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Thanks for the review. Sounds likee the cost difference between the two may be enough to justify the minimal difference in clarity. How is the low light capability? I had read that swaro claims > 90% light transmition, and leupold is claiming 98%. So im wondering if the smaller objective really isnt hindering anything.
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I aways take those light transmission figures from the manufacturers with a grain of salt.  The means for testing, etc is all over the board and varies from one mfg to another.  Bushnell says the Elite 4200 is the brightest scope in the world.  it is very bright, but I had a S&B Summit that was brighter.  
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I guess the op disappeared...........
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Pump and dump??? Mine is on backorder :( Any more word from your buddy?
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He said he wanted to keep it another few days because he wanted to mount it to test tracking.  It's raining today and tomorrow over there so it may be another few days before he gets to do that.  No harm in not having Diavari glass in a scope that costs less than half.  Glass is excellent and FOV and eyebox is super good. 
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What reticle did you get? I'm seriously thinking about getting the illuminated duplex version. This scope seems to be drawing me back to Leupold. Do you think the glass is better than the Meopta Meostar line?
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I consider the glass in the Meopta and Conquest to be virtually the same, granted I haven't spent more than maybe an hour with a Meopta, and I own the Conquest, but that's how I saw it.  The VX6 is clearly better than my Conquest, and my buddy says the same in comparison to his.  Sorry I can't be more help. 
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I'm going to put this scope on a CVA Apex. I have a set of the deadnutz 30mm rings (high). I was wondering if there would be a better alternative that would mount the scope lower to the barrel. Any suggestions?
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I have a warne base and warne meduim rings on my TC with a 40mm vx3. You can also get weaver style bases for the cva. My vx6 is also mounted in warne meduim rings on a Tikka. Warne web site offers ring height charts that have been helpful for me.
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Update.  Sorry for the delay.  It's been crazy since SHOT Show.  Here's the link to part 2 of my review.  Full review coming soon.

http://lockedandloadedwithcarduccitactical.com/2012/01/30/leupold-vx-6-review-best-scope-for-the-money/

"In comparison to all of my high-end European scopes, the optical quality of this scope is the best I have ever seen." 

That is a bold statement…huh?  Well the VX-6 is a bold offering by Leupold.  This scope is a game changer.  The VX-6  is exactly what people have been wanting, expecting and demanding from Luppy.  The scope is not another optic in their line with a different name and some added features. The VX-6 is a new scope with new glass and new technology -that is why they are slowly being distributed.

So let me answer some questions…for those of you lucky enough to be are in the market for a scope you will not be disappointed in the VX-6.

Let me start by saying comparing scopes is one of the best ways to convey the optical quality, mechanics and the overall experience using nothing but words. Chances are people have used or own one of the scopes you state as being Better, Same or Worse. It is also fun and some people will agree and others disagree. I try to compare apples to apples whenever possible and I am not talking about price in this example. Rather size of objective and magnification range.

SmileyDawg:  You said:

"In comparison to all of my high-end European scopes, the optical quality of this scope is the best I have ever seen." 

Can you please elaborate?   Which "high-end European scopes" do you have?    When I consider high-end I would consider the Swarovski Z6 line, the Zeiss Victory T* FL line, and the Schmidt and Bender.   Are you saying that these Leupold scopes are comperable to those European scopes or do we have a different view of "high-end"?


We have a similar view of high-end European scopes.  I may differ from you though in my belief that a scope doesn’t have start with a 3, to qualify as high end. The scopes you listed are 3K+ especially the models with illumination. The Leupold VX-6 is under 1K.

 

When I get a scope I look it over and spend quiet some time examining the features, glass and reticle.  Then, if justified, I break-out the Kahles, Zeiss and Swarovski’s for comparison.  Keep in mind that at times I can tell the optical quality of the scopes is not even close to the higher end models so no comparison is needed.  In the past when I have reviewed scopes, they have been close to my higher-end European models, but none have exceeded or matched.

