I think it healthy to talk about what everyone is using for scopes. I had no idea that the conquest scope was selling that well. I don't see too many on guns out by my area.
But if anyone ever hunts in low light conditions and don't own a Swarovski or a German Made Zeiss yet, I think it is very much worth the money to spend $1000 for a Zeiss Duralyt.
It is extremely much better than a Leupold or a Zeiss Conquest in low light conditions.
The conquest line is as PHOENIX PHIL says made of German made parts. The glass is the same, but very little worked with and polished compared with the glass that is used in their German made scopes and binos.
It is the polishing and coating of the high quality Zeiss glass that makes the Duralyt and Zeiss Victory lines so much better when it comes to clarity, anti glare and light transmission.
The Duralyt line is very similar to the older Classic line when it comes to the glass quality and the Victory line is the best, and specially the HT models that have extreme light transmission(95%).
There is just no competition between the Conquest and the Duralyt lines when it comes to low light hunting conditions.
I'm off to Zimbabwe next month for a one-rifle Buff/Leopard hunt. I'll be taking my Dakota 76 in 375 HH topped off with Swarovski Z6 1.7-10. It was very pricey but I have the benefit of a lighted reticle and 30MM tube for low light conditions (especially for the Leopard shot); Its low-powered enough for a close encounter with a Buffalo (1.7X) and goes up to 10X for plains game/bait shots.
A few years ago I saw a good deal on a Model 94 Winchester .30-30 so I bought it. When I got it home and shouldered it, I immediately noticed that both the front and rear sights were just a blur. I had Lasik eye surgery that corrected my vision so I can now see a blade of grass at 100 yds or count the points on a buck a quarter mile away, but anything within a couple of yards of these 67 year old eyes is blurred. If I put on reading glasses to see the close stuff then the rest of the world is blurred. :mad:
I for one like sights on my guns, just in case of a rare scope failure. I also think a rifle just looks better with irons on it. I sure would never take off the sights a gun came with. There simply is no need to do so. They dont weigh anything at all and dont cause problems, but are there if you need them. I have never had a scope fail in the field but several went south at the range. I have never compared the Conquest to Zeiss's top end scopes but feel that if my Conquest scopes dont give me enough light transmission, its likely too bloody dark anyway! Too easy to make mistakes at dusk and if you do, its too late to track wounded critters and having had one wounded critter have to wait until next day to track because of darkness, well thats enough for me. Never did find it, the one that got away.:mad:
It's quite interesting but ..but ... the thread is "A scope for my .375 H&H" ... not for a 7Rm or .270WSM ... or speeder ammos.:lookaround:
The range is not the same, the game is not the same, no ? So the performance waiting are not the same.:p
Best tube : diametre 30mm for brightness, if 1" not so bad because the game which needs .375 H&H are not small I know ...:elch:....:sting:
A game, a need, an ammo/rifle, a scope considering the "best practices" ... and maybe a efficient hunter (quite common ...:first:).
A non perfect scope , "good priced", reliable, strong can be enough. No ?:victory:
To me a .375 is a all round gun for everything and because of this I choose a scope for all round hunting.
And a .375 loaded with the right bullet is flat shooting a decent longish range rig :)
If i wanted a pure DG gun I would get a .416 minimum and most likely something even bigger. Then the choice of sights and scope would be different.
I just found a Schmidt & Bender 1.5-6 scope for my CZ 550 .375 H&H mag on ebay - for USD 299.00 + $39.00 postage to Australia. It MAY be a dud, but if it isn't - I guess some folks are going to cry themselves to sleep tonight! Going rate for same scope is AUD 1760.00 (AUD and USD being nearly 1:1). It just pays to look. I got an Meopta Artemis 3-12 there last year for about $300.00 as well (also from the USA), and it is perfect for my 6.5x55.