Scope wars: Zeiss, Swarovski, Leica, Blaser – top riflescope price comparison

Over the £2,000 mark, it gets tribal. Are you red (Leica), green (Swarovski), blue (Zeiss) or brown (Blaser)? All of these are great scopes. If you miss, it’s not their fault. So let’s have a look at that other great divider: price.

 

Best of all scopes with their prices

 

Zeiss

 

Swarovski

 

Leica

 

Blaser

 

A zoom of around 1-6 gives you low magnification – which means less to go wrong in those quick-reaction driven hunting situations. With a relatively small objective lens of 20mm, these scopes offer fast target acquisition.

 

 

Swarovski Z8i
0.75-6×20

Advertised at MRP £2,220
 

Leica Magnus
1−6.3×24 i

 

Now we move up to driven hunting scopes designed to shoot further than the woodland directly around you. With the smaller scopes, you might have been on a hunt in the forests of central Europe, now you are thinking about going to tackle boar on the big hillsides of Asia.

 

 

Zeiss Victory V8
1.1-8×30

Advertised at £2,280
 

Swarovski Z8i
1-8×24

 

Blaser
1-7×28 IC

Advertised at MRP £2,800
 

We enter the workhorse area of our super-expensive scopes. You are now likely to be principally a woodland stalker – but not one limited just to roe, fallow, sika and muntjac. This is where the quality of the glass starts to count, because you will want to be able to see clearly even in early morning and late evening light.

 

 

Zeiss Victory V8
1.8-14×50

Advertised at MRP £2,540
 

Swarovski Z8i
1.7-13.3×42 P

 

Leica Magnus
1.5–10×42 i

 

You have been invited stalking deer in the hills of Scotland or the Lake District, and you want an all-rounder for upland deer management. These scopes offer the accuracy and the ability to rangefind and dial the scope in to the correct range. Plus you get good twilight shooting with – we reckon – every minute extra before it gets dark costing an extra £100 over a cheaper scope.

 

 

Zeiss Victory HT
2.5-10×50

Advertised at £1,900
 

Swarovski Z8i
2-16×50 P

 

Leica Magnus
1.8–12×50 i

 

Some countries allow hunting by moonlight for certain species, such as wild boar. These scopes are capable of dragging in every photon of available moonlight. Plus they offer long-range capability, too.

 

 

Zeiss Victory V8
2.8-20×56

Advertised at MRP £2,900
 

Swarovski Z8i
3.5-28×50 P

Advertised at MRP £2,720

 

 

Blaser
2.8-20×50 IC

Advertised at MRP £2,800
 

Now you have scopes that can shoot targets competently far further than you would ever shoot a deer. here is long-distance shot excellence.

 

 

Zeiss Victory HT
3-12×56

Advertised at £1,945
 

Swarovski Z8i
2.3-18×56 P

 

Leica Magnus
2.4-
16×56 i

 

Blaser
4-20×58 IC

Advertised at MRP £2,800
 

A specialist for night shooting, as well as excellent for long-distance (hillstalking situations) this is the best production scope that money can buy.

 

 

Zeiss Victory V8
4.8-35×60

Advertised at MRP £3,100