Re: Leupold LR or Not to LR
If your shooting varies from real close range to long range a lot, while your actually hunting... then SF is worth it.
But if the only time you are shooting at ranges of ~100 yds is when you are working up load, then it's not worth it, plus the side focus is more difficult to set accurately... and the Leupold system has a fair amount of backlash... which means that you can set it, and after the recoil, you can have a bunch of parallax on the next shot.
I can't speak for other makers, but the Leupold SF is fussy, difficult to properly calibrate, not too accurate in the field - I'm not knocking them - I have three of the very top end Leupolds (street price of $1,300+) with SF.
Just pick the one that will work best.
The AO is more accurate, and much more repeatable.
If your field shooting ranges from 200 to 1000+, you can set an AO at 400 to 1000yds, and be fine for all of your shooting.
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