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Back in the spring I stumbled across a bargain on a new sealed Leupold VX2 3-9x40 CDS. I recently mounted it on modified Savage platform in 450BM.

I was sitting in my tripod stand this morning with the 450M cradled in a Caldwell Treepod and as it was just starting to get light, I leaned forward to look thru the scope. It was set on 5x and it looked like somebody turned on the football stadium lights! 

If a deer had come across the winter wheat field I would not have known if it was a buck or not with my eyes. But looking thru the VX2 I would have been able to count tines. I have 3 different Zeiss scopes but this little gem rocks!
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Up to 6x it should be pretty bright with a 40mm objective.  Handy scope.
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I have 2 new VX-1's and they are great, especially considerig what I paid for them. 

I havce never looked through a Leupold that failed to disappoint me. 
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Originally posted by Lockjaw Lockjaw wrote:


I have never looked through a Leupold that failed to disappoint me. 











Me too!
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Leupold:  For those times when nothing less than a scope that never fails to disappoint will do.
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I have 4 Leupolds, two I bought, two I inherited. I bought the two because I didn’t know better. All 4 of them suck compared to my other glass. Moved one to my .17hmr, yep it still sucks but it holds zero and I kill tree rats with it.
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Originally posted by Lockjaw Lockjaw wrote:

I have 2 new VX-1's and they are great, especially considerig what I paid for them. 

I havce never looked through a Leupold that failed to disappoint me. 


Uuuuh, say what?
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What's the knock on Leupold other than they pad the price to cover the warranty?
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Originally posted by saltydog235 saltydog235 wrote:

I have 4 Leupolds, two I bought, two I inherited. I bought the two because I didn’t know better. All 4 of them suck compared to my other glass. Moved one to my .17hmr, yep it still sucks but it holds zero and I kill tree rats with it.


Just saying 4 leupolds doesn’t give us much. Leupold has cheap and very expensive. Which models do u own that suck so bad?
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I have everything from the older fixed power target scopes to VarixII's &III's and tactical III's  To competition scopes to VX2's, VX3's, a VX3i, VXR, a bunch of MK4's, prismatics, had the CQT, had deltapoints, had the scooped out L models, etc.  Probably more which I'm forgetting.  I probably have 30 leupolds right now, but I've bought my last one.  A buddy of mine still buys them religiously, but I've relegated them to the daytime plinkers and range rifles and safe queens. 

They used to be my one and only brand for a long time.  Then I bought a zeiss and my eyes were opened. After that I bought Kahles and Swaro, the economical Zeiss Conquests, and then was won over by meopta in terms of quality for the price.   

IMO Leupold is fine with their mechanical adjustments.  I've only ever had one or two go bad.  But the glass is nothing special at all, especially in terms of low light.  

My 10x Super Sniper looks to be just as bright as a MK4 costing far more.    
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mk4s never impressed me much in the optical quality area either. I remember comparing them to my IOR and SS hd scopes in precision rifle classes and it was like a light turned off when looking through them.
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Two VX3’s and two Vari-X Ii’s. The VX3’s have been sent for warranty work. They flair like hell in sunlight and suck balls in low light. Lost the seals in one and had an erector go in the other, in fairness it got dropped. The Vari-X II I have on my son’s .243 isn’t bad until it gets 10 minutes past sunset, then it’s useless. The 4-12X40 VXII I have on the .17hmr is the best of the bunch but still sucks in any sort of moderate to low light.
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I was a Leupold basher for a while, but i bought a few over the last few years and think they are as good as anything else in their comparative price ranges.  In a few models I like what they offer more. 

I have flaring issues with my vxi and my fxII like you are seeing, but not seen that with my VXR, vx3s, VX5 and VX6.

I am not saying any Leupold is a Swaro Z6 or Zeiss Victory as I know first hand they glass is a little better in those, but the higher end Leupolds compare well in their given price ranges IMO.  So many will compare a $400 Leupold VX3 to a $1500 Swaro or Zeiss.  And of course they are not going to compare.  But compare a VX6 HD to one of those and they compare much better. 

 For $900 getting a scope that has a zero lock elevation turret, excellent illumination, and great glass is awesome IMO. 

I tested my vx5 and vx6 this year and could see deer easily past legal shooting limits.    
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I don't get all the bashing. The new vx1 scopes I bought are as good to me as a Burris fulfield.

Every one. Have looked through had a great eye box. I can see why people like them. Lifetime warranty is good too.

I hate to break it to some of you, but the idea of dropping 1500 plus on a scope I'm going to take in the woods and scratch all up doesn't appeal to me.
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"Variable eye relief".

I don't understand why that's still a thing.   
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Originally posted by Whitefire Whitefire wrote:

Originally posted by Lockjaw Lockjaw wrote:

I have 2 new VX-1's and they are great, especially considerig what I paid for them. 

I havce never looked through a Leupold that failed to disappoint me. 


Uuuuh, say what?
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If he amends his, I have to amend mine too.
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

Originally posted by Whitefire Whitefire wrote:

Originally posted by Lockjaw Lockjaw wrote:

I have 2 new VX-1's and they are great, especially considerig what I paid for them. 

I havce never looked through a Leupold that failed to disappoint me. 


Uuuuh, say what?
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If he amends his, I have to amend mine too.


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Ok amended, in simple terms.

Every leupold I have looked through made me realize why they are popular. They may not be the best scope out there, for the money or otherwise, but they have all been nice, bright and clear to my eyes. 

Happy?? 
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It was not a personal jab, I just thought it funny that I agreed with the statement but probably not the intention (Leupold has never failed to disappoint me), but need clarification on that last one:

Originally posted by Lockjaw Lockjaw wrote:

They may not be the best scope out there, for the money or otherwise, but they have all been nice, bright and clear to my eyes. 


If something is, admittedly, not the best, why buy it?  If I can do better for the same or less money, why would I buy something that isn't up to the task?

I am not a Leupold fan, first for my experiences with them that began more than 20 years ago, next for their slow move away from "Made in the USA" but slower move away from documenting/admitting to it.

I hear much of their new stuff is quite good, I haven't used enough of it to say.

I am occasionally required to use a Leupold, and do so grudgingly.  Of the scopes in that category, I have yet to be impressed.


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Originally posted by Lockjaw Lockjaw wrote:

Ok amended, in simple terms.

Every leupold I have looked through made me realize why they are popular. They may not be the best scope out there, for the money or otherwise, but they have all been nice, bright and clear to my eyes. 

Happy?? 

I hate Leupold so much that the last 2 scopes I've purchased are....Leupold. Wink 
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I trusted my VX3 to take this 190" muley buck a couple of weeks ago.  



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I recently purchased the first Leupold I've purchased in over 15 years… a VX-HOG for my 300BLK.  I got it from the samplelist at what I consider to be a good price.  It is adequate to the task.  I have no hatred of Leupold, just no love for Leupold.  So far, I've only shot raccoons with it, but it doesn't matter if it is a mouse or a T-Rex, as long as it performs as required.  
I had a bad experience with Leupold a number of years back that never was resolved.  I've also, until recently, been less than impressed with their design advances.  Pretty much "same ole, same ole" for 20+ years at ever increasing prices… newer models not included.  
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