Re: Luopold VX-6 disapointment!!!
For many years I was a devout Leupold and Stevens purchaser (I have a bunch of older Leupy optics and a couple newer ones) but a couple things soured me on Leupold. Foremost, they are overpriced for value received.
In essence, Leupold begain offering their optics to LEO/Military at a substantial discount over suggested retail. Thats not an issue with me, what is, is the fact that they are still making money on each sale (even with the LEO/Military discount) so that tells me the retail markup is extreme. to stupid.
Secondly is Leupold's reluctance to publically state where the scopes (and other optics) are actually made or assembled, something that makes me curious as well as cautious about purchasing them. I realize they service their products stateside, I've dealt with them before, with good results, but where are the optics assembled or the intrinsic components mande? Thats a crap shoot.
Finally, I don't care for most of their mounting systems. The quality isn't there and they too, are overpriced. I just mounted a VX3 in Leupy mounts for a customer on his Sako Finnlite and the mounts had to have some hand filing (with die files) to remove machining burrs and the ring halves took considerable lapping to get them concentric, the halves were actually so far off, the scope tube would not bottom in the lower front half. I wasn't impressed, especially for the price of admission (which I didn't pay, the customer supplied all the components).
There are so many alternatives out there, and better alternatives at that, I can't see purchasing optics or mounts from Leupold.
Back in the day, Leupold and Stevens was considered the premier supplier of quality optics. I don't see that today.
Maybe I'm anal about product origination, but when you plunk down hard earned dollars on something expensive, I believe you have the right to know.
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