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anyone own one if the leica ER scopes? what are your thoughts on em? worth the price? good reticles?
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VERY nice glass, as good as it gets.
Reticles can be on the thin side.


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ahh thats what i was afraid of     every manufacturer should have a heavy plex option
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Have one with a #4 and one with a #1 reticle.  Really like their #1 reticle.  They are tough to find be they are around.  Starting to put mine through the paces. 
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I like and have the 4a reticle, wish the out posts extended a little closer to the center like Swaro's does with their #4 reticle. If it did it wouldn't seem as thin to some and perfect for big game hunting. The optics are fantastic.
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There are quite a few threads on OT about the Leica ER scopes.

They're wonderful scopes. As good as hunting scopes get. To my way of thinking, I believe the 2.5-10X42 version is the perfect all-around big game hunting scope. It has everything I want in a hunting scope, though in a perfect world, I wish they were a few oz lighter.

My only real complaints about the ER scopes are the adjustments turn a little easier with clicks that are a bit too faint than I would prefer on the capped models. The issue here is it's easy to overshoot the adjustments or turn them by accident during initial sight-in. The other issue is the plex reticle is too thin for my tastes, but that's easy to solve by just not getting that reticle. Finally, the power ring selector is a bit stiff to turn, but not unreasonably so.

Optically, they're as good as scopes get. They have "AquaDura" hydrophobic lens coatings, which is a nice feature. The main tube is longer than typical due to the short eyepiece housing, which provides extra ring spacing latitude on long action rifles, always a good thing. They have generous eye relief. They're exceptionally well-made. They're less expensive than comparable scopes from Zeiss or Swarovski. What's not to like?

If you're looking for a traditional hunting style reticle, the plex is the only one that's thin. The #4a and #1 reticles have thick outer bars, so low light visibility isn't a problem with those. I agree that the outer bars could extend a little further toward the center of the reticle on the 4a, but in actual use, I've not felt handicapped at all by the wider spacing, so it's really a minor thing. I have 1 each of the #4a and the #1 reticles in my two ER scopes.


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As said above, glass is great, reticles can be thin, and target turrets spin WAY too easily.
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FYI, I have tested one with the IBS reticle and _I_ found it usable on deer at 30 min sundown when legal hunting stops.

I am testing the 3-12x50 with IBS and lit reticle.
They nailed the illumination for low light...

It also has the lockable elevation target turret which I like..
It's not quite as positive as tactical scope but I don't find it to be too soft like above referenced on the earlier versions.


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