I have a Swaro Z3 (4-12x50) with the BRX reticle. Great clarity and light however the reticle is too thin for hunting purposes. Get the Plex or 4A reticles (I can't comment on the BRX heavy but that might work too).Does anyone have any experience with the Swarovski Z3 or Z5?
Which Meoptas do you have? The Meopta MeoStar R1 3-10x50 is on sale for $764 and the Meopta MeoStar R1r 3-12x56 Z Plex for $849.From your list, I’d take the Leupold, you won’t regret HD, and I’d buy new instead of Craigslist. I don’t have any experience with the Conquest line, but I don’t like the idea of buying Ziess, but having it assembled here and sold at a major discount. That said, I have a pair of US assembled Meopta’s that I got on a major sale and their fantastic.
MeoPro 4.5-14x44 and 6.5-20x50. I don’t think those are assembled in the USA anymore, but they were at one point. The more I think about it, I’m not certain if mine were assembled in the US or in Europe. Schott glass is as good as any in the world though. The only thing to watch for with European scopes is that a lot of them don’t have a particularly wide windage and elevation adjustment range, and these fall into that category. I still like them a lot. These have crappy Cabelas exclusive reticle in them that isn’t particularly useful, but it doesn’t hurt anything. I paid around $600 total for the pair when Cabelas was taking their name off of them and closing them out. You can get your knobs custom etched to match your ballistics just like Leupold’s CDS system. Again, check with Meopta customer service on that too, I doubt it, but that may have been a Cabela’s exclusive feature as well.Which Meoptas do you have? The Meopta MeoStar R1 3-10x50 is on sale for $764 and the Meopta MeoStar R1r 3-12x56 Z Plex for $849.
on that list for those prices....Figured out which rifle I am getting and now I need to figure out my glass. Looking for recommendations for under $1k. I'll mostly be doing tree stand hunting from 30-150 but would take it out West if I have a hunt come up. Regardless, I can't imagine taking anything beyond 300-400 yards max. Here is what I've come across so far:
- Leupold VX-3i 3.5-10x40mm ($299)
- Leupold VX-5HD 2-10x42mm ($750 or $950 illuminated)
- Leupold Leupold VX6 3-18x50mm Illuminated Boone & Crockett reticle ($900 craigslist)
- Zeiss Conquest V4 4-16X44 ($669 demo unit)
- Zeiss Conquest V5HD 3-15X50 ($629 closeout)
I've looked hard at the Vortex line but it just seems like others are a big jump up in quality of glass.
Take a hard look at the SierraBDX before you buy it. I took a chance and bought a blemished at a rock bottom price online. The only reason it was blemished was a scratch on the box which had a factory seal intact. I think the scope is a total piece of crap. I sent it back.Also consider the Sig Scope/rangefinder combo. Interesting technology.
Does anyone have any experience with the Swarovski Z3 or Z5?
I've got the plex reticle and then did the outdoorsman ballistic turret. works pretty good.I have a Swaro Z3 (4-12x50) with the BRX reticle. Great clarity and light however the reticle is too thin for hunting purposes. Get the Plex or 4A reticles (I can't comment on the BRX heavy but that might work too).