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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2009 at 02:33
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Leupold Scope 9898 on the Sample List looks like a good low light scope for my dear/pig rifle. I can't find it on the Leupold website or on the SWFA listings. I'm guessing it's a LE sniper model. The 6x42 FX-3 is less than half this price but it's my main shooting platform we're talking about here and so I want to know:

  • Is it the best or most coatings Leupold has to offer?
  • It says M3 target knobs but the picture doesn't appear to be such. Are those caps over the windage and elevation turrets or some kind of target knob?
  • There doesn't appear to be gradations on the side focus either. Are there any marks on the focus knob? I assume this adjustment is akin to an AO and should be marked at various ranges. Am I wrong?
  • Why does it cost so much?

Thanks very much.

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/07/2009 at 13:25
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M3 target knobs have screw on caps covering this style they  are low profile but elevation is  1 moa per click and windage is 1/2moa per click the knobs are set up wiht balistic drop info engraved for a caliber and specific bullet and Leupold Custom can engrave new knobs for any cartridge. These will only work out with a flat base and a plus 20 moa base will put you 20 inches to high on paper at 100 so it must be used with a flat base.  The Mk 4  6x has not been made for several years it is a tougher than nails military / LE  Sniper scope.  Most people dont like the rough 1moa clicks however the beauty is that you can not get lost in the dial as one revolution of the dial takes you from 100 to 1000 yds.  For most guys the choice of an FX3 6x42 is a better choice and I just got one in that has the heavy duplex which I was a bit worried would be too heavy but it looks to me like in very low light it will still be useable and working with it at 200 yds on the range yesterday it was OK not quite a benchrest scope with fine crosshairs but definately a  top quality hunting scope with crosshairs you will be able to find in a hurry.
The VX3 lens quality and coatings will be better, but for extreme long range  work the Mk 4 would be better.   There is a version of the FX3  long range duplex that has a couple of hold over points so if center was 200 and the points below were about 300 and 400 it would take care of most hunting needs and you can always remove the caps and dial in correction on the FX3 as the knobs are finger adjustable wiht a gold color marker to reset your zero.   FX3 is 1/4 moa per click  so each click moves it 1/4 inch at 100 .
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