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Leupold VX-3 or Mark 4

 
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Old 09-01-2010, 12:13 AM
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Leupold VX-3 or Mark 4

I wanted some opinions, basically I have decided I will most likely be going with a VX-3 or Mark 4 for two of my rifles after I sell the current scopes.

the first rifle is a 300 wsm with a vari-x III 6.5-20x 50 LR scope, I want to sell that scope, and replace with a 4-14 or something in that power range.

the 2nd is a 338 edge with a mark 4 6.5-20 x 50 that I will also sell, then replace with an 8.5-25

I have been looking at a lot of scopes lately, and have decided on leupold due to cost, how the glass looks to my eyes, adjustment range and my experience with what I currently have.

would you go with the VX-3 or the Mark 4?? which one and why?

how about add cost to the decision process, take for instance a VX-3 LR 8.5-25 say its costs 1000, and a mark 4 8.5-25 lrt costs 1411, or a mark 4 8.5-25 ert ffp which costs almost double 1928

i did not bother to figure it out, but the cost factors of the 4-14 are probably roughly the same

i just used 1000 as a round figure not what i will actually be paying, but is it worth the extra 41% to go up to the mark 4 or worth the extra 92% to go to the ffp mark 4?
i know the mark 4's are built better, but optically they are the same, and the vx-3 LR scopes have had the dual part of the mechanics.

any help or comments is appreciated, thanks
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Old 09-01-2010, 01:15 AM
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Re: Leupold VX-3 or Mark 4

If you must have Leuppy's, save your money and get the VX3's. The Mark IV's are seriously overpriced for what you get...even more so than the other Leuppy's.
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:52 AM
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Re: Leupold VX-3 or Mark 4

What would you suggest instead of leupold that has a large adjustment range? And from what I have looked through lately there were a couple better than leupold but for my eyes it was not by much and it was not NF I was unimpressed with the glass. So for the basically under 2k price range what's out there? With 24 or greater power.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:17 AM
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Re: Leupold VX-3 or Mark 4

I bought one of the Nightforce 5.5X22X50 NXS scopes and for the money I will take the MK 4 over it when it comes to use. I thought the thing weighed a ton. Might work good on your Edge though as that is where this one is going to go when I get my Edge done but all joking aside I think my 6.5X20X50 LR Leupold's are every bit as clear. I did not like the 8.5X25X50 MK 4 as well though as the eye relief was just too critical and really slowed my shots down while I was trying to get everything in place. For just plain ease of use the MK 4 6.5X20 and VXIII LR's in the same power were great.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:39 AM
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Re: Leupold VX-3 or Mark 4

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I bought one of the Nightforce 5.5X22X50 NXS scopes and for the money I will take the MK 4 over it when it comes to use. I thought the thing weighed a ton. Might work good on your Edge though as that is where this one is going to go when I get my Edge done but all joking aside I think my 6.5X20X50 LR Leupold's are every bit as clear. I did not like the 8.5X25X50 MK 4 as well though as the eye relief was just too critical and really slowed my shots down while I was trying to get everything in place. For just plain ease of use the MK 4 6.5X20 and VXIII LR's in the same power were great.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:03 PM
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Re: Leupold VX-3 or Mark 4

According to a Leupold Tech, I talked too, he told me the Mark 4 is the same scope as the 3. Only difference is they are tested to higher standards. Such as dropping from a helicopter at 50ft. Of course turrents are different.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:34 PM
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Re: Leupold VX-3 or Mark 4

below are specs from leupold's site, has anyone ever asked why the differences when they are essentially the same scope, size differences, along with magnification?

8-25 lrt Length (A) 14.5 in Tube Length (B) 6.5 in (C) 2.6 in (D) 2.4 in Eyepiece Length (E) 3.2 in Objective Length (F) 4.9 in Objective Diameter (G) 2.3 in Eyepiece Diameter (H) 1.6 in Tube Diameter (I) 30 mm Actual Magnification 25.1 (8.2) FOV @ 100 yds (ft) 4.4 (11.2) FOV @ 100 m (m) 1.4 (3.7) Eye Relief (in) 3.7 (5.3) Eye Relief (mm) 94 (135) Obj. Clear Aperture 2.0 in / 51 mm Weight 22.5 oz / 638 g Elevation Adj. Range (MOA) 75 Windage Adj. Range (MOA) 70

8-25 ert Length (A) 14.5 in Tube Length (B) 6.5 in (C) 2.6 in (D) 2.4 in Eyepiece Length (E) 3.2 in Objective Length (F) 4.9 in Objective Diameter (G) 2.3 in Eyepiece Diameter (H) 1.7 in Tube Diameter (I) 30 mm Actual Magnification 26.3 (8.3) FOV @ 100 yds (ft) 4.5 (11.3) FOV @ 100 m (m) 1.5 (3.8) Eye Relief (in) 3.7 (5.3) Eye Relief (mm) 94 (133) Obj. Clear Aperture 2.0 in / 51 mm Weight 22.5 oz / 638 g Elevation Adj. Range (MOA) 85 Windage Adj. Range (MOA) 85

sorry for the way it came out, I thought it would go in as i originally posted it, but I guess not
8-25 vx3 Length (A) 14.4 in Tube Length (B) 6.5 in (C) 2.8 in (D) 2.5 in Eyepiece Length (E) 3.2 in Objective Length (F) 4.8 in Objective Diameter (G) 2.3 in Eyepiece Diameter (H) 1.6 in Tube Diameter (I) 30 mm Actual Magnification 24.3 (8.3) FOV @ 100 yds (ft) 4.3 (11.3) FOV @ 100 m (m) 1.4 (3.8) Eye Relief (in) 3.7 (5.3) Eye Relief (mm) 94 (135) Obj. Clear Aperture 2.0 in / 50 mm Weight 20.5 oz / 581 g Elevation Adj. Range (MOA) 94 Windage Adj. Range (MOA) 94
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