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I just bought a beatiful Sauer 90 in 243 that I plan on using for antelope, deer and coyotes. The Sauer is a deap dark polished blue and I want a gloss scope so that it looks right.   I am set on the gloss but this obviously limits my scope choices.  I have narrowed it to two scopes that come in gloss, both are Leupold vx-3. They are a VX-3   3.5-10x50mm with the boone/crockett ret, and the VX-3   4.5-14x40mmLR also with B&C ret. I am torn between them in that they both have plus/minus.   50mm vs 40mm,  10pwr max vs 14 pwr. the LR has adjust parralax and the 3.5-10 does not. I know the LR 4.5-14 is a 30mm tube but it has no optical advantage cause it has 1" guts.  I really am i nto having the gun look right as it is a beautiful rifle. The 4.5-14x40mm may look odd becuase of the 30mm tube and 40mm obj......I have not seen one in gloss mounted on a rifle to tell if it looks to odd. Although a 30 tube would likely go well on a German made gun. Any imput is welcome!
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my advice is to look at another company, for the money your going to spend on a very nice rifle i would put an equally nice scope on it (optically speaking) the vx3 is hardly a match imo. buy a nice zeiss victory if you want a 30mm tubed german made scope.
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I agree but who else makes a gloss scope anymore?
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who puts a silver scope on a stainless rifle anymore?? catch my drift? i dont like the glossy scopes, they seem to reflect light in the woods. just my opinion of course.
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Again, I agree....but the rifle is already super shinny.  I guess the big question is what is more important for my tasks.......more light with the 50mm or more power and paralax adjustability with the 14pwr   40mm? And of course what looks better.
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The Sightron Big sky still has the 3-9X42 in gloss. Thet have good glass but no holdover Ret.
Sightron 3-9x42 SII Big Sky Riflescope Plex Sightron 3-9x42 SII Big Sky Riflescope
Stock # - SIIB3942GL
  • Gloss
  • Plex
  • 1"
$379.95
Not much left in Gloss scopes. Even when you go to the Classic series that some Mfgs have the gloss is gone.
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since its being used for coyotes i would go with the 3.5x10 myself, i prefer a lower power setting on my coyote rifles, those little bastards have a nasty way of sneaking up on a guy from time to time.
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I have noticed a lot of leupold bashing lately.......is it the price or the quality.....I get a great price on leupolds so if the quality is comparible with others mentioned?
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both, the price doesnt match the quality,and the quality doesnt match the price. for that kind of money there are a lot of better choices optically.
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Does $400 for a VX-3 3.5-10x50mm with the boone & crockett ret. make it worth it? or should I still pass and get a zeiss etc....
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Leupold has come a long way and I think the vx-3 is a good scope. Just my two cents...
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I wish I had enough $ to buy both that I am looking at and then mount them shoot them then decide..........in a perfect world!
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

who puts a silver scope on a stainless rifle anymore??
 
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Originally posted by huntlife huntlife wrote:

Does $400 for a VX-3 3.5-10x50mm with the boone & crockett ret. make it worth it? or should I still pass and get a zeiss etc....

for $400 that helps some, i would still look at the 4200 elite's or nikon monarchs or vortex vipers.
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I have toyed with putting my kahles 3-9x40 with the tds ret on it and buying a new scope for my sako 300 wsm. Maybe a higher magnification would suite it better than the 243. OIt has done me well on that Sako though!......lets say I do that......what would you all recomend for a 300 wsm with 180 grainers used for everything from deer to elk and moose!
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Originally posted by Monster Monster wrote:

Leupold has come a long way and I think the vx-3 is a good scope. Just my two cents...
I agree.  I've only heard good things about the new VX3.  I say if you want  the Leupold you should get it.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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The thing that has turned me off about Leupold is I've used their cheaper VX-I scopes. So I can't comment on the higher end scopes. However, if they can't make a decent $200+ scope I'm not sure I want to spend a ton more to see if they can make a better scope when there are other options out that that are so much better even if you do get a good Leupold.

I've had 2 Leupold VX-I's a 3x9x40mm first. Optically I wasn't impressed. I couldn't tell a difference between many cheaper Chinese scopes I've used in low light or in the daytime. It was clear enough to use but nothing impressive. Compared to similar priced scopes like Burris it wasn't clear at all. The Burris is a lot clearer.

Then in 2 years time I had to send it into Leupold for repair twice. This really soured me on it.

The second one a friend had and his also quit holding zero. This was a 2x7x33 He didn't like it either so sold it to me for really cheap instead of getting it fixed. I got it fixed then realized I didn't have any use for it either so eventually sold it without using it. From looking through it though comparing it to a Simmons 3x9x32 I had it didn't look any clearer in the day time and in low light at night you could see more with the Simmons. I was surprised kind of but at the same time it didn't surprise me as I had used the 3x9 for a while.

The other issue I had is with the 3x9x40 even when it was working properly it seemed to loose zero easily. If you bumped it hard or it fell over at all it would be several inches off where as other scopes I have have been dropped, beat around ,etc and never lost zero. Not to mention Leupold is the only scope I've ever had fail. Much less twice.

I think there are just a lot better choices in the price range that work a lot better and are a lot clearer.
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I truely wish that the kahles were easier to find.......that is the one scope that I own that all others get compared to........ok who has one they don't want anymore?
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I will say the higher end scopes from leupold are made in America still. the others are now made in japan....enough said1
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Is ten power enough for 400 to 500 yards for antelope?
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yes, all i have ever put on my 300's is 3x9's. ive had the wsm the 300win and the .300wby all have had 3x9's on them, when i lived in wyoming a 3x9 was all i needed for anything i hunted.

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OK, thanks for the input!
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here is a glossy 3.4x10, on premium old school blue polish gun, -- in 6mm with a turret factory added. You will not need additional elevation in the turrets if you are using the holdover reticle. also an old school glossy 6.5 x20 leo sako in 220 swift. The matte finish is ok , but if you have one of the old traditional blue jobs, go with the glossy.
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yes 10x is good for antelope/deer/sheep/goat at 500 yds, but the shooter may not be.
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DOESN'T NIKON MAKE GLOSS YET THEY ARE GOOD FOR THE PRICE... WHAT ABOUT AN OLD REDFIELD...



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