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    Best hunting LR hunting scope under $3k

    Putting the wheels in motion towards a new build and it's gonna need some glass. So what are the opinions out there for a good hunting (0-800, further on steel) scope 15x plus mag at the top end, dialable, light weight, under $3k ???
    I have narrowed it down to 3-18x44 VX6, or Z5 3-18x44 bt, I wouldn't mind trying the swaro as already have a VX6 (bloody brilliant) but the BT puts me off a bit as it limits range and has to be calibrated for certain conditions, a straight MOA or MIL dial suits me better.
    Any suggestions I may be missing out on?

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    Zeiss conquest v6 3-18x50 with Moa reticle. Not quite sure if they've made it to nz yet.

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    I've recently got a Vortex Razor HD 5-20x50, beautiful to look through, just waiting for rail to be fitted and I'll be away. Can't comment on the ones listed.
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    The swaro is nice but a bit limited on elevation unless you use the top of the vertical post which gives you another 10moa
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    I've got the Z5 BT, nice scope. Limited to 1 rotation, you can take out the zero stop for more rotation but you need to be mindful of finding zero again. I'd opt for the VX6-HD with TMOA reticle when it gets here. They are about USD1700, so that would be $3k here surely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan_Songhurst View Post
    Putting the wheels in motion towards a new build and it's gonna need some glass. So what are the opinions out there for a good hunting (0-800, further on steel) scope 15x plus mag at the top end, dialable, light weight, under $3k ???
    I have narrowed it down to 3-18x44 VX6, or Z5 3-18x44 bt, I wouldn't mind trying the swaro as already have a VX6 (bloody brilliant) but the BT puts me off a bit as it limits range and has to be calibrated for certain conditions, a straight MOA or MIL dial suits me better.
    Any suggestions I may be missing out on?
    You can get after market moa for the z5 but you have limited clicks think its 11.5moa total.
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    Vx6 hd have had a few swaros and prefer the leupold especially with the new hd coatings and 50mm objective, the 4-24x52 would be worth a look too? Only 600 odd grams I think?
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    If you're at Duncan's you can have a burn on on something of mine with a Z5 on. I got rid of the coloured rings and dropped a MOA ring on it. Available through NZ Ammo. I use a 200 zero on the 7RM, gets me out to 800 (?)on the drop chart.

    Clicks are a bit mushy, but repeatable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shift14 View Post
    If you're at Duncan's you can have a burn on on something of mine with a Z5 on. I got rid of the coloured rings and dropped a MOA ring on it. Available through NZ Ammo. I use a 200 zero on the 7RM, gets me out to 800 (?)on the drop chart.

    Clicks are a bit mushy, but repeatable.

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    I have the z5 with a pbc on it, and can dial to 780yards with 200 yard zero, more than enough for my hunting rifle.

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    Just trying to make up my mind on a Night force Bench rest scope, 8-32X56. Its well priced. any negatives? I'm just LR on rabbits with a 204
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    You had a look at the bushnell elite tactical G2dmr 3.5-21x50 FFP?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan_Songhurst View Post
    Putting the wheels in motion towards a new build and it's gonna need some glass. So what are the opinions out there for a good hunting (0-800, further on steel) scope 15x plus mag at the top end, dialable, light weight, under $3k ???
    I have narrowed it down to 3-18x44 VX6, or Z5 3-18x44 bt, I wouldn't mind trying the swaro as already have a VX6 (bloody brilliant) but the BT puts me off a bit as it limits range and has to be calibrated for certain conditions, a straight MOA or MIL dial suits me better.
    Any suggestions I may be missing out on?
    Z5 3x18 I just got a MOA cap for mine and it gets me to 750M or you can remove the zero stop and gain more elevation.

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    any views on minox ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonetropo View Post
    any views on minox ??
    I've had two, za5 and a zx5

    Za5 had schott glass, nice to look through but very mushy turrets. Returned it and was given a zx5. Glass didn't seem anywhere as good, however turrets were better.

    Sold it and went zeiss hd5. Very happy, and wouldn't go minox again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSL View Post
    I have the z5 with a pbc on it, and can dial to 780yards with 200 yard zero, more than enough for my hunting rifle.
    I also have a Z5 and considering a PBC, which one did you go with? I think there are a few options outside of original... I'm pretty clueless with the PBC stuff! @MSL - I have no idea how to work the BT

 

 

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