What are the facts? In order for me to better understand the price difference, and to be a smart shopper, I did a online comparison.
I have chose to compare the Leupold Mk4 6.5-20x50LRM1 to the Nightforce 5.5-22x50 riflescopes.
Price difference, the Nightforce is $418.01 dollars more than the Leupold (Optics Planet).
Right off, I chose this Mark4 Non-illuminated. Just by choosing the non-illuminated model of Mk4, I saved $180. Now, I don't know if this Illuminated reticle can be of much use to big game hunters. If you have used this feature while hunting, please explain your use.
What I wanted to know is what am I getting for $418 dollars besides a warm fuzzy feeling.
What I got out of it was, The Nightforce has 30 more M.O.A. of elevation than the Leupold. But has 60 M.O.A of windage total. I don't know what the Leupold has for windage.
Reticles. On the Leupold you can have any reticle you want, as long as its a Mil-Dot. (May be able to chage with custom shop if desired).
Nightforce, I counted 10 reticle choices on Optics planet to choose from.
Weight. The Mark 4=22 oz
F.O.V NF=4.7 , MK4=5.5 at 100 yards.
I have heard many times that NF has slightly better resolution that Leupold, but have nothing to go buy. Then I've heard the exact opposite.
Ruggedness, toughness. Both have a reputation for durability..NF in combat, and Leupold, too.
So what I have concluded is that I'm paying $418 for a choice in laser etched reticle, 2x , Illumination, 30 M.O.A. more elevation and slightly better resolution (or not). Oh, and I almost forgot..This is a big one for alot of you guys..It looks cooler. ;)
Please correct me where I am wrong. (I know I am somewhere).