i find that york guns will price match sportsmans and are more likely to hav it in stock , litts were doing a good deal on scopes, a few weeks back may be worth the phone call, the list could go on but as Dickie said the gun mart will help more
ps meopta are well worth considering ,can't fault my vari power one
Unless the position has changed, some of the places selling Zeiss and Swaros might be selling gray imports.
If you buy a gray import there will be a problem if you ever need it repaired under guarantee.
A few years ago, when I was looking to buy a Swaro for my .308, the dealer told me he could sell me either a UK import with a full Swaro guarantee or source a grey import from Holland, I think, which would be a lot cheaper.
The difference was that if a problem arose with a gray import, the dealer could not send it back to Swarowski here in the Uk - I 'd have to send it back to the factory myself.
Because of the difference in price and the reputation for reliability I took a chance with the gray import and have had no problems.
An ex mate bought a grey imoprt which did develop a problem. He took it to an authorised dealer for Swarowski to repair but the UK office returned it saying that according to the serial number it had not been sold in the UK - so it seems that they do check!
I am inthe same boat mate it is so confusing, a very good friend of mine runs a small rifle club and is a stalker par excellence he sweas by german glass ...but ... and a big but .. related a tale from a couple of weeks ago
One chap is a dealer brought several scopes to check out for another member who wanted a scope
Tried several very expensives bits of glass before my friend asked what he wanted from it ..very similar to the Tikka v Sako on the other thread..
The upshot was in the end he bought a £100 scope.. did everything the zeiss and S and B did with NO difference whatsoever now the guy is going round looking very smug and happy to keep the other 600 squids in his rocket.. my mate says he would still buy german but he says if pushed he just could not really justify it..
The moral of the story is as always pays your money ... did I buy a cheap one.
Well to be honest no, I got a ex display Zeiss Conquest, (yes I know they are yank made but they a bloody good) ...of ebay USA for
£165 with full warranty I can send it to Zeiss Europe no probs!!!!
Incidently I spotted Kahles AH models at under £300 thinking of buying one might be worth a look?
What type of scope was it Nick I heard the Nikko's they supply to the Howas are the dogs even in low light, and only cost £130 but if they do have such a noticeable performance at dusk compared to European scopes it would be well worth knowing which models to avoid as I was going to buy a fully kitted out howa
Literally just got off the phone to guy I bought an old 1890 off, he is a part time dealer just told me he bought a Khales AH scope said it's amazing quality and that he had seen a Zeiss Conquest with the 50 or 52? variable on his freinds rifle and it was unbelievable optically these scopes can be had for less than 300 quid!!!
This man sells optics and has done for 25 years or more said they are as good if not better than the equivalent models available in UK ..
I know which way I am going spend my hard earned stuff you Mr Brown and your fat taxes