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Unread 02-01-2006, 09:23 AM
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30mm scope choice

I am looking to upgrade the scope on my primary long range hunting rifle. It is a 300 Wby Mag lightweight. I was using a Leupold Vari-X III 4.5-14x50 Adj Obj. I want to upgrade to something with a 30mm tube and was thinking of doing another Leupold in similar magnification and 50mm. I really like the side focus, probably just want a duplex reticle since I will dial adjustments in anyways and REALLY don't like the new VX-III adjustment knobs being discussed in another thread. I suppose with these criteria, I am considering either the LPS 3.5-14 or the Mark 4 4.5-14. I am not sure what the windage and elevation knobs are like on the new LPS though. I was hoping to hear from some with experience with these scopes and maybe about some other options that I might not be considering. Thanks.
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Unread 02-01-2006, 12:39 PM
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Re: 30mm scope choice

That decision is easy. Skip the LPS and get the M4.
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Unread 02-03-2006, 03:40 PM
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Re: 30mm scope choice

Ditto. Go take a look at and they will tell you the same: Vari-X & Mark 4 over the LPS.
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Unread 02-05-2006, 11:03 PM
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Re: 30mm scope choice

you might look at the 6.5-20 vx3, it has the other turrets, side focus, and more elevation adjustment than a mk4 8.5-25. I used mine out to 1200 yards with my 338LM and didn't run out of adjustment. few hundred cheaper too!
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Unread 02-06-2006, 07:23 AM
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Re: 30mm scope choice

I think I would prefer to stick with the 4.5-14. I don't think I need to go up to 20 for primarily big game. Additionally, I am set up so that with the mounts I am using, it is easy for me to swap my 8.5-25 off my varmint rifle to use if i get in a pinch. I am leaning toward the Mark 4 LRT in 4.5-14x50 as I have heard good things about these scopes and am feeling better about the turrets on these than on the new VX-III.
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Unread 02-06-2006, 12:09 PM
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Re: 30mm scope choice

The LPS does not come with target turrets; they are low profile, and need to unscrew their cap to access them.
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Unread 02-06-2006, 12:48 PM
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Re: 30mm scope choice

How important is weight? Are you set on getting a Leupold?

I just went through a similar upgrade and chose the IOR 4-14X50 Tactical. A whole lot less money than the equivalent Mark 4 and much better glass. About the only major drawbacks I can see it's bigger and heavier. Another one to keep in mind in that price range is the 4-16 Nikon Tactical. That would have been my second choice.
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