October 8, 2007 at 10:59 pm #506
This one by Barska, a 10-40×50 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=339236
or this one, (10-40×50) by Guide Gear (the sportsman’s guide), http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=359181
or this one, by NC Star (10-40×50) (also available @ the Sportsman’s guide)
Looks like the difference between the guide gear and the NC Star is the color of the reticle (which looks pretty cool). The only other difference I see is the reticle on the Barska scope is mil-dot, and it comes with a sunshade…is it really worth the extra $50?
I am slowly working on gathering items for a talonSS, so that when I finally do get to buy one, I’ll have ALL my accessories for it !
AirgunnerOctober 8, 2007 at 11:23 pm #25445walkonkingParticipant
That Barska scope look nice. Have you looked at the Center Point or Leapers line of scopes yet?October 9, 2007 at 1:28 am #25451
yeah…I’ve looked at them, unfortunately they don’t go that high on magnification…I really want the Nikko Sterling 10-50×60, but $700 is a little high for a scope (for me, right now anyway)October 9, 2007 at 5:10 am #25458shadohParticipant
Look at the MTC Optics Viper series of scopes. They are comparable to the Nikko Sterling at almost half the price. Also the mildot is set up specifically for airguns.
Airguns or Arizona or Steve at SSairguns can hook you up with them.October 12, 2007 at 11:49 pm #25663akulaParticipant
Shadoh; Have you thought about going high end? There are few scopes that compare with Leupold. You can mount it to your AirForce Talon or Condor and pull it off for use on a high power when you feel the need for long range shooting. It’s also American made with an incredible guarantee.
One caution though, if you choose to go this route, ensure you have the ability to adjust parallax for closer shots. Closer than 10 yards I use a laser due to the high scope mount of either the Talon or Condor.
Just another option for you to consider. AKULAOctober 13, 2007 at 12:29 am #25664
Hi Airgunner, I have the ZOS 10-40×50 mildot and the Nikko 10-50×60 w/NATO reticle. Although I LOVE the Nikko it weighs a literal TON 40 oz. + some crazy sturdy/HEAVY mounts. The ZOS is way lighter and looks FANTASTIC on the gun AND it has illuminated reticle! I got mine for $250 shipped from a guy on the TOG like 2.5 years ago…my Dad is actually using it on a field target custom Talon now.
I got the Nikko because most of the national field target winners used it. Damned nice scope but crazy expensive…I was/am planning on shooting some field target sometime in the future. For anything less than a no holds barred gun I’d get something else…
I did have a REALLY hard time NOT buying the Leopold though seriously I did A LOT of reading on it and they are some kick ass scopes with the highest quality glass and the brightest view. Price is in the middle and worth every penny. I bought the ZOS before I really looked at the Leopold and the Nikko beat it ONLY because I wanted to shoot competative field target..
Here’s the instructions to get the ZOS to focus to 10’ish yards…should work on those other scopes as they are probably just relabled but the same thing? No tools needed and very simple.
Let me see if I can get the photo’s posted or repost the web page…I have it saved on my laptop I have here…
Jim.quote :October 13, 2007 at 12:34 am #25666
H-m-m-m maybe I can compress and email it to you? it is going to take me too much time right now to repost it…
PM me if you want me to try the email, Jim.October 13, 2007 at 12:57 am #25667akulaParticipant
Blackops; Jim, I’d like to try a ZOS on a 4,000 + fpe rig. Please send me yours and I’ll mount it up and see how it does over a series of shots.
But seriously, can the ZOS will hold up to mule kick recoil? If so, I could use such a thing as a back up scope. I hunt in the high country on horseback. Horses have a nasty habit of slipping and falling when traverseing snow, ice and rock on a steep grade. I’ve had horses slip, fall and roll over my saddle slung scabbard. Bottomline; bye bye scope. Time to buy another. I carry an extra high power scoped rifle…just in case.
If the ZOS can handle high recoil, I’m interested in carrying one as you never know how many times your mount may attempt skiing, rolling, jumping, falling, slipping, spooking or just getting pissed off and rolling over your rifle to get to camp quicker.
The bull barreled rifles and synthethic stocks never seem to take a hit but the scopes become uprights for lamps in quick order. Bent, smashed and useless is what they become.
