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    Posted: October/18/2006 at 19:20

November '06 Rifle Sporting Firearms Journal Pg16  "Prices Go Down" by John Barsness paragraph 4

 

"In July the tour happened to be the Leupold and Stevens Factory, a place that I hadn't visted in 15 years. Did you know that Leupold's 3-9x "Rifleman" scope is essentially the same scope as the 3-9xVari-X II that sold for many years?It has all the same basic  features: Fully coated optics, friction adjustments (emphasis added), finish and -price."

 

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"But the Rifleman's tube is actually made of fewer parts than that of the of the old Vari-X II, so it should be even tougher, at least in therory."

 

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"These days, Rifleman scopes are made in two halves, one including a machined-in adjustment housing.  The Vari-X II tubes had seperate housings and objective bells."

 

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I found the article interesting, the bulk of it delt with the modernized tooling at Leupold and the overall improved quality and cost containment within the optics industry

 

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That's interesting, and contrary to what a lot of folks around here think.  I'm a Leupold guy, but even I think they are so big they've got just about everybody in their back pockets.  Ever look through a rifle manufacturers catalog and notice which scopes are on every rifle?  Every one I look at has a Leupold (usually a VX III). 

 

When's the last time you read a bad review of any scope in any mag?  It ain't gonna happen.

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I love the wording of the article.  Most noticeable is the word essentially.   It is a scope with fewer parts, a differantly machined tube and housing, Friction adjustments instead of clicks, ect.   It seems to me, that they trash the VX-II in the process too. 

 

What should I expect from people who brand down? They could have chose to improve the quality of the products they had? I understand the concern over market share.  Hey, if people only want cheap, we can give it to them...

 

If they would improve the clarity of thier glass, they could keep out alot of their competition.  It reminds me of how Colt would not get their quality up, thus spawning a blue dozen new players in the market for them to compete against.

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Silver is absolutely correct about the quality of Leupold glass.

 

When I compared a new VXIII scope to a comparable Swarovski, the Leupold was actually brighter.  However, the resolution was much poorer at twilight.  The Leupold showed me a brown blob, whereas the Swarovski showed me clearly identifiable brown bush.  While the Swarovski was darker, it had much better resolution and was the clear winner.

 

I ditched my last Leupold Vari-X III because  it was too dark.  They've solved that problem, but now they need to work on the resolution and quality of the glass.  I hope Leupold comes through on this.  It's a good American company.

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