Carl Zeiss has been around since the mid-1800s and needs no introduction in South Africa. The company is known for quality optics and innovative designs. Their new V6-line of mid-range scopes are no exception.
Zeiss describes the new V6 5-30x50 as “the most compact high-magnification riflescope in the industry, perfect for mid- to extra-long-range hunting and serious precision shooting”. The wide magnification range provides great flexibility.
The 5-30x50 has a true 6x zoom, 30mm tube and 103 MOA elevation adjustment if the elevation dial is bottomed out. It has a side parallax adjustment and is available with either the #6, #43, ZBR-1 or ZMOA-1 ballistic reticles. The Zeiss Fluoride Glass (fluoride in the glass and not just a coating), enhanced T* lens coating and LotuTec® protective coating help to deliver an optically superior product.
The test model we received has the ZMOA reticle and I used it on a superbly accurate Victrix Gladius rifle in 6.5x47 Lapua, shooting out to 375m on a day with a prevailing 12mph wind. I could have used the scope to make shots out to 1000m, the optics and reticle were more than up to the task, but the light 115gr bullet combined with the strong wind would have made accurate shooting at 1km a frustrating exercise. However, after dialling in the scope, repeated hits on a 6’’ diameter steel gong was more of a formality than a challenge.
It was a very dusty day, but I found the optics crisply clear out to 1000m (the furthest steel plate), making it possible to see and aim at a red dot a few inches in diameter. The eyerelief was more than sufficient for fast target acquisition and it was only with the scope mounted on a hunting rifle with a traditional stock that I at times struggled with the eye relief – and only at the highest magnification. On the Gladius I could set up the adjustable butt and cheek piece for my physique, getting my head (and eye) consistently in exactly the right position in front of the scope, hence eye-relief at 30x was no problem.
Read the full test report in the November 2017 issue of Magnum.