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Old 02-04-2011, 10:22 PM
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Re: leupold scope question??

Wow guys thanks for all the fast suggestions. Ok I am a little confused here so what is the Vx7 and does it come with cds caps as well? Which one do you guys reccomend, because I know they also have the A/O. I was looking at the duplex cds 4.5 14x40 but they have so many variations that I am a bit confused. I usualy have my 300 mag shooting 180 grain hornady superformance ssts dialed to 2 inches high at 100 dead on 200 and 5 inches low at 300 but realy want to have the advantage if needed out to 600 yards. So I guess my question is if leupold suggests being dead on at 100 then do I have to use the cds dial for a 300 yard shot and further? Out of all the different models what do you guys reccomend?

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Old 02-04-2011, 10:28 PM
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Re: leupold scope question??

Go with you first choice it will make a nice 700-800 yard gun easy
get real good rings and bases for it.
So it and enjoy it
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:34 PM
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Re: leupold scope question??

Ok thanks, any good reccomendations on rings and bases?
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:46 PM
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Lots of good ones out there
I like the warne for the milder calibers and I really prefer seekins for heavier stuff
I dont like the bolts/nuts sticking out of the side on alot of rings
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:36 PM
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Wow guys thanks for all the fast suggestions. Ok I am a little confused here so what is the Vx7 and does it come with cds caps as well? Which one do you guys reccomend, because I know they also have the A/O. I was looking at the duplex cds 4.5 14x40 but they have so many variations that I am a bit confused. I usualy have my 300 mag shooting 180 grain hornady superformance ssts dialed to 2 inches high at 100 dead on 200 and 5 inches low at 300 but realy want to have the advantage if needed out to 600 yards. So I guess my question is if leupold suggests being dead on at 100 then do I have to use the cds dial for a 300 yard shot and further? Out of all the different models what do you guys reccomend?

Love this site, great knoowledge and great people!

Thanks again for the help!
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The VX7 is Leupolds top tier hunting scope. They are about double the price of the VX3's. The optics rival (possibly even beat) my NightForce scopes for brightness/clarity/contrast. They cost just as much as the NF does though, and they don't have a zero stop.

They utilize a speed dial type of turret, that has an integral spring loaded screw down stowable cap. It also has 30mm tube and I believe it has different newer lense coatings. It's got a super forgiving eyebox too.

Not that there's anything wrong with the VX3's or the Mark 4's, I just wanted to try the speed dial system and wanted something different from what I already had.

Here's a link, you can also check out their other scopes here.
Leupold || VX-7 3.5-14x50mm Long Range

If money is of any concern, I honestly think you'd be Good to Go with the VX3 4.5-14X40mm. I see they make 3 models, but it looks like the AO version and the LR version can both be fitted with a cds dial through the custom shop. If you have trouble seeing in low light with 40mm, then they also offer 50mm. I use a 4-12X40 on my 25-06 and It works just fine in low light, even on 12X which is where I leave it. The LR model appears to have 30mm tube, so it should give more adjustment range in the dials............. not really a concern for 600 yds IMO.

I personally really like an AO or the newer Side Focus scopes. 10 years ago, there weren't hardly any scopes over 9X that didn't have AO or SF, and I've really come to like them. I personally wouldn't be happy without one.

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Old 02-04-2011, 11:40 PM
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Re: leupold scope question??

That is some great info, but here is probably a dumb question but what is the advantage of the A/O or adjustible objective? Thanks again
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:47 AM
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That is some great info, but here is probably a dumb question but what is the advantage of the A/O or adjustible objective? Thanks again
It will eliminate parallax and enable you to focus the image against the reticle. For precision shooting, you don't want parallax......bad juju!!

Next time you're driving in the car, look at your speedometer, now move your head to the left or right while still looking at the speedo. You'll notice that it "appears" like your speed has changed, when the only thing that's changed is the alignment of one image on top of another.

Target images behind reticles work the same. If you move your eye in relation to the scope (left/right or up/down) without moving the gun, the target will appear to move in relation to the reticle. Can you gaurantee you're aligning your eye to the exact center of the scope every time you shoot??

AO allows us to focus both on the same plane and eliminate this optical illusion. The SF you see on most newer design scopes do the same thing. There will be a setting for different distances and the AO is usually marked in yds. But it works better to adjust for a parallax free image and sharp focus and just ignore the numbers, because they don't always match the distance you're shooting at.

This illusion is much more noticeable with higher power optics (above 9X). It's also much more noticeable at close distances (under 100 yds) you won't notice it much at 100 -200, because most scopes are set at the factory to be parallax free at somewhere between 100 and 150 yds usually. It is also noticeable beyond 200, especially with higher powered scopes.
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