Q&A for Minox ZP5 5-25x56mm THLR scope

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[...] with a weight that he didn't even notice ... :)
Meaning: I didn't notice the weight because I had no interest. I just look through scopes and shoot them. When the scope isn't mine, I'm also careful with them. I doubt it is a particularly lightweight scope.
 

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Meaning: I didn't notice the weight because I had no interest. I just look through scopes and shoot them. When the scope isn't mine, I'm also careful with them. I doubt it is a particularly lightweight scope.
Hi Thomas, Got it!

Any chance you can tell us what the scope body diameter will be on the new scope?
 

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And there is the new THLR-reticle scope that Thomas just alluded to in another thread here ... with a weight that he didn't even notice ... :)
Gunwerks has a thlr themed reticle in The mk5hd - think it's called the gh1. Only MOA

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That's my best guess, there's a gunwerks/thlr.no episode that drops tomorrow

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Didn't even take a picture of high x or get it sharp for that matter.
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That question must be directed to Gunwerks.

I have given my opinion and explained what I consider the important details in a MIL version to be, but I do not participate in the decision process.

Gunwerks is an "intelligent" company, but one must remember that they finance their own growth (as opposed to using investors) which also limits how fast it is possible to expand.
 

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Woop woop!

Finally scored a ZP5 with a THLR reticle from a dealer who was closing out old stock ... so got it for one third of the usual price!

@Formidilosus - what rings would you recommend for this?

It's going on a T3x Superlite/Elite (fluted) 6.5 Creed in a Bravo stock.

Currently wears an LRTS in a Raptor mount for the combination of weight reduction, but reduced possibility of torque from separate rings.

Raptors don't go to 34 mm, and I don't think Sportsmatch do either.

Would you go separate rings, or a monomount? Does the heavier scope mean torque from separate rings is more or less of an issue?

And I know you've often advocated for rings directly to the action; does this change with the ring / mount options available for 34 mm tubes in your estimation?
 
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Woop woop!

Finally scored a ZP5 with a THLR reticle from a dealer who was closing out old stock ... so got it for one third of the usual price!

@Formidilosus - what rings would you recommend for this?

It's going on a T3x Superlite/Elite (fluted) 6.5 Creed in a Bravo stock.

Currently wears an LRTS in a Raptor mount for the combination of weight reduction, but reduced possibility of torque from separate rings.

Raptors don't go to 34 mm, and I don't think Sportsmatch do either.

Would you go separate rings, or a monomount? Does the heavier scope mean torque from separate rings is more or less of an issue?

And I know you've often advocated for rings directly to the action; does this change with the ring / mount options available for 34 mm tubes in your estimation?


Due to the available mounts, I use the factory pic mount, degreased and loctited, and including loctiting the rail itself as the factory does. Then pic rings that you like- I generally use NF Ultra Lights and Warne Mountain Techs.
 

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Due to the available mounts, I use the factory pic mount, degreased and loctited, and including loctiting the rail itself as the factory does. Then pic rings that you like- I generally use NF Ultra Lights and Warne Mountain Techs.
Thanks Form,

If going the NF Ultra Lights, and wanting a relatively high mount to use with the Bravo (as it has a high cheek piece), and I prefer a more upright head position / am following the field shooting approach of not trying to get the scope as close to the barrel as possible, what height would suit the ZP5 - the 1.375" or 1.5"?

And for comparison's sake, which height are on the rifle in the eval thread?

Oh, and four-screw or six-screw?

Apologies again for leaning on you for this level of detail, Form - stuff here in NZ can be hard to come by and/or take months to order in, and is often double the US dollar cost ... it's not as easy as just dropping into a local store! :)
 
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Thanks Form,

If going the NF Ultra Lights, and wanting a relatively high mount to use with the Bravo (as it has a high cheek piece), and I prefer a more upright head position / am following the field shooting approach of not trying to get the scope as close to the barrel as possible, what height would suit the ZP5 - the 1.375" or 1.5"?

And for comparison's sake, which height are on the rifle in the eval thread?

Oh, and four-screw or six-screw?


I’m using 1.00 height and 4 screw. That creates about .4” clearance between the T3 lite barrel and the bottom of the objective.
 

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Thanks Form.

And just to revisit the 'use-case' aspect of this scope ... do you see any value of placing it on a stock 223 T3X?

Do you personally see any tangible advantages of the ZP5 on that platform over, say the SWFA 3-9?
 
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Thanks Form.

And just to revisit the 'use-case' aspect of this scope ... do you see any value of placing it on a stock 223 T3X?

Do you personally see any tangible advantages of the ZP5 on that platform over, say the SWFA 3-9?

No, not really. It is an excellent reticle really made for medium range shooting (300-600y), that is totally usable at close range and at long range. The reticle doesn’t really offset the size, weight, and cost on that rifle and it’s use. There’s nothing wrong with it for that, but it’s hard to justify.


P.S. Let me know if there are any more deals on them…
 

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Due to the available mounts, I use the factory pic mount, degreased and loctited, and including loctiting the rail itself as the factory does. Then pic rings that you like- I generally use NF Ultra Lights and Warne Mountain Techs.
Hi Form, any reason to not go with the Spuhr Hunting Series rings, which have a direct-mount option for T3 rails (https://spuhrwebshop.com/en/hunting/sakotikka/34/sct-4006a.html)?

Best I can make out, these are about 40 grams lighter than NF Ultralites plus a Mountain Tactical rail, and about $200 cheaper all up (in local dollars) ...

Is there any functional issue with the split in the rings being diagonal? I seem to recall Ilya saying he didn't like it (but possibly on the heavier-duty version) - I seem to recall he said something about the diagonal split causing issues, but I'm not sure what.
 
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Is there any functional issue with the split in the rings being diagonal? I seem to recall Ilya saying he didn't like it (but possibly on the heavier-duty version) - I seem to recall he said something about the diagonal split causing issues, but I'm not sure what.


The problem the Spuhrs have, is ring cap breakage which is not unheard of. And they’re expensive for what they are.
 
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