Leupld turrets

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Brambles, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Brambles

    Brambles Well-Known Member

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    Pardon my ignorance, I'm haven't delt with fooling around with scopes, normally I just slap one on and run with it but I"m slowly learning that mule deer don't always sit still long enough for a stalk so I should be proficiant at taking them at longer ranges ( longer for me, not for you guys, I don't have any expectations of shooting deer at 1000 yard or anything)

    I want to get some adjustable turrets for my VXIII 4.5-14x40 1" scope. Right now its just factroy duplex reticle but I'd like some turrets so I can dial up my zero with the least amount of hassle and math and then return it back to my original zero. I'm all for custom knobs but I'm not sure how this all works, is the turret and the knob two separate parts?

    Do I have to get Leupold to install these or can I do it myself? What would be the best turret for my purposes?

    Thanks for any help you guys can offer.

    Brambles
     
  2. Ridgerunner665

    Ridgerunner665 Well-Known Member

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    If target knobs are all you want...they are easy to switch...

    M1 target knobs should work for you...the VX III has good "clicks", so all you need is finger adjustable knobs (that is, if I understood your question correctly)
     
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  3. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Brambles:
    First off, turret and knob are interchangable terms.

    Leupold can retrofit your scope with the knobs you want. Go to: https://customshop.leupold.com/ and you will be able to see all your options. Then call them up and ask them about what it might cost you to have your knobs changed. The good thing about sending your scope back to Leupold is that it preserves your warranty.

    They can also change your reticle if you like.
     
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    gebhardt02 Well-Known Member

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    Another option would be their standard target turrets, that have the screw on dust cover. I had a scope with these for a while and it worked fine. Just need to make sure you don't lose the little dust covers. Oh, my only complaint about the system was the tiny hex set screws. These are a PITA and the allen wrench didn't have a good tight fit. Compare the costs I guess. But I'd personally go with the M1's as stated above. Just figured you might want to know about this option as well.

    Geb
     
  6. Brambles

    Brambles Well-Known Member

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    Can you lock the M1's down so they won't adjust, I have an eberlestock pack and slide my rifle in and out numerous times a day and I wouldn't want the friction to change the turret setting.

    I guess I wouldn't have that problem with the LR turrets and the screw on dust covers
     
  7. Ridgerunner665

    Ridgerunner665 Well-Known Member

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    My Leupold Mark 2 has the T1 turrets (target turrets) with the screw on caps...I like that setup myself.

    I have had no problems with the hex screws...they don't need to be all that tight...just good and snug.

    To the OP...the T1's are another option you should consider, in my opinion...I should have mentioned them in my first post, but I was in a hurry (on my way out to go to work)
     
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    They have standard turrets that have caps that over the top of them. The M1 are really nice to have. If you get the M1 turrets I do recommend checking your 0.

    Mike @ CSGW
     
  9. eshell

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    I prefer the M1 for shooting, but getting "self adjusted" in and out of the case can be an issue and the covered turrets will be less likely to be a problem in this aspect.

    IMHO, you'd be better off selling your 1" scope and buying a 30mm with stardard target turrets or M1s on it anyway.

    I paid Leupold several hundred dollars to install M1s on a 1" Vari-X III and put a TMR in at the same time and I was very disappointed.

    First, the turret housing on the scopes that originally have M1 turrets are marked. If you replace "hunting style" turrets, you don't get a marked housing and it's hard to lean out far enough to see the arrows on the cap itself.

    More important, the 1" tubes lack enough adjustment travel to be really practical with M1 "knobs". Even with a 20 moa base, I couldn't get enough adjustment to go from 100 yard zero to 1,000 yards with a .308, and if I hadn't had my 6.5-300Wby to put it on (19 moa from 100 to 1,000), it would have been a total waste for the intended purpose of a long range scope. IIRC, it only had about 25 MOA of up, and worse yet, it kept on "clicking" but the reticle had stopped moving. It picked back up coming down and didn't lose zero, but I kept dialing on "up" but kept hitting the same spot. . .

    For these reason, I'd honestly suggest selling yours and seeing Mike or Scott about a nice new 30mm with OEM target turrets.
     
  10. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    Brambles,
    I sent a Vari-X III 4.5-14X40 (1") off years ago and had just an elevation turret (knob) put on. The kind with screw on protective/dust caps. I haven't had any problems with it at all but I haven't tried to stretch it to 1K either. I can consistently hit up to 600yds with no problems. This is about as far as I ever get to shoot. If I were to anticipate shooting at 1K I would definately go with a 30mm tube. JohnnyK.
     
  11. Brambles

    Brambles Well-Known Member

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    I'm just gonna stick to the shorter distances up to 600 yards for now, get some practice in and then move up. I can always get a 30mm scope at a later date when and If I try longer distances and pass down the 1" to another rifle.

    I'm probably going to build a 300 ultra so that flat trajectory should help too.
     
  12. petenz

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    I wouldn't worry about the lack of adjustment with anything you'd actually be shooting at game at long range with, even my little rat gun .243 it only takes me 26MOA to get to 1,000 yards.

    It's also not hard to glance at the turrets and see whether it's at zero or not
     
  13. Guy M

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    This is a standard one-inch tube 4.5-14x Leupold that I had the M1 knobs installed on earlier this year, for $130 from Leupold. It took them very little time to accomplish, I think the scope was back in my hands within two weeks. The one-inch 4.5-14x has pretty good windage and elevation "clicks" avail anyway, and these knobs have helped a lot. Although it hasn't happened to me, yet, I do suspect that it would be pretty easy to bump the knobs and change the dope on the scope. It's on a .300 WSM with a 20 MOA Badger base and I've had no trouble zeroing at 100 yards. Haven't taken it past 600, but somehow I just don't think that's going to be a problem!

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    This is the one-inch 4.5-14x Leupold I've had on my .308 for many years. Maybe 12 now? The covered turrets are fine. If I think I'm going to be adjusting the windage and elevation a lot, like in a match or varmint shooting, I just leave the covers off.

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    Regards, Guy
     
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