I must have the worst luck out of anybody I know. Now it has carried over to my rifle scopes. In the past several months I have gone through two of the FFP 3-18 IOR's and a couple weeks ago I had a SFP 3-18 IOR fail on me while getting things lined up for my first elk hunt in less then two weeks. Scott at Liberty Optics has been absolutely great throughout this whole ordeal and told me to pick another scope and he would get it to me in a hurry. I chose a Leupold 6.5-20x56 VX-L and today it arrived. I have never been so disappointed in my life...and remember, I went through three IOR's (which were freaking awesome up till they failed!).
I chose the VX-L long range because it has the dual erector springs like the MK4 and better glass then the VXIII with the same 90moa of adjustments.
I can't believe how big a piece of engineering crap it turned out to be. The glass looks good, it's no IOR by ANY means but just good.
The turrets only have about 65moa worth of adjustments (not 90)and that comes with 5moa per turn...that's right I said 5moa per turn. I should have known something would be messed up when it has 1/10th moa adjustments. These things one may be able to overcome, but the biggest problem is that the eye relief and eye box are so screwy that you almost can't use it on the lower settings. You can't get a solid sight picture. It should have just been built as a 20X fixed scope because with it turned up it is perfectly fine.
+1 for the NXS. But I still stand by Sightron SIII's they are freakin awesome. The SIII's are probably the best bang for your buck right now. You get glass that is on par with Nightforce, 70-120 moa of internal adjustment (depending on model), and the option of a ranging reticle (Mil dot, I wish the offered more reticles). Now these aren't quite as robust as the NXS line but it certainly gets the job done for me.
Last edited by Longshot38; 10-04-2008 at 01:06 AM.
Oh man, three now. You've caught up with me! Sorry to hear that.
Sorry the Leupold is such a POS. 1/10 Mil clicks? What on earth would possess them to think that's a good idea? I could see that on a BR scope but a BR scope doesn't need to be mounted low so the whole idea of the VX-L wouldn't apply. 5 MOA per turn would kill it for me. I find 12-15 annoying enough, 5 would be a definite no go. Maybe on a mid-range scope where I only held with the reticle, but not one I'd dial with. Hopefully they could put a regular M1 1/4 MOA turret on it. Though it sounds like with the other issues you may not want to bother.