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Hey guys, just registered today. I've been a long time waterfowler and just began deer hunting 2 years ago. I'd been using my uncle's old marlin 30/30 with a very old Tasco scope. I killed 3 deer with it, but this year I want to buy a rifle of my own. I'm going to get a Browning X-bolt 270 and I've got my eye on the scope listed. I've got a quote from my dealer for $759.99, this includes mounting and bore sighting the rifle (which will be also purchased there).  I feel like this will be a good combo for white-tailed deer hunting here in north Louisiana. I've heard a lot of good things about Nikon, Zeiss, and Leupold, but I'm leaning hard towards the Leupold. Anyway, looking forward to reading and learning more about optics from you all.

http://www.leupold.com/hunting-and-shooting/products/scopes/vx-3-riflescopes/vx-3-4-5-14x50mm-long-range/
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Welcome to the most comprehensive optics forum on planet earth, Sir! 
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I demo'd the VX3 4.5-14x40mm 1" tuber once. Liked it a lot on a very sexy Remington 700 .308 . 

That said, I'd probably go with a similar Zeiss Conquest, but that's me. 

Are you 100% sure you NEED a 30mm tube for your stated purpose, my friend? 
You could save a few dinaros on a 1"er, I think. 

Do you have a reticle preference, Sir?   

I will, (before THEY do), recommend the Bushnell 4200 for consideration, as well. 
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I don't have a reticle preference. The difference in the 1 inch and 30 mm is $100.

As far as Zeiss goes, I could not find a similar scope for a similar price with the magnification, tube diameter, and objective size.

Thanks for the welcome....sir
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I have this scope and consider it more of a varmint scope or for use on a rifle from a rest at long range. I find the Field of View very narrow for that size scope for use on large game.
 
The warranty is exceptional from Leupold and they are well made. I have read debate on their value.
 
Make sure you look at other scopes in this price and magnification range and not in bright light. Look into dark doorways or from the darkest corner of the shop. Compare how wide the sight picture is on different magnification settings.
 
You can compare scopes alone on published data but it is your eyes that have to look through them.
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There are plenty of GREAT choices out there. I'd suggest going thru the SWFA riflescope pages thoroughly (including the Samplelist). The Zeiss Conquest mentioned above would do very nicely. Additionally, check out the Sightron Big Sky models, Bushnell, Vortex, Minox and Meopta Meopro units. Big Grin BTW, welcome!

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Take a look at the minox M5 3-15's  they would be a better value and have a better mag range than that Leo.
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I don't know what the terrain is like in north Louisiana, but it seems to me like a 4.5-14x50 might be overkill in terms of magnification and objective size.  I have a 3-9x40 on my 270 WIN and I'm able to comfortably shoot deer out to 300 yds and easily see past legal shooting light.  

I will echo some of the recommendations that have already been made.

If it were me, I would take a look at these scopes:

Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40
Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10x44
Minox ZA3 3-9x40 (this is what I have on my 270 WIN)
Minox ZA5 2-10x40
Sightron SII Big Sky 3-9x42
Sightron SII Big Sky 3.5-10x42
Bushnell Elite 3-9x40
Bushnell Elite 4200 3-9x40 (these could recently be found on closeout for $199)
Vortex Viper 3-9x40
Leupold VX3 3.5-10x40
Leupold VX-R 3-9x40
Meopta Meopro 3-9x42
Weaver Grand Slam 3-10x40

All of these scopes have good glass and good warranties.  They should more than meet your needs and they'll keep a few hundred $'s in your pocket that you can spend on ammo to practice.

As previously mentioned, you can find good deals on gently used scopes on the SampleList here:

http://www.samplelist.com/Riflescopes-C4.aspx

That would let you get into a really nice Zeiss Conquest for quite a bit less than the VX3 you're considering.

Good luck!

PS - Old Marlin lever guns are awesome!  I have a 30/30 and a 35 REM and I love 'em! 

 
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I'll be looking at some glass this weekend. Not going to buy until sales tax holiday later this summer.
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