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    Posted: November/28/2019 at 11:27
I'm mulling over the following scope choices:
  1. Leupold VX-6HD 3-18x50
  2. Swaro Z5 3.5-18x44 (or the 2.4-12x50)
  3. Tract Toric 30mm UHD 4-20x50 MRAD
I'm going to initially mount the scope on a Cooper 25-06 but will possibly transfer the scope to my next "needed" rifle, a mountain elk hunting rifle that will *likely* be 300WM.  

My considerations:
  • Budget - not a huge consideration but each of the above are just under $1300 (or less with Black Friday sales), except for the Tract (which is significantly less on sale).  If I hold this $ range constant, I'm looking for the best scope for the $, even though I might have a few uses for this scope
  • Each of the above have more than 5.5" of mounting space (long story - prior thread)
  • I have a Tract 1" 3-15x50 on a Cooper 30-06 and really like it (and the CS is amazing)
  • I'm not a fan of the Tract MRAD reticle and my favorite of the 3 is the firedot on the Leupold
  • The 2.4-12 is under consideration because much of my current use is Eastern hunting at relatively short distances, and maybe I *need* to get this and swap my current Tract to my future 300WM...
Thanks in advance for any input, and Happy Thanksgiving for those in the US!

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I know nothing about Tract, don't buy Leupold products, and have had great success with z5 and z6 hunters. I am a fan of swaro glass quality. Their scopes are robust and have been exceedingly reliable for me.

I think warranty is original owner only, so that is a consideration.

If that has changed, someone please correct.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RifleDude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November/28/2019 at 13:11
No, Swaro’s warranty is transferable and always has been, at least for US customers.
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There you go, transferable!

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This is a little bit of an apples to oranges question since Tract Toric UHD 4-20x50 is a FFP precision-oriented scope (a very nice one, by tthe way), while the other two are SFP hunting scopes.

Optically, Swarovski is a little better than VX-6HD, but personally, in the current market, I will not spend that amount of money on a scope that does not have some sort of reasonable reticle illumination.  If you want a Swaro, step up to Z6i.

Otherwise, I would give a very close look to Meopta R2 2-12x50 or look aorund for the recently discontinued Leica Visus 3-12x50.

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As Ilya says, Meopta very good value for money.

In my experience perhaps not quite very top quality glass as the German / Austria offerings but rock solid and precise mechanicals and a fair bit less money than the German / Austrian offerings.

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Thanks ILya.  I found what appears to be a good deal on the Visus (about $1100), but just wish it was in matte instead of glossy.  Decisions, decisions.
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:


Otherwise, I would give a very close look to Meopta R2 2-12x50 or look aorund for the recently discontinued Leica Visus 3-12x50.

ILya

I'd appreciate if you could explain what makes the Z5 less attractive than the Meopta apart from lack of illumination ? I am currently looking at both scopes.
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Originally posted by Code4 Code4 wrote:

Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:


Otherwise, I would give a very close look to Meopta R2 2-12x50 or look aorund for the recently discontinued Leica Visus 3-12x50.

ILya

I'd appreciate if you could explain what makes the Z5 less attractive than the Meopta apart from lack of illumination ? I am currently looking at both scopes.

It is mostly about illumination.  However, Swarovski just added illumination to its Z5 line-up.

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Figures - I bought the Z5 not too long ago!
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I don't think either of those will touch the Swaro for quality.
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