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Leupold 8.5x25 long range vs. Nightforce 12x42 NXS

 
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Old 07-18-2005, 12:28 PM
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Leupold 8.5x25 long range vs. Nightforce 12x42 NXS

Ok, I'm the first to admit I hate the "vs." posts and I'm comparing a a scope that costs twice the other. But...

I already have a Leupold Leupold 8.5x25 long range on my .223 and I love it. I like the clarity over all ranges of magnification especially. But, I was thinking of spending the extra bucks on the Nightforce. Is the Nightforce glass a lot better than the Leupold? Or is it fairly similiar?

The range I am at only goes out to 300 yards. But I will be joining a range that goes out to 600 next spring. This will be atop my Remingon 700 VLS .308 that I have found to be very accurate. 99% of shooting will be done at paper of know distances. But, I will also use the gun for the longer range varmint shooting occasionally.

I tried a Sightron 6x24 and at 24x, found I like the Leupold a lot more - a lot. I hate buying something then upgrading later; but also don't want to waste extra money if I don't have to.

Any comments are appreicated.
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Old 07-18-2005, 03:48 PM
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Re: Leupold 8.5x25 long range vs. Nightforce 12x42 NXS

If for hunting/varmint I'd stick with a leupold. A pound less, lower profile, cheaper, and more adjustment than the 12x42.
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Old 07-18-2005, 05:05 PM
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Re: Leupold 8.5x25 long range vs. Nightforce 12x42 NXS

Halvey I have a 8x25x50 longrange leupold and really like it and leupold was the only scope I would have until I bought a nightforce scope it was the 5.5x22x56 nxs and it make the 8x25x50 look like a cheap scope with clairty and bightness.
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Old 07-18-2005, 06:14 PM
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Re: Leupold 8.5x25 long range vs. Nightforce 12x42 NXS

I've got both scopes mounted on heavy varmint rigs. I own many Leupold scopes and love them all, but , there just ain't nothing like a Nightforce. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I much prefer my 12x42 NF over the 8.5x25 Leupold and it has nothing to do with the added magnification. I'd put a low power variable Nightforce on your rifle and you'd have the best of both worlds. They do make NF scopes without the 56mm objective lens which isn't necessary on most hunting rifles (IMO).

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Old 07-19-2005, 07:11 AM
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Re: Leupold 8.5x25 long range vs. Nightforce 12x42 NXS

Halvey,

I to used to have only Leupold scopes on my rifles. Then I got my first NF. I now have a NF on any of my serious rifles. If you like the 8.5-25 Leupold you might try the 5.5-22x 50mm, NXS I am a big fan of the NPR2 reticule. The only draw back is, if you get one you will have to have more. Your Leupolds will get you by but you'll wish they all had NF.
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Old 07-19-2005, 11:05 AM
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Re: Leupold 8.5x25 long range vs. Nightforce 12x42 NXS

Thanks for all the feedback. There is a store about 1.5 hours from me that has NF scopes I can look at, but in a bright store at 50 yards, even the cheapee scopes can look good.

I guess I figured if I am spending the $$, I may as well go with the 12x42. The price between that one and the 8 or 5.5 isn't too far off!

Well, I think I will have to save up some more, or if I can get lucky and find a used one that'd be nice!
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Old 07-19-2005, 01:07 PM
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Re: Leupold 8.5x25 long range vs. Nightforce 12x42 NXS

How far will you want to shoot with it?? most LRT leups will have about TWICE the adjustment of the 12-42 NF's

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