 

In my initial product investigation, I noticed a higher optical quality with the VX-6 than compared to Kahles CL 3-9x42mm, CSX 3-12x56mm, Conquest 3.5-10x50mm scopes. With true daytime illumination, a foot of constant eye relief and the eye box forgiveness of a Swarovski Z6 EE, you get an outstanding scope from Leupold. 

 

Is the optical qualify of the Leupold VX-6 better than the Swarovski Z6? (2-12x50mm) It is damn close. The VX-6’s eye relief of a constante true 4” thru 2 to 12X is superior to the Z6 and at  about one-quarter of the cost - at just under $1,000 - that is damn impressive.

Does this mean it is better than a z3, z5, z6? Better than Z3, not enough experience with the Z5 to say.  The Z6 and the VX-6 are close in comparison,

What European optics do you have?  I own a Kahles CSX 3-12x56mdddm, Kahles CL 3-9x42mm, CL 4 – 12 x 52mm,  Zeiss ConqueI own a Kahles CSX 3-12x56mm, Kahles CL 3-9x42mm, CL 4 – 12 x 52mm,  Zeiss Conquest 3.5 – 10x44mm  Rifle

 

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Thanks for the update! I cant wait until mine is no longer on backorder. :(
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is the actual sight picture to the eye a larger image on the Z6 or the VX6...typically leupolds even on the same mag, the overall image is a smaller circle prob because the occular is smaller
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I had a similar question on another brand of lower power, it's a 1.5 and it seems to be a smaller image than my naked eye.( really disapointing) I don't have the z6, but i do have a z3 4-12 and on 2x the vx6 seems almost as large as the z3 on 4x. I also have several other scopes in 3-9 and to my eyes the vx6 on 2x is equal to or larger than them on 3x.
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adjust the diopter....it can really make a difference on how big the image is
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is the actual circle of the image bigger or doies the image appear more magnified?
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i have adjusted on the 1.5, at a point where is starts to blur, it is still smaller than the naked eye.
 
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 on the vx6 image appears larger.
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FINALLY!!! Just received a call from Pat at SWFA and she is sending out my VX-6 Illuminated 2-12x42mm. It has been on back order since November! I will be mounting it on a Nosler Model 48 Trophy Grade in 280AI and will report back in a few weeks!

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I have the same rifle
Love it
I ran a Zeiss FL 4-16 with AVS turret this past season
I gotta send it back or buy it

I am testing a VX6 1-6 on my competition AR right now and an very impressed in low light, even compared to my S&B 1.5-6x42

The VX6 2-12 will probably be what I run this next season

Did you get yours dialed in?
What load are you running?
I got 5 boxes of the 140 AB factory load and it shoots literally one he groups
I am about to start working up some handloads to duplicate it

Fantastic rifle and it has been deadly
4 bullets fired, 5 animals recovered this season
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compared into the night against a Victory FL 4-16x50
the latter was better glass at 200 yards past sundown as it should be for almost 3x the cost

but, it wasn't 3x better
we all know there is a point of diminishing returns and it is impossible for me to say where that line is for someone else

I would say the Zeiss might get you a few moments more trying to guage a buck as shooter or not at 30 minutes past sundown

So if you HAVE to have the best glass and can and are willing to pay for it, the Zeiss is better
but the Z6 hangs very well and offers a better magnification range, is lighter and cheaper

comes down to money really
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I just purchased a VX6 3-18x50 to replace my Zeiss Victory 3-12x56.  I wanted to drop down from the 56mm objective and add to the power range.  I am willing to accept the Zeiss could be brighter in low light but I am not sure my eyes can see the difference.  For the $1250 OTD price I saved at least $800 bucks versus buying the Zeiss Victory 4-16x50 FL. We will see how the Leupold performs.
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It looks like a great scope, I think I will save to get one within the next year. I have a question which be better for a hunter, with the change of long range shots the fire dot long range or illuminated Boone &crochet, which one would be best ?Kev
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Last post on this was early May. Seems like a great scope option. Any new feedback from anyoneon their new scopes?  Thanks Bruce
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Bruce,

I purchased a Leupold VX-6 3-18x50mm fine duplex #115005 in mid May...Very Nice Scope! I had trouble finding any owner reviews on the net, so I posted "my review" (see below) on about 10 sites for prospective buyers to read.

