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Leupold or Night Force??

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Unread 11-22-2007, 10:23 AM
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Leupold or Night Force??

Just joined and need some advice or opinions.

I just picked up a Kimber Classic 30.06. I was set on a Leupold VR-L scope, either the 4.5 X 14 or 6.5 X 20. A friend is pushing me towards a Night Force (probably 5.5 X 22).

Any strong opinions between these two? I have several Leupold scopes and they have served me well. Is the Night Force significantly better? :confused:
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Unread 11-22-2007, 10:31 AM
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No comparison, go with the Nightforce. I have a Leupold LR on my Sendero, my Dad has the NF on his. IMO, there is really no comparison if you can afford the NF.

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Unread 11-22-2007, 11:07 AM
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+1 on the Nightforce
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Unread 11-22-2007, 11:44 AM
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You pay more for nightforce.
Usually the saying, "You get what you pay for is true." I do not own a NF scope. Would like to in the future.
I would also like to have a Schmidt & Bender as well.
I do have two Leupold Mark 4's (6.5-20 and 8.5-25) and they have both held their zero and the click values have been accurate and repeatable.
I really like my Leupy's, but I know NF makes a great product.
Decide what you want and can afford in the big picture. I think both scopes will do fine for your application, but ultimately you will be the one to make that decision.
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Unread 11-23-2007, 05:50 AM
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Thanks for the quick replies. After a very quick search on the web, looks like the NF is about twice as much. Thanks again.
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Unread 11-23-2007, 12:37 PM
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make sure you handle them first. I have quite a few leupolds, and only one nightforce. I have the 5.5-22 NXS, and love it, but...it is heavy.

if you are looking for a light carry gun, i would personally stay with the leupold. If you want more of long range setup then get the nightforce. I love both, but the nightforce are solid.

that being said, I carried my NXS up to 12,000' hunting elk in CO, so take it for what it's worth.

have fun, they are both great scopes.
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Unread 11-24-2007, 12:53 PM
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I agree about the weight factor. Leupold Mark 4's and LRT's are really excellent when compared to some of the 40oz+ boat anchors out there. Add a set of 6 screw Badger rings to one of these heavyweights and wow, you will need a Sherpa.

I sold my Nightforce 8-32 and IOR 2-12 because they were just too heavy for my hunting style. If 3lbs+ for your optic system is not a concern the Night Force NXS is a beautiful product.
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