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Old 12-02-2017, 11:18 AM   #1
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Give or take $500 what is the best hunting scope for around $1,500.

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VX6HD, Nightforce, Swaro, Zeiss?

I like the idea of being able to zero at 100 yards and dial in from there. I donít want a scope that is super heavy like some of the pure tactical scopes can be.


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My dad has a high end Zeiss and itís really nice.


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5 x 25 x 52 Swaro with ballistic turret. Crisp crosshairs , and some of best glass on the market.

What caliber rifle will it be mounted to?
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5 x 25 x 52 Swaro with ballistic turret. Crisp crosshairs , and some of best glass on the market.

What caliber rifle will it be mounted to?


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Old 12-02-2017, 12:16 PM   #7
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5 x 25 x 52 Swaro with ballistic turret. Crisp crosshairs , and some of best glass on the market.

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300 wsm


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Old 12-02-2017, 12:16 PM   #8
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At $1500 add a few more hundred and get a Schmidt & Bender
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Zeiss is not what it used to be
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Swarovski z3 with the ballistic turret. Great glass and very light. Can be found for as low as $900
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Nightforce SHV gets my vote
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Old 12-02-2017, 04:08 PM   #13
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My first response for a hunting scope in that price range is typically Swarovski but you mentioned dialing so that changes my answer. Swaroís hunting scopes arenít made for that.

Iíve always felt Nightforce glass was inferior especially given the price point.

The Leupold VX6HD is probably going to be your best bet. Get it with the ZL2 turrets and a good reticle. Zeiss high end glass is good but their turrets typically arenít great.


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Not sure if it's still available but was a hell of a deal on Leica er5's, think euro optic had them on sell
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Old 12-02-2017, 04:36 PM   #15
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For clarity and light gathering Swarovski, Leica or Zeiss. For ruggedness and precision Nightforce. Nightforce optics are not great and Swarovski, Leica, zeiss turrets system and tracking (clicks are mushy)are not great. Maybe look at a Leupold mk4 or vx6 . Of course this is just my opinion.

Kahles and some Sig are highly rated but I have no experience with them.
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Old 12-02-2017, 04:51 PM   #16
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Another vote for Nightforce
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sightron SIII. best combination of glass and repeatability at almost any price.....
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Vortex is on the same level as the high end but much less expensive
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Old 12-02-2017, 06:23 PM   #19
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Vortex is on the same level as the high end but much less expensive
Having owed all the above mentioned scopes as well as Vortex, Iím gonna have to strongly disagree with you on this one as far as quality of glass is concerned.
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Vortex is on the same level as the high end but much less expensive
Which Vortex model are you comparing? I do have this years model Vortex Razor spotting scope and it is nice for the price. In a real world comparison , it still lags behind my Carl Zeiss Victory spotting scope. Low light conditions will usually be the killer for less expensive optics.

I have no experience with Vortex turrets or tracking so I canít reply on that part.

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For clarity and light gathering Swarovski, Leica or Zeiss. For ruggedness and precision Nightforce. Nightforce optics are not great and Swarovski, Leica, zeiss turrets system and tracking (clicks are mushy)are not great. Maybe look at a Leupold mk4 or vx6 . Of course this is just my opinion.

Kahles and some Sig are highly rated but I have no experience with them.
Agreed. Except the mark 4 glass sucks.

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Come on man.


OP, used is the way to go. As has been said, swaro and lieca are best glass but both have awful turrets. Same with zeiss.

The only vortex I'd recommend is the gen 2 razor. You can get close to your price for one pretty often. VX6 is good. Vx6 HD is good. Nightforce NXS is good but glass isn't as good as the others on that level. Nightforce ATACR can be had for your price used in SFP. Good glass and bulletproof. Stay away from Steiner, low end vortex, bushnell, sightron, Burris, Nikon, zeiss conquest(older ones) turret issues with the Zeiss. Those all have sub par glass and or turrets and reticle options for the money.


