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Thoughts on Swarovski Z3 3-9X36 or 3-10X42 #14359589 12/10/19
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I'm considering one of these for a new Tikka T3 lite in .308, hunting whitetails and hogs. Terrain ranges from dark hardwood bottoms to wide open clear cuts.

I'm wanting to keep it lite and compact. The weight difference here is negligible imo, only .7 oz, and the difference in length is about .5".

Pros & cons?

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I have several of both, if you can swing the 3-10x42 it's more of a good thing... are you thinking 4a ?

Re: Thoughts on Swarovski Z3 3-9X36 or 3-10X42 [Re: Bama_Rick] #14359648 12/10/19
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Have both and LOVE both. I try and fit my Objective Size to my rifle(Subjective). I dont like to feel like the Hubble attached to the top of a slender rifle. Then again the bigger Scopes feel right at home on a mag contoured rifle.

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Re: Thoughts on Swarovski Z3 3-9X36 or 3-10X42 [Re: handwerk] #14359802 12/10/19
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handwerk, I'm not worried about swinging the difference, I'm a little worried the 3-9X36 may be to small? The 4a looks like the one.

Re: Thoughts on Swarovski Z3 3-9X36 or 3-10X42 [Re: Bama_Rick] #14359823 12/10/19
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I debating between these two as well. Was also looking at plex vs. 4a reticle and it looks like the plex might be better if i want to use the reticle for longer shots (within reason). Looking at the sub tensions on the swaro website it seemed like the thin portion of the cross hair on the 4a was too big to be useful as a sort of single point bdc reticle

Mine’s going on a lite fast twist 22-250

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Re: Thoughts on Swarovski Z3 3-9X36 or 3-10X42 [Re: Bama_Rick] #14359863 12/10/19
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I have had both, and I prefer the size of the 3-9x36. I didn't see much difference optically. It's been awhile, but the 3-9 is light, too.


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Prefer The 3-10 With 4A Over Anything I've Ever Hunted With..

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Own both. Both are awesome. Not much difference between them. Doubt either one would be noticeable

Re: Thoughts on Swarovski Z3 3-9X36 or 3-10X42 [Re: Bama_Rick] #14360784 12/11/19
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Bama I'd go with the 42mm then.

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Do they both exhibit the same durability?

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Originally Posted by shootAI
Own both. Both are awesome. Not much difference between them. Doubt either one would be noticeable

Ditto, but if I were trying to, " keep it lite and compact," I'd just roll with the 3-9x36.


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I’ve owned the 3x9. It’s certainly clear. But it leaves a little to be desired in low light. Go for the larger objective.
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Re: Thoughts on Swarovski Z3 3-9X36 or 3-10X42 [Re: Bama_Rick] #14361235 12/11/19
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Or just jump up to a 4-12x 50mm with BRH Reticle (which I really like). Just got this emailed from MidwayUSA, refurbished for only $749 (2 in stock) - https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1018122020?pid=350844


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Re: Thoughts on Swarovski Z3 3-9X36 or 3-10X42 [Re: Bama_Rick] #14363154 12/11/19
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Ive Hunted Them For Last 20 Years And Never Had one Fail. But I Do Not Dial. ALL have Held Zero From Year To Year. Like I Said Before I've Owned Most All The Other Brands. And For My Use Nothing Allows Me To Shoot Longer At Dust Or Dawn.. The 4A Is The Best I've Used For Low light Hunting.. I Also Prefer The Older AV's To The New Z3.. I Have Several Of Both And The Cross Hair Wash More in The Newer Z-3..

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I also own both of these scopes and I run the 3-9x36 on my sleek Mtn rifles and the 3-10x42 on My Magnums..There is no bad choice here as these are both outstanding scopes......Good luck 👍.....Hb

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I'd personally choose the 3-9x36 to go on a T3 Lite. I bought one to go on my Mauser M12 to keep the Euro feel and it is a top little scope. I like the 4a reticle too.

Re: Thoughts on Swarovski Z3 3-9X36 or 3-10X42 [Re: Bama_Rick] #14365028 12/12/19
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I have a 3-10x42 BRH, that I have never mounted. The BRH would be handy on long shots, something we don't have much of in my part of the country. Great scope, but because of most of my hunting being close range, I may decide to sell it.

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Brings nothing to the conversation other than what I already posted.....but this is bringing back memories of LL Bean's 30% off sale. 3-9x36 for sub-$500. I bought two 36's and two '42's. Those were the good ole' days.


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Thanks for all the insight ya'll. I went ahead and ordered the 3-9X36 with the 4A reticle. I think it will be a good fit. It can always go on another rifle down the road if need be.

I'm hoping to get my hands on a set of the modified low 1" Talley / Tikka rings from Whittakers. They are sold out and busy. Anybody?

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