Zeiss V6 vs NF NXS for hunting rifle

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Does anyone have both scopes to compare? I have 1 Zeiss Conquest and several NXS and one ATACR. Personally I think the Zeiss glass is better than the NF and you can basically see thru it at dark, its a crazy good lowlight scope. That being said, the NF is a tank and tracks perfect and I never worry abt them on heavy recoiling guns(300wm and RUM). I have a lighter weight hunting rifle that I want a scope with adjustable turrets on and I am trying to keep the weight down. The 3-18x50 V6 seems like it would be the perfect scope except I haven’t seen anyone compare it to a NF. I have a spare 2.5-10x42 NF and i debated on it but I would really like a little more magnification. Any reviews on the V6?
 
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I currently have a 5-30v6 with exposed turrets on a 257. I've owned several NXS, and one 5-25atacr. Glass wise, I'd say the v6 is a little better than the atacr, and much better than the nxs. However- if weight isn't a concern, I'd trust the atacr over the v6 any day. I haven't had an issue with the v6, it just doesn't have the NF feel.
 
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I'd take a VX6HD over a Conquest or an NXS compact any day. The glass on my VX6 absolutely shreds my NXS 2.5-10x42 and it's not even close it's a flat out beat down and I've looked thru the Conquest on a few occasions and didn't find anything that made me want one.
 
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Novak77

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I've ran Zeiss on my hunting rifles for years. Bought a conquest and sent it back. The NXS is a bad ass scope but the high end Zeiss stuff (IMO) is on a whole different level.
 
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I took 3 Nightforce scopes out, ATACR, NX8, and an NXS, set them all to 8 power and watched a group of doe and a small buck this evening right at dark. The deer were right at 300 yards. Then I got my Zeiss Conquest scope and my Swaro SLC binos out and looked at the same deer. It was a world of difference. The old conquest was even better than the ATACR. If the V6 is even better glass, its the one I feel like i need to go with. BTW, I love NF scopes and feel nothing compares in toughness.
 
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I am on my 2nd Zeiss for hunting. I would own a lot more but I am a mil guy, Zeiss is moa. I can understand the Atacr comment on it being solid because they are. I have not had issues with my zeiss’s either.
My vote Zeiss.
 

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I have a couple Zeiss Victory HT scopes on hunting rifles, 2.5-10 and 3-12. They have exposed mil turrets that are solid. The HT glass is supposed to be 95% transmission, don't know but the 3-12 glass seems to be identical to 3-12 Hensoldt side by side
 
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Honestly, i would go with Leupold VX-5HD or VX-6HD for a hunting scope over either of those. The glass is comparable with all the top tier scopes, but outperforms them in low light and glare situations.

here is a video comparison between the VX-5HD and a Swarovski Z5.

 
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I went with a Zeiss V6. I did one of the red hawk demos so I got it below cost. If I don’t like it, I will sell it and get a NF. I just don’t think the NF can compare to Zeiss in glass but I’m certain it beats it everywhere else. I will post a review on it.
 
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Got to put the V6 thru its paces this weekend. Absolutely money well spent. Idk how Zeiss makes their glass so bright but its the brightest glass I have used. Tracked perfect and is lightweight with great glass. I still give th nod to NF on turret feel, but to me they beat everyone there.
 

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Between the two i'd go Zeiss just for the light weight. I think the NXS is overpriced for what it is this day in age less something has changed. We did have have issues with ours holding zero but it's been fine since it got back from Zeiss.

Having used a MK5 and hearing ravings about the VX6HD i'd call the custom shop and have one made in Mil. I don't care for MOA optics and i don't think we can get the European version of the V6 here in the states. I think the glass is good but was still behind my MK5 and doesn't really hold a candle to either of my Kahles. Though given the price difference it shouldn't. It's a solid optic though and for lightweight outside of Leupold or Swaro you're pretty much limited to those two.

I just want some SFP mil based hunting scopes damnit.
 
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I have two Zeiss V6's(5-30x50mm) that I bought at Red hawk rifles . With my 61 year old corrected vision eyes ,Montana prairie dogs didn't like these two scopes so thumbs up. I had a Leupold VX6 3-18x50mm its glass was inferior to Zeiss,but I didn't have the HD version. Regardless I do regret selling the Leopold.
 
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I'd take a VX6HD over a Conquest or an NXS compact any day. The glass on my VX6 absolutely shreds my NXS 2.5-10x42 and it's not even close it's a flat out beat down and I've looked thru the Conquest on a few occasions and didn't find anything that made me want one.
He's not talking about the old Conquest, but the new V6. The Leupold VX6HD is the closest competitor. I prefer the reticle and turrets of the Conquest V6 over the Leupold VX6HD. As you mentioned any NXS isn't even close. I think either of these are what you should try to get your hands on. If you need lots of elevation, the Conquest V6 3-18x50 is the only option with over 110 MOA. At 22oz and awesome turrets it's what I run for lightweight long range scopes. Either of these scopes allow you to observe before and after legal shooting light, so no issues in hunting scenarios.
 
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He's not talking about the old Conquest, but the new V6. The Leupold VX6HD is the closest competitor. I prefer the reticle and turrets of the Conquest V6 over the Leupold VX6HD. As you mentioned any NXS isn't even close. I think either of these are what you should try to get your hands on. If you need lots of elevation, the Conquest V6 3-18x50 is the only option with over 110 MOA. At 22oz and awesome turrets it's what I run for lightweight long range scopes. Either of these scopes allow you to observe before and after legal shooting light, so no issues in hunting scenarios.
I'm talking about the V6 as well.
 
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Yea I completely agree. I did a tracking test and it was spot on but obviously it was just that one test that day. Since then i have dialed for 400 yards to load test twice and everything appeared to be correct. This is only 400 yards though. I did the tracking test at 20 MOA up and down.