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I'm considering treating myself Smilie and upgrading the scope on my old standby 30-06 from the old fixed power Redfield 4x40 it currently has to one of the new Leupold VX-3L or VX-3 scopes with a 50mm objective lense (at least this is the way I'm leaning right now). Before I do though, I have some questions.Confused How much of a practical advantage is the low profile of the VX-3L with its cut out on the bottom - really? I've used scopes mounted at "standard" heights for years and been able to hit what I have aimed at with what I feel is reasonable regularity so am wondering... Is the low profile really a plus or is it just a new gimmick that might actually prove to be a distraction?Confused Anybody who actually has or has at least tried one of the 3L's - you thoughts and opinions will surely be appreciated as it's a pretty good investment and I don't want to make it foolishly.
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Its really a neat idea, whether its needed or warrented is a personal descision.  I wouldn't mind owning a VX-L.
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To be honest, I really don`t see any advantage to the 3L`s bottom cut out!. I understand the thinking behind it though.
 
A 50 mm scope with a little extra light gathering, which is designed to sit as low, if not lower than a 40mm objective scope without the bottom cut out. The bottom line is, you have a 50mm objective scope that sits lower.
 
I`ve never warmed up to that design. I like a little more space from the receiver to the scope`s bottom. And I certainly don`t want my thumb or fingers inferring with bolt cyling because the ocular bell sits too low either. Though with a 54 to 60 degree bolt lift, (which I don`t have), ocular and bolt clearance shouldn`t then be an issue!
 
I`ll take the regular `ol 40mm and mount it as low as possible, save some scope weight and some money at the same time.
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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

Its really a neat idea, whether its needed or warrented is a personal descision.  I wouldn't mind owning a VX-L.


It is a neat idea!!  Big Smile
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 Low mounting height is a decided advantage for normal shooters using rifles with most sporter-style stocks.  This is especially true as it pertains to hunting. This is because a solid cheekweld is vitally important to accurate shooting results in the field; offhand, moving game, etc.  You don't need to crane your head up to see through the scope; you can keep it snug on the comb where it belongs and where it helps lock shooter and rifle into a single unit.

 Not quite so important when shooting  from a benchrest.
 
 
 The cutout does allow a lower height than a similar scope that doesn't have that feature, and the one I examined had VERY good glass.
 I didn't fall in love with the looks of the cutout strictly on the basis of personal prejudice, but that's my problem. 
 Go for it, you probably won't regret it.
 Incidently, you can shoot very well with very hig-mounted scopes if you have an adjustable stock, or otherwise build up the comb to get your eye up to the line of sight, while maintaining the 'weld'.
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I posted before reading Big Squeeze's reply; he makes a very good point about bolt handle clearance.  It can be a factor.
 
 


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I am sure they work great, but have you seen one mounted in person?Puker
not real pretty!
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 Yeah, they do take some getting used to, (and I'm still working on that myself), but so did the very idea of putting any scope on a rifle, to a whole generation of shooters 90 years ago.
 All what you're used to, I guess....
  
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Yeah I agree it's not the prettiest scope to put on a rifle but it does serve a purpose for reasons RONK stated earlier.

Gotta hand it to Leupold for trying to think outside the box.
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 It must have taken some freaky math and geometry calculations to pull it together!
I gotta hand it to Leupold, they did it well. The one I looked at was very crisp and very bright all the way to the edges.
 I was impressed, and I didn't really want to be!
Very nice scopes.
 
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Originally posted by RONK RONK wrote:

 It must have taken some freaky math and geometry calculations to pull it together!
I gotta hand it to Leupold, they did it well. The one I looked at was very crisp and very bright all the way to the edges.
 I was impressed, and I didn't really want to be!
Very nice scopes.
 


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I bought the VX-L when they first came out,nice idea lower cheek weld for a 50mm that mounts like a 40mm.I didn't have scope covers that would fit because of the design on this scope bell and used it on a wet snowy hunt.I couldn't see any added benefit with the 50 over my VX-III with a 40mm.Low light performance wasn't any better.
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