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    Question advice ? zeiss or leupy ? HD5 vs VX5HD

    looking for a new scope for my 7mm rem mag rem 700
    wanted something with a decent cross hair, good dials, good glass, reasonable zoom.
    this is a hunting rifle so weight is a consideration and reticle needs to be suited for hunting also.
    I have been thinking about either:

    Zeiss Conquest 3-15x42 HD5 or Leupold VX5-HD 3-15x44 CDS-ZL2

    both great scopes in there price range.
    can anyone provide some feedback or advice on either of these ?
    or suggest others I should look at ?
    I'm on the "hunt" so if your thinking of selling let me know too ?

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    sorry should have said looking at shooting out no further than 600-700 m at the very most, more than likely on average 200-300m

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    Vx5

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRADS View Post
    Vx5

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    Why ?

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    Gimps s&b

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    I have had both and both are great scopes in their price range, if I had to choose from the two I would choose the vx5, 30mm tube, more elevation, unbeatable warranty, good glass (although I would mention that if the zeiss had a 30mm tube it would probably trump the vx5 as far as glass quality)
    I'm pretty sure from memory if you use the zero stop on the hd5 it limits you to one rotation of elevation, which is about 17moa (again from memory) which is plenty for a lot of magnum calibers but something to be aware of. I like the ZL2 turrets on the Vx5 they work real well and of course give two full rotations with an indicator for when you are on the second turn.
    Again, both fine scopes and I wouldn't feel under-scoped (is that a word?) with either in most NZ hunting situations
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    The size of the tube makes no difference to glass quality or light gathering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    The size of the tube makes no difference to glass quality or light gathering.
    I'm not so sure about that, in general I have found 30mm scopes to be "easier on the eye" but that may just be me or may be just that the 30mm scopes I have used actually do have better glass than any inch scopes I have used. If course it's not literally going to make any actual difference to glass quality, that can only ever be determined by the glass that is used but I have definitely found 30mm scopes more comfortable to use especially if sitting behind one for a few hours shooting steel etc I seem to get eye strain easily with a inch scope. Comparing Swaro Z5, Zeiss HD5, VX3i with the likes of VX5/6.
    One scope I was really impresses with for the money was a "lowly" Zeiss Terra 3-9 with rz6 reticle, it was an extremely bright little scope and If they would only put a turret on them I would have one any day if I was in the market for a inch scope over the likes of a VX3i
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    Got a few vx5 would get more great alround scopes.

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    Your other option is the VX3i 4.5-14x40 with a CDS turret. That will easily get you to 500-600 and seeing as you mainly shoot at 200-300 you won't need to dial much if you zero at about 225-250yds.

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    Both great scopes, to me eyes the HD5 glass is hard to beat but I’ve not used VX5 in the field so can’t give you a direct comparison. Have several VX6s and really rate these, especially with the ZL2 turrets which u can easily get fitted to older VX6 models. One option u should consider is the VX6 2-12x42. For the ranges you are talking this would be a perfect match. Some good ones come up 2nd hand in your price range, but they such good scopes that people tend to hang to them. One on tardme recently? Another suggestion is to take a look at fire dot reticles- not sure if they have these in VX5 range but they do in VX6. I’d have these on all my scopes if I could- fantastic in low light and bush (don’t have it too bright) , and I also find the fire dot helps focus your eye & brain in pin point pill placement at longer ranges. HD5 have more than one rev dial up, have dialed 1000 yards on my 7mmRemMag

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    Quote Originally Posted by longrange308 View Post
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    Not in my price range buddy

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    Quote Originally Posted by chainsaw View Post
    Both great scopes, to me eyes the HD5 glass is hard to beat but I’ve not used VX5 in the field so can’t give you a direct comparison. Have several VX6s and really rate these, especially with the ZL2 turrets which u can easily get fitted to older VX6 models. One option u should consider is the VX6 2-12x42. For the ranges you are talking this would be a perfect match. Some good ones come up 2nd hand in your price range, but they such good scopes that people tend to hang to them. One on tardme recently? Another suggestion is to take a look at fire dot reticles- not sure if they have these in VX5 range but they do in VX6. I’d have these on all my scopes if I could- fantastic in low light and bush (don’t have it too bright) , and I also find the fire dot helps focus your eye & brain in pin point pill placement at longer ranges. HD5 have more than one rev dial up, have dialed 1000 yards on my 7mmRemMag
    I know what you mean about fire dots, love em and would have one if I could find one. Haven't seen any new ones for sale but I am looking.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by stug View Post
    Your other option is the VX3i 4.5-14x40 with a CDS turret. That will easily get you to 500-600 and seeing as you mainly shoot at 200-300 you won't need to dial much if you zero at about 225-250yds.
    Hey Stu, I thought about that but really would like something with side focus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyb View Post
    Hey Stu, I thought about that but really would like something with side focus.
    You can get the vx3lr its 30mm tube and has side focus

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