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Old 10-12-2021, 08:11 PM   #1
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Default Zeiss V4 vs. Leupold VX-5HD

Assuming price for each is roughly the same I would some thoughts and opinions on the two if anyone has any experience.

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Old 10-12-2021, 08:14 PM   #2
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Both are great but you. Need to look through both of them to see which works best with your eyes.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:28 PM   #3
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I was looking at those exact same scopes about a month ago. Never pulled the trigger and have dragged my feet wver since.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:13 PM   #4
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I just dealt with the same and ended up with the Zeiss. Lots of info on Rokslide. Bottom line is the glass clarity is a toss up, but the Zeiss is ahead in terms of holding zero/tracking/durability. I say that as someone who owns at least 7 Leupold’s.

The locking turret on the Leupold’s would be nice, but the Zeiss has a solid zero stop, just need to make sure you check it.

If you go Zeiss, check out Red Hawk Rifles demo scopes. Retail on mine was $1,149 I paid $799. Looks like it has never been mounted, I think they use these at shows.

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Old 10-13-2021, 08:27 AM   #5
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I just dealt with the same and ended up with the Zeiss. Lots of info on Rokslide. Bottom line is the glass clarity is a toss up, but the Zeiss is ahead in terms of holding zero/tracking/durability. I say that as someone who owns at least 7 Leupoldís.

The locking turret on the Leupoldís would be nice, but the Zeiss has a solid zero stop, just need to make sure you check it.

If you go Zeiss, check out Red Hawk Rifles demo scopes. Retail on mine was $1,149 I paid $799. Looks like it has never been mounted, I think they use these at shows.
I'd like to echo some of the things said here. I've spent quite a bit of time with both the VX-5 and the Zeiss V4. I own the Zeiss. A couple of my thoughts.

Like gatorgrizz said, the glass to me is a toss up as well. Both a very good and my eyes can't see much of a difference.

I really like the exposed locking windage turret of the V4. I like to do some target shooting with mine, and the ability to easy dial windage with a tactical turret is nice (even though I hold more often than not).

Along those same lines, I really like the ZMOA-T30 reticle. It's not too busy for hunting, but has enough advantages for long range shooting to make it usable. The illumination is just the center crosshair, and has different intensity settings using a roller knob. Seems solid, if you're into that sort of thing.
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Old 10-13-2021, 01:34 PM   #6
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I'd like to echo some of the things said here. I've spent quite a bit of time with both the VX-5 and the Zeiss V4. I own the Zeiss. A couple of my thoughts.

Like gatorgrizz said, the glass to me is a toss up as well. Both a very good and my eyes can't see much of a difference.

I really like the exposed locking windage turret of the V4. I like to do some target shooting with mine, and the ability to easy dial windage with a tactical turret is nice (even though I hold more often than not).

Along those same lines, I really like the ZMOA-T30 reticle. It's not too busy for hunting, but has enough advantages for long range shooting to make it usable. The illumination is just the center crosshair, and has different intensity settings using a roller knob. Seems solid, if you're into that sort of thing.

I appreciate the insight here. I'm just looking at the plain ol' Z-plex for hunting as I don't do any long range shooting at all.

My biggest concern is that windage turret, which I guess is the one on the very top. Is it complicated to use? Or do you even have to use it? Since I'm not shooting long distances I really don't need that feature, but it looks like you almost can't get a good scope without something like it (and the Leupold CDS thing as well).
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Old 10-13-2021, 02:23 PM   #7
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I appreciate the insight here. I'm just looking at the plain ol' Z-plex for hunting as I don't do any long range shooting at all.

My biggest concern is that windage turret, which I guess is the one on the very top. Is it complicated to use? Or do you even have to use it? Since I'm not shooting long distances I really don't need that feature, but it looks like you almost can't get a good scope without something like it (and the Leupold CDS thing as well).
Elevation is the top one. Wind on the side. You donít have to use one. Iíd suggest finding a locking one if youíre not used to looking at them.
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Old 10-13-2021, 02:55 PM   #8
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Iíd suggest finding a locking one if youíre not used to looking at them.
Same.
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Old 10-13-2021, 03:26 PM   #9
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Elevation is the top one. Wind on the side. You donít have to use one. Iíd suggest finding a locking one if youíre not used to looking at them.
Locking turrets? Are those sold as aftermarkets?
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Old 10-14-2021, 11:06 AM   #10
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Locking turrets? Are those sold as aftermarkets?
On the newer model Zeiss V4, locking windage comes standard. The VX-5 is capped. So no worries about bumping either one.

The CDS ZL elevation turret is locking. The Zeiss V4 enjoys a good zero stop like the VX-5 does, but the turret does not lock. However, in my experiences, bumping elevation turrets doesn't happen very often (never say never). Can't say the same on elevation. I've got an older model Leupold tactical scope with an exposed windage turret and that **** thing gets bumped way too much for my liking.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:13 PM   #11
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I only have experience with the Vx5hd but it is an absolutely phenomenal scope
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:06 PM   #12
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I only have experience with the Vx5hd but it is an absolutely phenomenal scope
Same here. Put a VX5 on APR build last year and it's nice.
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Old 10-15-2021, 06:41 AM   #13
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You can get the V4 in a 4-16x44 without exposed turrets and a duplex reticle if you want.

It looks like Red Hawk Rifles is out of that combination, they have the Z-plex with the exposed elevation turret, or the ZBi with capped turrets.

https://www.amazon.com/Zeiss-Conques.../dp/B08DJ5Q4HM

If you’re ok with a 56mm objective the 3-12’s have capped turrets also.

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