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I'm trying to decide what scope to put on my daughter's and my wife's turkey shotgun. Members on another board strongly suggested the Leupold 2.5x - 20 Ultra Light scope. One can't help but like the 4.9" of eye relief...it must be easy to get behind one and acquire the target (Gobbler wattles).

My only concern is low light performance. Where we hunt there is a dense canopy. The birds generally fly down about 5 ~ 10 minutes before legal shooting time, but even when 30 minutes before sunrise arrives, that dense canopy keeps things rather dark for another 10 minutes or more.

Will that Leupold 2.5X Ultra Light be able to pick out the bird to shoot in low light?

Thanks ahead of time for any and all replies.
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I had a Leupy Ultralight once (although it was not that model). It was, IMO, not real good in low light situations (heck, it wasn't even that good in normal light!!!). Ended up selling it. What about some type of red dot / Aimpoint / Burris Fast Fire II type of sight?
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I have that exact scope. I purchased the heavy duplex version and mounted on a full stocked Mannlicher type .22 rimfire. It fits the rifle and it allowed my youg daughter to aim, because of long eye relief.
I have sent the scope to Leu, to replace the reticle for a standard duplex. The heavy duplex was too thick for a rimfire that can shoot eggs at 100 yards. The heavy duplex would work very well on a shotgun in low light.
 
The optics are very sharp, the scope is extremely strong, light, compact, and the adjustments very precise. It is a high quality scope. However, i am concerned about one thing. When hunting in places with patches of bright light and deep shade (forest), it seemed to loose some contrast. The dark shade was too dark and the bright spots seemed too bright and slightly glared. It would work on Turkeys just fine. It would work in low light, i shot squirrels with it in very dim light.
 
I also have the Nikon Monarch African 1-4x20. This has only 4" of eye relief, but i like the optics better. It is sharper and brighter and the shade-sun difference or glare was not there.  The no 4 reticle would work very well in bracketing a tom's head. I would not buy the Ultralight again. I am keeping it, but i would buy one more Monarch African in a heartbeat. I would not go in the bush after a buffalo with the Leupold. I would with the small Monarch. Alas, i've never heard of anyone being charged by a wild turkey.  I did have a domestic turkey once that stood on the railroad, pissed off at the incoming train I should have filmed that and posted on youtube Big Smile


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Hmmm...a Nikon Monarch African 1-4x20 you say? The price is close to the same and I've always liked Nikon glass; whatever else I may have a gripe about on a Nikon scope, it has never been the glass.

I've never owned a Sightron, but guys that I trust hold them in high esteem.

My daughter could easily get by with either; she shot a Docter red dot two years ago (I was injured last year and we didn't get to hunt) and bagged her first Gobbler at a lasered 68 yards shooting Federal Flite Control Heavy Weight #6 shot. My wife shot a bird with the same shotgun and later told me her eyes aren't what they used to be...she needed a scope.

Thank you for the replies gentlemen. I believe I'll spring for 2 of the Nikon Monarch Africans. I wish I could get by with the Sightron; that would save me about $400.00.
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Well, I bought a Leupold VX2 1-4x20. It's not classified by Leupold as an ultra light, though some of the dimensions are similar.

Cost me $300.00 and some change, which is roughly what I sold the two scopes combined that came off of my daughter's and wife's shotguns.


Now I guess I'll have to sell a gun. I have a Springfield Super Match that was 'smithed by George Gardner (of GAP tactical rifle fame) in partial payment for some milling machines. It's never been fired other than the function test Mr. Gardner performed after he completed the build. But I love Springfield M1As, so I'll try and sell one or both of the following:

9mm Spanish 400 Astra in great shape, or

a 1935A French 32 long.

Both are accurate, and the little 32 long is powerful enough to deal with 2-legged varmints.

Thanks for all the help. I had so many "perfect" suggestions to choose from I about changed my mind at the mention of another perfect turkey scope.

Edited by Magnumdood - March/05/2013 at 03:04
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