I'm definetely going to need to pick your brain....your talking stuff that I'm not sure I am quite understanding. I'm good with the FOV, but what are you referring to when you state "One issue you may run into hunting is that tiny 2mm exit pupil at 25x, especially if you got a ballistic or windage reticle that is subtended at the max magnification, which would restrict you to that magnification".
Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls
I'm not sure I got the "ballistic or windage reticle that is subtended at the max magnificaiton."Is this when the sight plate is in a second focal plane and and if you adjust the magnification your eleveation lines (like with a BDC type reticle) change with the magnification?
Well after much deliberation and information gathering I've decided a lot have changed in the scope world since I last really investigated scopes. I'm also considering opening the wallet a little more.
Locally I was able to find a store that has both a Vortex PST 4-14x50 for $829 and a VX6 3-18x44 for $799. I like them both, but I wasn't really able to review them in low light conditions. To be honest, on the floor room floor both of them and a Nikon Monarch 3.5-10x42 (I think that is the right numbers) all looked pretty much the same to me. The Monarch did have the BDC reticle and I don't like the fact the scaling changes as the magnification does. I haven't been able to compare the PST or VX6 to a Swarovski or Zeiss, but I may try getting to my local Cabelas in the next week or two. Is it worth comparing these 3 to Zeiss or Swarovski?
What's everyones take on the Monarch vs the VX6 vs the Viper PST?
Look at the Swarovski and Zeiss. Weight is a big factor for me and my scopes are too heavy, especially the VX7L but the sure pay off when I need them. Look at a chart on age and exit pupil to see how much exit pupil you have. I know BB has a Z3, see how he likes that scope. I have a Z5 and it is just what you expect from Swarovski.
Clearance on Zeiss Conquest as started at camera land ny
Not to promote another website, simply where I found the info...
I like to match up scopes based on the rifle it's on. The majority of mine wear Leupold VX3 and go from there. Some will have the CDS, some the B&C reticles and some that I don't plan on shooting but to 500yds will be plain jane. Majority are 4.5-14x40 and haven't had any issues with any of them. The extra magnification helps you on the bench to shoot groups and work up loads so you know what the rifle & you are capable of. I haven't had any low light issues, my experience has been when it's too dark to tell much through the scopes, it's too dark to tell much through the Euro binocs and spotters.
I have used Leupolds all of my life - until a few years ago - when I bought my first Zeiss Conquest 3x9. After mounting it on one of my .308s, I spent a couple of dusky evenings looking across the meadow in front of my house. I "thought" the Zeiss might be a little brighter/clearer, but I wasn't sure.
Then I went to the range to sight it in; it was on the bench, shooting the Leupold VX-III gun then the Zeiss gun, where the difference became abundantly clear. In my opinion, without a doubt, the Zeiss beat the Leupold in clarity and brightness!
Since then, I've topped another .308 and my .222 with Zeiss Conquests...while I still love Leupold, I'm totally sold on Zeiss scopes.
Originally Posted by packmule
How do you like the CDS option on the Leupolds? Do they work fairly similar to a tacticle turret?
I personally have used Leupolds all of my life also. Currently using a VX3 4.5-14 X 50mm LR. Also, I had the custom shop install an
M1 adjustment dial for the elevation. This magnification range is hard to beat for hunting, and it is pretty good for fairly long range target shooting, IMO. The CDS dials are good but they are calibrated for a bullet type, bullet wt, muzzle velocity, and elevation at which you are sighted in, and for a specific rifle. If you change any one of these, then they are not very precise. Also, you are limited to 1 revolution of the adjustment dial with the CDS. That will limit how far you will be able to shoot targets. That is why I went with the M1 adjustment dial.
You mentioned looking at some of the Euro scopes. I have never owned one, but have hunted with and shot some rifles with the premium Swaro scopes and there is no doubt, they are better in every way, except maybe weight and size. The sight picture is significantly better. But you will pay for the quality.
Just my opinion, you could buy a very good rifle scope in the $700-$1000 range. There have been several brand names mentioned in this thread that are very good.
If you want European glass, spend that money on binoculars. I have Swaro SLC 10X42 binos and I use them at least 100X more than my rifle scope during a hunting season.
I have a leupold VX3 4.5-14x with CDS on my 7 mag. Great scope. I have always put leopolds on top of my rifles. I am thinking of investing in a new saddle hunting rifle.. A Browning BLR in .300 WSM which i will put quick release mounts on top so i can keep it open sight for lots of my jump type hunting situations, but have a Leupold 4.5-14x VX3 with B&C reticle just in case i need to open up the range. Thats the next project build this summer for me
They're a tactical turret. Like stated in the post prior to this, you run out of dial in a hurry, but for me they do fine. If I recall correctly my 7mag runs out around the 740 mark, 30-06 in the 600s just for comparison/example. You do need complete load data and MV to send off for your turrets though. I sight in at 100' above sea level in very humid conditions and have noticed POI changes up around 10k', but it's not a big enough change for it to matter for hunting purposes. I typically will just set the turret to 300 and be good hunting from 100-500, past that I quit being able to use cheats and have to dial.
Originally Posted by Work2hunt