Zeiss Conquest 6.5x20

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  1. Tulie

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    I'm curious why more of the Zeiss Conquest 6.5x20's aren't being used on long range setups? Is the Conquest not tough enough or is it something else? I know it's a 1" tube and doesn't have a lot of extra MOA adjustment but optically they are very good at least to my eye. I'm considering one of these for a 1000 yard rifle but don't want to get something that won't hold up or last. A Nightforce NXS is what I really want but for what I'm using this for and the amount of times I shoot it, I just can't justify that much money. I also have heard a lot of good things about the Sightron SIII's so maybe somebody has experience comparing that to the Zeiss? I realize that's also a little off for a comparison considering the tube but how about optics, tracking and ....?
     
  2. coues52

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    I have a zeiss conquest 4.5-14x40?45 MOA adjustment, anyway first one returned to" cameralandny"wouldn,t zero second one wasn,t much better,but camera land was great to deal with,loved the glass and I only use it now for a set-it and forget-it scope,friend had problems with his same model target turrts etc had problems took 10 weeks for them to return the scope in mean time he bought a nightforce 5.5-22x50 that thing tracks, I replaced my zeiss with a sightron s111 6-24x50 on that rifle, heard good things about them,will see~Danny Ps If this sightron works will buy a s111 8-32x56 as was recmended by many helpfull members on this site, if not nightforce
     
  3. Chuckhunter

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    Tulie, I have a Zeiss 6.5X20 on my .243 Ackley and the scope is crystal and as bright as all get out. The only problem that I have with the scope is the cross hair (Duplex) is a little to thick for extreme ranges. At 1000yds., it completely covers a Prairie Dog. The scope tracks flawlessly and the glass is a s good as it gets, just wish they would put in a thinner cross hair. My friend just ordered a Sightron 8X32 with fine dot reticle, I'm going to compare it to the Zeiss and if the optical quality is anywhere near the Zeiss, I may order one myself.
     
  4. Tulie

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    Yeah, I've got a 3x9 and a 4.5x14 Conquest and they both are very good. The 4.5x14 is a lot brighter and clearer than the 3x9 but they both are better then most others makers I have. I've heard a lot of very good things on the Sightron's lately. I had an older one that was just okay and looked through a Big Sky that didn't impress me but the S3 stuff is suppose to be great. No more than I shoot at long range and since I'm not competing at any high level I just can't justify the Nightforce although they are great. I thought maybe the Zeiss would be a good middle of the road but not if the turrets won't hold up. The Sightron is a tad less expensive anyway so that may be the way to go.
     
  5. 12man

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    I have a Zeiss 6.5 x 20 Conquest w/ target turrets on a 6mm BR. Very happy with it clear, tracks excellent. Got it on Ebay just over $700 was a demo scope for 1 of the optics companies.
     
  6. Tulie

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    That's a good price and I guess they are out there now and again. Most of the 6.5x20's I've seen have gone for more than that. I've been looking at a mil dot one that is about $800 but then I figure I need rings or a base to get it out to 1000 yards so haven't jumped just yet.
     
  7. maxscm

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    If your going to spend $7-$900 get the Leupold LR 6.5x20x50 or 8.5x25x50 absolutley NO tracking problems,,,,why buy something else and take a chance it might track or might not track,
    also Leupold has enough MOA to get there. my .02 worth, crowkiller..... Can't Beat A Night Force either!
     
  8. Tulie

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    Yeah, NF is the way to go but I don't want to play that badly just yet! I agree you won't go wrong with Leupold. I have a couple of other Zeiss and just flat out love their optics, that's the main reason I was wondering. True though, with the limited MOA of the Zeiss you have to go with a base or rings to get to 1000. Oh well, part of the fun, looking around and weighing all the options!
     
