Friday Firepower – Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10×44 MC

Regular readers may know that I was looking to decide on a calibre for my new deer rifle. I decided to get a .308 Winchester. I also decided on a rifle as well but that is for another post.

Today i want to review the scope I chose for the project rifle. Once again I have used the expertise of Zee at Hamills Manukau and his able staff. I have found them to be the most knowledgeable and helpful shooting sports staff in Auckland. I am fussy and do tend to be a know-it-all when it comes to firearms, but these guys suck it up and still offer great advice. When they say something about a rifle/scope combination is a wise person that listens to them.

So, onto the scope I chose and the reasons I chose it.

Since I decided that a bush rifle with possibility of longe range was to be the preference we decided that a medium power scope but decent objective lens would be best fro its light gathering abilities. For that reason we chose the Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10×44 MC with a Rapid-Z 600 reticle on the off chance I get to knock over some deer or goats out to 600m.

Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10x44 MC

The techinical specifications are as follows:

Conquest
3.5-10×44 MC
Magnification
3.5-10x
Effective Lens Diameter
44 mm
Exit Pupil Diameter
12.6-4.4 mm
Twilight Factor
9.9/20.9
Field of View (ft/100 yards)
35.1-11.7 ft
Diopter Range
+2/-3 dpt
Eye Relief
3.5 in
Parallax-Free (yds)
1001
Square Adjustment Range (in/100 yds)
64.9
Adjustment per Click (in/100 yds)
1/4
Center Tube Diameter
1 in
Eye Piece Tube Diameter
41 mm
Objective Tube Diameter
50 mm
Nitrogen Filled
yes
Reticle in Image Plane
2
Length
12.7 in
Weight
15.87 oz

I also chose the Rapid-Z 600 reticle.

The four state-of-the-art RAPID-Z® ballistic reticles by Carl Zeiss offer long-range hunters the supreme advantage of precision aiming with accurate holdover and wind-corrected information for shots at extended distances – without complication. And because the reticle is located in the second image plane, there is minimal target cover, even at high magnification. Combined with an integrated ranging feature, all the information you need to make clean, precise shots from the greatest distances is displayed clearly within the scope. Eliminating the need for estimation or timely calculations.

RAPID-Z® ballistic reticles feature numbered holdover lines that correspond to target distances and wind compensation hashes to correct for crosswinds. Once the distance and crosswind has been determined the corresponding holdover line is placed over your target for a precise shot, even from long range.

Handily Zeiss has a ballistic calculator on their site as well for calculation of the necessary sighting information to sight in the rifle on a 100m range for a 200m zero point.

NZDA Taupo RangeWhen I sighted in the rifle it was a cold and windy day in Taupo, and it was also quite dark as storm clouds rolled in. The NZDA range in Taupo is well set-up and visitors can bowl up and put a $2 donation in the can and use the range. It is well set up on the 100m range with decent solid (concrete) bench rests. The range lighting is somewhat dark and green though because of the backdrop.

Though it was dark on this day the sight picture offered by the Zeiss was crisp and clear. I was easily able to pick out exact bullet placement on the target at 100m. It was very easy to acquire the target and with correct diopter setting a beautiful crisp in focus sight picture was a real pleasure.

The rifle and scope were bore-sighted at Hamills and it was initially off the paper…though with a good spotter I could see it was high. A few clicks later it was shooting on the paper and then it was simple maths after that to adjust the point of impact into the bullseye. Adjustment is easy and positive with the windage and elevation adjustments. No fiddly screw drivers needed and the adjustment dials under the caps are easily done with large hands like mine. Once zeroed you can even pull up the click stop mechanism on the elevation and windage dials and set the zero mark of the graduated ring to the index mark. This is so you can relocate the original setting when the reticle is later adjusted for other ranges and loads.

I can’t wait to get the sight out into the bush now the rifle is sighted in properly. So far I am very, very happy with the advice and also the result from the chaps at Hamills.

Stay tuned for the rifle review in the next couple of days.


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