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#3096080 - 06/12/09 01:02 AM Swaro AV vs Zeiss Conquest
CWD Offline

Registered: 02/25/07
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Loc: Maine
I'm looking to put a scope on a Rem. 700 5R .308, I plan on shooting out to 800yds(Target). I have a couple of Zeiss Conquest scopes and I'm real happy with them.
For the folks that have used both Swaro and Zeiss which is the better value? With the AV line being a little cheaper now that they are discontinued I'm not sure which route to take. In the Zeiss I'm thinking 4.5-14x50 w/z-1000 reticle. In the Swaro 4-12x50 w/ BR reticle.
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#3096200 - 06/12/09 01:58 AM Re: Swaro AV vs Zeiss Conquest [Re: CWD]
remington Offline
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Registered: 03/14/06
Posts: 451
Loc: Halifax Co, NC
I own both and I prefer the cheaper Conquest. If I were you I'd try to look thru both and see which you like better.

#3096362 - 06/12/09 03:16 AM Re: Swaro AV vs Zeiss Conquest [Re: CWD]
stubblejumper Offline
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Registered: 07/27/03
Posts: 4016
Loc: Alberta Canada
I have owned both,but I mounted a Nightforce nxs 3.5x15x50 on my own 5-R.Nightforce isn't cheap,but for a target scope,it is by far my favorite.

#3096582 - 06/12/09 09:14 AM Re: Swaro AV vs Zeiss Conquest [Re: stubblejumper]
Pete E Offline
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Registered: 04/11/01
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Loc: North Wales, UK
I am a big Swarovski fan, but was never taken by their AV range for some reason. I've not owned a Conquest, but has a chance to shoot a rifle with 4.5-14x50 on it and I was very impressed.

Quality wise, I'm betting there little in them so just try to handle one and look through it and see which you prefer, but for me it would be the Conquest..

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#3096623 - 06/12/09 11:09 AM Re: Swaro AV vs Zeiss Conquest [Re: CWD]
Folically_Challenged Offline
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Registered: 05/22/07
Posts: 3304
Loc: Hamiltucky, OH
No target shooting here, but I compared the AV to the Conquest when looking for a 3-9, and I preferred the Conquest, even without the $500 advantage.

Then again, I also preferred the Zeiss 8x42 FL's to the comperable Swarovski model, so it might be that I'm just not a Swaro kind of guy. Maybe my eyes prefer a different kind of coatings - dunno.

With both brands having sterling reputations, go take your eyes for a stroll at the gun store, & pick the one that your eyes like best. Some may make fun of your choice, but I promise that I won't!

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#3096630 - 06/12/09 11:15 AM Re: Swaro AV vs Zeiss Conquest [Re: CWD]
jpb Offline
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Registered: 06/30/01
Posts: 7041
Loc: northern Sweden
I have both.

I slightly prefer the Swarovski AV over the Zeiss Conquest, but the difference is not large!


#3096772 - 06/12/09 01:11 PM Re: Swaro AV vs Zeiss Conquest [Re: CWD]
MILES58 Offline
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Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 3351
Loc: Minnesota
Don't have a Swaro anymore. Still have that Zeiss. Being that the glass is the same, I would be very surprised could a person tell the difference without instrumentation.

Everyone should have such choices.

#3097069 - 06/12/09 03:19 PM Re: Swaro AV vs Zeiss Conquest [Re: MILES58]
JGRaider Offline
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Registered: 08/23/05
Posts: 14455
Loc: W. Texas
I have both. I like the optics slightly better in the Swaro, I like the etched reticle better in the Zeiss. They have both been super tough and reliable. I'd probably pick the conquest due to price since it is close to the AV optically.
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#3097570 - 06/12/09 07:25 PM Re: Swaro AV vs Zeiss Conquest [Re: JGRaider]
Popapi Offline
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 3344
Loc: Oklahoma City Ok
I have both and prefer Swarovski!

#3098093 - 06/12/09 11:58 PM Re: Swaro AV vs Zeiss Conquest [Re: Popapi]
djpaintless Offline
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Registered: 03/27/04
Posts: 6653
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
Both are good scopes but I see them as being for quite different purposes. The Swaro is an excellent hunting scope, it's lighter than some 3-10x40 scopes and not having the adjustable objective is an advantage in some hunting situations.
The Zeiss is pretty heavy at over 20oz but has target knobs and side focus which are advantages on a tactical style rifle where the extra weight isn't as big an issue.

I'd choose the scope depending on whether the rifle is a hunting or a tactical style rifle. I don't think the optical differences are nearly as great as the features differences...............DJ
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