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I am looking at the vx-3 with the custom dial system for my 7-08. It is used mainly for deer hunting with shots to 400 and some target shooting (mostly 100 to 200 for groups). Do you guys favor one of these magnifications over the other for any specific reason? I know most people with bash my choice of the vx-3 but I like the cds better than the busy reticles and I think they will be bright enough for my purpose. I also like the size and weight of both of these scopes.
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I won't bash you, I like and think the 3.5-10 is the better choice.  It is less expessive, has a lower end for close in shots and plenty on top for extended shots. 

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I agree with LT here.  And while we seem to bash leupold its not because they aren't good scopes, they are, its because we feel there are better options for less money a lot of the times. 
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

I agree with LT here.  And while we seem to bash leupold its not because they aren't good scopes, they are, its because we feel there are better options for less money a lot of the times. 
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Gotta agree with the above post.  I didn't buy a 4.5x14 VX3 becauseof small FoV at low power.  I have several 3.5x10' mostly Vari-X III's and VX-III's.  Better for all around use.
 
 
 
 
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Realize  that the calibrated drop turret is also for one specific load in the 7-08 group - not for all 7-08 loads. The advantage of using a bdc reticle is that one can adjust the mag. power to cover a wide variety of load differences.
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I have 4X12's, 3X9's, and waiting on a 4.5X14 to come in; all Leupolds.   I don't see much difference when I'm shooting at caribou or moose; probably wouldn't matter what scope is on there, ha.  BUT, after hunting with an illuminated reticle this fall, I do believe any new scopes will have illuminated reticles.  I was throwing up on moose at 10:30 pm this fall and could see the cross hairs.

I might order that CDS option on the nx Leupold I get though.  Somehow I figure the CDS might be nice for  shooting way off across canyons up on the summit, but not really that important for quick shooting; which is more common for me.

I have this Indian buddy who lives upriver in Dawson.  Now most Indians I know have old military rifles or beat up 30-30's, or guns with broken/ taped stocks; they sure are rough on them; probably from beating them off each other, ha ha, no joke.  But this one Indian I know has all nice guns,  brownings with conquest scopes. He just bought a Diavari up Whitehorse and it cost him 2200, spendy.  He keeps telling me if I'd just get high class and buy a Diavari, I'd throw all my Leupolds away, ha.  One of these years?????
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Originally posted by Zhurh Zhurh wrote:

I have 4X12's, 3X9's, and waiting on a 4.5X14 to come in; all Leupolds.   I don't see much difference when I'm shooting at caribou or moose; probably wouldn't matter what scope is on there, ha.  BUT, after hunting with an illuminated reticle this fall, I do believe any new scopes will have illuminated reticles.  I was throwing up on moose at 10:30 pm this fall and could see the cross hairs.

I might order that CDS option on the nx Leupold I get though.  Somehow I figure the CDS might be nice for  shooting way off across canyons up on the summit, but not really that important for quick shooting; which is more common for me.

I have this Indian buddy who lives upriver in Dawson.  Now most Indians I know have old military rifles or beat up 30-30's, or guns with broken/ taped stocks; they sure are rough on them; probably from beating them off each other, ha ha, no joke.  But this one Indian I know has all nice guns,  brownings with conquest scopes. He just bought a Diavari up Whitehorse and it cost him 2200, spendy.  He keeps telling me if I'd just get high class and buy a Diavari, I'd throw all my Leupolds away, ha.  One of these years?????
 
Thanks for sharing that Zhurh!Bucky
I spent 3 Years in Fairbanks, mostly up North. Ive been thru your part of the country 5 or 6 times back in the '70's and I love it there....I agree with you on the illuminated reticles as well. I had the same experience with Deer this fall only I did NOT have a lit reticle and sure wished I had..It was a real nice Buck and he is still there tooBig Grin.....I hope you continue to share here with us...
Jules...
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Originally posted by JF4545 JF4545 wrote:

I agree with you on the illuminated reticlel. I had the same experience with Deer this fall only I did NOT have a lit reticle and sure wished I had..It was a real nice Buck and he is still there tooBig Grin.....

That was funny:-)
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I think the VX3 is an excellent scope - no bashing. I would vote for the 3.5x10 between your two choices - but I would also look carefully at the 2.5-8 which is, imho, an outstanding scope when you combine the compactness, the choice of reticles, weight, glass etc. For hunting, it is very, very hard to beat, although it clearly would not be as optimal at the range.I ilke the lesser mag options because of the Fov at low mag: quick target acquisition.

If you are getting an illuminated version, be aware you can also ask for a TMR reticle in this scope - imho a great combo.


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If you have a nice light, compact 7mm-08, I'd suggest going down one more step to the 2.5-8x36.

It compliments hunting rifles very nicely and its smaller profile keeps it from getting hung up on branches or brush. Light-gathering is very good and it will be plenty of magnifcation for the type of hunting you want to do.
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I have both of these scopes in the VX-3 and have to say I really like the VX-3. Now for the power-- I don't like the lack of F.O.V. at 4.5 power, other than that I like the scope. Mine has the parrallax adjustment and I would do that again. For long range precision work the 4.5-14 is nice, for normal hunting I'd take the 3.5-10. Most people say you don't need the parallax adjust on a hunting scope, but if you must have the higher power, it lets you set up for more precision shooting.
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