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    Stalking scope feedback Swarovski vs Grays

    I'm looking for a stalking scope, I'm a Swarovski man all over, but I have seen this grays telescope and was looking at any feedback. The Gray & Co. Stalking Telescope V's the Swarovski CTS or CTC

    any one have any of the above for sale in mint condition.... Ready to pay now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OISÍN View Post
    I'm looking for a stalking scope, I'm a Swarovski man all over, but I have seen this grays telescope and was looking at any feedback. The Gray & Co. Stalking Telescope V's the Swarovski CTS or CTC

    any one have any of the above for sale in mint condition.... Ready to pay now.
    My Dad has a Grays scope and it's fairly easy to hold and use. A friend bought the Swarovski equivalent and didn't like it because it was not as easy to hold and use as a traditional draw scope. So, I suggest trying before buying the Swarovski.

    Regards

    JCS

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    What are you going to use it for. I use a Grays for the hill, a lot easier to use, and hold steady with a stick, more compact, you don't notice it when you're carrying it.

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    Of the two Grays spotting scopes I had the cheaper version and sold It on a while ago as the glass was poor to my eyes, I had chance to try the Grays most expensive scope on an outing once and It was very good, bright and weight wise light & easy to handle ... However I gave a mate that has a Swarovski CTC and that Is much brighter, clearer all round, however I find It difficult to handle particularly with the protective jacket on ... Personally I would go for the more expensive Grays scope ... Call me old fashioned if you like! ,,, HTH
    ... Altogether a rather better class of Remington 222 user ...

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    Grays every time, we have both in the family, Swaro hardly ever goes out ,but the Grays is always with us, so much quicker and easier to handle.But I AM old fashioned.Wf1

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    Never used the Swaro, but I have a single-draw Optolyth 30x75 (or something) which is similar in design. I've used that on the hill, as well as a Grays, and older three-draw scopes (Broadhurst Clarkson and Ross).
    The three-draws are by far the easier to use because they are slimmer and longer. The Grays (and mine is a modern one) has better glass than my older three-draws - but whether it is £1000 better is perhaps debatable, for you can get the old 'scopes for a bit over £200 if you look carefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalua View Post
    Never used the Swaro, but I have a single-draw Optolyth 30x75 (or something) which is similar in design. I've used that on the hill, as well as a Grays, and older three-draw scopes (Broadhurst Clarkson and Ross).
    The three-draws are by far the easier to use because they are slimmer and longer. The Grays (and mine is a modern one) has better glass than my older three-draws - but whether it is £1000 better is perhaps debatable, for you can get the old 'scopes for a bit over £200 if you look carefully.
    I agree with Dalua. There are some very good older draw scopes available for not a lot of money. Earlier this year Ace Optics advertised a Hertel and Reuss 20-60x60 draw scope for £100, which I duly bought. Because it is fairly long extended, it is easy to steady. Optically very good too.
    The Optolyths are excellent but have increased in price quite dramatically lately. I looked through a Swarovski (non-draw type) that a friend has for sale and it was very clear and bright but relatively short to steady. He is asking £695 but it is not seven times better than my old Hertel and Reuss.

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