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Old 10-19-2009, 09:13 AM
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Broken scope, need opions on replacement

Went on a deer hunt last thursday and I forgot my rifle scabbard, so I borrowed one from my hunting partner. The scabbard was brand new leather, never used, but age unknown. About a quarter mile from the trail head, my horse bucked and then I noticed why. One of the straps on the scabbard had broken, rifle dropped down horse bucked breaking other strap and in the process bent the tube on my sightron 4-16 target scope on my 338 rum. I returned the scope to sightron to see if they can repair it, but with the way my luck has been this hunting season, it is time to pony up for another scope.

So, this brings me to the big question, what scope to replace the broken one with? I have read some good things about the sightron SIII and I am currently bidding on a new 6-24x50 with 30mm and side focus on ebay. I am also bidding on a used Vx-III 6.5 -20x50 with 30mm and side focus with target turrets that is only a couple of years old and appears like new. I have read some mixed reviews of leupold vxIII's as to less that great glass. Maybe I should buy them both and sell the one I like the least or buy them both and put one on my 300 rum.

What do you guys think?
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Remington model 700 338 RUM LH 27" Broughton 5C 225NAB@3300 /300gr Berger@2830
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:23 AM
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Re: Broken scope, need opions on replacement

What are too good to pass up prices on these two scopes? I am at 575.00 on the VxIII and 460.00 on the SIII and it ends today.
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:01 PM
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Re: Broken scope, need opions on replacement

I think if your original scope were a NF, the tube wouldn't have bent... sooo, I would advise getting a NF.

Just my $.02

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Old 10-19-2009, 01:43 PM
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Re: Broken scope, need opions on replacement

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What are too good to pass up prices on these two scopes? I am at 575.00 on the VxIII and 460.00 on the SIII and it ends today.
Dealer cost on the SIII is around $650. If it's new and you can get it for less than $725 it would be a pretty good buy.

Don't know about the Leupy. Sorry about your scope - good luck.
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:55 PM
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Re: Broken scope, need opions on replacement

Well, lost the auction in the last 8 seconds on the sightron, oh well. I was at 625.00 I still have a bid going on a vx-111 that ends tomorrow. My other option is to buy new, I have access to buy at cost, but my contact is gone elk hunting and I want my 338 back in action to kill a deer and a long range cow elk. 5 point bull is already in the freezer or the garage aging until I get motivated to cut up the meat.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:09 PM
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Re: Broken scope, need opions on replacement

Could you let me know what Sightron says about your broken scope. This will be a good test to see how their warranty program functions. Thanks.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:36 PM
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Re: Broken scope, need opions on replacement

I have several leupold's in 4.5x14x 50 and I think the glass is great for the price.

As to the durability issue the toughest scope that I know of is the Burris , But the
light gathering is not as good as some other scopes. None of the scopes will take that
kind of abuse so don't blame the scope.

There is something that might help when pack hunting or traveling on air lines I like
to use the Leupold or other quick disconnect scope rings and bases so I can remove
the scope for transport and install when ready to hunt.

If you buy quality QD scope mounts they are repeatable.

The Near Picatinny(Rail type) is also repeatable if you want to use this type of system.

I am sure there are others but I have experience with the Leupold QDs and the Near
rings and bases.

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