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I am new to the site, so I am going to start out by posting a request for information.  
Is that rude?

I am in the market for a couple scopes for different purposes.  One to go on a Remington 40XB in a .308 and the other on a Stag 6L.  As with a lot of people these days, I would like to spend as little money as possible.  But on the flip side I would like the best optics available.  So I am going to have to meet some where in the middle.  Actually, it will have to be somewhere more toward the low to middle range of the cost spectrum.  

Well let me get to my question.  I recently have seen a few Leupold LPS scopes for sale.  I understand these scopes are no longer being produced.  I have seen them mentioned as the predecessor of the Leupold VX-7.

Does anyone know anything about them?  Pros, cons, or value?

Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.

Chris
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LPS

"Leupold's top of the line is the LPS (Leupold Premier Scope). LPS models combine a one-piece 30mm main tube, 1/4MOA clicks, 4-times power zoom range, synthetic gem anti-scratch lens coatings and are fully multicoated. After some initial reliability problems, the LPS was reintroduced with side focus adjustment, similar to the tactical models. Light transmission figures are an amazing 94%, 99.65% per lens. The original 1.5x-6x42mm LPS was discontinued due to too many problems, and was replaced by the 2.5x-10x45mm LPS".

Leupold has not been very successful in trying to capture a piece of the high end "euro" market as evidenced by the LPS and the soon to be discontinued VX-7. Their next attempt is the soon to be released VX-6 and only time will tell if this one has a chance as well.

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Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

Leupold has not been very successful in trying to capture a piece of the high end "euro" market as evidenced by the LPS and the soon to be discontinued VX-7.

Is this due to quality of product or name recognition?  

Any idea how the LPS scopes would compare to similar model European optics such as Zeiss or Meopta?
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every time they've tried to play in the $1k+ market (for hunting optics) they have failed. the competition in those categories, is pretty tough imo.
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Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

LPS

"Leupold's top of the line is the LPS (Leupold Premier Scope). LPS models combine a one-piece 30mm main tube, 1/4MOA clicks, 4-times power zoom range, synthetic gem anti-scratch lens coatings and are fully multicoated. After some initial reliability problems, the LPS was reintroduced with side focus adjustment, similar to the tactical models. Light transmission figures are an amazing 94%, 99.65% per lens. The original 1.5x-6x42mm LPS was discontinued due to too many problems, and was replaced by the 2.5x-10x45mm LPS".

Leupold has not been very successful in trying to capture a piece of the high end "euro" market as evidenced by the LPS and the soon to be discontinued VX-7. Their next attempt is the soon to be released VX-6 and only time will tell if this one has a chance as well.

Based on very limited data, I would expect VX-6 to do well.

As far as LPS goes, unless it is a screaming deal, I would get something else.  These are not my favourite designs.

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Originally posted by USA_774 USA_774 wrote:

Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

Leupold has not been very successful in trying to capture a piece of the high end "euro" market as evidenced by the LPS and the soon to be discontinued VX-7.

Is this due to quality of product or name recognition?  

Any idea how the LPS scopes would compare to similar model European optics such as Zeiss or Meopta?
 
Well, as I stated earlier, the LPS had a rocky start. From what I've been able to gather, the VX7 is very high quality, although a bit heavy compared to say the Zeiss Diavari which are several ounces lighter. In all honesty, I don't think hunters look at Leupold as high end "euro" type scopes regardless of how great they may be. IMO, there is some snob appeal that goes into the purchase of big name euro scopes such as Zeiss, Leica, S&B and Swarovski and Leupold has always been known for solid middle of the road made scopes that are made (assembled) here in the USA. Kinda similar to comparing a Z06/ZR1 to a F430. The Vette might do everything as well, but it will never be looked at like a Ferrari.
 
 
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Thanks for the information.  

So the search continues.  
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