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I've been looking at and contemplating getting the March 1-8x24 for both my .378 Weatherby MkV and .375 H&H
 

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I'd go for:

Leica ERi 1.5-10x42
Meopta 1.7-10x42
Swarovski 1.7-13x42
 

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Hi everyone new to the forum not so new to hunting. I am in a position to get a good deal on a Swarovski Z8i1-8x24 that I want to mount on my CZ 550 375H&H. The rifle is relatively new to me, but I want to use it as my allround hunting rifle for shots out to 300 meters. Any thoughts on the glass? Is 8x enough magnification? The rifle is definetely capable if I do my bit.
This thread just inspired me to order a Swarovski 1-6x24mm illuminated #4.
If they had put this same reticle in the non-illuminated version, I would have skipped the illumination. The non-illuminated one has thinner post and a wider window. I find it harder to see in Low light in timber.

The illuminated version, to me, even with the illumination off. That characteristic I like !
I have a couple of the illuminated EE models on 458 Lotts. This is going on a 375 Ruger, replacing the Kahles 1.1-4x24mm. If I can force myself to make the swap.
 

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That last paragraph should have read:
The illuminated reticle version, to me, is highly visible with the illumination off.
 

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Hi everyone new to the forum not so new to hunting. I am in a position to get a good deal on a Swarovski Z8i1-8x24 that I want to mount on my CZ 550 375H&H. The rifle is relatively new to me, but I want to use it as my allround hunting rifle for shots out to 300 meters. Any thoughts on the glass? Is 8x enough magnification? The rifle is definetely capable if I do my bit.
Been looking at a Yukon Jaeger 1.5-6 x 42 with an illuminated X01I reticule. Not one of the big names but looks like an adequate optic for a big bore up to .375 H&H. If you hunt dawn and dusk, or dark animals in the shade, I think the x42 is helpful for light gathering. Another offering they have is the Yukon Jaeger 3-9 x40 with X01I reticule
 

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I use a 1x5 Leopold scope on my 375 H&H. The magnification your talking about would be perfect. The furthest shot I think I would take with my 375 would be 200 yards anyway.
 

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Anybody here have experience with the Kahles K18i? It’s got the largest FOV at 1x of any scope I’ve found. I assume that’s thanks to the 30mm tube, which should also help gather light. But they’re designed for three-gun competition, so I’m not sure if they’re tough enough for a .375, and I’m skeptical of the 3GR reticle compared to those offered by Swarovski.
 

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I believe the ocular/eye piece has a large influence on the field of view.
No experience with that particular Kahles but a bit with the Helia C models. I use or have used them on 8mm’s, 338’s, 375’s, and 416’s. Great scopes in my opinion. I also have a Helia 5 model.
I don’t care for “busy” reticle scopes on my hunting rifles. Many love them. I shoot closer ranges. So not required for me.
 

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The scope I am enquiring about is 1-8... the tube is 24.
IMO and range experience; 24-28 tubes don't provide enough light in the early morning or late afternoon hours. A 30, 32, 34 tube would be a much better choice.

On a 375 caliber, I would suggest a minimum max power of:
10 for better view at ranges 250-300+ yards;
12 for 350-400 yards.

But again it comes back to ones eyesight and all the variables that comes with hunting.

Personally 6-9 max power scopes on big game ie. Africa caliber guns are meant for heavy big bore 150 yards and less ie. 450 and up guns, primarily DG guns.

The 375 is the comparatively all around caliber for Africa, much like the 308, 30-06 are considered the all around calibers for big game hunting in the US.
 
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Hi everyone new to the forum not so new to hunting. I am in a position to get a good deal on a Swarovski Z8i1-8x24 that I want to mount on my CZ 550 375H&H. The rifle is relatively new to me, but I want to use it as my allround hunting rifle for shots out to 300 meters. Any thoughts on the glass? Is 8x enough magnification? The rifle is definetely capable if I do my bit.

Yes well and truly
 

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I tried a few different options for my .375 Weatherby before finally settling on a Leupold red dot zeroed at 100m. The country I hunt is predominantly scrub and it makes an excellent close range sledge hammer for hogs, deer, foxes, kangaroos and other assorted vermin.
 

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Anybody here have experience with the Kahles K18i? It’s got the largest FOV at 1x of any scope I’ve found. I assume that’s thanks to the 30mm tube, which should also help gather light. But they’re designed for three-gun competition, so I’m not sure if they’re tough enough for a .375, and I’m skeptical of the 3GR reticle compared to those offered by Swarovski.
Kahles parent company is Swarovski. Kahles optics are up to the task of the 375 and beyond. I was looking at a Kahles K16i 1-6x24 with the SM1 reticle, but decided to stay with the Swaro I have.
 

