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Old July 25, 2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Scopes - New technology or craftsmanship?

I finally replaced my golf clubs after 25 years. I used to make fun of people that blamed their equipment for bad shots. I am shocked at how much better the technology is.
With riflescopes, the key is glass quality and craftsmanship.

However, what new technology is coming for rifle scopes?
Thermal, day/night, rangefinding...
If money was no object, what is the best scope you can buy?
Is is a technologically advanced spyscope or a basic scope with glass that a german artisan polished on a Fraulein's thigh for a year.

I understand that lots of other factors go into a scope decision. I am just trying to get a general feeling for what is new vs old.
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Old July 25, 2012, 10:46 PM   #2
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If money was no object, what is the best scope you can buy?
If cost equates to value... then the Carl Zeiss Optronics Hensoldt ZF 6-24x72 SAM, at a bit under $12,000 would be the "best".

Best is a relative term... best for what?

I tend to go with what I know. Leupold, March, IOR Valdada and US Optics.

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Old July 26, 2012, 05:48 AM   #3
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glass that a german artisan polished on a Fraulein's thigh for a year
This made me have a good laugh, I needed it too, thanks.
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Old July 26, 2012, 10:45 AM   #4
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A $200-$300 scope made today is better than a $1,000 scope made 25 years ago. A $50 scope made 25 years ago has more craftsmanship and is probably better finished. I'll take the new technology.

For my money a $300 Leupold VX-2 is about the perfect balance of price and quality. I have more expensive scopes, and less expensive scopes. There is a big gap in quality with a scope only $50 less, only a tiny bit better quality on a scope costing $300 more.
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Old July 26, 2012, 12:46 PM   #5
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A $200-$300 scope made today is better than a $1,000 scope made 25 years ago
This is why I posted the golf club example. Modern technology crushes 20year old craftsmanship. Internet time on your cell phone vs Swiss watchmaking.

Expensive scope technology, if practical, will become cheaper. Think of the laser sight Arnold used in the 1st Terminator. He had a cable running up his sleeve attached to a car battery.

On the contrary, my wife has her mom's old sewing machine and she was told; "Never get rid if it, they don't make them like that anymore".
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Old October 24, 2012, 08:48 PM   #6
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Update.

New "one shot" scope in the works.

http://www.businessinsider.com/new-o...sniper-2012-10
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