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I want to put one of these two scopes in a 2-7x33 on my daughters first .22 rifle.  Does anyone has any experience with both scopes as a comparison?  Is the glass on the vx1 noticably better?
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VX-1 is a bit better than Rifleman to my eyes, but ultimately I think both scopes are an insult to Leupold's name and reputation.

You can do much better for the money.  If you absolutely insist on going with a Leupold, decent scopes with the gold ring start with VX-II.

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Both will work fine, but for the small diff in price I'd get, and did, the VX-1.
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I have 2 scopes in that price range.  A burris FFII and the VX I.  The Burris was much much clearer.  Fortunately I was able to sell the VX I for almost what I paid for  it.  I guess that's one advantage.  Maybe the VX II is a nicer scope, but I would avoid another VX I.
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for about the same money you could buy a vortex diamondback in a 2x7x35 and have an excellent scope.

http://swfa.com/Vortex-2-7x35-Diamondback-Rifle-Scope-P10826.aspx




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Is this rimfire, or centerfire?
 
For rimfire, you'll want to make sure the parallax is adjusted for < 100 yards.  In other words, get a rimfire scope.
 
Otherwise, I'm with Ilya - don't bother < VXII.  Even at VXII, I'm firmly convinced there are a legion of better values out there.
 
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Rimfire.
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I have a Vari-XII, Rimfire 2-7x28 on my Model 63 Winchester .22LR.  The windage and elevation adjustments go in totally unpredictable directions when I attempt to zero the scope.  I move three clicks left and the crosshairs move thee quarters of an inch, but at 45 degrees upward, not sideways.  Sometimes they even go down, instead of sideways.  The stupid scope cost $300. and won't zero properly.  This Leupold scope has been fouled up since I bought it new from SWFA.
 
I have probably only used that Leupold Vari-XII scope to shoot maybe 75 rounds of CCI long rifle shells.  I bet that a Nikon Buckmasters at half the price, would probably work better and be more reliable.
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Originally posted by Oldtrader3 Oldtrader3 wrote:

I have a Vari-XII, Rimfire 2-7x28 on my Model 63 Winchester .22LR.  The windage and elevation adjustments go in totally unpredictable directions when I attempt to zero the scope.  I move three clicks left and the crosshairs move thee quarters of an inch, but at 45 degrees upward, not sideways.  Sometimes they even go down, instead of sideways.  The stupid scope cost $300. and won't zero properly.  This Leupold scope has been fouled up since I bought it new from SWFA.
 
I have probably only used that Leupold Vari-XII scope to shoot maybe 75 rounds of CCI long rifle shells.  I bet that a Nikon Buckmasters at half the price, would probably work better and be more reliable.
Your correct the Nikon Buckmaster is a better deal than the Leupold Vari-XII.SWFA would be quick to help you!!!
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I purchased a VX1 today and trust me I am a hard person to please, but after reading so many negative opinions about this scope I am VERY pleased from a price vs quality perspective.  This is a damn fine lil scope, clarity is very good, power ring operates nicely, brightness is good.   I held up some of my other scopes against it and while it's not as bright as some (Nikon Monarch, Zeiss Conquest)  I am comparing apples to oranges (33mm vs 42mm)  I might get another one for my .22 rifle.  Plus it's AMERICAN made by american workers.  I am very pleased.
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Send it back to Leupold!  There customer service is second to none.
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Originally posted by jsethmor jsethmor wrote:

I purchased a VX1 today and trust me I am a hard person to please, but after reading so many negative opinions about this scope I am VERY pleased from a price vs quality perspective.  This is a damn fine lil scope, clarity is very good, power ring operates nicely, brightness is good.   I held up some of my other scopes against it and while it's not as bright as some (Nikon Monarch, Zeiss Conquest)  I am comparing apples to oranges (33mm vs 42mm)  I might get another one for my .22 rifle.  Plus it's AMERICAN made by american workers.  I am very pleased.

I am glad you like your purchase.  As a general comment though, it is assembled in US out of a combination of US and foreign made parts.  All optics are made in the Pacific Rim countries (either Korea or China for VX-1).  Tubes, I have heard, are still machined in the US, but most of the other mechanicals are outsourced elsewhere.

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Sometime this fall, I will return my scope to Leupold to have warrantee work done on it.  They can hopefully fix My VariX-II Rimfire scope to hold zero and adjust somewhat in the direction and for the approximate distance that I set the dials.
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