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    Fixed vs variable power scope?

    Fixed vs variable scope?

    I have small dilemma which scope choose fixed power one (swaro,zaiss or s&b)6x42;8x56. or cheaper brand with variable power 3-12x50.Please give some advise.
    ATB
    Dawid

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    I own a Zeiss Victory Varipoint 3-12x56 T* for a few weeks now, and I can tell you that: Best piece of kit I ever owned. A fix mag scope would do the job just as well, I think, but having the freedom to adjust the magnification as you need it is quite nifty...

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    This is not a popular view and I am happy for all and sundry to disagree with me, but I would suggest identifying what magnification is appropriate for your purposes and then buying the best scope you can afford with those specifications. I have been running a fixed 6x Swarovski on my main stalking rifle for a couple of years and on a number of occasions I have found myself requiring lower magnification. I am now looking to sell it and replace it with the best quality variable I can afford, which I doubt very much will be European.

    I would add, and again this is not a popular view, that Japanese and Philippine scopes are nowhere near as inferior as their price tags would suggest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roch View Post
    Fixed vs variable scope?

    I have small dilemma which scope choose fixed power one (swaro,zaiss or s&b)6x42;8x56. or cheaper brand with variable power 3-12x50.Please give some advise.
    ATB
    Dawid
    Well, if it helps... I've shot with a swarovski 6x42 on my main deer rifle for 20 years now and it is still as good as it ever was... and I've never felt that I could have had any more deer or shot any better with different glass.

    Then, just to challenge my own logic, I fitted a 3-9 Power on my other deer rifle and it's pretty good too. Does it really offer anything of an advantage at normal shooting distances? ... I think it probably doesn't.

    If money's tight fit the fixed power and go stalking, would be my advice.

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    The area I hunt in is built for variable scopes. You can have shots from 20 yards to 350 yards in a half mile stroll. I have many variables but usually relegate them to varmint rifles. I have found that the cheaper the variable, the less apt it is to hold it's zero as you go up or down the magnification range. It's usually not awful, but there seems to be a rotational shift around the point of aim: or impact, as the case may be. If you are going to get a variable make is the best you can afford. Otherwise, I'd stick with a fixed power. I know this will seem silly to you folks but the ones I favor are in the 2.5X to 4X category as they are the easiest for me to handle from the off hand position.~Muir
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    The area I hunt in is built for variable scopes. You can have shots from 20 yards to 350 yards in a half mile stroll. I have many variables but usually relegate them to varmint rifles.~Muir
    Same here, my foxer has 4.5-14x50 on it... for shots out to... 350yds

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    Ive got a swaro 8x56 on my .243 and love it. Does everything i need it to including crows at 300 yds. Its been said before but if you can, try before you buy. What suits someone else may not be for you.

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    If we are talking about S&B, can anyone tell me if there is a difference in quality between Hungarian and German S&B.
    Cheers,
    Dawid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roch View Post
    If we are talking about S&B, can anyone tell me if there is a difference in quality between Hungarian and German S&B.
    Cheers,
    Dawid
    As far as I could tell the only difference was the price

    Paul

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    As to the topic I think you can never have to much choice when it comes to mag one of the lad I shoot with as got a 50 mag s&b on his rifle and tho it's big and heavy it is clear as a bell on any mag

    Paul

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