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Unread 10-08-2013, 11:47 PM
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Crusty,

Following this thread, I have a few more comments. My statement about NF scopes having triplet objectives was about the NXS and Competition scopes. I think the Benchrest models have doublet objectives. If so, your Leupold scope will have similar performance, especially for large elevation/windage adjustments. In fact, under turbulent conditions the Leupold may be a hair better because the objective is smaller.

A smaller objective collects less "turbulence" and tends to produce a higher resolution image. The difference between 50 and 56 mm is small enough that the difference in resolution would be difficult to notice. What model NF scopes are your friends using?

I think the guidance you got from NF about theIr scope seeing bullet holes is misleading sales talk. Obviously, higher magnification will produce a larger image. Under conditions of low turbulence, you will see more detail. However, under normal daytime conditions, I think you'll just get a larger blurry image with no more detail. Unless you have vision problems, I would recommend no more then 32X if you shoot under mostly turbulent conditions.

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    Unread 10-09-2013, 07:58 AM
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    Re: Leupold or Night Force

    bruce_ventura,

    Your advice is very much appreciated. My thinking is that the NF 8-32 in their lower end Precision Benchrest series will only be marginally better than the Leupold 8.5-25 LRT in magnification. NF told me today that this model will not take the abuse of a hunting scope, which the Leupold will. I like every feature of the Leupold, except the fact that i can't make out the bullet holes at 300. Maybe I'll get Lasik surgery

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    Re: Leupold or Night Force

    I had compared a leupold 8.5-25 vs NF 12-42 a little while back. Side by side, both were very nice. I have to agree with what Bruce_Ventura stated, that the BR series of NF was on par with the leupold. I would say comparing the two in this case, the leupold was clearer and crisper! However, these were my eyes anyway!
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    Unread 10-09-2013, 10:25 AM
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    Gentlemen,

    Thanks for the evaluation. I want to be able to use the scope I settle with for both hunting and BR shooting. I do not not question NF's quality or commitment to customer satisfaction, even on their less expensive Precision BR models. I do like the clear, crisp view through the Leupold. I watched a doe last night at 200 yds through it and she was beautiful. Her colors against the fall landscape was very nice. Another month from now, she may be in the freezer I'm very tempted to keep the Leupold and see what it does on normal days at the range. One thing is for certain, the extra $400 I spent on the Leupold for the clarity feels very worth every penny at this time. The 5-20 Monarch is a fine hunting scope as well and will end up on my 300 win mag Thompson Venture for deer hunting. It's been on that rifle before and performed very well. Yup, I know the 300 is definitely over kill for deer in Minnesota, but that's another thread.

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    Re: Leupold or Night Force

    [QUOTE=Crusty Buck;862243]Gentlemen,

    Thanks for the evaluation. I want to be able to use the scope I settle with for both hunting and BR shooting. I do not not question NF's quality or commitment to customer satisfaction, even on their less expensive Precision BR models. I do like the clear, crisp view through the Leupold. I watched a doe last night at 200 yds through it and she was beautiful. Her colors against the fall landscape was very nice. Another month from now, she may be in the freezer I'm very tempted to keep the Leupold and see what it does on normal days at the range. One thing is for certain, the extra $400 I spent on the Leupold for the clarity feels very worth every penny at this time. The 5-20 Monarch is a fine hunting scope as well and will end up on my 300 win mag Thompson Venture for deer hunting. It's been on that rifle before and performed very well. Yup, I know the 300 is definitely over kill for deer in Minnesota, but that's another thread.

    Thanks again,

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    Leupold VS BR series of the NF are close, but if you move to the NXS or higher in the NF you are spending more yes but it's worth every penny! You don't know what your not seeing until you get something that can see it.
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