I discovered the OT forum and decided to join and maybe answer a few questions:

My On-Line-Reviews
[ After receiving a fully Custom .30-06 Rem 700 for Christmas, I've been shopping really nice rifle scope products currently available to compliment my new hunting rifle. I've looked through several high end Schmidt & Bender and other high end scope products, but backed away due to the "price of admission"! I received my rifle with an 8 year old Leupold VX-III 3.5-10 50mm, that although was put through field in-use torture test, still looked new, functioned perfectly and still had great optics. So I continued my research in the Leupold product line of optics.

Now at 59, my eyesight isn't what it use to be. Looking for a longer reach in optics, I discovered the new line of Leupold VX-6 6:1 Zoom 3-18 power scopes! With the latest optical technical developments incorporated into the VX-6 line, along with a wide 6x variable zoom capability, I found the scope to fit my needs well. I delayed my purchase a few months, waiting for some field reviews to appear on the net, but guess it is too new as very few are out there as of my review here. Well, with the satisfaction I previously had with Leupold products, their great industry reputation, the Lifetime Warranty and the Made In The USA label, I made the purchase, literally, sight unseen!

The Leupold #115005 VX-6 3-18 50mm with Fine Duplex Reticle arrived in perfect condition. I choose a professional aluminum rail and mount system from Seekins Precision and bore sighted the scope at 50 yds. With the full 18 power zoom, I can now more accurately setup to 100yd. target. Shooting the re-load ballistics I settled on before, I was able to shoot a 5-round grouping of .242", or 1\4 MOA at 100 yards!! I'll be working up longer range ballistic data to submit to Leupold for my CDS (custom dial system) elevation turret that is a feature of this scope purchase. If I'm going to deer hunt, I want all my kills to be Accurate and Swift!

The 20.4oz scope weight allows me to easily handle my overall rifle assembly. I find the eye relief close to 6"(3 power) and a respectable 4" at full 18 power. Throughout the variable power zoom, the sight image is Very Bright, Clear and Sharp edge to edge. Color renditions are true and accurate as per available light. All control functions (diopter, zoom, turrets) are Tight and Precise. I thought there would be audible clicks to elevation and windage adjustments, but I guess being a hunting scope, they are quiet but positive. The side focus Parallax control works very well and smooth, keeping the reticle plane solid at distance while moving your head around the field of view. During late dusk, towards a large dark silhouetted oak tree with only a dim blue sky background, this Leupold was able to differentiate at 18 power the leaves and branches, details I couldn't see myself! The fine duplex reticle assist in excellent shot placement without being intrusive or detracting in the field of view.

Overall, this isn't an inexpensive scope, but certainly not at the top end optic price points. I feel my research and wait has paid off in a Well Built, High Performance, Competitive Priced Investment that should last me my lifetime in our American Hunting Sport!
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After my net postings above, I have gone to the range with my re-loads and shot exact dope adjustments out to 600yds (200-300-400-500-600), gave to Leupold and have already received my Custom  CDS elevation dial. During this long range activity, my only 3 - 600yd shots (1st time at over 100yd load work) were..."2" X ring (3" center) and "1" 10 ring (6" center) for an overall 1\2 MOA !!! Seems my new custom rifle shoots as good as it looks! Big Grin  The 3-18 6-power Zoom Range is Great and due to the VX-6 Clarity and Sharpness, even I was surprised at it's valuable assistance in making such long range shot accuracy...Deer will never know what him em'!!

Hope the above info helps!

Thanks,

Ted
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Do the 2-12 have a big FOV at 2x ? No tunnel view?

And is there a floating black dot in the center when illumination is off, or is it just a plain cross?
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