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Opinion on European optics?

GuItArMaN8373 Sep 11, 2018

  1. GuItArMaN8373

    GuItArMaN8373 JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    Is there really any "justification" to paying $3k + for a European rifle scope?

    Not to bash them of course. I've looked through a Schmidt and Bender before and I have an old school Hensoldt/Zeiss on my PTR91 (love it.)

    After acquiring a Razor HD Gen 2 Vortex, a SWFA, and a Nightforce rifle scope for my toys though, I just don't see paying anything more on optics except to say - "But it's European."

    Also, I'm not bias to stuff only being made in the USA. Most high-end "USA" optics use Japanese glass anyway.
     
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  2. seandavid55

    seandavid55 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    I hear you. I've had scopes that run across the board as far as price goes. I had a vortex HD gen 2. Beautiful scope, but damn is it big and heavy. I've had night force and sig scopes.

    I've shot things fairly far away with 600 dollar scopes and 2500 scopes. Have I seen much difference, not really.

    But, I'm not shooting at twilight. Nor am I spending hours and hours behind a piece of glass. I believe that's where you'll see the separation between the different quality. But if the adjustments aren't dead on, glass doesn't mean anything. I've seen examples of super expensive glass not track properly.

    It's all pretty subjective. People that spend a lot on their gear will defend it vigorously, right or wrong. Find one that tracks properly throughout its range of adjustment and works for you in all other aspects. Who cares if it's cheap or expensive.
     
  3. Guillermo

    Guillermo 7th Man of the 7th son Super Moderator

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    Years ago I was told most glass is better than my eyes due to my age. I was thirty so who knows now. With a little research you typically get what you pay for. While not a scope I have $100 7x50's and my Fuji 7x50's and there is no comparison. It's like putting your face up to a glass window and in low light I can make way more objects out with the binoculars than I can my eyes.
     
  4. GuItArMaN8373

    GuItArMaN8373 JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    I think in general it seems like, to me, once you get into the $1k + range, you definitely are getting a much better optic. It just comes down to features at that point and preference.
     
  5. CDR_Glock

    CDR_Glock Bali Demon JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Vortex is really hard to beat for the price and warranty.

    But the caveat is I only have a range of 250 yards at the club. It would be different if I was going beyond 1000 yards.
     
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  6. GuItArMaN8373

    GuItArMaN8373 JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    Their higher end models give nightforce and others a run for their money.
     
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