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spotted a listing for  the redesigned VX-III's today
 
all the same magnifications carried over ( but did not list 1.75-6)
 
Highlighted items were:
 
Extended twilight lens system
Second generation argon/krypton gas
diamondcoat 2 external lens coating
twin spring erector system
Edge blackened lens reduce diffusion
 
Scopes look exactly the same and are dimensionally unchanged
 
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As long as there is not a significant price increase I will still consider the Leupold's. they are still the best looking, and the performance is good enough to my eyes.....
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they fairly close to pre-sale current models
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Agreed, Even though I have some better optics, I still will find room for a vx3 in my safe.
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I haven't seen anything on prices or specs for the 2009 models
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Look at the Leupold custom shop form on their site....I think it has the new scope prices as they are listing a VX3 now (vs. VX-III).  It looks like they are going to be about $30 more than the old models if I saw correctly.
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Sales reps were told the change "would be much more drastic than the change from Vari-X to VX".  Guess not.
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I'm sure the gun rag whores will be talking these up to get in-line for their free scopes, hunting trips, "writers seminars" and all the other free sh*tt that we consumers end up paying for at the register.
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I'll bet they'll be almost more of the same, but with a higher price tag. I'm not saying nothing has changed. I'm just saying, I'll bet it won't be worth the price difference. We'll see what happens.
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Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

I'm sure the gun rag whores will be talking these up to get in-line for their free scopes, hunting trips, "writers seminars" and all the other free sh*tt that we consumers end up paying for at the register.
 
I got an idea!!!!  Why don't we e-mail Leupold and tell them that WE want all of that stuff, too!!!   Bucky       Thinking
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Originally posted by martin3175 martin3175 wrote:

spotted a listing for  the redesigned VX-III's today
 
all the same magnifications carried over ( but did not list 1.75-6)
 
Highlighted items were:
 
Extended twilight lens system
Second generation argon/krypton gas
diamondcoat 2 external lens coating
twin spring erector system
Edge blackened lens reduce diffusion
 
Scopes look exactly the same and are dimensionally unchanged
 



Sounds a little like their vx-7 setup which would be quite a jump vs. the varix-III to original vx-3 jump.
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$30 doesn't sound too bad.........can this Really be Leupold??????    Shocked
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Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

I'm sure the gun rag whores will be talking these up to get in-line for their free scopes, hunting trips, "writers seminars" and all the other free sh*tt that we consumers end up paying for at the register.


Amen brother. 
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Originally posted by Ed Connelly Ed Connelly wrote:

Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

I'm sure the gun rag whores will be talking these up to get in-line for their free scopes, hunting trips, "writers seminars" and all the other free sh*tt that we consumers end up paying for at the register.
 
I got an idea!!!!  Why don't we e-mail Leupold and tell them that WE want all of that stuff, too!!!   Bucky       Thinking
 
where do I sign ??
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EVEN I would buy one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Eek
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I received a catalog today with the VX-3's listed.  The prices were very similar to the VX-111's.  It reads like they have the same glass as the VX-7.  If this is true then they are very much improved and will be a much better value than the VX-111.  I liked what I read.  In fact I'd prefer it to the VX-7 because I don't care for their 'pop-up' turrets.  I'm going to call Leupold and ask them point blank about the glass.
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Originally posted by timber timber wrote:

I received a catalog today with the VX-3's listed.  The prices were very similar to the VX-111's.  It reads like they have the same glass as the VX-7.  If this is true then they are very much improved and will be a much better value than the VX-111.  I liked what I read.  In fact I'd prefer it to the VX-7 because I don't care for their 'pop-up' turrets.  I'm going to call Leupold and ask them point blank about the glass.
 
Good man!!  Sounds too good to be true!! Leupold actually makes an improvement and then they DO NOT triple the cost of the product so that they make a 900% profit!!!!.......Hard to believe!!!! 
 
( but we like to buy American......because I get so weary of carrying around this heavy sack of gold and silver!!! It weighs a ton!!  It's just killing my arms!!! ) 
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Originally posted by timber timber wrote:

I received a catalog today with the VX-3's listed.  The prices were very similar to the VX-111's.  It reads like they have the same glass as the VX-7.  If this is true then they are very much improved and will be a much better value than the VX-111.  I liked what I read.  In fact I'd prefer it to the VX-7 because I don't care for their 'pop-up' turrets.  I'm going to call Leupold and ask them point blank about the glass.


At the Dallas Safari Show this past weekend the rep confirmed that the vx3 was upgraded with many of the vx7 features such as the same glass which is what I suspected. He also said there was going to be around a 6% increase in price. There were brochures on site to backup what I was told. Sounds like good news to me.


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On the Custom Shop site the VX 3 3.5-10X40 is $499.  I think the VX III was about $460.  Not bad.
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Ed has to buy one, Ed has to buy one, Yippee
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May just have to swing by the local shop and check them out...

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So does anyone know if they are going to be using the new glass in the MK4s since they used the crappy VX III glass before.  That might turn them into a much better scope if they do.
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Originally posted by mike650 mike650 wrote:

Originally posted by timber timber wrote:

I received a catalog today with the VX-3's listed.  The prices were very similar to the VX-111's.  It reads like they have the same glass as the VX-7.  If this is true then they are very much improved and will be a much better value than the VX-111.  I liked what I read.  In fact I'd prefer it to the VX-7 because I don't care for their 'pop-up' turrets.  I'm going to call Leupold and ask them point blank about the glass.


At the Dallas Safari Show this past weekend the rep confirmed that the vx3 was upgraded with many of the vx7 features such as the same glass which is what I suspected. He also said there was going to be around a 6% increase in price. There were brochures on site to backup what I was told. Sounds like good news to me.
 
I just got off the phone with Leupold and was told that the glass in the VX-3 and VX-3L is identical to the VX-7 glass.  I was also told that the VX-3L is identical to the VX-3 except for the objective bell.  Previously the VX-L had additional features not found in the VX-III.  This is no longer the case.  In fact I was told that the VX-3L is now part of the VX-3 family.  As far as asthetics the 24C gold plating on the ring and medallion (previously only available through the Leupold Custom Shop) is standard on both of these models.  Finally I was told that illuminated models of both the VX-3 and VX-3L will be released by the end of February.
 
For those interested in Leupold Custom Shop scopes I was told that custom colors and other options will be available for all VX-3 and VX-3L models including illuminated models.  Previously the VX-L's for instance were limited to matte black color only.  Also illuminated models were not available for custom work.  All of these will be eligible for custom work.  They are just waiting on 'white metal' production pieces of these scopes and I was told it would be soon.
 
My conclusion is this is fantastic news.  I realize there are folks on this forum who are not Leupold fans.  However most would also agree that the VX-7 glass was a big step up for Leupold.  So for Leupold to produce the VX-3 and VX-3L's with this glass and only increase prices modestly (6% looks about right looking at the catalog I received) over the VX-III's and VX-L's makes these scopes a much more attractive choice.  When compared to the VX-7's (which do have many other features - but are much more expensive) these new VX-3 and VX-3L's look even more attractive.  I like what I heard.
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A VX3 with VX7 glass will get my attention especially with the "modest" price increase.  I can't wait to read what's wrong with these.
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