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    Zeiss Riflescope.

    Thinking of upgrading my stalking scope to a Zeiss 3-12x50 Duralyt approx 600, any one with one and would be interested in your comments.

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    i had a 3-12x50 duralyt found it a cracking scope for the money, cant go wrong really

    if your funds allow i would consider the illuminated version i had this model and found it very very useful shooting at last light

    Dave

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    Thanks bud,you just confirmed my thoughts...now scouring the various forums for the best price........as a pensioner I have to look after the pennies.....lol

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    I have 2, they are fantastic scopes.

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    Depends on what you consider upgrading. Personally I would say that a fixed mag scope of 6-8 power by one of the better European manufacturers takes some beating. For that sort of money you should be able to better a Zeiss Duralyt even if you buy something pre-owned. The Duralyt is O.K. but is at the lower priced end of the Zeiss range.

    P.S. you've posted in the wrong area of the site. I'm fairly sure that admin will move it in due course.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    8x57... Duralyt for the price is a cracking optic even if it sits in lower end of the Zeiss price range. Comparing the Duralyt to a 6x fixed optic isn't realistic and offering a fixed mag scope as a better option from a variable is a serious downgrade by comparison. As a Duralyt Illuminated user I rate it far about anything in it's price range and would laugh at anyone that tries to swap me a fixed power 'better' alternative.

    What possible benefit could a fixed power at 6x have over a variable from 3x through to 12x in the wide range of conditions of everyday stalking! In fact in several situations they're a disadvantage like with dispatch shots or if a deer makes cover.

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    Do you need the additional magnification at the expense of quality of optics? Personally I would prefer the better optics of a 6x42 or 8x56 Schmidt & Bender or a 7x50 Meopta.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8x57 View Post
    Do you need the additional magnification at the expense of quality of optics? Personally I would prefer the better optics of a 6x42 or 8x56 Schmidt & Bender or a 7x50 Meopta.
    I owned until very recently a zeiss duralyt and a shmidt and bender 8x56. There was no noticeable difference in quality between the two.

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    8x57... what you prefer and believe is your business but Zeiss is Zeiss through and through from entry level to top end. You use the word better but 'better' is a personal thing and it's not for you to say fixed is 'better' than variable because for the vast majority of stalkers it simply isn't.

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    There has been a very discernible difference with optical quality with all the Duralyt scopes that I have seen and used in comparison to Schmidt & Bender, perhaps you were just lucky in the one you purchased or perhaps the S&B was in need of a service. Only two weeks ago I was on the range with a friend who has a Duralyt scopes and we were comparing scopes. He was voicing his slight disappointment with image quality in his and had decided to trade it for another scope possibly another Zeiss but of better quality. That very same evening another club member turned up with a Duralyt scope and compared his rather unfavourably with his other scope which happened to be a Leupold.

    There's nothing badly wrong with the Duralyt range, they're O.K. but it's just that they are made for the mid priced market and I think there are better options available for the money. That's just my personal opinion you may think quite differently. What I would suggest is that mag357 go somewhere where there is a range of scopes and compare them side by side. After all we all after all see things differently, and what may appear clear to one will not appear so good to another. We are not talking an awful lot of money when compared to some of the top end scopes but for some of us we need to buy carefully with our limited budgets.

    Paul I would disagree with you there mate, Zeiss isn't Zeiss regardless of the range. There is quite a bit of difference between the lower end of their product line and the top end.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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