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in a bright store at 50 yards, even the cheapee scopes can look good.
Not necessarily but as a general rule of thumb. Try looking from a dark place into bright light and vice versa, this will show the optics up. If it whites out its the glass that is not polished enough and or the coatings.
Every NXS tried over the years has had a milky appearance compared to the Mark 4, Vari X 3's and VX3, Meopta, cheap Niko, etc. I know quite a few shooters who have had certain Leups sold to get NF and repurchased Leupold again, one such purchaser sells them!
Probably the best place to buy a Leup VX3 8.5-25LRT is from Premier Reticles, they can install/exchange the turrets for the Mark 4 ones giving 140 MOA for an extra $75, though the standard are excellent. http://www.premierreticles.com/catalog/i...291&clist=0
How about the Burris Black Diamonds, certainly worth a look at and through.
These scopes really need to be mounted on something to get an accurate idea, best of luck, ignore the sales patter make your own mind up.