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Leupold VX3 3.5-10x40 or Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10x44

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by ttheel, Nov 3, 2012.

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  1. ttheel

    ttheel Member

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    I am going to be in the market for a new rifle scope soon. It will primarily be used for hunting situations up to 400 yards, but most of the time will be much less than that. It is going to be going on a light weight Browning X Bolt Stainless Stalker 300 WSM so needless to say eye relief needs to be pretty good. I am a life long hunter and have a couple of older model Leupold Vari-x 2's sitting on my guns right now. I have never had any issues whatsoever with the Leupy's and could not be happier. I would just like some opinions on the models mentioned above.
     
  2. ttheel

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    No opinions?
     
  3. Jaxondog

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    I can't speak for the Zeiss scope's, but I have several Leupold VX3's and I shoot with them up to 400 and am very pleased with them.
     
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    I have that Leupold on my Anschutz 1517MPR. It is fantastic...best scope I own. I believe the Zeiss is more expensive and no doubt a good one. You would be happy with the Leupold, but if you are shooting 400 yds, is that going to be enough magification?
     
  5. ttheel

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    Sniper, when I first started considering this i was looking at bigger magnification but after reading lots about this, most folks say stay away from the bigger magnification especially with my application. Almost 90 percent of my hunting will be at 200 yards or less with the occasional farther distances. On top of that, a lot of my hunting is in the woods where you only have 75 yard shots or less. Most folks say the big zoom lenses with adjustable objectives is a no no in this application.
     
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    ttheel,

    In that case I can highly recommend the Leupold. I shoot lots of p-dogs with my Anschutz that are around 100 yds, give or take. I just bought a Bushnell 4200 Elite 4-16x SF for longer range shooting. That is the highest magnification scope I have and, on my .223, it should be good in wide open spaces. But, you are right; it would not be good at all for woods hunting.
     
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    Zeiss would be my choice hands down.
     
  8. ttheel

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    Even for $250 more? Just not sure it would be that much of an upgrade.
     
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    My "opinion" is, you need to look at BOTH of them YOURSELF!

    I'm a long time Leupold buyer, but when "I" looked at both of them in low light levels, i bought the Conquest.

    DM
     
  10. ttheel

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    DM, did you look at these two models?
     
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  12. ttheel

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    I do not like the rapid z reticle. To many lines at dawn or dusk in the woods equals a possible mistake.
     
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    For the money I'd go 3-9X40 Zeiss

    http://www.cameralandny.com/optics/zeiss.pl?page=521460

    Ain't no way I'd pay almost $200 more for the 3.5-10X44, especially when I were considering the 40mm Leupold.

    In many ways I like Leupold better. They are 1/4 lb lighter and about 2" shorter, but a Zeiss @ $359 is too good to pass up.
     
  14. ttheel

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    Just noticed that Chuck Hawks and the staff at Guns and Online Shooting rate the Leupold VX-3 series slightly higher than the Zeiss Conquest series. They give the VX-3 a 4+ star rating and the Conquest line a 4 star rating.
     
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    Have you looked at the Nikon Monarch? Great scope for the money. I have a 4 - 16 X 42 with side focus and standard reticle. Use it at 300 and 600 yard sniper matches.
     
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    I have a vx-III 3.5-10x40 that i bought in the late 90's.great scope for hunting mine has a heavy duplex reticle that makes it easy to get on target quick.If the new ones are as good as the 15 year old ones i would highly recomend them.mine started life on a 375h&h then a 340wthby and its been on the 300winmag for at least 12 years now and it has endured some real rough handling from horses and atvs.It has alway held zero and never fogged and is still nice and clear.I also highly recomend a set of butler creek flip up scope caps
     
  17. ttheel

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    Well I ended up going with the VX-3 in 3.5-10x50. Happened to get a really good deal in this particular model. Its mounted and ready to go. I could not be happier. It is one fine rifle scope.
     
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    They are both VERY GOOD scopes, as is the Nikon Monarch in the same price class. I would look at all three. The big box store I work at part time carries them all. I suspect the Nikon may be the brightest of the three, but all are clear, have excellent light gathering capabilities, are able to handle big game magnum cartridge recoil. And all three have a different approach to their cross-hairs. I would suggest you look thru all three at the same location if possible and make the decision based on which approach you like the most. You won't' be disappointed with either one.
     
  19. ttheel

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    Already purchased. See previous post. Could not be happier than I am with the Leupold.
     
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