My full review of the Swarovski z6i 2.5-15×56 Review will be published in the December edition of the SSAA’s Australian Shooter magazine.

The z6i indicates an illuminated reticle in the z6 series of scopes.  The z6 indicates a 6x range of zoom in the scope power.  Without having ever used an illuminated reticle scope, I harboured the uninformed view that they were a bit of a gimmick.  That lasted until the moment I actually used one, whereupon my attitude changed instantly to I-gotta-have-one.

The z6i 2.5-15×56 has a number of reticle options.  I chose the 4A European style which I prefer and have on my other rifles.  Physically, the Swarovski z6i 2.5-15×56 is a big bodied scope.  The apparent size of the large light-gathering 56mm objective lens is belied by the 30mm scope tube.  There is side turret parallax adjustment over the range of 50 metres to infinity.

The elevation turret has a user-adjustable ballistic configuration.  Using the Swarovski website ballistics calculator you can determine the exact adjustment for the cartridge you are using.  There are a series of colour coded rings that are positioned as per the Swarovski ballistic calculator and that allows accurate sighting out to 400 odd metres, depending of course on your calibre.

Swarovski-scope-ballistic-turret

On my 257 Weatherby Magnum the Swarovski z6i 2.5-15×56 provides the low light and long range capability needed when chasing wild dogs.  Not surprisingly, such performance does not come cheap and the recommended retail price of the Swarovski z6i 2.5-15×56 P is $3,490.