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A friend recently purchased a new Weatherby Vanguard in .308 and decided to top it with a Leupold VX-L 3.5-10x50.  He came over a few weeks ago with 3 rifles and 3 scopes to mount.  He said the .308 would get the most time on the trigger and asked if I recommended the Leupold to top it or the Conquest 3.5-10x44.  I recommended the Conquest, he decided to go with the Leupold.  I mounted the Leupold a the .308 Weatherby Vanguard sub-MOA.

Today we went to the range to sight in.  I also mounted a Bushnell 4200 (firefly - not a fan) on a Winchester Model 70 in 7mm Mag.

First and foremost, at the same power setting, I found the Bushnell brighter (to my eye) than the Leupold.  Clarity was about the same.  Next, I seriously hate the firefly reticule, it is at least 5x thicker than the standard duplex.  Perhaps for a dedicated low-light or night-time gun, it'd be OK; if not, the reticule covers allot of the target at any power setting - far too course for my purposes.

The Leupold was nice, felt good, looked great, and didn't impress me with optical clarity.  The clicks were positive and barely audible, the rifle shouldered well.

The most positive remarks I can muster on the VX-L were these:
1.  It lasted 10 rounds and didn't break.
2.  It sure is pretty to look at!
3.  It ain't mine!

When we finished (and I did keep my thoughts to myself), the friend noted that he was disappointed in the brightness and said he might want me to mount the Zeiss on the .308 sooner rather than later.


When it comes to Leupold, it is what it is: a decent scope from a company with great customer service - that costs too much and doesn't optically impress.

My 4X IOR was noticeably brighter and sharper than the Bushnell and the Leupold - both at 4X.

And the suppressor on my 10/22 with standard-velocity .22 LR 40-grain rounds was as much fun as one can have with his pants one - in my humble opinion.

A good day was had by all!


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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

The most positive remarks I can must on the VX-L were these:
1.  It lasted 10 rounds and didn't break.
2.  It sure is pretty to look at!
3.  It ain't mine!

 
LOL......What reticle did the Leupold have?
 
 
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How did the Vanguard shoot? Was the Conquest the best looking scope of the three.

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The Leupold is indeed a pretty scope, the Conquest has much better glass but won't attract as much attention on the gun range.  People really seem to think Leupold makes the absolute best scopes - and if you ain't got Leupold, you don't know better.

It had a standard duplex reticule.
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Yeah it is the same down here, Leupold seems to rule the roost although popularity has waned thanks to the local importer inflating prices to a rediculous amount.
 
I have had a mark 4 and think that it is a nice scope with good glass but by no means the best.
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Despite the fact that I'm a Leupold fan....I agree with your conclusions.  Leupold hasn't lost a step...everyone else seems to have caught up or passed them.  Especially in the 'best bang for the buck' department.
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