I'm far from a pro but I've used a LOT of difference optics and will help you find a deal if you'd like.
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I'd stay away from the SHV as the optics and turrets aren't too great BUT it's a good option for 8-$900 if you're on a tight budget.
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I'd stay away from the SHV as the optics and turrets aren't too great BUT it's a good option for 8-$900 if you're on a tight budget.
I would use a SHV but I might spend a little extra and get the VX5 or 6
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Schmidt & Bender........
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I think OP said he was looking for a light weight scope, the vortex Razor Gen 2 is just over 3pounds... I run this scope on my 6.5 tikka Tak A1 and it is a fantastic scope. The turrets are awesome, zero stop, lit ret, rotation indicator and holds zero perfectly. However i would not run this on my hunting rig because of the weight unless i was sitting in a blind.

Now the vortex Viper Gen 2 might be worth a look !
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LMAO!

vx6hd should work for you op.
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This is absolutely FALSE.

Unless you are talking about the Razor Gen 2 and itís just as expensive as the others so......


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Old 12-02-2017, 08:35 PM   #28
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Iíll go against the grain here and recommend a huskemaw. I have 2 and love them both. Good glass, great customer service and I really like the turret and it has a good zero. Have one on a 7 RUM for about 4-5 years. Itís been to Colorado multiple times and tossed around and beat up. Still just as crisp as the day it was bought. Look into them
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Old 12-02-2017, 08:43 PM   #29
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The ATACR gets my vote. Worth the extra coin for a quality scope.

That being said if itís going on a go to rifle itís worth it. If not a go to rifle then you are wasting money while it sits in the safe and in that case a NXS will do everything you want.


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Iíll go against the grain here and recommend a huskemaw. I have 2 and love them both. Good glass, great customer service and I really like the turret and it has a good zero. Have one on a 7 RUM for about 4-5 years. Itís been to Colorado multiple times and tossed around and beat up. Still just as crisp as the day it was bought. Look into them
Huskemaw is the one I wonder about.
They have a tv show to sell them, but I never (hardly ever) read about people who have one.
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I went to the Huskemaw store in Cody a few years ago. Nice people, but I really did not care for the reticle on the one I looked thru.
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Old 12-02-2017, 10:23 PM   #33
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You cant go wrong with either the swaro or Schmidt.
With a 300wsm, you have decent long range capabilities. If itís your intentions to consistently shoot distances of 600 - 800 yards go with a Schmidt.. If you consistently shoot 100-500, with the occasional 500+ yards shot, save your money and go with a swaro.

Iím just a fan of Swarovski as I know what they can do when coupled with the right weapon. At the end of the day, thereís limitations to all set ups. Itís your job to pick the right tool for the job. I just know my 300wsm, and 257 wby mag shoot sub moa at 500 yards.

I do know know I wouldnít go with anything less than a 5x25 at those distances





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your range is pretty big.....

top end of your range....leupold VX-6HD

low end, i shot a Burris Veracity not long ago and it had some surprisingly nice features for a $1000 scope, but it clearly isn't the same as the Leupold.....

If you find the features you want, just take one of each out and see if the Leupold is worth twice as much as the Burris to you.
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I can get you a Z5 Swarovski with either their ballistic turret or a custom one. Best glass hands down.
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This...Schmidt and Bender is the leader.
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Different topic than the original thread, but since OP mentioned wanting to zero in at 100 and go from there, thought this website might be of interest. Basically you zero in at somewhere between 23-27 yards depending on your specific setup and related units to the formula, but it leaves you in the vitals holding on the animal out to almost 300yds, as opposed to having to guess 9"+ of drop at 300yds if sighted in at 150yds.

http://www.shooterscalculator.com/po...30&sh=1.5&ts=7

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This...Schmidt and Bender is the leader.

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In my experience Nightforce glass is nowhere near the leader in that price range; pretty far back actually.


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I think you’re asking for is somewhat of a pink elephant. Tactical scopes are made to be dialed and thus have more robust, repeatable mechanics and larger tubes that make them heavy. Hunting scopes are lighter but made to be set and left alone, with higher quality glass for low light. To get both in the same package isn’t an easy ask. But based on your criteria I’d say Swarovski z6 with their ballistic turret would best fit the bill for weight/glass/repeatability in your price range.
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My first response for a hunting scope in that price range is typically Swarovski but you mentioned dialing so that changes my answer. Swaroís hunting scopes arenít made for that.

