You do NOT want a 4.5-14 with out AO. I own multiple luppys and I baught the 4.5-14 w/out AO for a light weight pack rifle. I just sold it cause in low light I could not get half the clarity I could out of my tactical with AO. Also, I worked for nosler, and nosler and leupold are closely joined. We had a guy in our proshop who now works for leupold. The truth on the objectives is the large objectives are only a help when you start to go over 15-16 power in low light. They only put them on the lower magnification for "americans, bigger is better attitude". Hope I was a help.
i do not agree with the prior posts. i have a 4.5-14x40 LR varmint reticle scope on my 270wsm. i do not like it with the side focus, the reticle is to hard to see some times!
my dad on the other hand has the same exact scope as me but in B&C. his is easy to see and focus at all distances at any power. when i shot my deer this past year at 250 yards. he was laying down and i put my scope on him and turned the power up to 14 and could not get a clear picture. i did not adjust the focus as i did not have time but turned it down to 12 and was ready to go
i would look at the ones with out the side focus
77" coues buck, last day 571 yards. .257 Wby. 115 VLD
The only prob with turning the power down to clear up your image is that the B&C and VH reticles are only accurate at specfic power. At 250yds this wouldnt matter but at extended range you would disable the reticle by changing the power.
In my opinion at parallax adjustment is necessary for extended range shooting and the side focus is handier than the AO.
take it easy
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For an all around scope that will be used close and far, you will be wise to get an AO. For all the reasons already stated above. I have the MK4 LR/T, 4.5-14x50, 30mm tube, with side focus. It is a damn clear scope and I can adjust it down to about 25-30 yards to infinity. What can be more versatile than that??
WoW! I am working out of town right now and just had a chance to get on a computer to check out this thread I didn't expect to get this much excellent input! Looks like I'm going 4.5 X 14 AO B&C. Was a little concerned about the performance of this scope during close encounters of the scary kind, my 78 year old uncle ended up having to shoot a charging Grizzly at 35yds last fall and this is always a possibility where I hunt. Thanks to everybody this answered all my questions and was a big help. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]