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Well, I'm a little upset now. My Leupold Vari X IIc 3-9x40 scope is acting up again. I've had 5 Leupold scopes, and 3 of them have been in for repair. The other two I never mounted, but the guys I sold them to seemed to be happy with them. This Leupold has already been in for repair once. I bought it about 2 months ago and it had a spec of dust in it or spec of something. I figured, no big deal as I could send it in for repair. Plus I got a hell of a deal, so what's to lose? It took over a month for me to get it back, but I finally got it back. I also asked them to check over the rest of the scope since it was made in 98, and is now 14 years old. They claim they went over it all. When I got it back, I looked through it and all looked good, but I didn't check it out too much, just did a quick glance through it to make sure nothing was obvious like it was. I was going to sell it, but decided to mount it on a rifle instead. I went to sight it in and finally got it sighted in. I for some reason just couldn't get this rifle sighted in. It took me 39 shots to sight it in, but I was taking 3 shots groups then making adjustments. I thought all was well, and it just took a little longer for me to sight it in that expected, but that was my fault for pulling a couple of shots. This rifle fits me great for free hand shooting, but doesn't fit me well if it's on bags so I'm in an awkward position and have a hard time shooting it.

Well, now that it's sighted in I brought it home and went to clean it. I happened to glance through the scope while in the house looking towards a light. I immediately noticed what appears to be a ton of dirt particles, or scratches on an inside lens, or something that resembles one of the two on the bottom half of the lens. The dust was on the top half last time, but this other stuff wasn't there. I cleaned the outside once again just to make sure that it wasn't on the outside, but it clearly looked to be on the inside. After getting the outside lens clean it obviously was still there. I also noticed that it appears to be a small hair in there too on the lower left corner. This is absolutely ridiculous. I'm not sure if it was like this since I got it back and I didn't notice, or if shooting it to sight it in brought this stuff from around the edges. Seriously, my others scopes don't have hairs and dust floating around in them. Not even the cheap $30 made in China Tasco. Is it really that hard for Leupold to make sure the lens are clean?

I guess I will be taking this off once again and sending it in for repair again. I'm dreading it though as not only did I waste 2 boxes of ammo sighting it in, but I will have to waste more ammo sighting it in again when it gets back, or sighting in another scope if I put something else on it.

The sad thing is I used this to replace a $70 Center Point from Walmart that I'd bought to review, but I guess I should have left the Center Point on there as it worked properly without having dust and hairs inside of it.

It's just a little frustrating, and it seems like every Leupold I get has something wrong with it. Like I said, I've had 5 and 3 have been in for repair. The 1st one had to be sent in twice. The first time when you took a shot the insides would shake, the second time it quit holding zero. It does work fine now. The second one had to be sent in once as it also quit holding zero and just started shooting all over the place. When it came back I sold it as soon as it came back. This one I guess will have to go in twice also for having dirt inside of the scope on the lens. As I said, the other two I bought and never mounted, but they appeared in good working order, and one buyer never contacted me and I told him to if he had any problems, and the other buyer contacted me telling me his worked great. Seems like I just can't have luck with Leupold scopes.
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This problem seems to come up quite regularly, that Leupold does not "fix" problems that does not effect the function of the scope such as debri. They will replace say a broken lens, but not remove dirt from a lens etc.
 
Pity, because Leupolds great selling point is their warranty.
 
I have sent in a scope for a custom job last year in Oct 2010. It is now end March 2011, 5 months down the line ....Shocked still no scope.
 
I had sent another one in some time ago. They checked it out, gave it a clean bill of health. The body had a scratch on from a fall (my fault). It came back with the scratch. I thought/hoped Leupold would have taken the scratch out.
 
I love my Leupolds though.


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I would chuck that relic and get a new 3-9 like one of the 4200's that's on closeout for $199 or one of the Nitrex TR One's that can be found for $150 or a FFII for $180.  No sense it continuing to throw time and money down the drain.  
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Leupold must have read this thread, the agent phoned me 10 min ago to say that my scope has arrived !!!!!
I can collect it !!!!
 
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Awesome 8's.  Let us know how it fits..... In depth review is required!
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

Awesome 8's.  Let us know how it fits..... In depth review is required!
 
