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Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15x42mm Rifle Scope Review

zeiss-conquest-hd5-3-15x42-5I recently had the opportunity to do Australia’s first review of the Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15x42mm Riflescope.

The HD5 line of rifle scopes come in 5x magnification range that is 2-10x 3-15x and 5-25x which adds some great versatility to these scopes. All HD5 scopes feature Zeiss’ proprietary T* lens coating for light transmission and LotuTec hydrophobic lens coating to repel water.

As soon as it came in we mounted it on a Howa 1500 .223 and the next day I was down to my hunting patch to put it through it’s paces.

Having boresighted the scope it was a quick and painless process getting the rifle zeroed for 1 inch high at 100yards. The hunting turrets were exceptional offering firm, definitive and audible clicks moving the crosshairs a quarter of an inch per click at 100 yards. After about 10 shots I was zeroed in and ready to go.

The HD5 range has a 1 inch main tube which I’d like to highlight that the diameter of the main tube does not have any bearing on light transmission, this is a myth.The only benefit of a 30mm main tube is that it gives you more windage and elevation adjustment over a 25mm tube.

The model I reviewed had a #20 Duplex Reticle, eye relief is a generous 90mm which is great especially if you are mounting this scope on a rifle that has significant recoil.

The field of view is 35ft at 100yds on 3x magnification and 7ft at 15x magnification giving the shooter a hunting and varminting scope in one.

zeiss-conquest-hd5-3-15x42-3The Side parallax adjustment ranges from 50 yards to infinity. The Side Parallax Adjustment knob is the only real place where I have an issue. The only markings to indicate distance is the 50yd mark and the infinity symbol, in between there are just rectangles and no distances. This is a failing as I often use the parallax adjustment on scopes to estimate range by focusing on the target and getting a good idea of what range the target is at by where the parallax is set. This is impossible with the markings on the HD5 which may be a minor thing but still an annoyance that is easily and cheaply fixed.

The German optics on this scope are brilliantly clear featuring Carl Zeiss’ proprietary T* Lens coating and LotuTec hydrophobic (water repellant) lens coating , thescope performed really well shooting paper and even better in the field. As the light faded I was really surprised the definition you could see on last light. In fact the 42mm objective sucked in plenty of light, you could be mistaken that the objective was a 50mm when looking through the scope.

Shooting on foot by LED torch light was made easy with the HD5, I bagged a fox with a 220 lumen scope mounted torch at about 50m and I could clearly see the fox even with the low light source. I usually use a 1000 Lumen torch when on foot but it died on me as I was calling the fox in. Luckily I was able to swap to my back up torch to remove yet another fox from the farm.

Overall, the Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15×42 is a great scope. It has super clear optics, amazing low light performance. It’s greatest attribute is it’s versatility. It is just as at home on a varmint rifle as it is on a walkabout hunting rifle. With generous field of view at 3x magnification it makes a very capable close range hunting scope, at 15x you can reach out and touch your target as well. It really makes me tempted to swap out my 3-9x scopes for the added versatility at no real penalty except for a little bit more weight and length.

Conquest HD5 3-15L

If you are in the market for a scope it would be wise to consider the Zeiss Conquest HD5 range as they are great value for money and a small price to pay for quality European optics.

Give us a call or email at Abela’s Gunshop on 02 46 26 3222 to talk about ordering a Conquest HD5.

Abela’s Price on the Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15x42mm: $1190 (Plex Reticle)  $1300 (Rapid Z 600 & 800 Reticles)

CONQUEST HD5 3-15×42 Specifications:

Magnification 3 x 15 x
Effective Lens Diameter 30 mm 42 mm
Exit Pupil Diameter 10 mm 2.8 mm
Twilight Factors 9.5 25.1
Field of View at 100 yd 35 ft 7 ft
Diopter Adjustment Range +-3 | 2 dpt
Eye Relief 90 mm
Parallax-Free in yards 50-Infinite
Adjustment per Click at 100yd 0.25 inch
Adjustment Range Height at 100yd 70 inch
Adjustment Range Lateral at 100yd 50 inch
Centre Tube Diameter 25.4 mm
Eye Piece Tube Diameter 44 mm
Objective Tube Diameter 50 mm
Water Resistance 400 mbar
Functional Temperature in °F -4 | +145 °F
Length 13.8 inch
Weight in Use 18.4 oz

Buffalo River Survival Knife Review

_DSC2600The Buffalo River Adventure Series Survival Knife was an interesting product to land on my desk for review.

It features a high carbon stainless steel half-serrated 5 inch Tanto style blade, at the base of the knife there is a stainless steel pommel for hammering, a diamond knife sharpener that is integrated into the knife sheath and a Ferrocerium fire starter.

I generally found whilst the blade is quite sharp out of the packaging, the Tanto point of the knife made the non-serrated part of the blade a bit limiting in it’s use due to the length of it, but this is a do-all survival knife and the versatility of the blade makes it’s limits a little bit irrelevant as it ticks a lot more boxes than a single purpose knife.


How many knives can you ask the following questions about and get a yes to all of them?
Could I gut an animal with this knife?
Could I cut bone or wood with it?
Can I cut rope or other fibrous materials?
Sure can.

_DSC2604So the knife is strong and versatile especially once you add the pommel at the base of the knife. It worked surprisingly well and I thought it would be the weakest feature of the knife, but I found that it performed well and I was easily able to hammer 4 inch nails into timber, so hammering stakes into the ground would be relatively easy considering you are using a knife and not a hammer.

