

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Because my experience has been different (I find the Vortex glass to be sharper than my Zeiss) I'd say that, if you like the Zeiss better - for any reason - then buy the Zeiss. The Vortex scopes I've tried have good glass and I like them overall better than my Zeiss. Only thing I've found with the Vortex is the stiffness of the focus knob which, IMO, requires a spanner wrench to adjust. But they do make a lever attachment to help in turning it; which costs about fifty bucks.
 

Savageman25

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I really like everything that the vortex comes equipped with at a very solid price. I am not sure if I would be completely happy buying the zeiss at the price it's at without the options that i am honestly wanting. The other issue I have is that I kinda want the bushnell elite Tac 3.5x21 after reading a lot about it but I dont wanna drop the cash for a scope I never have looked through. That thing is hard to find, I've looked. It'd be great if the zeiss diavari wasn't the price it was, then I'd be set.
 

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What is the price range? I have a SS 5-20 x50 . 10 mil per rev. the power ring is stiff, i put throw lever on that,but the glass is great. I bought it used as new for $1ooo. I think image is clearer or I would say brighter than my mark 4 that was double money.Its very close to my March 3-24x52
 

Savageman25

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I would like to stop at 1000 but of course I would go higher if I could take a look through the bushnell and if like it enough.
 

mtank

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I have the Zeiss Hd5 5x25 & I love it. I also have a Vortex Viper HS 6X24. The viper has great glass & I like it but where the Zeiss really steps away is @ lowlight. Then its no comparison. I'm currently struggling on scopes as well. I'm torn between another hd5 a leupold vx6 or nightforce shv. Ffp is nice but if those were my only two options I'd get the Zeiss.
 
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