Zeiss V6 vs NF SHV vs Leupold VX6HD

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  1. cb4128

    cb4128 Well-Known Member

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    Im comparing the following scopes and have no personal experience with any of them. Wanting 14-18x on a mid range hunting rig; want to dial in shots and concerned with glass quality/low light performance.

    Zeiss V6 vs NF SHV vs Leupold VX6HD

    Does anyone have any hands on experience with the 3 that could chime in?

    Thanks!
     
  2. cummins cowboy

    cummins cowboy Well-Known Member

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    I think the v4 is better than the v6, certainly the view is better IMO. the v4 is an awesome scope.
     
  3. rfurman24

    rfurman24 Well-Known Member

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    The V6 is made in Germany and has SCHOTT glass. The V4 is made in Japan with out SCHOTT. Glass wise the V6 will be with the best of them. I am getting ready to do tracking tests on a V4 and a V6. I will be looking at the glass as well but I am confident the V6 will outshine the rest. I would not own a Leupold if I planned on dialing. I have heard far to many of them do not track. There are too many other good scopes for me to waste my time. No doubt the SHV will have great internals but the glass will be less quality.
     
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  4. cummins cowboy

    cummins cowboy Well-Known Member

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    have you looked at both scopes back to back? how are you so sure the v6 is all that and a back of chips? because its not. grab both scopes a 3-18 and a 4-16, you will immediately notice the tunneling or loss of apparent FOV with the v6. the v4 goes right to the outter edge. the v4 gives the image and FOV on 4x of a 2x or 2.5 scope on low power. just because the glass is schott is just a name, what if the japanese glass is pretty much as good but just doesn't have the same name?

    there is more to a scope than glass. the total optical triangle, eye relieve, FOV, glass quality. I noticed the difference in a trade show in feburary, looked at the same scopes back to back in cabelas last weekedend, same result. I will take the v4 all day long over the v6. I would have bought a v4 already but the 3-12 is the better fit but that scope only comes in 56mm and boring reticles and capped turrets. but that 4-16 has a view that just jump out at me so much I may just be willing to deal with 4x as being the lowest power.
     
  5. cb4128

    cb4128 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the replies so far, anyone else have any personal experience?
     
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    I think the old thinking of leupolds not tracking has changed with there new turret system. I think the vx5hd and vx6hd are some very nice hunting scopes. I like the idea of locking turrets and the cds dial.
     
  7. WeiserBucks

    WeiserBucks Well-Known Member

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    I used to have a NF SHV , it was a great optic. Pretty good glass and excellent tracking. You'll have to spend quite a bit more money to beat it in my opinion.

    I gave up dialing Leupold products about 15 years ago, haven't bought a Ziess since the Conquest series was announced around the same time so I cant comment on the newer ones .
     
  8. gpo1956

    gpo1956 Well-Known Member

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    I've used both the V4 and the V6. I much prefer the V6. Clearer glass, brighter at all times of day. Eyebox MAY be a little tigher, but not enough to dissuade me away from it.If I were choosing between the three, it would definitely be V6, then SHV and then Leupold.
     
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  9. rfurman24

    rfurman24 Well-Known Member

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    I just got back from viewing an optics chart with the 6-24 V4 and 5-30 V6. The V6 clearly has a slight edge in the glass department. The turrets are essentially the same. I do believe I can see the "tunnel" cummins cowboy is talking about but I can not fathom that causing any concerns in the field. I prefer the fact that the V4 reticle is 1moa at max power while the V6 is not.
     
  10. cb4128

    cb4128 Well-Known Member

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    So the zmoa reticle in both scopes is not 1 moa at max power on the v6?
     
  11. rfurman24

    rfurman24 Well-Known Member

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    No, it has to be at 25x on the 5-30 to have 1moa sub tensions.
     
  12. cb4128

    cb4128 Well-Known Member

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    That’s bizarre...what about the 18x version?
     
  13. rfurman24

    rfurman24 Well-Known Member

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    The 18x version is 2 moa at 18x
     
  14. duckhunter175

    duckhunter175 Well-Known Member

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    I've looked at the SHV, V4 and V6 all side by side. The V-series has great turrets, the reticle definitely appears a little thicker than the SHV or even the Leupold TMOA. And I agree with rfurman24 you can see the difference between the V4 and V6 with the Schott glass. I prefer the MOAR nightforce reticle but everything else about the Zeiss.

    rfurman-- any idea why Zeiss did the 1MOA at 25x instead of max power?

    I just pulled the Zeiss subtensions and on the V4 line the ZMOA-1 reticle is 1moa at MAX (24x)--- bizarre