Schmidt & Bender Polar T96

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Brian564, May 6, 2015.

  1. Brian564

    Brian564 Active Member

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  2. OLI62

    OLI62 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I saw a video of this scope with the S & B rep. Looks very interesting to me but is S & B going to make it available to us in the states?
     
  3. Senderofan

    Senderofan Well-Known Member

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    There are multiple companies making 34mm rings. A very partial list: Badger Ordnance, Seekins / Vortex Precision, NightForce, Leupold, TPS, Warne and so on. Most all will work with standard picatinny rail type bases.

    The 34mm main tube is becoming more common with the top tier scopes....unlike IOR's 35mm and 40mm. Most all of the tactical oriented scopes are 34mm main tube scopes. From Bushnell, Burris, Leupold, NightForce, S&B, Steiner, TT, Vortex etc.

    Wayne
     
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    Brian564 Active Member

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    Thanks for the info. Never knew they were that common.
     
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    Senderofan Well-Known Member

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    It's really helped to increase the amount of internal elevation. For instance, the NightForce Beast F1 5-25x has 120 moa of internal elevation. The new Vortex Razor Gen 2 4.5-27x has 113.5 moa. That potential adjustment range can really get a guy out to some very long distances. So it really the optics coming out are pretty amazing.....even when you compare them to scopes from 10-15 years ago.

    Wayne
     
  6. mackgee

    mackgee Well-Known Member

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    Anyone gotten their hands on one of these yet? I've been holding out for a while shooting a Leupold VX-6 waiting for these scopes to come out.

    Mac
     
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    coyotezapper Well-Known Member

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    S&B glass is top end but 23 ozs for a 2.5-10 scope for a gain of only 2% light transmission increase would not be worth it IMO, let alone the price difference. Stay with the VX6.
     
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    Don't think the S&B Polar will be available until June 2016....waiting for one myself!!
     
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    Another thing to consider is that the T96 2.5x10 doesn't have parallax adjustment either. I have owned many 34mm scopes (mostly Premier Reticles ) but they all come with a high dollar cost and a very high weight cost. This scope intrigues me but for less money, I'm running the NF 2.5x10x42s on several of my rifles now. Smaller (30mm tubes), less weight, and they have parallax adjustment.
    I'm sure I'd grab an S&B if given a great deal but I wouldn't put it on a carry rifle to do an elk hunt in Montana or NM. I'm too old to be lugging around almost two pounds of 34mm scope, and rings at 9000 feet.
     
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    graywolf Well-Known Member

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    Zeiss Victory HT 2.5-10x50 is about 20 oz and available now, don't think it gives up much to the S&B in terms of brightness
     
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    I have a 2.5-10x50 with the L7 reticle, on the way. It'll be here Friday or Saturday. I was told that I have the first T96 in Canada. The order was placed on the 2nd of February and first week of June to recieve it.
    I'm very excited!!
     
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    toader Well-Known Member

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    Please let us know what you think after you receive the scope...thanks!!
     
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    Will do.
     
  14. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    I have a Bushnell ERS 3.5 -21 x50 tactical scope with a 34 mm tube on my Ruger Precision Rifle and use a Nightforce Unimount one-piece mount.

    34 mm is a big tube but it is stronger than a 30 mm tube, all things being equal, and gives you more vertical adjustment. (The tube strength comes partially from the increased diameter. That's why aluminum bike frames are "fat" and stiffer aluminum arrows are thicker.)