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Thread: 50 vs 56mm Objective Lens

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    50 vs 56mm Objective Lens

    I've always gone for a 56mm Objective Lens but looking at the 50mm, I'm wondering how much of a difference the former makes for light gathering. Also, is the 50mm less bulky on the rifle in terms of general stalking.
    Any thoughts?

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    I think 50mm is a good compromise. Something like 2.5-10x50 or 3-12x50 will cover most needs. Get good modern Euro glass.
    edi

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    Ive got both a meopta 6/26/56 on a 22/250 and a zeiss 4/14/50 on a 308 and being honest apart from a higher mag on the meopta i cant tell any difference the zeiss is quite a bit smaller in size and seems to suit my 308 which is quite a small lightweight rifle.I would be just as happy with the zeiss on 22/250.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macfarlane View Post
    Ive got both a meopta 6/26/56 on a 22/250 and a zeiss 4/14/50 on a 308 and being honest apart from a higher mag on the meopta i cant tell any difference the zeiss is quite a bit smaller in size and seems to suit my 308 which is quite a small lightweight rifle.I would be just as happy with the zeiss on 22/250.
    makes me wonder if the extra 6mm is worth the extra or doesn't justify the cost

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    I have 56mm S&B 's and 50mm Swarovski's you will not notice any light or sight differences just a less bulky scope

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    Quote Originally Posted by splash View Post
    I have 56mm S&B 's and 50mm Swarovski's you will not notice any light or sight differences just a less bulky scope
    I have the same and to be fair i pref the 56 S&B but as you say there is nothing much in it........
    .22lr, .22lr .222, .223, .243, .270, .308 , 12g fac, 12g, 12g, 12g, 12g
    and still growing.....

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    The sensitivity of the human eye is logarithmic. The difference in a 50mm and 56mm scope is smaller than the difference between a 60w and a 75w light bulb.

    Cheers,
    Jeff.

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    I agree the difference in performance will be negligible but the difference in the' feel' of the rifle is quite substantial.

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    50mm for me, 56 is too big for a normal stalking rifle

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffYoung View Post
    The sensitivity of the human eye is logarithmic. The difference in a 50mm and 56mm scope is smaller than the difference between a 60w and a 75w light bulb.

    Cheers,
    Jeff.

    What does that equate to in daylight time?.....5-10 minutes??....if so,thats a big difference.....

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