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#3304457 - 07/28/13 08:13 AM Re: Best Scope [Re: BAMA BOW MERKER]
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 Originally Posted By: BAMA BOW MERKER
What are the differences between VX-3 and VX-2? The VX-2 is well within my budget for 4-12 x50. Looking at the 4.5-14 x40 VX-3. Is the VX-3 worth the price over VX-2?


When it comes to the VX 2, you can get more scope for the same money if you step away from Leupold.
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#3304610 - 07/28/13 11:15 AM Re: Best Scope [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
When it comes to the VX 2, you can get more scope for the same money if you step away from Leupold.

I agree.
IMO, the Burris Fulfield II is a better scope, period, never mind it cost less.

But I'm a big fan of the Leupold VX-3 (and older "3" versions) line. They are a little more costly than comparable glass, but there's more to lasting value than just the clarity of the glass. Leupold's are made to be a very "tough" scope capable of handling decades of abuse, and then some. This is where some of the less costly brands (with comparable glass) haven't proven their worth to me.

And I now see mostly Leupold VX-6 series on any new scope purchases. \:\)

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#3304795 - 07/28/13 03:58 PM Re: Best Scope [Re: Wes Parrish]
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I got a deal on a Swarovski Z3 3-10x42 and it's the clearest and sharpest scope I've seen. But i would not have paid $900 for it. I've used Leupold and Nikon and have liked them for the price point/quality as well.
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#3304823 - 07/28/13 04:23 PM Re: Best Scope [Re: Urban_Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Urban_Hunter
^^^^
Weird. Never seen someone bash a Nikon that actually has a quality one, such as a Monarch. I have that exact same scope on a 7mag and love it. I agree you don't NEED that magnification for white tail here, but that is why you are looking at variable power right? 4 power isn't too much... and is only slightly more than 3 power... which is most common (3-9). I wanted to stretch mine out at the range is why I went with the 4-16. I also have a Leopold VXIII on my Muzzle Loader and a Bushnell Elite 3200 on another rifle. My opinion, is dollar for dollar, the Busnell Elite is the most bang for the buck, but I got the Monarch on sale and have no regrets. It is crystal clear and actually in my opinion brighter than my VXIII, my only complaint would be that the cross hair is a little thick. (I went with the MIL-DOT on mine, as stated, it was on sale)


I am FAR from alone in my opinion. Nikon makes an okay product with horrible customer service. I was working with a 7mm mag for a friend. He has a monarch, can't remember magnification, but I believe it maxed at 16.5. I shot one time and looked high and left. I shot 2 more times and they looked low and right. Really confused, shots felt good (100 yards) and could not figure out the high and right. After we both looked a couple times, I grabbed my Kahles which max magnification is 12. The second my Kahles scope was on target the high and right was a fly. Nice 3 shot group that was low and left. I have been with more than one person hunting (while culling does) and in the last half hour of shooting light killed does with my kahles and leupold scopes that they could not determine which way the deer was facing with Nikon Monarchs. That more than answered any questions for me.
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#3304825 - 07/28/13 04:26 PM Re: Best Scope [Re: BSK]
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QUALITY glass is Kahles for sure.
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#3305031 - 07/28/13 08:14 PM Re: Best Scope [Re: chip]
BAMA BOW MERKER
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Thanks for the help. Think I'm going with the VX-3
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#3305279 - 07/29/13 11:58 AM Re: Best Scope [Re: BAMA BOW MERKER]
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 Originally Posted By: BAMA BOW MERKER
Thanks for the help. Think I'm going with the VX-3


Awesome scope. Just more $$$.
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#3305448 - 07/29/13 02:06 PM Re: Best Scope [Re: BAMA BOW MERKER]
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 Originally Posted By: BAMA BOW MERKER
What are the differences between VX-3 and VX-2? The VX-2 is well within my budget for 4-12 x50. Looking at the 4.5-14 x40 VX-3. Is the VX-3 worth the price over VX-2?


 Originally Posted By: BAMA BOW MERKER
Thanks for the help. Think I'm going with the VX-3


If you are going the Leupold route, then the VX-3 makes sense if you can afford it. The VX-I and VX-II scopes were both updated early last year because they were very long in the tooth and had fallen far behind the competition. The updated versions are now called the VX-1 and the VX-2. Despite the upgrade, the new VX-2 lacks several key features of the VX-3. The VX-3 has the Xtended Twilight Lens System which improves performance in low light conditions. The VX-2 does not. The VX-3 has the improved DiamondCoat 2 anti-scratch coating. The VX-2 has the original DiamondCoat coating. The VX-3 has the Twin Bias Spring Erector system. The VX-2 has a Single Bias Spring Erector. This is a big difference. That Twin Bias Spring Erector is the "muscle" of the VX-3 that protects the scope internals from the wear and tear of recoil. The VX-3 has cryogenically treated adjustment screws for added durability. The VX-2 does not. The VX-3 has a better fast focus eyepiece than the VX-2.

All that said, the guys at Outdoor Life loved the new VX-2 and made it their Editor's Choice for 2012. Here is a nearly worthless video review that they published on the new VX-2.

Rifle Scope Review: Leupold VX-2 3-9x40

The VX-1 lacks too many features of the VX-3 to mention.

I am waiting for a flight and bored, so I did some scope shopping.

$530: Leupold 4.5-14x40 VX-3 Riflescope

$450: Zeiss 4-12x42 Terra Rifle Scope

$400: Vortex 4-12x40 Viper Rifle Scope

$500: Vortex 4-16x44 Viper HS 30mm Rifle Scope

$520: Weaver 3-15x42 Super Slam Rifle Scope

$386 (Competes with VX-2): Sightron 4.5-14x50 SII Riflescope

$365 (Competes with VX-2): Sightron 4-16x42 SII Riflescope

$450: Nikon 4-16x42 Monarch 3 Riflescope

$500: Nikon 4-16x50 Monarch 3 Riflescope

$500: Meopta 4-12x50 Meopro Rifle Scope

$450: Bushnell 4-16x40 Elite Rifle Scope

$399: Burris 4.5-14x42 C4 Rifle Scope

$299 (Competes with VX-2): Burris 4.5-14x42 Fullfield II Rifle Scope


Edited by Vermin93 (07/29/13 02:16 PM)
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#3305541 - 07/29/13 03:37 PM Re: Best Scope [Re: Vermin93]
BAMA BOW MERKER
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Yep I'm goin VX-3 4.5-14 x 40 over the monarch 4-16 x 50. Better reviews and only a $30 difference.
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#3306033 - 07/29/13 10:47 PM Re: Best Scope [Re: redblood]
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 Originally Posted By: redblood
leupold vx3. for that gun i would get the 3.5-10x40. they will be right at 500.00 but the best warranty and customer service in the biz. they also have the best resale by far. they are sleek,attractive light and trim. you will notice they are used in advertisments for attractive rifles. there is a reason for that,


Yep !
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