Edited by ferretingkid, 05 January 2009 - 10:27 pm.
Posted 13 December 2007 - 01:15 am
out of interest what do you think the best scope for deer stalking is?
In my opinion it has to be a fixed ret German Schmidt & Bender; but I'm sure there will be plenty on here with other opinions. As with all hunting items but especially with optics, buy the best you can aford!
Two thengs your av British hunter underestimates, just how important good optics are, and likewise a good knife....
Posted 19 December 2007 - 10:31 pm
I have to agree with your first reply.
Anything other than fixed mag' is a bit of a waste of money since lots buy zoom scopes and then leave them set on x4 for example. I would rate the Shmidt and Bender 8 x 56 as a great low light scope. As most of us shoot either at dawn or at dusk this has got to be a priority.
Most people can't tell the diff' between the German make or the same scope from Hungary.
Likewise there is not much diff' between 25mm and 30mm body but on balance I would opt for the 30mm as it is supposed to let more light in.
Finally, and this is just my preference, I also went for my bino's in 8 x 56 as well. This is so having spotted a deer with the glasses you see it exactly the same size when you decide to shoot and swap over to the scope. This can help for judging range etc just before you shoot. Not much good looking at it through x10 or 12 bino's and deciding to shoot only to find it is out of range when you look through the scope!!
Also, spend as much as you can or the wife will let you. If the rifle cost you about £600-700 then you should aim to spend
about 50% as much on the scope. I know it sounds a lot but it really is worth it. As the S & B 8x56 is around £380 then I think this is about right.
As to which reticule, over to you. Lots of stalkers find the strong posts of the german no. 4 very good in low light.
Can't tell you anything about illuminated reticules as I've nether used one.
Posted 19 December 2007 - 10:38 pm
Posted 21 December 2007 - 09:04 pm
Posted 22 December 2007 - 08:17 pm
It's just a question, I have parallax adjustment on all my scopes now and have gradually changed over from fixed to variable mag during the last few years.
Edited by Deker, 22 December 2007 - 08:19 pm.
Posted 22 December 2007 - 09:16 pm
Posted 23 December 2007 - 10:37 am
have had swarovskis all my days now had nightforce for 5years they are the dogs not cheap but you only buy once , old story you get what you pay for does what it says on the tin all the best for christmas rgds remmy.
Edited by remmy, 23 December 2007 - 10:41 am.
Posted 23 December 2007 - 12:29 pm
Posted 23 December 2007 - 12:42 pm
have had swarovskis all my days now had nightforce for 5years they are the dogs not cheap but you only buy once , old story you get what you pay for does what it says on the tin all the best for christmas rgds remmy. http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub... http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub... http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
Will you stop posting pictures of that scope, I go a deeper shade of Green every time I see it. AND...what have you done to the gun, is that before the coat of dulux or have you painted it again?
PS..... if anyone is still wondering what to get me for Christmas ...theres a little hint for you!
Posted 02 January 2008 - 12:35 pm
Posted 02 January 2008 - 08:05 pm
Posted 02 January 2008 - 08:35 pm
snapshot i know what you mean mate they still are very,very good but i think S&B have the edge pm11 anyway in low light conditions rgds remmy.
Have to say the nightforce are well built, but i found the low light performance on them poor, imho. not looking to start off but do you lads not find this to be so...? http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub...
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