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I figured I would get an expert opinion. I have an 12 gauge 870, 20" Hastings, cantilever, fully rifled barrel, and am looking for the scope. My options are a Leupold VX-I or VX-II in either 1-5x20 or 2-7x33. Price may drive the VX-I or VX-II choice so I am primarily interested in the scope sizes and what general opinions about the best attributes of each style, the 1-5x20 or the 2-7x33. Thank you for the help gentlemen.
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Hunting style may dictate part of this, but to me the 2-7's extra lense area gives it a slight edge for low light hunting.  Leupold does not make the clearest glass so I'd get the better grade scope. 
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Thanks for the reply. I think you have hit upon my question exactly. With the Leupold's the actual magnification is 1.6-4.2x20 and 2.5-6.6x33. I have just moved to NC and must hunt with a shotgun. I don't know what the hunting conditions here will be like, although it seems to have a variety of up close running and longer 125 yard type shots. I am primarily concerned with versatility and am present slightly leaning toward the 1-5 power as I envision a mix of stalk hunting and some stand. I think the 1-5 will do it for magnification but I do not like the objective diameter. I have read the post on exit pupil size and the 7mm pupil size. Awesome thread, thank you to those that posted. I just want advice from other hunters and their thoughts on the two scope styles.

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Silver is absolutely correct.  If you are deer hunting in North Carolina, some of your shots will likely come at first light in the morning or at twilight.  The "20" won't let in enough light for this kind of hunting. 

 

The Leupold variable "20"s I've seen certainly didn't have the the easy view and the brightness that you can get in other woods scopes.  

 

You will find some helpful information in the "Low Power Options" thread in the Rifle Scopes forum.  Good Hunting! 

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I used to work at a  gun store and always thought side by side the nikons looked "brighter in comparible scopes with the leupolds. I was thinking Leupold, because they have a military discount, but after much internet searching I am finding out that my original thoughts were correct from many years ago.

From leupold's own website, "How much light transmission does my scope have?
It depends on which scope line you have. Our Rifleman allow 82%, VX-1 and VX-II allow 86%, and our Vari-X III and LPS lines allow 92%. "
  The Prostaff, labeled by some as a "cheap" scope on this forum by some boasts 90% and it is less than my discount. I will check with nikon on monday to see if they also have a military discount. I may be able to afford the Monarch!!

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If you have a chance look thru a WeaverV3.  I have used one for years on a slug gun.
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I put a VX1 2-7x33 Shotgun with heavy reticle on my H&R USH 20 gauge slug gun last year and absolutely love it.  I had narrowed my choices down to this scope or the Bushnell Elite 3200.   When comparing them side/side in the store - the Leupold was hands down much brighter to my eyes.  Others would disagree but I chose the Leupold and have not looked back.
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I would stay away from Leupold. I do not think their glass is as bright as a Nikon or even the
Bushnell Legend 2-7x32, and they have a wire reticle. I know they are American made and this
might ruffle some feathers. But in all honesty I do not like them. You may want to check out the
I.O.R. line of hunting scopes in particular the fixed power 4x32. Brightness should not be a
problem, parralex not a problem, and eye relief is 3.5 inches. Glass is simply AMAZING, crisp,
and very very clear. Backed by a great lifetime warranty. As a matter of fact the 4x32 hunting
scope is so rugged, that if you mounted it on a .50 caliber muzzleloader or shotgun, it WOULD
NOT VOID the warranty. An extremely rugged scope from $269 to $299. Money well spent.
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