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Hi
Im from denmark, and soon Ill buy a Browning A-boltYippee
On top of that magnificent rifle I want a Leupold.

But i can deside between the
VX-3 3,5-10 x 50
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VX-R 3-9 x 50

So now i would like to hear your experience and opinions on the two scopes.
p.s. im will not be doing night hunting, since thats not leagally in Denmark. But i will be hunting from dawn to dusk, so the light transmitting has to be very good.

Im looking forward to hear your opinions.



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Hi Anders.
Welcome to oT my fellow countryman.
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the VX3 has the twilight lens coatings and SHOULD be a tad better in low light though I have not had a chance to test directly against a VXR with the same size objective.

I will say I have been impressed with low light clarity of both the 50mm Mark 4 4.5-14x50 and a 2-7 VXR

We have a 3-9x50 VXR that one of our guys is using, I need to get a hold of it and do some direct compares


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Welcome to OT, Anders!

I would be inclined to get the VXR for the illumination, but I've not seen a VXR yet.  I just like the usefulness of illuminated reticles.  The new VX3 is pretty nice, and the 3.5-10 is a good version of it.  Supposedly (according to reports from Leupold), VX3 has slightly better optics than VXR, but I'm betting there will be very little noticeable difference.

I would say if having illumination is an important feature to you, get the VXR, otherwise, get the VX3.  Even if you can't legally hunt in low light, illumination is still useful at the fringes of dawn and dusk.
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I prefer illumination but I had a FX3  6x42 with heavy duplex and it was almost as good as having illumination in low light and surprisingly accurate out to 300 yds.
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If I wanted illumination on a hunting scope I'd stick with something like a Trijicon Accupoint 3-9. It's fiber optic mojo is hard to beat for daylight deer venues. From my field of view during any particular hunting season - if you can see the crosshairs you can see the target.  I'd be more concerned about light gathering ability than illuminated reticles.   
 
I own a Browning X-Bolt and can certainly appreciate your position on the rifle! Cool
 
All said and done I own a VX3 2.5-8X36.  It's nice. 
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He will not need an illuminated scope for the type of hunting he'll be doing here in DK. 
I have a Leupy 4,5-14x50 Ill. Mark 4. I'm hunting under the same conditions and have never used the Ill. for hunting here. 
It's a different story in case he, later on, decides to go pig hunting, but to cover he's needs now the Ill. is overkill.
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Originally posted by Hokie1850 Hokie1850 wrote:

If I wanted illumination on a hunting scope I'd stick with something like a Trijicon Accupoint 3-9. It's fiber optic mojo is hard to beat for daylight deer venues. From my field of view during any particular hunting season - if you can see the crosshairs you can see the target.  I'd be more concerned about light gathering ability than illuminated reticles.   
 
I own a Browning X-Bolt and can certainly appreciate your position on the rifle! Cool
 
All said and done I own a VX3 2.5-8X36.  It's nice. 

I was recently looking for the right scope to put on top of my BAR Safari .30-06 with BOSS.  My two main considerations were the VX-3 2.5-8x36 and the VX-R 2-7x33.  I chose the VX-3 because I figured I would rarely if ever need the illumination so I opted for a bit better glass instead.  I'm pleased with the scope.  

I'm about to be building up a stainless 336 with peep sights and scope in QD rings.  I haven't decided yet if I want another VX-3 or VX-R.  For this build I'll probably get the VX-R because I may take this gun out night hunting.
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Well Ive heard that the duplex reticles in the VX R series are a little heavier than the standard duplex in most Leupolds plus the VX R reticles are Etched reticles instead of wire like all their other models. Even if you never need or use the Illumination I believe the VX R would be the better deal. Etched reticles stay darker and stand out in low light better and having illumination is just icing on the cake. I dont think you would see any difference in brightness with the VX 3 but maybe just a tad better resoloution and contrast. I plan on getting a VX R sometime though Ive never seen one.
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Claus he may not need the illumination but to be perfectly honest with you I have both Leupold Mk4 illuminated and Trijicon Accupoint Illuminated and Trijicon compact ACOG s and there is no comparison between what you get from the Trijicon fiber optic +tritium compared to the rest of the field. With certain Trijicon illuminated scopes not all of them the bright illuminated chevron or post with illuminated triangle guides the eye onto target (BINDON AIMING CONCEPT)  absolutely nothing is faster getting onto target especially moving targets or targets in brush or complex backgrounds. Just like a laser pointer will guide the eye to something very quickly. If this kind of illumination did not work extremely well the Marines and the Army would not be using ACOG's and Aimpoints and EOTechs.  It works for hunting also but is more applicable to stalking game than shooting from a fixed position.  If you hunt from a fixed position blind ladder stand etc where you have more time to survey the area and carefully place shots higher magnification is an advantage.  Distances involved in hunting also make a huge difference as shots beyond about 300 yds are best done with either tactical knobs or a balistic reticle.
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