During the FTW Ranch training course that I attend for the Zeiss Sport Optics‘ Conquest V6 launch event, I actually spent a lot more time with the 3-18×5 model than the smaller 1-6×24 model. In 2-days, we shot over 7000 rounds of high-power rifle calibers without any failure of the Zeiss Conquest V6 optics. Most of what we fired was the Hornady 6.5 Creemoor 147 gr ELD Match; although we also shot a lot of 450-400 Nitro Express and .375 Ruger big game cartridge for half a day during the safari stage.
Like the rest of the new Zeiss Conquest V6 line up, the 3-18×50 models feature the FL or fluorite crystal objective lens. Thanks to the fluorite crystal’s special property of eliminating chromatic aberration (color fringing), the Zeiss optic remains sharp and has good contrast from 3x all the way 18x. While it’s not really designed for low-light hunting like the top-of-the-line Zeiss Victory V8 series, the new Zeiss Conquest V6 is very bright and I had no problem picking up targets in the shadows of the hilly FTW Ranch backgrounds.
Here you see the ballistic turrets on the top and right side of the Zeiss Conquest V6 3-18×50 along with the parallax adjustment turret on the left. The top turret offers three rotations for elevation with indicator markings for each rotation. The adjustment is 1/4 MOA per click. Unlike the smaller 1-6x24mm model, the two bigger 3-18×50 and the 5-30×50 models don’t have illumination yet. Although, I would guess Zeiss is probably working hard on additional models in the Conquest V6 series.
Just like the 1-6×24 model that I covered earlier, the 3-18×50 also has a very generous eye-box through out the magnification range. The ocular eye piece is in a large 40mm size, and it has a nice rubberized ring at the end. The zoom ring is very smooth turning and the magnification values are all evenly spaced with half marks in between. Being a 2nd focal plane scope, the hold-over and ranging functions on the reticle only work at the maximum 18x magnification.
Zeiss Conquest V6 3-18×50 Specification:
Tube size: 30mm
Objective size: 50mm
Lens coating: Zeiss T* and LotuTec
Field of View at 100 yds: 37.2 ft @ 3x, 6.3 ft @ 18x
Eye relief: 3.5 inch
Exit pupil: 9.5mm-2.8mm
Parallax: adjustable from 50 yards to infinity
Adjustment per click: 1/4 MOA
Adjustment range: 103 MOA total
Reticle: ZMOA-2, ZBR-2, #43 and #60
Length: 13.3 inch
Weight: 22.2 ounces
Warranty: 5-years no-fault and lifetime limited transferable
Price: $1699 (capped turret) – $1799 (ballistic turret) MSRP
Shooting at 22-inch steel disc targets from 1500 yards away. The three targets are at the top of the ridge and in front of a small berm. Using the Zeiss Conquest V6 3-18×50, I had no problem seeing those clearly even at nearly a mile away.
Making a quick stop on the way back from the ranges. They were shooting at the feral pigs from 650 yards away.
I also had some trigger time with the bigger 5-30x50mm version of the Zeiss Conquest V6. It was mounted on the Ruger Precision Rifle. Scott Mayer, Safari Club International‘s editor, was shooting the same rifle and optic combo as I did. He shot a lot better than me did during the course. I found with the 5-30x50mm model, the eyebox reduced significantly after 20x. Size wise, the bigger model is not much larger than the 3-18x50mm model with just having a longer objective section at the front.
Scott Mayer’s video on the Zeiss Conquest V6 series.