The sheath of the knife also packs some feature in.

The two piece sheath has a plastic part which houses the knife it clips the knife in and has a diamond sharpener on the back of it and keeps a fire starter in the front.

This plastic sheath clips into the nylon holder via a button and a velcro strap. It features a horizontal loop and a vertical loop for either attaching to a belt or hanging off of something.

The diamond sharpener would definitely brighten up your blade and would definitely be helpful if you had a dull edge and needed to sharpen it.

The stand out feature of the knife is the fire starter and that is what truly makes the knife a great survival tool.


With the right material such as a fluffy dry bark it is really easy to light a fire. Of course I learned this the hard way after trying to light a fire with the fire starter the wrong way by striking it against a rock, then after nearly giving up I read the packaging and noticed the notch in the back of the knife. Once I used the the fire starter properly by sliding the notch on the spine of the knife down the fire starter it was ridiculously easy to make sure you had warmth throughout the night.

I tell this rather embarrassing story as it is a cautionary tale. If I was actually out in the bush with daylight fading and it being my only source of warmth for the night I could have been in big trouble. There is no point in owning equipment that could save your life if you do not know how to use it. I am incredibly lucky that I was just out testing this and not relying on it. Sure, I did figure it out, but I could have wasted valuable daylight if I was really stranded out in the bush.

Overall, this knife is truly performs well in all tasks. It makes it easy to start a fire, cut rope and anything else. It really is 6 tools in one little package. For the price it is well worth the $40 Retail price.

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Led Lenser M7 and M7R LED Torch Review

Led Lenser has been a huge name in the LED torch world for a very long time, they offer a very good product at a reasonable price so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their M7 and M7R torches and put them through their paces.

Today I am reviewing two similar products as one here, as far as I can tell the only differentiators between the M7 & M7R is that the M7 is powered by 4 AAA batteries and the M7R uses a rechargeable Lithium-Ion 18650 2200mAh battery. The M7R is also slightly taller and heavier than the M7.


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The M7R has a great recharger that doesn’t require you to remove the battery from the torch. The charger simply attaches magnetically to the on/off button and emits a red light when charging and a green light when fully charged. It is a simple, elegant solution. It also comes with a holder for the torch so you can stick the torch on the wall whilst it is charging.

Battery life for the M7 is up to 11 hours if using the lowest setting and up to 20.5 hours for the M7R. Unfortunately I could not test the battery life of each torch on the highest 220lm setting as I have not found a reliable way to monitor this without sitting there with a stopwatch waiting for both lights to run flat it is just a little too much like watching paint dry for my liking, but neither torch has let me down when it comes to battery life.

I did a 1.5 hour hunt the other night with the M7R and it was on for nearly all of that time and I haven’t charged it since.
The M7 is still using the original Duracell AAA batteries that comes in the box and still is as bright as its rechargeable brother at full charge.

Both the M7 and the M7R feature a 220 lumen LED, an adjustable spot to flood beam which is easily changed by pushing the lens housing away or toward you once you have selected either spot or flood or anywhere in between you twist the lens housing anti-clockwise to lock it into place and prevent it from moving.

The M7’s both feature 5 modes which are changed via the on/off switch.
Once you have turned the torch on depress the on/off switch half way without clicking the button and turning the torch off. It is hard to explain but think of it like focusing a digital camera before you press the shutter.

The 5 modes are:
* Full Brightness (220 Lumens)

* 15% Brightness, but if you hold the button down it will get start to get brighter and brighter until it reaches it’s full 220lm brightness again. Take your thumb off of the button and it will stay at this brightness. This is one of my favourite features of these two great torches.

* Slow Strobe

* S-O-S Signal

* Fast Strobe

Half depressing the button after the fast strobe will return it back to the first setting but it is far easier to turn the light off then back on to get back to full brightness.

A very happy author after bagging 3 foxes in 20 mins with the help of the Led Lenser M7R.

Recently, I had the opportunity to use the M7R in the field whilst whistling foxes.
The light performed flawlessly mounted to my 12 gauge shotgun with the Led Lenser Gun Mount. On that particular hunt I called up 4 foxes within 20 minutes and shot 3 of them.
In a hunting situation the M7 and the M7r is suited ideally for out to medium distances so it is perfect for use with a shotgun or a rimfire rifle.

The other hunting use I have for these torches is to spot foxes as both have beams that extend to 255m. My usual method is to have either of the M7’s in my hand scanning the paddock for the familiar glow of fox eyes, when I locate a fox I put the M7 in my pocket and use a bigger spotlight mounted to my .223 Tikka to take the shot.
Whilst the M7 and M7R has a beam out to 255m I find it better to use it to locate my game rather than have it mounted on a varmint weight centrefire rifle. This way I have a bright light in hand so I don’t have to swing around my Tikka to scan the paddock. It is safer and far less tiring to use two light sources when hunting in my opinion.

Overall these two torches are top notch and by giving the buyer the choice of rechargeable or AAA batteries for the same light output is a great idea.

I have to say I like the ability to recharge my torches and that has me leaning toward the M7R for my favorite torch of the two but there are plenty of people who like to be able to buy batteries for their torch anywhere and that is where the M7 comes into its own.

The M7 and the M7R are great torches and I can’t wait to see what Led Lenser sends me next.