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Any opinions on the Vari X III 2.5-8?
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I had one a couple years ago; bought it from the fine folks here at swfa.  Compared it to a buddy's Bushnell Elite 4200 1.5-6, sold it and bought same.  I didn't like it in low light situations; I thought the Bushnell outperformed it, especially for the extra initial dollars I had to shell out for the Leupold!  For what it's worth! 
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  I looked at one for a while and bought the 2x7 Kahles. The Kahles is a lot clear in the lower power ranges, but as you crankup the power the advantage fades.  The Leupold is rugged, but... the glass is grainy.  Looking through Leupolds glass is like drive a car whose windshield needs to be cleaned. You can see, but you know you can do better.  Zeiss has a new 2.5x8 in the Conquest line.
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And the other opinion...   If you're talking about the VX III, this is my favorite scope.I have 3.  It's perfect for a lightweight hunting rifle (Kimber 84, Remington 700 Titanium, Browning A Bolt Mountain Ti).  I've used it for 2 hunting seasons and have not had a situation where the scope kept me from taking a shot.  2.5-8 is the perfect range for where I hunt (mostly less than 100 yds. but sometimes 200).   (The Vari X III is not as good).  

 

I bought a Kahles 2-7X36 and sold it.  Definitely not worth the extra bucks.

 

The Conquest should be good, but it's $130 more.  I don't think it's worth it.

 

The only thing I would like better is the new Kahles CL 2-7X36.  It's $800, but if it's like the 3-9X42 CL, it might be worth it.

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The difference between a 2.5-8 and a 3-9 is pretty marginal but the difference between the light gathering of a 36mm and the brighter 40mm could be helpful as it gets dark. Remember the rule of thumb is if you want a bright scope late in the evening a fixed 6x42 is the ticket with a 7mm exit eye pupil. At 40mm if you adjust to 6x on your 3-9 variable you are just about there. For good reason the 3-9x40 has been the standard hunting scope. That said there are reasons to do different things so if you tell us, what rifle, what distance the shots will be, what the conditions are - that will all affect the answer. Other than that I love the VXIII 2.5-8x36 and I'm sure I could find a rifle to put one on.
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I just picked up a nice used Stainless Model 70 in .270 Win with the BOSS on it that I'm going to use for Whitetail here in CT, might take to NH for
Moose and when I get the sheckles together go out west and use on Pronghorn.
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blackwinch, if you are still considering the 2.5-8 on the 70 you better check the ring spacing first. The Leupold is short for most long action rifles. My 2.5-8 is sitting on a short action Kimber for that very reason. Just my 2 cents.
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I'll be sure to check that.
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The Vari-X III 2.5-8 is a good scope, but you can do better!

 

First, these scopes didn't let in enough light at dawn or dusk.  (The newer, brighter VX III line is much better in this respect.)  Second, you don't really gain as much field of view as you might think.  I found that the Vari-X III 2.5-8x had essentially the same field of view as a Burris FF II 3-9x.

 

If I'm going to give up power, and the better light and resolution of a larger objective lens, then I want something in return.  What I expect to get is a much wider field of view, and a low power setting that makes close or running shots easier.  I don't think Leupold's  2.5-8x provides either of these.

 

For this reason, my rifles wear either a 3-9x, or a lower-powered scope with a wider field of view.

 

 

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Blackwinch,

 

Get the Zeiss 3-9X40 ($399) or Bushnell 4200 Elite 3-9X40 ($258) ...... You won't be dissappointed!!  The Zeiss seems to be a little better in low light and it has longer eye relief.....is that worth the extra $140....that's up to you.

 

Go to a store and look thru them, either way, they are both quality products.

 

BTW..... is a 270 big enough for Moose?  Its a good Whitetail round and excellent Pronghorn choice.  Good luck with the "sheckles".  

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I have never been big a variable power scopes myself either using 4x or 6x on most of my rifles that is why I've been poking around considering a
variable power for a change. So I'm listening to what everyone has to say.
As far as the 270 on moose there are plenty of moose that have been shot in the woods of Maine with the 30-30 so yes a 270 has plenty of power.
As a matter of fact the guy I purchased the rifle from shot a decent bull with this exact rifle.
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The Loopy is a good but overpriced scope (like most of their products).  As far as the .270 goes, a missionary friend of mine who lived many years in Africa swears by it.  He killed everything on the continent with it up to and including elephants. 

 

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I have no doubt about the capabilty of the 270...
This is from Chuck Hawks' page...
The Importance of Bullet Placement

By Ryan Kay


I am from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. I am a Treaty Indian with a large family to support. I do a fair amount of hunting, so most of the meat we eat is wild (mostly elk and
moose, plus some deer). I can't understand why so many hunters make such a fuss about the rifle, caliber, and velocity.

I have hunted for over twenty years, and my father has done the same for over forty-five years. In this time we have killed hundreds of deer, over 100 elk and maybe 80 moose. So we
have a little first hand knowledge of hunting and guns and bullet performance.

In the field, an elk or moose doesn't care if you shoot it with a .30-30 Winchester or a .338 Magnum. It all comes down to bullet placement. Bullet design is only critical when using
high velocity calibers. Any 30-30 bullet we find, usually under the hide on the opposite side, is perfectly mushroomed. This also goes for the .303 British.

A lot of First Nation hunters here in Canada use the .30-30 Winchester and .303 British with great success. An old hunter and his 12 sons from our reserve have used a .22, .243, .270,
7mm, .30-30, .30-06 and .338 Magnum to kill over 300 elk and moose. He swears that the 270 Winchester is the best gun that he knows for elk and moose.

As for bowling over an elk with a 270, I have done it or seen it done numerous times. I once saw my dad drop three 6x6 bull elk in their tracks at 300 yards with one chest shot each.
He was using a .270 winchester with 150 grain Nosler Partition bullets. Once again, it's all bullet placement, not the gun.
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One thing that you need to consider if you are used to a fixed 4x and fixed 6x scope is that those are some of the brightest optics out there. If you are buying a variable you will want to turn down the power as it gets darker in the evening. One of my favorite scopes is Leupold 4.5-14x50 witht he 30mm tube and a Boone and Crocket reticle. But you can get more scoope for the money with several of the other brands. The Nikon Monarch scopes are a good value - quality trade off. The Zeiss is probably better glass than most anything. I think this Nikon is a good value for the features:
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I'm an old time camera buff, maybe even "geek" ,who has been dedcated to Nikon, and was brought up on fixed focal length lenses...had a few zooms and was never as satisfied with
them as I was with switching out lenses for situations... definitely where I got my bias, but I'm taking in all the advice.
My bias in rifle scopes has always been towards Leupold with a few Burris mixed in...mostly fixed power stuff but, I have used the 2-7 and 3.5-10 and been happy with them but, it
seems like I always have them set at 4 or 6 X thus the love for the M8 or FXII...
However I'll take your advice and give Nikon a look...
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