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Thread: S&B 3-12X50 Zenith -v- Nightforce NXS 5.5-22X56 Opinions please.

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    S&B 3-12X50 Zenith -v- Nightforce NXS 5.5-22X56 Opinions please.

    Hi All and many thanks in advance.
    I am looking for a new scope for my 30-06 and have had an offer of either the
    S&B 3-12X50 Zenith or a Nightforce NXS 5.5-22X56 npr2 rect., both new and coming at very similar money.
    I am swaying towards the NXS because I also have a NXS8-32 on my Ftr and its something I know and am used to.
    Yes I know you will say the S&B has better light transmission (marginal, id say) but it is not illuminated and the No.7 rect, Im more used to dialing in that using holdover.
    Would really apreciate your opinions, cant decide!

    Mark
    Last edited by belowaverageiq; 16-07-2011 at 15:46.

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    What is the application?

    If it is for a general purpose hunting rifle, the Schmidt every time. I would expect it to be significantly better in low light, and generally more user friendly for normal deer stalking purposes.

    I would only entertain the Nightforce for a specialist long range rig to be used in daylight.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Hi Brian,
    Thanks for the reply.
    It is for Deer and general stalking on my Sako75, Its a fear of the unknown im guessing with spending that much on another scope. Ive had a few nightforces and love them.
    Most of the shots shall be pasture adjoining woodland and not on open hillside to be honest. From 50-300yrds....................Im answering my own question here aint I!! haha....

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    Nightforce.

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    nightforce defo ,maby not as good for light gathering but a tougher better made scope and great turrets and trackability for shots at longer range

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    The schmidt and get BDC turrets fitted at some stage.
    The NF is a heavy lump and the glass isn't great to find deer in low light.
    edi

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    Quote Originally Posted by belowaverageiq View Post
    Hi Brian,
    Thanks for the reply.
    It is for Deer and general stalking on my Sako75, Its a fear of the unknown im guessing with spending that much on another scope. Ive had a few nightforces and love them.
    Most of the shots shall be pasture adjoining woodland and not on open hillside to be honest. From 50-300yrds....................Im answering my own question here aint I!! haha....
    There is nothing unknown about the Zenith, they have been the nuts for the last 7 or 8 years.

    Your shooting sounds about like mine, typical Irish stalking of farmland on the edge of forestry.

    Just my personal prejudice, but here is a short list of things that have no business on a scope for deer stalking:

    1. High Magnification. The standard Euro 3-12x50 is that size for a reason, more than 12x is completely unusable under field conditions.

    2. Complicated reticule designs. The European No4 or 4a is the most natural crosshair out there, you will subconsciously centre the reticule on the beast every time.

    3. Any sort of parallax adjustment. What the f##k is that all about? Who has time to refocus the scope for shots between the muzzle and 200m anyway?

    4. Scopes that weigh getting on for a kilo which make the rifle bloody unwieldy and top heavy. Rifles handle badly enough these days with bloody great can's hanging on the end of them.

    Rant over.....
    Last edited by Claret_Dabbler; 16-07-2011 at 18:53.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Well fek yee Edi and Brian haha......
    I kinda thought it would be the response allright....
    Thanks.

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    seen loads of scopes over the last few years seen them used by clients in the field.
    GERMAN every time NO competition.

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    Schmidt over NF every time mate,get it done and grass some deer.

    Martin

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