Discuss Which new glass to buy? in Shooting, Hunting & Fishing on The Army Rumour Service; Originally Posted by Flash MacTavish
Bit pricey but I've heard good reviews of them from the hunters I know.
Rifle Scopes - SWAROVSKI OPTIK - Binoculars, Telescopes, Hunting
Pretty fucking top notch!
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Well soon I'll be getting a nice custom rifle back built on a Remy 700 action, only the serial number will remain as original, but it made the paperwork easy.
Its a 7mm, and will be used for static hunting from boxes/seats, and also I'll be dropping it into an AI stock for tactical competitions out to max 600mtrs.
I'm not a fan of huge and heavy glass PMII style, and I prefer 30mm to 34mm so I can swap rings/mounts etc with other stuff I have.
Short list and prices:
Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20x50mm LR/T M1 Illum. Reticle = 1000
Nightforce 5.5-22 x 50 NXS = 1500
Hensoldt 6-24x56 = 2-3000 if I can actually get one
I have a couple of nice Zeiss hunting scopes so that bit is covered, but it would mean re-mounting.
So bias towards tactical.
Any other thoughts and recommendations?
P.S. I'll also be looking for a moderator to fit a M18X1 thread at some point too.
Three good choices with the Nightforce being the most underrated. My choice would be the Zeiss, but shooting out to 600m I would also consider 4-16x56:-
34mm Rings - Check
Standard Mil-Dot Reticle - Check
Good BDC System - Check
Variable Reticle Illum - Check
Din ISO 9002 - Check
Relatively Low Height on Standard Rings - Check
Weight - 900g
Great light magnification with the 56 front tube.
There are some good T/S comparison videos on YouTube (www.snipers hide.com) including one between the Hensoldt and a SB that you might find useful.
I have a Hensoldt on order to replace a S&B on a .300 WinMag barrel and I will move the S&B over to a .338 Lapua barrel.
If I'm stateside I always pick up the latest Leupold offering and grey import it as hand luggage.Works out usually better than half price!
99 times out of a hundred you'll get away with it, but there is that 1 time when you'll get collared by the US TSA or Customs and Border Patrol and they will throw the ITAR book at you. Just to demonstarte the silliness of their ITAR regs; I was looking at scope rings this past week and all of them were marked up as "not for export".
<cough> the best way with optics is to put them loose in a camera bag <cough> That way you can say you use it for long distance spotting for bird watching if they notice it amongst the other paraphenalia.
I'm not a telescopic sight person, I know very little about them and rely on good advice. Reading some bits and pieces yesterday I discovered that Redfield scopes are made by Leupold and are significantly cheaper. In fact the Redfield line became so popular and demand was so high that they had to stop producing Leupolds on the lines at the factory and just produce Redfields.
Just thought I'd mention it, as it makes Redfields a bargain Leupold.
Not going to opine about any particular model, but optically I've never encountered anything better than Swarovski.
Too flash for this role, but I covet one of their 1-4's on an express rifle......
I have a Leupold and a couple of Zeiss optics, so I can compare in general terms - the Hensoldt just being a more rugged Zeiss.
TBH I am most tempted by the NXS, mainly because I don't have one. Trouble is, the price would come in at only 2-300 Euros less than a PMII (which is too hefty), but sets the benchmark in that category.