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Meopta Meostar 2.5-15x50 vs Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56

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Topic: Meopta Meostar 2.5-15x50 vs Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56
Posted By: Marine24
Subject: Meopta Meostar 2.5-15x50 vs Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56
Date Posted: September/30/2019 at 15:20
Appreciate input on the advantages/disadvantages with the Meostar R2 2.5-15x50 vs the Leica Magnus 2.6-16x56.  I'm having a 338-06 built and looking for an appropriate scope.
I had a Meostar R1 and a Leica ERi and was equally impressed with both scopes and assume it will be the same case with the R2 or Magnus.  VX-6HD 3-18x44 or 50 has been my normal of late but for me, the Meopta and Leica are better scopes.

There is a nice Meostar R2 on the Samplelist and a used Magnus being offered.  The Magnus is $600 more and not sure if it is worth the premium.


Posted By: Marine24
Date Posted: September/30/2019 at 22:21
Looking at some earlier threads, the Magnus is described as one of the best hunting scopes available, up there with the Swarovski Z8.  While not at the same level, the Meostar R2 is no slouch.

Whether $600 is worth it is a question only I can answer.

Posted By: Scrumbag
Date Posted: October/01/2019 at 02:17
Both are very fine scopes. Not really a wrong answer.

If you want to use a ballistic turret, the Meopta and Leica go about this in different ways.

(Leica uses a series of "Bands" which you use to match your ballistics. Meopta has 3 changeable collars you set to your distances)


Was sure I had a point when I started this post...

Posted By: Marine24
Date Posted: October/01/2019 at 08:38
Thanks Scrummy.  I appreciate the confirmation.

On hunting rifles, I typically keep shots inside the MPBR of the round, which is around 275 yards for 210gr Barnes TTSX in this caliber and hold over for longer shots I want to take.  I don't typically dial in my shots on hunting rifles except for my 220 Swift, which has a Steiner T5Xi.

The Leica BDC turret looks very straightforward and is an interesting concept with the replaceable bands.

Posted By: Scrumbag
Date Posted: October/01/2019 at 13:01
It's funny how preferences go.

It would bug me if I had to rely on someone elses pre-built curve to set my drops rather than being able to do it myself. (Even if on deer sized game the difference would be academic -  and I know this!)

Was sure I had a point when I started this post...

Posted By: Marine24
Date Posted: October/01/2019 at 13:23
Always have to check them.  In the past, I always preferred BDC type reticles in my hunting scopes but when testing them on the range, it was always +/- some measurement at a set range.  Ended up being too much stuff to remember.

In application, most of my shots on game have been well within 150 yards so a plex or 4a reticle is fine.  The two longer shots I've taken on pronghorn I held high on their back and took one of them cleanly with a 257 Wby.  The wind was so unpredictable on the other one, and I did a poor job of timing the gusts, that I missed it by 10 feet.  That was a shot I shouldn't have taken and thankfully only killed some dirt.

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