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Old 6th May 2010, 10:19 PM
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Arrow Ok, what scopes do people use for FT?

Lets build a list and see what people have used or are using, top to bottom... then we can see what's what and how they compare at least on paper...

If you click on the category, you can sort by that category (this may be buggy)

As we fill in the gaps i'll start to refine the info... we can add weight, warranty, RRP, high street price, 2nd hand approx price, possible issues, etc etc... click amount... all sorts...

Scope Zoom or Fixed Mag Parallax method Reticule Focus to 8 yds? For sale new? RRP High Street Price 2nd Hand Price (see note) Notes
BSA 8-32X44 Zoom Sidewheel Mildot & Duplex ? ? 50- 200 ? There appears to be a wide range of prices, could possibly be different models.
BSA 10-50x60 Zoom Sidewheel Target Dot & ? X[1] X n/a n/a 300 The Nikko Diamond 10-50x60 Mk1 & BSA 10-50x60 are essentially the same scope, the BSA being the older brand name.
Bausch & Lomb Elite 36x42 Fixed Objective Target dot & Mildot & ? X X n/a n/a 300  
Burris 8-32x44 RA Zoom Objective Duplex & Mildot & ? ? X n/a n/a 250 The RA designation is important for airgun use. Silver versions command higher prices.
Bushnell Elite 4200 8-32x40 Zoom Objective Various X[2] 650 460 300  
Bushnell 6500 4.5x30x50 Zoom Sidewheel Various X ? 575 500  
Falcon T35 35x56 Fixed Sidewheel Target Dot X[3] X 225 225 200 Comes with wheel, caps and sunshade as standard.
Falcon 10-40x56 Zoom Sidewheel Mildot X n/a n/a ? Comes with wheel, caps and sunshade as standard.
FT-X 10-40x56 Zoom Sidewheel Mildot X[4] X 175 n/a ? Comes with wheel, caps and sunshade as standard.
Leupold 20-50x50(?) VX3 (?) Premier Reticle boosted Zoom Sidewheel Various X X n/a n/a 900 Prices vary due to reticule spec and accessories.
Leupold Competition 35,40,45x45 Fixed Sidewheel Target dot, Fine wire, Rare custom mildot X[5] 1000 670 650 Prices vary due to reticule spec and accessories.
Leupold Mk4 Premier boosted 32, 35x? Fixed Sidewheel Various X X n/a n/a 800 Prices vary due to mag & reticule spec and accessories.
March 10-60x52 Zoom Sidewheel Various 2200 2200 ? New prices may vary due to currency variations.
Nightforce 12-42 x 56 NXS Zoom Sidewheel Various X[6] ? ? 1000 2nd hand prices may vary.
Nikko Diamond 10-50x60 Mk1 Zoom Sidewheel Target dot & Nato & ? X[1] X n/a n/a 300 The Nikko Diamond 10-50x60 Mk1 & BSA 10-50x60 are essentially the same scope, the BSA being the older brand name.
Nikko Diamond 10-50x60 Mk2 Zoom Sidewheel Mildot & Nato & ? X[1] X n/a n/a 400 Green Turret version 1
Nikko Diamond 10-50x60 Mk3 Zoom Sidewheel Mildot & Nato & ? X 615 615 ? Green Turret version 2
Nikko Stirling TargetMaster 10-50x60 IR Zoom Sidewheel "FT" Ret ? 270 270 ?  
Tasco 8-40x56 Custom Shop Zoom Sidewheel Duplex or Mildot X n/a n/a 300 Japanese version far superior to recent Tasco budget offerings. Hakko made, very similar to other Hakko scopes. Sunshades and wheels are interchangeable between Hakkos.
Deben 10-50x56 Zoom Sidewheel Mildot only ? X n/a n/a 300 Hakko made, very similar to other Hakko scopes. Sunshades and wheels are interchangeable between Hakkos.
Walther 10-40x56 Zoom Sidewheel Duplex or Mildot X n/a n/a 300 Rare, apart from minor differences identical to Tasco Custom Shop. Hakko made, very similar to other Hakko scopes. Sunshades and wheels are interchangeable between Hakkos.
Schmidt and Bender 12.5-50x56 Zoom Sidewheel Various ✔? 1800+ 1800+ 1300 Based upon only one advert Optional extras such as IR, Level and wheel change prices by quite a degree.
Sightron SIII 10-50x60 Zoom Sidewheel Target dot or Fine wire X[7] 960 960 ?  
Weaver T36 36x40 Fixed Objective Target dot or Fine wire X[8] ? n/a n/a ? Original new price was 350
ZOS 10-40x56 Zoom Sidewheel Mildot ? ? n/a 50-100 50-100 Prices vary

Note: 2nd hand prices are only a guide and may vary due to demand, condition and accessories. This is not a statement of what a scope should sell for, only a guide as the region of what you could expect to pay.

[1]Nikko Diamond 10-50x60 Mk1 & 2, & BSA 10-50x60 : Many appear to focus as a minimum to 10yds, however they can be re-parallaxed closer, however experience says it should not be done below 9 yds. There seem to be some however that do come down to 8.

[2]Bushnell Elite 4200 8-32x40 focuses down to 10yds minimum. Unclear if that is AO or sidewheel version, or if the sidewheel version requires re-parallaxing to obtain this.

[3]Falcon T-35 focuses down to 12yds as standard.

[4]FT-X Focuses down to 10yds as standard

[5]Leupold Competitions can be re-parallaxed down to 9yds.

[6]Nightforce 12-42 x 56 NXS as standard requires re-parallaxing before it can be used for airgun ranges and still requires an adapter for close targets.

[7]Sightron SIII 10-50x60 focuses down to just under 10 yds as standard, however reports are that it can be possibly re-parallaxed to come down closer, other reports have minimum focus as 11yds.

[8]Weaver T36 : 16.5 yds minimun focus, 50ft adapter required.
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Old 6th May 2010, 10:25 PM
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BSA 8-32X44 swf with a milldot ret. Nothing special but it does the job and I know that there are a few out there in the NEFTA region that are used to good effect.

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bushnell 8x32x44 front p/a mildot/multi x
bushnell 6500 6.5x30x50 side p/a milldot
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Falcon merlyn 10-40x56

side wheel

skeleton mildot ret

no longer in production

focused down to 8 yards no problem
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Rob, heres another one

FT-X 10-40x50
side wheel
mildot ret
no longer in production
focused down to 10 yards

Then you also have
Leupold 8.5-40?x45? ( Premier boosted with a x2 mag ring) early 90's vintage
Front Parralax
Custom reticule
no longer in production
50ft Adapter needed

ZOS 10-50x60
Side Wheel
Mildot variation
Think its still made
Sidewheel focus
min 20yds or less when re-parralaxed

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I can confirm that the Big BSA can parallax down to 8yrds with a fine cross hair with target dot reticle but the new Big Nikko mk3 only goes down to 10yrds and reticles issued are mildot and Nato
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The Nikko Mk1 and 2 also came in mildot and Nato ret and can parallax down to 8yrds.
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Falcon T35 Fixed 35 Side wheel Yes, 12 yards without adaptor in production? Dont think so

Another interesting thing to me would be new and average 2nd hand Prices Rob.


I paid 200 for it 2nd hand.

My x35 Mk4 Prem ret Luep, I paid 800 including 50ft adaptor.
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bsa 8-32-44 swf duplex ret,exellent ft scope and only 59 brad new delivered
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