Leupold VX6 Sale, Discontinued? vs VX3i worth it?

Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by FaultedGeologist, Jan 4, 2017.

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  1. FaultedGeologist

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    The Leupold VX6 2-12x42mm (and the whole 6 lineup) is on sale right now at a ridiculous discount at Cabela's. The employee I talked with tonight said the line is discontinued in their system.

    From what I have read, the VX2 and VX3i just got major upgrades to their quality in 2016. Would anyone know if the tech from the VX-6 line is being ported to the VX-2 and VX-3i in preparation for a new 6 line? I can't justify spending $1200 on a scope, but $700 isn't much more than the 3i prices.

    I just purchased my first rifle, a Remington 783 in .308 for chasing tail in the midwest. The scope that comes with it is crap. I sighted it in and just knew this wasn't what the experience was supposed to be like - impossbile to find the field of view, not enough relief, and a light ding in the head if I held the full FOV since it lacked relief. A well toured military vet verified with a quick peek that the scope is worthless. We were unable to get a really good grouping with that scope, and decided to stop wasting ammo. Most were within a few inches at 100yd, but that isn't the advertised accuracy.

    I knew that a new scope would be the next purchase, but wasn't planning on it before my first walk in the woods. It would be unethical imho to hunt with this as is. I like the flexibility of the VX6 for future expansion (transfer) to a better gun, and the CDS zero lock is really slick for noobz. It would take every penny I have right now to spring for it. Thoughts?

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    maybe a 4-12 verix 3 leupold with the cds would do. eastbank.
     
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    Maybe, 4.5-14x40mm is $499, the 50mm is $599. If there is a difference in glass I would like to do the VX6. I may call Leup and ask. I have read somewhere last night that a person thought there was a huge difference in how they looked when he viewed both. Frackin cold day in Kansas, but I may be dragging the kids to Cabelas for some chaos.
     
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    Also, these VX3i models go up to $999 in only 30mm configuration.

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/LEUPOLD-VX-I-MM-CDS-RIFLESCOPES/2264514.uts?

    They boast a Twilight Max, while the VX6 has Extended Twilight. Annoyingly vague. The descriptions in their product catalog also seem vague.

    https://www.leupold.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016_Consumer_Catalog.pdf

    I like the dial system on the VX6, and will probably find the 3i on sale in the years to come when I can afford to create a new piece of kit on a different caliber platform... unless you can convince me with an internet slap in the face.
     
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    I compared the VX6 to several models in a store recently and found the VX6's to be quite sharp and clear. At least to my eyes, the 6's were much sharper and brighter than the 3i's were. I ultimately purchased one of the Sig Sauer Whiskey 5 scopes which I found slightly better than the 3i's and for a special Xmas deal at Amazon.
     
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    Here is the word from the horse's mouth:
    VX3i has superior twilight coatings to the VX6.
    New line of VX6 will be announced soon.
    30mm tubes allow further windage and elevation adjustments.

    I personally couldn't tell much difference in the crappy artificial bright store conditions between the 3i and 6, so I went with the 3.5-10x40 3i with 1" tube and basic reticle. I may have to go back and get one of the 6 models since I think the price is right and I am unlikely to buy the full priced new line. The 6 would give me an excuse with the wife to build a better gun than my cheap Rem 783. For now the 3i is more scope than I could have dreamed of. Consider the pricing on the 30mm tube 3i models and you will see why the VX6 is a great deal right now.

    On a side note, the scope rail taps on the Remington 783 were not drilled in line with the barrel, and with the Leupold 3i it took every bit of windage to get a bore sight set. We had to add new adjustable Leup rails in addition to the rings. Great service by Cabela's to address this properly and get me set. (edit - I wanted to return the gun for another on general principle, but the manager took care of the extra rail cost. Gotta wrap up antlerless season with a bang.)

    The reason the 3i ran out of windage, per Leup rep, while my crap kit scope didn't - the triangle of scope whatever. FOV, magnification, and eye relief are interrelated. When these limits are pushed, the reticle housing (erector) takes up more space, allowing less space for adjustments. I should be good with the aftermarket rails, though I am quite disappointed in 'Murican manufacturing by Remington.
     
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    My hunting buddy has three VX-3's. Just got a VX-6 2-12. He says the Vx-6 is clearer that the 3's. I've got a couple VX-3's and think they're awesome. The 6 must be really good.
     
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    The thing to do would be to find a dealer that would sit outside at sundown and let you scope some targets. I know my Leupold rangefinder looks great at dusk inthe woods, didn't have anything to sight with the 3i last evening and forgot to look thru it at twilight.
     
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