Should I Trade Swarovski Scope for NF?
Just picked up a 338 win mag rifle with a Swarovski Z6i 2-12x50 scope. This scope has seen maybe 10-15 rounds during sightin (by me for my friend at the time) and thats it, basically brand new. Now that the rifle and scope are mine I am thinking of trading the Swaro for a scope for my Barrett M99. I'm pretty much set on the Nightforce, but wanted to see what you guys think. I could mount the Swaro on the barrett, but it really is a big heavy hunting scope. Any thoughts? Keep the swaro and move to the M99? My M99 shooting is basically fun target shooting to 500 yards or so. I really have no use for the Swaro on the win mag. That gun just need a Luppy in 1.75-6 or 2.5-8, so I figured its got to be worth something (about $2500 new) on trade and maybe I can finally pick up a scope for the barrett.
Was offered $1500 for it on trade.
No input on this one?
The number of people who own a N.F. over all scope owners is a small number. Then the number of people who own a Swarovski versus a N.F. is even smaller. I own a Benchrest N.F. but not a Swarovski so I could not suggest what to do. I just think your question is to rich for many of us here, hence the low response to your question. I have to admit, would love to look through one to compare it to my N.F.
Good luck what ever you decide to do.
Thanks Max. I only got the swaro cause it was part of a deal, thing is darn near new, but I like my hunting scopes in the light and rugged range (think Leupold VX3 2.5-8). So I have this huge awesome Swaro on an elk rifle that doe snot need it. Was thinking of mounting it straight up on the Barrett, but again, even with all the great optical qualities of the swaro, is a 2x worth it on a 50 BMG? I guess I should rephrase my original question to say is it worth it to mount a $2500 swaro scope on a 50, when I could trade it for whats probably one of the most well know 50 BMG scopes, NF 5.5-22? Thanks.
Both are good scopes , Get the one you are most comfortable with , and don't let armchair ninjas convince you otherwise ( Not calling ANYONE out )
If you do use either scope Post a review here , makes it easier for the next guy.
I have a TRG-42 in 338 that has a 16x42 Side focus Mil-dot MP8 IOR
I have a RAP-50 (AMAC 1500) 50cal that has a Super Sniper 16x42 ( at present time i didnt want to put another 1000 for the above scope)
Two very different scopes. I own several NF NXS scopes, but never a Swaro. As I understand, they are *primarily* hunting scopes, so they don't have a lot of the features that I desire in a scope (I don't hunt). A couple questions:
2-12x50 - is that enough magnification for your .50BMG shooting? Does it have parallax adjustment on it? How about the reticle - is it for a specific caliber? Or is it a mildot/similar? Turrets? Capped?
I think a lot of hunters would LOVE to have that scope, but if you're not going to use the rifle you put it on for hunting, you can probably do better. I have a NF 3.5-15x56 on my Barrett M99.
I have had both the nightforce and the swarovski and I can tell you from looking through both at the same target that the swarovski has the better clarity. With that said all I now own are nightforce. Swarovski builds excellent scopes but I felt the nightforce was just a better overall scope when it came to durability,ruggedness and turrets.
I never did put the Z5 on the .50 but I had it on a .308 and used it a while on the .223 and never had any problems with the scope. I don't know how it would handle a .50 but after watching a slow motion video of what the scope goes through firing on a .50 I bought one of the most robust and common scope that I found on the .50s: the Nightforce and haven't regretted the switch since.
I have a nightforce 5.5-22X56 on my Ferret and 3.5-15X50 on my Barrett M82-A1. I run a 2.5-10X32 on my .223 I use for prairie dogs but have been thinking about getting another Swarovski Z6i 1.7-10x42 and putting it on my prairie dog rifle just for the very little but perceivable clarity that the swarovski offers.
For me I didn't feel the swarovski is a suitable .50 cal scope but is excellent in hunting and smaller caliber rifles.
I was going to trade the swaro to get a scope for the 50 as I didn't think putting the $2500 fine hunting swaro on the 50 made any sense. I'm changing my mind now, I might just keep the swaro for my hunting rifle. It is a fine scope, a little big for my taste, but the FOV at 2 power is actually pretty awesome. Guess I gotta save some more beans for the NF for the 50!