I would like to know what make of scope you use on your FT rifle and why that make.
i've got the nikko 10-50 X 60
most importantly, its range finding ability = excellent........... not many scope can match it...........the ones that do cost 2X + more.......
it focus down to 10m
good repeatability/quality...etc (1 year on, no probs)
I wanted to put more options but it seems like you can only make 10. Spyker is that correct ?
By the way I have a Weaver Grand Slam 4.5 - 14 x 40 in Silver that I got as a gift from a friend of mine in America and I have to say it is one of the clearest scopes I have ever seen.
I used it on my 30.06 and I have only seen one scope with better clarity and that is the Carl Zeiss, but look at the price. Do any of you guys know if you can buy Weaver scopes in SA ? And if so where and how mutch ?
the big 10-50 X 60's are around the 4-5K mark..........best option imho..........else you are looking at the boosted leupolds (if you can find one) or the fixed power competiton series eg. 35X45. still....... even with the competition series, you still need to get a close focus adaptor? or get it reparalaxed at the factory, and there's no multi-aim point ret option..........not even leupold custom shop can help. on top of all that......... we are talking about 10+K.
i've heard good things re optics burris sig select 8-32 and bushnell elite 4200 8-32...........but they are not really available locally, and iirc both comes with semi-target turrets only (not really ideal for FT). also, bushnell don't do the 8-32 with mildots and the burris, unless you can find old stock airgun/rim fire spec, they can't focus down to 10m.
that's why.........if you look at the scope constructors list of FT competitions all over the world you will find the 10-50 X 60 (BSA/Nikko/Lynx) to be the most popular.
no point in going for anything over the big Lynx in my opinion....
if we are talking binoculars or telescopes then it's a different matter altogether....I love my Swarovski binos and my Canon 15X50 image stabilizing binos.
To spend 10k or more on a telescopic sight that you spend maybe 20 seconds at a time aiming thru seems like complete extravagance and overkill.
So what if the edges of the image are not completely in focus etc etc...as long as the settings are repeatable, the construction is sturdy etc then its a good scope.
I do not use telescopic sights for birding or stargazing ...big money is better spent on premium binos or astronomical telescopes in my opinion.