Re: Leupold VXIII 8.5-25x50 Opinions??
I had a Leupy VXIII 8.5-25X50 W/Varmint reticle and the reticle was the part I didn't like the reticle. I wanted a holdover type reticle but it was too far off to be usable for either my .308 OR .243!! I spoke to the people at Leupold and they could exchange it with something more to my liking but they didn't make another holdover besides the TMR but it's in mlir's and the turrets are moa's????
I decided to pony up for the NXS with NP-R2 reticle in 8-32X56. It's truly a work of art with sealed externally adj wind/elev and focus knobs that are large and textured for real world app's. But better yet....the NP-R2 reticle. Being in MOA you don't have to fart around between milr's and moa conversions to make you adjustments. I would like to see a 2.5 moa tic on the horizontal line between the 5's. I know NF now has a NP-R2 variant with 1 moa on the vert and 2 moa on the horiz but, that's a little congested for most of my hunting....varmints, you bet.
However, NF has a noticeably lesser quality of glass. The Leupold glass is slightly crisper and cleaner but head and shoulders above the NF when it comes to true warmth and color. Until your at the range or in the field you don't appreciate this. Your looking through your Swaro's or similar glass (spotter or bino) and you pick up your rifle and look through the NF and wonder who pulled the color plug!!! It's that noticeable, to me anyway.
If you can, compare them side by side and make your own decision. Good luck.
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