Any excuse for shooting is a good thing. I am using a replacement scope at the moment, which I only want to take off after this week-end. (Shooting a compt.) So review will follow in a week or three.
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I have stayed clear of the Leupold product for a couple of reasons. One is their claim to fame of great service, which people do like up here because there is a Canadian service centre. It seems that the service here is very good, as stated by many of my friends. The part that bothers me is that most people I know with a Leupold have had to use this service. The second thing, I think that leupold charges a premium when compared, and I beleive that this is to cover the extra service needed, which then leads me to beleive that the initial quality does not warrant the price. I am not knocking the product, but everyone seems to talk about their service, over their product. I don't want to be in need of the service while out hunting, no matter how good it is, and I know, and have witnessed others who have. A good comparison is listening to people talk about Conquest, or Leupold. One group talks about the glass and value for the dollar without much mention of service, which seems to say very little  service is needed, the other group good or bad talk about the service more than anything else.
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To quote Tommy boy,
Customer:  But why do they put a guarantee on the box?
Tommy: Because they know all they sold ya was a guaranteed piece of "bleep". That's all it is, isn't it? Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed, I will. I got spare time.
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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

To quote Tommy boy,
Customer:  But why do they put a guarantee on the box?
Tommy: Because they know all they sold ya was a guaranteed piece of "bleep". That's all it is, isn't it? Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it guaranteed, I will. I got spare time.
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Originally posted by Vermin93 Vermin93 wrote:

I would chuck that relic and get a new 3-9 like one of the 4200's that's on closeout for $199 or one of the Nitrex TR One's that can be found for $150 or a FFII for $180.  No sense it continuing to throw time and money down the drain.  
I've thought about it, but I just can't find anything I think would look all that great on it. I really like a glossy scope on it and I had the Leupold laying around so I figured I'd use it for a while since I had it. I may just throw my $30 Bushnell package deal scope I have on it, but I'm not sure that would hold up more than a few shots on this rifle.
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Anyways I called Leupold today and they told me they will work on it again, and they are sending me a shipping label so that I don't have to pay to send it in again. The only downside is they told me they are taking about 3.5 weeks to fix them. I wanted to use this thing this time next month, but it doesn't look like that will be happening when you consider 3.5 weeks plus shipping time. Last time, they told me 2-3 weeks and it was there over a month, so I'm not confident it will even be on it's way back in 3.5 weeks. One good thing I can say about them is they do have good customer service. I say good instead of great, because they sure aren't fast, but they do honor their warranty even on old scopes, and they don't try to blame it on the end user. 
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Bushnell and Sightron both make a glossy scope that are in one of the better lines.

http://swfa.com/Bushnell-3-9x40-Elite-Rifle-Scope-P48263.aspx

http://swfa.com/Sightron-3-9x42-SII-Big-Sky-Riflescope-P9157.aspx
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Originally posted by coldhunt coldhunt wrote:

I have stayed clear of the Leupold product for a couple of reasons. One is their claim to fame of great service, which people do like up here because there is a Canadian service centre. It seems that the service here is very good, as stated by many of my friends. The part that bothers me is that most people I know with a Leupold have had to use this service. The second thing, I think that leupold charges a premium when compared, and I beleive that this is to cover the extra service needed, which then leads me to beleive that the initial quality does not warrant the price. I am not knocking the product, but everyone seems to talk about their service, over their product. I don't want to be in need of the service while out hunting, no matter how good it is, and I know, and have witnessed others who have. A good comparison is listening to people talk about Conquest, or Leupold. One group talks about the glass and value for the dollar without much mention of service, which seems to say very little  service is needed, the other group good or bad talk about the service more than anything else.
Kind of my opinion on them. Their glass is sub par compared to other scopes in the same price ranges, and like I said, 3 out of 5 I've had have had to be sent in for repair and the other 2 I never mounted to use. Another friend also got a bad one out of the box and when his came back from repair he traded it off. Other than him, and a friend that also had problems and sold his scope to me which was one of the ones I sent back, I've not known anyone else in person to own a Leupold, but they get good reviews online so someone must have good luck.