Iíve always felt Nightforce glass was inferior especially given the price point.

The Leupold VX6HD is probably going to be your best bet. Get it with the ZL2 turrets and a good reticle. Zeiss high end glass is good but their turrets typically arenít great.


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Have you spent time behind a NF ATACR?


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How come nobody ever talks about Minox on this site or March scopes? Khales makes a fine scope also and tangent theta is ok.






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Yes but thatís not a $1500 scope. Of course neither is a S&B but that didnít keep people from suggesting it either. Also given the weight I know I wouldnít want to carry one around on a hunting rifle either.


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Iíve never spent any time behind either of those so I canít offer any advice but are they in the OPís listed price range?






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I have a Minox that I bought thru Camera Land. Its a ZX5 3-15, I bought it after reading some reviews about it. My understanding of this particular model is the lens are made in Germany and the scope is assembled in the U.S. You may want to research that as the info came from Camera Land. The first one I got had a turret issue and I returned it, Minox sent me a new one in two weeks. The new one I mounted on a 300 WinMag, and it seems to be ok. The clicks are somewhat soft, but it does track good. I have also been told that Leica owned Minox at one time and the glass is made by Schott. Someone smarter than me should do more research on Minox. Now, I can also say I looked thru some Minox binos and a pair of Nikon Monarchs were about the same so.....

I never owned a FFP scope but my taxidermist swears on them, so this past spring I bought a Burris Veracity because of the price point. I mounted it on a Weatherby 257. I paid 650.00 for it and for the money its not a bad choice, but I aint interested in owning any more FFP scopes. Optics on it were about the same as most scopes under 1000.00.

I think the OP can find him a VX6 for under 1500.00 and spend the rest on some decent rings and mounts.
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OP said "give or take $500, what's the best scope in $1500 range"
I read that as $1000-2000 scope range...do you not? Under $2000 does bring Schmidt and Bender into play with the Zenith, Stratos and Klassik models...even 3-12x50 Schmidt and Bender Zenith (which I just purchased last week for $1650 to replace my 2.5-10x56 Zenith)
https://www.opticsplanet.com/schmidt...t=lowest-price

You are correct that high end Nightforce isn't in the under $2000 price. S&B is the leader anyway in my opinion

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Yes. The more popular version of these scopes are in the $2500 to $3,000 range for the tactical long range line but there are choices in his range.


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OP said "give or take $500, what's the best scope in $1500 range"
I read that as $1000-2000 scope range...do you not? Under $2000 does bring Schmidt and Bender into play with the Zenith, Stratos and Klassik models...even 3-12x50 Schmidt and Bender Zenith (which I just purchased last week for $1650 to replace my 2.5-10x56 Zenith)
https://www.opticsplanet.com/schmidt...t=lowest-price

You are correct that high end Nightforce isn't in the under $2000 price. S&B is the leader anyway in my opinion
And none of the S&Bs you mention have turrets worth a flip to dial. Step up into the PMII to get that. And they are way over rated for the money. I've used them plenty. Not impressed.
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March is more of a high power bench rest optic. For the money there is better. But they are nice optics. Kahles is very nice too. But in the $2000-2400 range. Weight would be an issue there. The NF atacr is the way to go to stay fairly light at the $2k mark
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You cant go wrong with either the swaro or Schmidt.
With a 300wsm, you have decent long range capabilities. If itís your intentions to consistently shoot distances of 600 - 800 yards go with a Schmidt.. If you consistently shoot 100-500, with the occasional 500+ yards shot, save your money and go with a swaro.

Iím just a fan of Swarovski as I know what they can do when coupled with the right weapon. At the end of the day, thereís limitations to all set ups. Itís your job to pick the right tool for the job. I just know my 300wsm, and 257 wby mag shoot sub moa at 500 yards.

I do know know I wouldnít go with anything less than a 5x25 at those distances
I don't own a single optic above 18x. I've taken those to a bit past a mile easily. Swaro turrets and reticles are awful for actual LR work and the S&B is 2X the OPs budget and not worth that price in my opinion. 500 yards is just getting started. If that's all you shoot then an S&B is a waste of money. Far better options than those 2 for the intended purpose.
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