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Sniper TrainingTeleskop Semit Bender72mm Rifle Scope

Sporting an immense 72mm objective lens and 34mm tube, this Zeiss 6-24x scope was designed especially for heavy rifle sniping.

required elevation, but it's worth taking a closer look at some of them. The excellent Nightforce NXS scopes offer not just sufficient elevation but quality glass and high magnification, up to 25x.

I've fired the l.eupold I6x a great deal on .50s and can say nothing but good about it. It's military-rugged and holds true to the elevation and windage settings. This scope is found on many U.S. .50-caliber rifles.

I've not fired the listed Nikon or Burris scopes, so I cannot offer much personal insight. However, [ have fired Swarovski long-range scopes and found their optics excellent and adjustments true. The same can be said for Schmidt & Bender, whose 5-25x56mm scope was purposely designed for heavy sniper rifles. Quite impressively, it incorporates a 34mm tube, which boih reduces distortion and yields extra elevation. It's available with either 1/4 MOA or metric adjustments.

Zeiss, too, has developed a spccial heavy rifle sniperscope, and like Schmidt & Bender, it sports a 34mm tube. However, this impressive piece of glass also has a 72mm objective lens, the largest I've ever seen on a quality scope, larger than some spotting scopes. It has an illuminated mil dot reticle, as do several of these .50-caliber scopes. It's hard not to like all these optics.

When it comes to spotting, heavier magni

Sporting an immense 72mm objective lens and 34mm tube, this Zeiss 6-24x scope was designed especially for heavy rifle sniping.

fication comes in handy. I like at least a 30x spotting scope or it's difficult to see enough detail to prioritize extreme-range targets, although afternoon heat can cause mirage problems. Some .50-caliber sniper teams spot with an astral telescope—the kind normally-used to search the night sky—and that works great, as long as you accept the considerable decline in field of view. It's usually bigger and heavier, too.

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