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The scope comparison chart:
rates the VX-3 above the VX-L.  Other than a lot of people think the VX-L is ugly (can't argue with the statement) why is the VX-L rated lower than the VX-3.  I thought the VX-L series were just the VX-3 with the notch cut out to allow the scope to be mounted lower?
 
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cost may have something to do with you pay more for the vx-l and you dont gain anything other than you can use low rings.
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 When an item is posted on that scale, there's alot of disagreement about whether it should be set a notch higher or lower, so I wouldn't get too hung up on that alone, despite the chart being a very good general guideline overall.
 Choose whichever your tastes and budget allow: I doubt you could tell any difference from one vs. the other in real-world performance.
 As Pyro says, you'll probably pay a bit of a premium for the cutout feature, one way or another.
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I agree 100%, the increase in price is the reason for the lower rating.
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Thanks for the help!
 
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VX-L referred to in the rating scale is the earlier version that is based on VX-III, not VX-3.

The updated "L" scopes are VX-3L and they are not separately mentioned in the scale (they are same as VX-3 except with a crescent cutout).

All this confusion is a consequence of Leupold's asinine decision to call VX-III's upgrade VX-3.

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I have had both the VX3 and VX3L in 3.5-10x40 and 3.5-10x50. I tried both scopes for first and last light deer hunting. I had the occasion to watch deer in a field during cloudy weather near my house. The deer were approximately 100 yards away. The L clearly outperformed the VX3 in low light conditions. The VX3 had the B&C reticle and the L the standard duplex (I don’t know if this had anything to do with my findings). It got to the point where I would not have felt comfortable taking a shot with the VX3 and the L was still clear. I could have taken the shot several minutes after the VX3. Due to my observations, I sold the VX3 and kept the L. I have been told that the VX3L has some of the coatings off of the VX7. I am not sure if this is the case, but I am happy with my decision to keep the VXL. I took several deer with this scope mounted on a Weatherby .270 Win. At first I wasn’t crazy with its’ appearance, but it has grown on me.

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Wow...I just came across this forum and this was one of the topics I was interested in discussing.  I am upgrading from an older model Leupold and because of the kindness of a dealer friend, I have a chance to get either VX3 40 or a VX3L 50 for about the same price.  So all things being equal, why do you guys think?  Normally I shy away from the 50mm because of the mounting height, but I guess the 3L takes that problem out of the equation with its notched objective lense.
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Both are great scopes, but I really like the low light performanc of the VXL and the low mounting height. 
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Originally posted by cnas122 cnas122 wrote:

Wow...I just came across this forum and this was one of the topics I was interested in discussing.  I am upgrading from an older model Leupold and because of the kindness of a dealer friend, I have a chance to get either VX3 40 or a VX3L 50 for about the same price.  So all things being equal, why do you guys think?  Normally I shy away from the 50mm because of the mounting height, but I guess the 3L takes that problem out of the equation with its notched objective lense.

Be sure the L is the VX3L and not the VXlll L as the coatings are different.
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