By the way, welcome back from Iraq. You’re most welcome here. AKULAOctober 13, 2007 at 1:23 am #25669
AKULA PM me your email and I’ll send the compressed folder to you…the guy has the ZOS mounted on all kinds of firearms but no .375 H&H’s or .340 Weatherby Magnums 😆 I’d stick with Leopold for that kind of abuse and warranty for when you rattle that scope!
What gun do you shoot?
I’m trying to post it to my website but it might take me a minute 😉 I’m a little slow 😀
Jim.October 13, 2007 at 2:30 am #25677
Well damn I kinda got it up and posted…. check out this old post/page here if your interested in the ZOS info.
It’s one of my sites I started learning on…
EDIT…shoot a couple of the pics didn’t make it…I’ll have to add them tomorrow but most of the important ones made it….
Jim.October 13, 2007 at 12:08 pm #25703
The ZOS looks like a nice scope, but this one: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=359181
is only $150, the only 2 things it doesn’t come with are a sunshield, and the big ‘wheel’…I like the reticle better on this one too! I was curious as if anyone on here has tried one, for the quality aspect of it…they also have the NC Star name on one like it too, but wiht the reticle being red versus green…
Also, if you remove the front cover and rotate the front lense, don’t you de-presurize the nitrogen fill and cause fogging?
AirgunnerOctober 13, 2007 at 1:46 pm #25707
Hey Airgunner, man I like that scope A LOT! it looks really the same as the ZOS too except for the angled front of the scope. Using the ZOS so far it is a really, really nice scope. That reticle is bad ass too…much more than the kinda boring ZOS mil-dot LOL. The sidewheel you’ll want to get when you can as it makes adjusting that knob MUCH easier. Your target is out of focus until you adjust that AND when it “snaps” into focus you have a pretty accurate idea how far away it is. Focusing it only becomes a bitch at higher/max power though. You can get a wheel for it though if you find you want/need one.
If it’s Nitrogen filled I’d think there would be a chance it could leak out depending on how it is put together? they might use o-rings and grease or??? BUT I don’t see where this one it Ntrogen filled??? I don’t get out in many extreme conditions but I have never had a scope fog up inside it in almost 30 years…and I’d still adjust the lense if it didn’t focus down close enough for me. Prolly put silicon divers grease on the threads all the way up to the lense to help keep it sealed anyway…at 10X it might focus down to VERY close and be a non issue anyway…the focusing down to 10 yards AT 40X is for range finding in Field Target shooting.
Sunshield looks WAY cool but it also can get broken off 😆 I’d be comfy with just the angled front or you can make a “slide-on” sund shade from cardboard or plastic that will work just as well and look nice also, and it can’t break off. If you found you even needed it?
That thing only weighs 24 oz!!!!! 😆 nice…that Nikko has a lot of glass in it and it is freaking heavy.
I tend to go off 1/2 cocked but if I needed another scope that one there would already be on it’s way for $150!
Definitely let us know what you decide and what you think of it when you get it.
Jim.October 13, 2007 at 7:00 pm #25715teflontronParticipant
Yeah, the Nikko is a great scope but is heavy, as Jim said (I have one too). That being said, it is very bright, very crisp and just an all round great scope. If you don’t want to get one I would advise to give great thought as to why, as great as it is there are some downsides: the weight, cost, minimum zoom, raising the center of gravity, to name but a few. However, if you do a lot of shooting from a bipod and can take the $ hit then it is tough to beat.
Jim: what is your Nikko mounted on?October 13, 2007 at 10:23 pm #25721
Yeah, the NIkko is the first scope I looked at over 2 years ago when I first started looking at these airguns and I had found them in New Zealand for only about $450 😳 Should have bought the darn thing then….now they are about $600…oh well, I am getting a green laser and the scope I mentioned (with the green reticle…same as the NC Star, but with sportsman’s guide’s name on it), got a bipod and a sure fire weapon mount flashlight…all I need to do now is save up for a Pigme tank from Airhog, and the Talon SS !…
Thanks guys for all the input….whenever I do finally get the scope, I’ll let y’all know how it looks!
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