Swarovski Z5 question

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Wille, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Wille

    Wille Member

    Feb 12, 2013
    Would appreciate your comments on both Z5 scopes, 3.5-18x44 and the 5-25x52.

    Since both have the same field of view at their lowest magnification that is 21.9 feet at 100 yards when I look thru the scope I will see the same in that magnification ???

    For an extra $130.00 in cost you get losts more a 25x, do you loose anything ????

    Thanks Wille
  2. 8andbait

    8andbait Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2012
    I think the 3.5-18 has a FOV of 30' on lowest power compared to 21.9' on the 5-25.
  3. Buzzsaw

    Buzzsaw Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2008
    That's about it, try to look at each side by side. I have the 3.5-18, plenty for me but I would seriously look at the 25X. I will say these Z5's are really, really great scopes. as good as my nightforce at half the weight
  4. scf

    scf Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2013
    I have a Swarovski 3.5-18x44 4W BT. It is a great scope and extremely light. Gathers light very well for a 44mm objective. Only limitation is that it only has about 13 moa of vertical which is plenty for me on my 7 stw light rifle.
  5. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    I have two 3.5-18x44's and really like them. They are incredibly clear and bright. If I was going to get picky, I would say the eye box is not very forgiving at full mag. This probably helps with repeatable cheek weld, but it makes set-up more critical.

    I have never felt like I was underpowered at 18x, and the weight is a huge factor on a light to medium weight rifle.
  6. Farooq Ansari

    Farooq Ansari Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    I have a Swarovski 3x10-42 MD and a Ziess 2x8-42 adjustable Red dot both are excellent mid range scope good enough for my type shooting which is 300 to 350 yds.
  7. slm9s

    slm9s Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2008
    I've hunted a Z5 3.5-18 plex on my ULA 7rm. Love it. The plex reticle is about as thin as I'd want it, but its still usable at first light. Glass is amazing, great mag range, less than 16oz.

    I got a 2-12x50 z6i for my 7stw this year. Love the lit 4a reticle. Awesome in the timber. I honestly wish I had the 2.5-15 or 3-18, as we have to have 3 pts or better here and looking for eyeguards at 300 yards is tough, but I found a great deal on the 2-12 so I went with it. Glass is amazing, but so is the Z5 for less $. The tipping point for me was the lit reticle, as we have lots of DARK timber here in the PNW.