Re: leupold vs. simmons which is better?
Well, I'm certainly not gonna say that the Simmons is better than a Leupy but, I will tell you that Simmons upper end scopes are pretty dang good for the money.
I purchased an Aetec 2.8-10x44 at Wal-Mart several years ago on Red-Tag sale ($105) and decided to mount it on a 30-30. It did great on the 30-30 but, it was alittle to big for that rifle if you know what I mean. Then, I decided to mount it on my Savage ML10 II MLer and was thouroughly impressed w/ the way it performed. I have shot quite a bit of 250 grain pills down range at speeds from 2100-2600 fps and that scope has never lost it's zero. You can probably imagine what kind of recoil a 250 grner has when bumping along at 2600 fps.
Just the other day I brought out that rifle, cleaned it, and fired a few groups down range. Still, right where it was last spring when I put 100s of loads through it. That scope is clear and very durable. Oh, I forgot to mention the bad weather & rough terrain hunts that I lugged that rifle through. I have a couple of trophies hanging on the wall that that cheapy Simmons helped me bag.
I have a Leupy on an old 30-06 that has to be rezeroed year after year. It doesn't move much but, still it doesn't stay "Dead On."
I have shot a couple of rifles equiped w/ Simmons Whitetail Expeditions and let me tell ya, they are every bit as good as some much more expensive scopes.
So, back to the question at hand, I would not say the Simmons scopes are better than Leupies but, the High End Simmons scopes are much more scope for your money than the Leupold Rifleman and VX1 lines but, That's just my opinion.