Originally Posted by EXPRESS
I am in the market for a scope for my new 6.5-284 and am tossing up a Mark 4 6.5-20x50 with TMR reticle or the simple VX-3 6.5-20x40 with varmint hunters (good for holding off for wind) and getting turrets made up by Kenton Industries.
The VX-3 costs half as much, has the same amount of MOA ajustment and weights a little less, which is a consideration since this is a mountain rifle.
The Mark 4 has the better reticle, for me, and alreay has turrets.
Any opinions to sway the vote?
You can get any reticle you want from the leupold custom shop.
The major difference in the VX 3's and mark 4's is that the MK IV's are built to take a lot of abuse and punishment as they are build specifically as tactical scopes.
I'm hard as hell on equipment so I tend to lean towards the tactical scopes but to be honest I've never busted a Leupold; even the VXII's and M8's I've owned.
I own a 6-20x50 VXIII and it's certainly a fine scope. I'm fixing to take it off of the .300 Rum and replace it with a 6-24x50 IOR tactical though because I love the MP-8 reticle.
I'm then going to send in the 6-20x50 in to leupold and have them give it a tune up and put in a TMR reticle and then it'll move to my 7mm STW. The only real reason for that is that it's got the fine target cross hair and I have a hard time picking it up if there's much in the background.
Either will be a great scope for you, so just decide if you need to spend the extra money for the slightly heavier duty model.