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 I am in the process of getting a new rifle scope. I am disabled. Every year I travel to NC from my home. It is about a 6.5 hour drive. Seems I can get NO ONE in my area who hunts to include me in a hunting trip. Have been trying for 5+ years...ANYWAY

This past year we were allowed to shoot right at dark. Twice my Bushnell 4200 failed me at this time. I could not see the deer although my guide could see them through his binoculars.

Is there a huge difference between the Vari-X 3 and the Vari-X 6 other than the jump in cost? I am looking for the ultra in low-light rifle scope in 50mm and would like the optics to be around a 4x16.

Just wondered if anyone out there has had experience with BOTH scopes for comparison.

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My disability is severe but it does not stop me. On my good days, other than my scars, you would be hard pressed to see anything wrong with me...I was involved in an industrial accident while welding. I wound up breaking my neck and back in 6 places, both my arms and my left leg. I have had 26 operations and 47 pieces of titanium in me. I recovered fairly well after my rehab then this past summer I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I am still recovering from that surgery.

Amazingly by the grace of God, I am able to go to the gym 3 days a week and do light weights and walk the treadmill. Walking and moving is not much of a problem to me but picking things up and dragging stuff (like a deer) is impossible.

Back in the 90's and early 2000's I created and ran a 501(c)3 corporation called the DHNA. It was the Disabled Hunters of North America. We helped disabled and terminally ill folks go hunting and fishing anywhere in North America they wanted to go. I was bed ridden for 4.5 years after y accident so I had to shut down the DHNA.

I had set it up as a TRUE non-profit so %100 of the proceeds could go out to help folks. It was a sad day when I had to shut it down. No one wanted it as it was set up that way. They could see no profit...sucks

I guess what really erks me the most is when I had the DHNA I had volunteers from every state and Canada who would stop at nothing to help folks....now some time later I just can't believe how some folks are in regards to hunting...I often feel that I am just about to hang it up.


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Welcome to the OT Forum.  I can provide part of the information you are asking for.  Leupold Vari-X III, Vari-X 3 and VX-3 scopes are different vintages of the same grade of scopes within the Leupold brand, from oldest to newest respectively.  Generally each change in designation represented upgrades in glass, coatings and/or mechanical upgrades and new features.  I have two Leupold 4.5-14x40mm scopes, one is a mid 1980s Vari-X III and the second is a three year old VX-3, both with 1" scope tubes.  Shooting paper out to 400 yards there are differences in relolution and brightness that are noticeable but not enough to cause me to sell or trade the Vari-X III to replace it with the newest version.  I hunt open country so I cannot speak to the differences in brightness at dawn and dusk.  The Leupold VX-6 line of scopes is new within the last couple of years.  I don't own one yet but have shot a 3-18 and the optical quality is a noticeable upgrade from Leupold's current VX-3 scopes.  Others here will jump in on low light performance and I think their opinions may rate several other brands higher than Leupold for low light performance.

 
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Use a larger objective like 50mm and dial the power down to 6x or 7x to that to brighten the image.  Even your current scope will brighten up in low light if you do this take it out in low light and try it. The higher the magnification is the larger the front objective has to be to be really bright.
6x 42mm    7x 50 mm     8x 56 mm  will give the brightest image.
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The VX6 takes a back seat to no one as far as hunting scopes are concerned.  It is the most user friendly variable out there IMO, and the duplex reticle, and firedot duplex reticle are both world class.  I've been using a couple for over 2 years now, have taken them to Africa twice, and have zero complaints.  I also use a few VX3's, which work great as well, but optically the VX6 is a notch above.  
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I'm saving my pennies for one as I write this.  I've looked through the 2-12 and 3-18 VX-6 scopes mounted on tripods out to 300 yards and without paying a bunch more money, and possibly not even then, it is unlikely there would be any material or functional gain in optical quality over the glass in the VX-6, at least for sporting use and to my eye.  I have quite a few Leupold scopes and more have passed through my hands.  I've only ever sent one back for repair of an overly stiff elevation turret.  Another survived a horse wreck that destroyed a Kevlar stock and bent a rifle barrel so I am a solid supporter of the Leupold brand.
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The Leupold VX 6 is excellent and a cut above the V3. But, you can see deer just at dark with several other scopes that cost less. 
I hunt with Zeiss Conquest 2-8x32 and 3-9x40 scopes and i have to quit hunting when i look at the watch, not because the scopes don't show deer in the dark. 
Like said earlier, keep the power down, you will see better. 
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Try to find a Zeiss Conquest 3-9x50 with the #4 reticle.  Awesome low light scope for the money.
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