One question whom we are asked most often is if there is one rifle scope for all hunting applications? The answer is NO. Every rifle scope has got its specific application, whether one would be shooting driven boar in confined areas, thus wanting a large angle field of view by having very low magnification to engage a moving target in the quickest view possible. Alternatively, either stalking deer in open areas, whereas longer distance shots would be engaged with a more significant magnification and also a broader objective to enlighten dawn and dusk lighting conditions, usually being the best times where deer will start moving.
A few weeks ago we got hold of the Zeiss Victory V8 in 1,8-14×50. The V8 is the high-end line of optics that Zeiss produce, and rightful, so we were very eager to test out in the field.
When unpacking the scope, from its fantastic packaging, our first reaction was ‘wow.’ A truly magnificent looking German engineered masterpiece finished in a matt coating. The big question was if it will impress us in the field?
The optic seems to be a bit heavy, but all riflescopes with a large objective lens are considered to be a bit ‘heavy.’ A clear specification of the scope is having a 36mm tube! Which rightfully could be why you see it a bit large, compared to standard 30mm tube scopes. If you would be looking to mount with rings, I am sure it would be a bit of a struggle, although most scopes nowadays are being mounted by using their rail system. Rail system mounts have the advantage to lower as much as possible the objective lens to the barrel.
One great feature that Zeiss offer on their V8’s is the ASV long range turrets. A great concept that throughout the years evolved to perfection. Having different rings as standard with the scope, rings will cater for most ballistic trajectories that different calibers result on. Their 1cm at 100m clicks are easy for a shooter to compensate any corrections. In the 36mm diameter tube, there are 210 clicks are available for elevation and 135 clicks for windage. One complete turn on the elevation turret, result to 100 clicks, lifting to turn and release to lock back in its position for dialing.
Their fluoride coated Schott glass lenses, as engineered on all Zeiss lenses ensures of obtaining a crisp image while being abrasion protected, and ensuring the best possible light transmission from the objective lens. The V8 are tested and proven to allow 92% of light transmission, ensuring a clear bright image during low-light conditions.
The V8 has an illuminated reticle that has its illumination controlled by a free-turning knob above the exit-pupil. The battery is housed on the side of the scope, just underneath the parallel adjustment. The superfine illuminated reticle covers just 3.3mm of an object at 100m.
Our first tests were done in The Lake District, in wet and low visibility conditions, stalking Challenging hill Red deers. Without a doubt, the Zeiss Victory V8 performed incredibly well alongside the New Zeiss Victory RF binoculars were as we will publish a dedicated article in the very near future.
Our main conclusion is that very few (and we mean it) or no other optic can supersede the Zeiss V8 scopes performance in its class. Its optimum long-range performance, sacrifices slightly carries some additional weight. Thus its robust look in its 36mm diameter tube feature makes it look a high performance in its class proportionally.
Complete kit reviewed:
Rifle: Sauer 404 Synchro XTC in 6,5 Creedmoor Mount: Sauer Universal Mount - Rail Scope: Zeiss Victory V8 1,8-14x50 Binoculars: Zeiss Victory RF 8x42 Bipod: Sauer FlexPro Bipod Ammunition: Hornady Precision Hunter 6,5 Creedmoor 143grain ELD-X Knife: Ontario Knife Company Bushcraft Utility Clothing: Pinewood Caribou Extreme TC