  9. Baron B58

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    Tulie, I had a Conquest 6.5-20 and what a dissapointment it was! It turned out the scope had a defective lens in there somewhere and the paralax adjustments also did not work properly. Initially I could not believe the a Zeiss scope can have such major flaws and how it passed quality control like that I dont know. I got the scope brand new and really babied it like I do with all my equipment and had it mounted on a .25-06; so it was not subjected to a lot off recoil either. It eventually got replaced by a Leupold Mk V which is a whole lot better. After the Leupold followed a Nightforce NXS 8-32 and then I never looked back; what a scope! Don`t make the mistake I made; get the Nightforce right from the start and save yourself some dollars.
     
  10. Tulie

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    That is surprising Zeiss wouldn't have caught that and guess they lost a customer. I do like the NF but right now my checkbook doesn't like them that much and that's why I'm looking at something I can use for a while and not get hurt on it when I upgrade. I just can't justify the NF dollars because I don't shoot this setup enough right now and don't go out of the local area and compete. I do appreciate the info though as it's all important to consider.
     
  11. dlong

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    I have the Leupold VX3 8.5- 25 on my 6br, great scope. I have a few Sightrons with a new 8-32x on order, great scopes. Have a new Zeiss Conquest stainless 6.5-20X on a new TAC20 which I have not shot yet, seems nice but have not been to the range yet. I am intrigued by these Nightforce scopes, I just cant seem to bring myself to spend that kind of coin. One of these days maybe. I really want to see of they are as good as everyone says. Never paid more than $725.00 for a scope. $1500.00 + is a lot of jam.
     
  12. Tulie

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    Yeah, a buddy of mine uses a 8-32x56 NF for his long range setup but I just haven't seen enough benefit to account for the extra 700+ bucks over the other scopes that are available and useful for that situation. I know Leupold has gotten a bad rep lately but I for one have sure had good luck with them. I also have a couple of the Super Sniper scopes and maybe I'm in the minority but these have not impressed me at all. As a matter of fact, I called to ask about getting one sent in for somebody to take a look at and was told to send it to Bushnell. Thought that was interesting.
     
  13. zcrackshot

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    I have a 4.5-14x44 on a Tikka 308 Varminter, a 4.5-14x50 on a 300 Ultra, and a 6.5-20x50 on a 7mm mag. All of which have target turrets,track flawlessly, and I really like the glass for the $. I'm not sure how so many have such bad things to say about them as I carry all of mine on horses and they see plenty of abuse over time and none has given me even the slightest problem. I have various Leupold LR's too and they are great scopes, they track great as well but I'm not a huge fan of the glass. I guess what I'm trying to say is that many scopes work perfectly well but might not appeal to your exact tastes. Does that make them bad? It sure doesn't in my book. :)
     
  14. fdshuster

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    I have one of the Zeiss 6.5-20x Conquest scopes. Excellent but I limit mine to around 400 yards maximum, the longest distance I can use it for very small targets. For distances beyond that my 12-42xNF BR scopes take over and more than meet the requirements. The Zeiss 1/4 moa clicks also leave a lot to be desired at the longer distances compared to my 1/8 moa clicks on the Nightforce's.
     
  15. kapac

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    I have a 4.5x14 as well and just as others have said its very clear, mine tracks well. However, you are thinking about another brand of scope? I have had about all of them at one time or another except the SIII, granted the NF is a great scope but it comes at a price and weighs a lot!! I sold mine!! I guess if your just punchin paper it wouldnt matter. The SIII look like they should be on a tripod?

    Good luck with your search
     
  16. huffmanite

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    I've had a Zeiss Conquest owner check out my Nitrex TR2 scope and compare it to his Zeiss for quality of glass and features. After several minutes with my scope he said it compared favorably with his Zeiss. Nothing about my Nitrex he considered inferior to his Zeiss. Guy was stunned it cost about 1/4 price of the Zeiss.

    May want to take a look at the Nitrex TR2 4-20X50 SF priced from $260 to $290 (after Rebate) plus shipping at
    http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=WE94545&src=tpSlrHm
     
  17. summitsitter

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    The main reason More Conquest aren't used for LR is the lack of Elevation adjustment. May get in a bind if trying to get to 1000
     

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