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    Posted: 18 January 2019 at 12:40
I like Leupold and as soon as I could afford them, that was all I bought.


ut   WOW.   are they expensive today.


Do you think a good scope is worth $500 -1500?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote d4570 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 January 2019 at 13:38
I think a $250 scope is expensive .
The Leopold derivative " Redfield" is a very good scope for under $250.
Get the one that is assembled here in the US.
I do believe the same warrantee as the Full blown Leopold. 
             
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I do think you get what you pay for TO a point.
About the only difference in scopes , most all the "Glass" comes from just a few places, is the workings in side. That said there is a point where you get diminishing return for your bucks. In my mind there is very little difference in a $1000 scope and a $1500 scope as long as your comparing doughnuts  to doughnuts.
In my mind if I could get all the same fetchers on a $500 scope as a $1000 scope I would defiantly get the less expensive one. 
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Like D said, there are a few things left in todays world where the old adage "you get what you pay for" still applies, as far as I'm concerned optics are one of these things! I recently took the plunge and shopped around for some of the European scopes. I have 4 Zeiss Conquest 3-9X40 and a Swarovski Z3 3-9X36. The Zeiss' when new were @$500+ the Swaro was $700. I have at least 2 dozen VX3 Leupolds, 1.5-5, 2.5-8, 3.5-10 and 4.5X14, nothing bigger than a 40mm objective. The Zeiss is a touch clearer than the Leupolds. There is no comparison to the Swaro. It is head and shoulders clearer than any other scope I have ever looked thru. When I shoot at my house I take 4 or 5 rifles. Side by side the difference is remarkable, it seems like it is a 10 or 12 power when compared to another 9X scope it is that much better. I shoot a lot of the time in the evenings, my range faces the SW so the sun sets at about my 1 o'clock when sitting at my bench. The glare of the setting sun becomes an issue with some scopes. I still have a few older Redfield wideviews and 2 VXII Leupolds and also had a couple of the new Redfields. The setting sun separated the good from the great. With the VX3s and the high end Zeiss and Swaro the glare had no affect on my view of the target, where the older/less expensive scopes it was a pronounced difference. The sky is the limit with optics. I am pretty simple, I don't like any dots, dashs, lines or knobs to have to twist or adjust. Also weight is a factor as well as eye relief. The Leupold eye relief, slim size and weight are matched by few, the Zeiss and Swaro are as good...that's why I still have them. Also, I don't have a 30mm tube and the biggest objective I have is a 44mm Meopta, again I like em slim and light. I highly recommend the Z3 Swarovski for a simple, light high performance hunting optic, it can be had thru many outlets for $700. The Conquest are no longer made, of course, the VX3i is the new Leupold version and so far the couple I have are typical Leupold. I recently found an ebay special and picked up 2 VX3i 3.5-10X40 for $240/ea delivered, that's a steal!! Bear I can send you pictures of what the scopes look like set up on my rifles if you want.
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Like you I like only a med fine x-hair with no dots or dashes...just clutter and confusion hunting.

My bro' has Swarovski, about 10 years old, doesn't seem any brighter than my Leupold, but I have old fouggy eyes.  When the Zeiss Conquest 3-9X40 came out they were $199 and you got a hat.  My neuphew bought 3, seem good but in the Leupold range.

I have some high end B&L/Bushnell, they seem to have great clear glass.

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inexpensive Leupold.  I understand it the china clone knock-offs are sold there.

Got stuck with one 30mm Millet, fair.

Got a new Weaver Gran Slam (asian)...great scope.  works on my 22 LR for 1/2 MOA.
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There are a lot of very high quality optics in the $200-$400 range now. Bushnell bought B&L and the Elite series are said to be top notch. I am a tried and true Leupold guy for sure, but had to try the others. I just received a KX Kahles the other day, got it mounted and waiting for the weather to cooperate to try it. I am well aware of the Leupold knockoffs, they are east to spot, i.e. a VX3 for $80...and the seller does not except returns. The VX3 is my measuring stick against all others
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I like the Elite scopes.  got a 3000 and a 4200.   Elite 3000 spent 4 weeks in Africa bouncing around in  a 1961 landrover,  Blueing is off the barrel where it rode.  Scope worked great on 338 mag for plains game and leopard.  Still holds perfect zero.
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I have a Leupold VX3ILRP on my Swede. It cost right at $800. It has a MOA reticle and the turret adjustments are spot on. 

I looked at a lot of scopes when I was trying to decide what to put on the Swede. I thought thiis was the best bang for the buck in what I was looking for. 

I have always been a fan of Leupold scopes. I tried a couple Vortex scopes and a spotting scope and a pair of binoculars. Everyone makes a big deal about Vortex's warranty. I sent my binoculars and spotting scope back for repair and their warranty was great. No questions asked they replaced my spotting scope and repaired my binos. 

I have never sent a Leupold scope back for warranty. I would a lot rather have optics that don't ever break. I will stick with Leupold. 

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Unless you are target shooting or some other specialty shooting I think most people today are over scoped. I almost all hunting situations I can think of where you are shooting at a reasonable range I really don't see the need for a scope with a high end magnification over 10-12 power. The scopes in the 2.5X10 are just about perfect. You can find very good scopes (leupold, vortex, B&L etc.) in that power range for $400-$600. When you are going more money than that a lot of the cost is on bells and whistles that you probably do not need.  
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I agree mtelk on the bells and whistles.  BUT as you get older eye require more Xs.

I like the 3.5-10x  Leupold vx-3, that is my standard for big game as I usually shoot under 400 yds..  BUT for gophers, prairrie dogs, and groundhogs I like 12-16x range.   squirrels too.
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My post was directed to big game hunting scopes. I agree as you get older you can use a little more power but still about 10 is enough for big game. Varmint/target guns are a different story they can use higher power, but I also think that most varmint/target guns have way to big of objective lens. Again unless you are doing specialize shooting most shooting with these type of guns are done in good light so you do not need the extra light gathering of the big objectives.
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yep, objectives toooo large and heaven forbid the unusable 30 mm tubes.
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