223 Scope decision making

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223 Scope decision making

Post by Gez27 » 02 May 2021, 3:20 am

I'm getting a new 223 rifle and im having trouble deciding between two scope options.

The two im looking at are a steiner GS3 2-10x42 with a 4A or S1 reticle, and a Zeiss conquest V4 3-12x44 illuminated reticle 91 (a christmas tree type reticle).

I feel a 2-10 would be plenty for a knockaround 223 for hunting pests, but maybe the extra zoom and illumination would be nice for quality of life. Quality wise they both seem to stack up similarly.
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Post by GQshayne » 02 May 2021, 9:15 pm

Both would likely do a good job, so personal preference will be important. As an example, I do not like "fussy" reticles on a hunting scope, so that would put me off. In low light conditions the illuminated reticle is nice though. I have found you may be able to see your target, but the crosshairs can be hard to see. Illumination is great in this circumstance.
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Post by bigrich » 02 May 2021, 9:20 pm

my personal choice , leupold 4.5-14 x40 vx3i . compact, light, great glass qaulity . on dusk you can see more through the scope than with the naked eye
loopy's are my bench mark anything more expensive my eyes can't really tell the difference :thumbsup:
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Post by JimTom » 03 May 2021, 7:35 am

I’m with you bigrich, sure you can spend more on the top end optics and of course they’re great, but to be honest I reckon a good Leupold or Meopta will also do a great job for much less dollars. Of course if money is no factor then go top end for sure.
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Post by Bello » 03 May 2021, 11:01 am

Hi Mate
My 223 is my go to calbre.
I have tried different scopes on them.
I like the Leupold for an all round good scope and price point.
Leupold also repair the scopes in QLD if you were to damage it.
I also like scopes with a bit more magnification. Thats just my personal preference.
Happy hunting :thumbsup:
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Post by Gez27 » 03 May 2021, 1:45 pm

Thanks for the replies guys. Meopta and Leupold definitely would do a good job as well, i remember being super impressed by my mates optika 6. I've found a good deal for a Steiner GS3 3-15x50 with the S1 reticle and think I'm going with that. Should be something ill be happy with long term with a bit of hold over markings but not a cluttered reticle by any means.

Appreciate the insights.
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Post by JimTom » 03 May 2021, 2:20 pm

Well done mate. Be sure to let us know how it goes.
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Post by bman940 » 04 May 2021, 12:13 am

I have been doing some freelance work with Meopta for over 2 years after 10+ years with another optics company and I can assure you, your money goes a lot farther with Meopta than anywhere else. I have been truly impressed with their quality control and optical glass manufacturing capabilities. I have hunted with or shot almost all of their riflescopes and purchased a number of Optika5/6's. The features are impressive and won't leave you wanting more. There's a reason they are hard to find, they are snapped up as soon as they arrive. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
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Post by leo » 05 May 2021, 4:43 pm

have you looked at the vortex blazer gen 3 1x10
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Post by solarpak » 05 May 2021, 8:42 pm

bman940 wrote:I have been doing some freelance work with Meopta for over 2 years after 10+ years with another optics company and I can assure you, your money goes a lot farther with Meopta than anywhere else. I have been truly impressed with their quality control and optical glass manufacturing capabilities. I have hunted with or shot almost all of their riflescopes and purchased a number of Optika5/6's. The features are impressive and won't leave you wanting more. There's a reason they are hard to find, they are snapped up as soon as they arrive. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.


Hi Man,
I am a big fan of the Meopta brand and have used the Meopro, Meostar and ZD series scopes - the ZD is a cracking scope and matches it with scopes twice its price.

The new Optika i havent had the chance to look at but hope to do so soon
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