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Photo of the Leupold red dot zeroed at 100m, on a good day I can repeatedly hit a 30cm round target out to around 200m which is plenty accurate enough for my general needs. The dot has adjustable brightness levels and is actually a lot smaller than it looks in the photos.

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@Sirius hopefully you pulled the trigger on the 1-8i it is a wonderful scope. My Winchester 375HH wears one. You cannot go wrong with a Swaro and the illuminated dot comes in handy. I have both the 1-6i and 1-8i plus numerous other Swarovski scopes. If you get a good deal go for it you will not regret, your wallet might but you will not.
 

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Model 70 375 H&H. I chose a S&B vari-m in 1.25x4 but wish I could have found a 1.5-6 Vari-M instead.
I kinda figured I would just get another set of talley QD and have them on a NF compact 2.5–10x32 if shots get past my comfort range with the S&B with 4x

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@Sirius hopefully you pulled the trigger on the 1-8i it is a wonderful scope. My Winchester 375HH wears one. You cannot go wrong with a Swaro and the illuminated dot comes in handy. I have both the 1-6i and 1-8i plus numerous other Swarovski scopes. If you get a good deal go for it you will not regret, your wallet might but you will not.
How does the Z6i compare to the Z8i, to your eyes ? I realize this is subjective.

I have Z6i 1-6 EE’s and the standard eye relief one, and a couple of the of the non-illuminated Z6 1-6’s.
I love the #4 illuminated reticle with illumination off. Not so much love for the non-illuminated version. The non-illuminated reticle version gives up before the glass does. I think, they must be more of a 4a than a true #4. But, from conversation with Swarovski, referencing serial numbers these are the 2nd generation 4’s. Considerable difference between them and the illuminated versions, as to width of the window opening between the heavier posts.
 

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How does the Z6i compare to the Z8i, to your eyes ? I realize this is subjective.

I have Z6i 1-6 EE’s and the standard eye relief one, and a couple of the of the non-illuminated Z6 1-6’s.
I love the #4 illuminated reticle with illumination off. Not so much love for the non-illuminated version. The non-illuminated reticle version gives up before the glass does. I think, they must be more of a 4a than a true #4. But, from conversation with Swarovski, referencing serial numbers these are the 2nd generation 4’s. Considerable difference between them and the illuminated versions, as to width of the window opening between the heavier posts.
I compared the Z6i to the Z8i and chose the Z8i based on the 4A-IF reticle. The 4-I reticle on the Z6i is very good, but my wife and I both preferred the 4A-IF. However the 4-I is much closer to the original German #4 reticle than the 4A-IF.
 

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I compared the Z6i to the Z8i and chose the Z8i based on the 4A-IF reticle. The 4-I reticle on the Z6i is very good, but my wife and I both preferred the 4A-IF. However the 4-I is much closer to the original German #4 reticle than the 4A-IF.
Thanks for the info. I like like the 4-I reticle in the Z6i. It is definitely a favorite along with the Zeiss and Schmidt & Bender 1st focal #4’s.

The 2nd generation Z6 non-illuminated Plex reticle in the 1.7-10x42mm is another favorite. The first generation of the Plex in that scope is much too fine for my liking.
 

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Im in the same place as the Op. I am thinking Trijicon AccuPoint 1x6 anyone love or hate them?

I have a 1.5-4X24 Trijacon on my 416 Rigby, 5" eye relief, picket post reticle. Whats not to like. Only need more magnification if after game smaller than a dog. Also do swap out with an Aimpoint.

On my 375 H&H I have a Zeiss Victory 1-6X42. Objective bell puts scope a little high for DG work. 1-8 straight tube is as high in magnification as I would go for DG. Just my 2 cents worth.

One thing to check is the eye box, the usable eye to ocular lens distance. If this is to short for you get something else. i know that 6 power on the Zeiss lets me see targets clearer than 6 power on some other scopes. Seeing the point of aim is not just about magnification.
 
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The Zeiss Victory 1-6x42 is an outstanding scope, in my opinion. I also like very much the same cope in the 2.5-10x42 for smaller cartridge use.
I don’t know the proper optical term, but the clarity/ resolution / etc = gives me a great view in lower light. And their #4, 1st plane reticle is certainly a favorite.
 

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