Swaro Z5 vs Leupold Vx6

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by mtank, Apr 23, 2015.

  1. mtank

    mtank Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Going on a Remington 700 7 mm for deer & elk. Looking @ the 5x25x52 z5 & 4x24x52. Any experience w/either?
     
  2. Rich Coyle

    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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    My z5 is 18.1 ounces on the postal scale. My VX-6 is 22.8 ounces. The VX-6 shows better colors and is requires about 1 1/2X less magnification setting for me to see the same detail. I checked with a friend at the range who has a z6 3-18X and a VX-6 3-18X and I noticed the same thing with his as I did with mine. He told me he noticed the same thing. The VX-6 just seems nicer.

    The z5 has a 1" tube while the VX-6 has a 34mm tube. That's right! a 34mm tube. The crosshair in the z5 is maybe 1/3 the thickness of the one in the VX-6. Also the side focus and magnification ring of the z5 is effortless, while the VX-6 both are rather stiff.

    If I had to choose and was still young I would choose the VX-6. But since I am old the z5 is on my light rifle (7 lbs all up) and the VX-6 is on the heavy rifle (7 lb 13 oz all up).
     
  3. mtank

    mtank Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    How does your vx6 track? That seems to be a common complaint w/these scopes. Since it will be for hunting I want to best eye relief & low light. Talked w/a salesman today & was told the Zeiss hd5 , the z5 & vx6 were all close as far as glass. I've looked thru a z3 & I own a hd5 5x25 & I feel as though the hd5 has better glass.
     
  4. Rich Coyle

    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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    The rifle with the VX-6 has been in and out of the shop so I have not even twisted a turret to sight it in. Once I get the load developed I plan on getting the free CDS for it. I am hoping for the best and expecting to be disappointed. Is that reasonable?

    By the way the glass is definitely better than the z3. So far everyone who has looked through both of my z5 and VX-6 say the glass is better in the VX-6.
     
  5. mtank

    mtank Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Lol when I talked to the salesman today it was for 2 scopes 10 min later it was 4 scopes. I wasn't looking to spend as much as the z5 cost but the salesman talked a good talk & made me start liking the idea again of ballistic turrets.
     
  6. mtank

    mtank Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    After much debate I just ordered a Swaro Z5 5x25x52
     
  7. Rich Coyle

    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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    Make sure, once you have your load, you test and retest the ballistic turret for repeatability. Also verify it returns to zero by firing at different ranges and returning it to zero. If it does not and hunting time is close, you can sight it in at, say, 250 yards and hold dead on to about 300 yards.
     
  8. mtank

    mtank Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I'm unsure if I'll send in for the laser etch turret or just use the 3 ring system.
     
  9. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    You did the right thing!
     
  10. shedhead

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    I have purchased the vx 6 7\42 to upgrade from the vx3 8.5\right next to my friends nsx 8\32 nf we agree the leupold has much better image quality.but the negatives in the vx 6 are 1\8 moa clicks.only 55 moa total vertically adjustment and a confusing target knob.contacting leupold there is an 1\4 moa option for about $ 79.00 also they have a duel rotation target knob available also.my recommendation to leupold is to make a target knob almost like nightforces.and then it will be a better option for a nf.
     
  11. mtank

    mtank Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Just got the swaro out to check it out. At lowest power setting it is a little brighter than the Zeiss Hd5. Both scopes are the 5x25 however so far I'm not seeing the justification in the extra 500 over the Zeiss. I think the Zeiss has the edge when maxxed out.