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Schmidt Bender Klassik #7995522 10/02/20 01:30 PM
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So I found a Schmidt Bender Klassik 3-12x42 with illuminated reticle on Eurooptic for $999. I’m looking for a hunting scope for my R700 30-06. It’s a hunting rifle with a spotter weight 22” barrel that I rarely ever shoot past 300 yards. I’m mostly concerned with glass quality and lowlight gathering ability. I was looking for a used Leica, but for not much money this one popped up.

Anyone have any experience with it? Any idea if it will give up anything to a Leica ER or ER5?

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S&B is excellent glass I have one on my 6mm creed.


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Re: Schmidt Bender Klassik [Re: hilltop101] #7995933 10/02/20 06:12 PM
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Re: Schmidt Bender Klassik [Re: hilltop101] #7996099 10/02/20 08:37 PM
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I had that scope.

The glass is nice
FOV is OK
The reticle is very thin, so be aware if you expect it to look like the picture 'cause it doesn't.
The illumination is just OK
The adjustments (mine had an exposed turret) was rather mushy and limited in rotation..
It had a fairly poor glare if remotely looking towards the sun.

I returned it as it was not what I was looking for or expecting.

I compared it to Nightforce ATACR, Zeiss V6, Leica ERi, Bushnell LRTSi which were the scopes I had on hand at the time.

I am not saying it is a POS, cause it isn't, but it is a $1000 scope and nothing more, IME.
It is not a Polar a Zenith or PMII.

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Thanks for all the input. RHutch, our of all the scopes you have, which is your favorite hunting scope?

I’m leaning towards the Leica but they’re hard to come by used.

Re: Schmidt Bender Klassik [Re: hilltop101] #7996338 10/03/20 12:02 AM
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Depends on the rifle.
The Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42 is the scope I’ve been using the past few years on a couple rifles. Have yet to be disappointed.

The little 2.5-10 Leica ERi on a lightweight sporter is hard to beat. I have 3 of them and they are not easy to find.

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I have the Klassic on my every day use 06. Traveled around the world with it. It takes a beating and never loses zero. Great scope. A little on the heavy side.

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