I bought the first one new, but since then I will no longer buy a new one. The only time I buy Leupolds now is when I find a really good deal on a used one. I sometimes buy it and use it and sell it off after a while which is what I plan to do with this one. I'm just less than impressed with every aspect of the Leupolds I've had.
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I've had great luck with all the leupolds I've owned. None have ever failed, then again i've only had one scope fail in 10+ years.
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I may be just lucky but I have had great service from Leupold in the past, dropped scope, lost turret etc. I generally have it back in two weeks after I send it in to them.
 
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Originally posted by Duce Duce wrote:

I may be just lucky but I have had great service from Leupold in the past, dropped scope, lost turret etc. I generally have it back in two weeks after I send it in to them.
 
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I think it must depend on the time of the year. The reason I say this is the first time I sent a scope in I'd read all about this and was disappointed when it took over a month. Almost a month and a half. When I sent that same scope in the second time it took around 2 weeks which is from what I read normal. Then the next scope sent in took around 3 weeks. If it was even that. May not have quite been 3 weeks. So I figured it must have just been something going on that made the first one take so long. Then, this last one I sent in took over a month to get back also. So I'm thinking it may depend on the time of the year or something as I read lots of reports of getting it back in 2-3 weeks, and I've experience that 50% of the time, but the other 50% has taken over a month.
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It doesn't matter how quick the service is if the scope fails while on a hunt. Leupold service is good, but again that is just about all people talk about. I would prefer to have the confidence of reliability.
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Originally posted by coldhunt coldhunt wrote:

It doesn't matter how quick the service is if the scope fails while on a hunt. Leupold service is good, but again that is just about all people talk about. I would prefer to have the confidence of reliability.
my thoughts exactly.
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Originally posted by tman1965 tman1965 wrote:

Originally posted by coldhunt coldhunt wrote:

It doesn't matter how quick the service is if the scope fails while on a hunt. Leupold service is good, but again that is just about all people talk about. I would prefer to have the confidence of reliability.
my thoughts exactly.
 
There is a lot of talk about Leupold has a good warranty, good service etc, but shooters rather want good reliability then good service. I would like to hear where a Leupold "failed"on a hunt.
 
I will throw down the gauntlet and say that Leupold is as reliable and well made as any other mid to high priced scope. To say that Leupold has more problems is rubbish.
 
In South Africa Leupold seems to be well priced against other scopes and a lot of shooters use them. In competitions the top shooters use them etc. There are minimal problems with the Leupolds and most problems are caused by abuse from the user.
 
I will buy the argument that in the USA Leupold is overpriced against similiar scopes, but $$$ aside, they are as good as their competitors.
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Originally posted by slowr1der slowr1der wrote:

Originally posted by Vermin93 Vermin93 wrote:

I would chuck that relic and get a new 3-9 like one of the 4200's that's on closeout for $199 or one of the Nitrex TR One's that can be found for $150 or a FFII for $180.  No sense it continuing to throw time and money down the drain.  
I've thought about it, but I just can't find anything I think would look all that great on it. I really like a glossy scope on it and I had the Leupold laying around so I figured I'd use it for a while since I had it. I may just throw my $30 Bushnell package deal scope I have on it, but I'm not sure that would hold up more than a few shots on this rifle.


I also like the look of glossy scopes on glossy rifles.  Here are two suggestions for you:

- If you search online, you can find a new Sightron Big Sky SII 3-9x42 with glossy finish for $320 (model SIIB3942GL).  SWFA should price match that deal.  There is a 75$ rebate from Sightron if you buy it by March 31, so you need to act fast.  The rebate makes the scope only $245.   That is an absolutely killer deal on an awesome Big Sky scope.  The Big Sky will blow that Vari X II out of the water. 

- If you want a less expensive, but still good option then you can find a Nitrex TR One 3-9x42 with glossy finish on closeout for only $140.  The scope is made by Weaver and is essentially a repackaged Weaver Grand Slam, which is a very respectable scope.  It's not as nice as the Big Sky, but for the closeout price of $140 it is a very good deal. 

Good luck with the Leupold. 






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Man you are snakebitten on scopes. Sorry to read about you new travail.
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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

Bushnell and Sightron both make a glossy scope that are in one of the better lines.

http://swfa.com/Bushnell-3-9x40-Elite-Rifle-Scope-P48263.aspx

http://swfa.com/Sightron-3-9x42-SII-Big-Sky-Riflescope-P9157.aspx

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