There was some decent education in the Scope Review thread recently, so I figured I'd follow up here.
Basically, I'm looking to gift a fixed power to someone who uses an old 4x. It's used for whitetail in the L48. I think the user's experienced eyes might appreciate some modern updated optics, and might also enjoy a jump to 6x.
The fixed power aficionados in the other thread seemed to suggest fixed power scopes are a dying breed. This seems to be the case, as a lot of models like the Zeiss 4x appear to be discontinued.
So I'm looking at the Leupold VX II 4x 33, VX II 6x36, and VX III 6x42.
Anyone have any experience with these? I did some goggling, but there wasn't too much out there by way of useful (or trustworthy) information.
And other suggestions in this general price range? I looked at the Schmidt and Benders on Camera Land, and unfortunately they appear to be out of my present gift-giving ability. What other manufactures am I overlooking?
And any thoughts on how well a 6x42 would pair with a long action Rem 700? I wonder if the 42 means he'd need new mounts/rings as well.
Any other considerations I should be thinking about? I shoot, but I really don't tinker much other than cleaning.
I think most of the shots will be 200 yards or less, although there's been at least one shot at 400. Mostly open fields, but a little brush here and there because you never know. .30-06.