October 15, 2012 at 2:34pm
OK here's my opinion on the subject. I'll start out with the higher end scopes down to the lower end. I currently own or have owned and got rid of all the scopes I will mention within the last three years. I do alot of shooting at the range and hunting. Here goes.
1- Trijicon 5-20x50 $1200. Mounted this scope on a 25-06 and could not get it to hold zero. Remounted using different rings and bases and still couldn't get it to hold zero. Put cheap scope on just to check gun, sub MOA group. Send it back to the factory and when it came back I returned it and got...
2- Zeiss Conquest 3-9x50. $650. One of the best I own. VERY clear, and as JB said, be careful, you could easily shoot after hours.
3- Zeiss Conquest 3-9-40. $399. Eye relief is not as go as my 50mm Ziess, but still very clear glass.
4- Leupold VXII 3-9-50 $400. OK here is where the REAL comparison comes in. I was hunting with both of my sons in a BIG box blind. One son had the Zeiss 3-9-50, I had the Leupold 3-9-50, and the other son had the Zeiss 3-9-40. At the very last bit of light, the two 50mm scopes were almost impossible to tell the difference. If there was a difference, it wasn't a $250 difference. Both 50mm scope were much better than the 40mm.
5- Nikon Buckmaster 3-9-50 $300. This scope is VERY good for the money. The only complaint you will get from me is that at very end of light looking towards the sunset, you will get some glare, all other scope mentioned before are pratically glare free. I could continue on with Redfield, BSA, Swift, but I think for a good hunting rifle, you should stay away from them, they are good for daylight hunting like squirrel and target shooting but not for low light deer hunting.
One more thing...instead of getting one with turret knobs for ajusting yardage, look into zeroing your gun using MPBR (Maximun Point Blank Range), instead of the old 1 inch high at 100yds. This method will allow you to aim center mass of the target's vitals from point blank range all the way out to roughly 280-320 yds, depending on some factors, and still hit the target. Read up on MPBR, VERY effective.