Leupold Gold Ring HD Spotting Scope Issues????

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by One_Duck_Limit, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. One_Duck_Limit

    One_Duck_Limit Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    46
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    I've got $1200 to spend on a spotter. After researching all the scopes in my price range the Leupold Gold Ring 20-40 X 60 HD was at the top of the list. None of the sporting goods stores in my area have one to look through. Last night at a Sportsman's Warehouse the optics dude said they had more problems with that scope than any other scope they carried so they stopped selling it. With all the positive reviews I've read and that fact that so many guides use the scope I find it hard to believe.

    Have any of you that use, or have used the Leupold Scope had any issues? Would you buy the scope again? I've read reviews that stated the HD version was worth the extra money, what do you think about HD vs. Non HD?

    I've done so much research and read so many reviews on spotting scopes I'm more confused now than when I started.
     
  2. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,612
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2002
    The guide on my sheep hunt last year had one and really liked it. The HD version is the one to go with. We were spotting sheep several miles away to see if they were worth going after. The non HD scopes do not have the clarity to do this.
     

  3. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,043
    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    I have had the non HD , since they came out. It gets a liitle fuzzy at top end, but size and weight are nice. I don't know how old 10+ anyway, horse, jeep, pack, off season scouting ,range. Mine has seen a ton of use. I wore rubber eye ring off. I would favor a HD UNIT WITH THE TMR reticule for my spotter.It is $400 for a retrofit in mine.
     
  4. bota

    bota Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    102
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    I have looked through many spotting scopes, and I feel no need to upgrade from my leupold hd spotter.
     
  5. DanMan

    DanMan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    164
    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2010
    I think that maybe the dude was just anti-leupold or something. If your not going to lay down mega$$$ for a swaro or leica then I think its very hard to beat.
    I got my Gold Ring HD 2 years ago and have been extremely pleased.:)
    Besides if there was a problem who would give better customer service than leupy?
     
  6. cross

    cross Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    258
    Joined:
    May 30, 2007
    I really like mine. It's 5 or 6 years old with many hard miles on it. The only thing I don't like about it is I can find no reason to upgrade!
     
  7. Don Ward

    Don Ward Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    120
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2009
    We have a standard and an HD. They are both nice but the HD does have an edge and would be worth getting. To my eyes our Leica and Swaro beat them, but you pay for it.
     
  8. One_Duck_Limit

    One_Duck_Limit Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    46
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Thanks for the info guys. I figured he was trying to push me towards something they had in stock.
     
  9. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,058
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Agree with Don 100%. The only thing I'll add is that if size of unit is a consideration for packing/horseback the Leo HD gets the nod hands down. In my opinion the Leo's are much more user friendly in the heat of the battle.
     
  10. WildcatB

    WildcatB Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    461
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2008
    Another vote for the Leupold HD. I love mine. Side by side comparisions with a Swaro... the swaro showed a bit more contrast but the Leupold was slightly sharper. Plus the size of the Leupold HD is way more backpack friendly.

    I got caught in a bad rain storm while scouting last summer. My cousin had a Zeiss scope. It got waterlogged. He had to send it back afterward. The 6 hours of rain didn't hurt the Leupold at all.
     
  11. Weby Shops

    Weby Shops Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    753
    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2010
    We sell multiple lines of top end spotters and you can't go wrong with Leupold GRHD. But if you want more bang for the buck at least go look through Vortex Razor HD Spotting Scope. Great glass for about 30% less than Leupold.
     
  12. Gunner5607

    Gunner5607 Member

    Messages:
    19
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2011
    Not that the Military is always right but they issues the Leupold to Snipers...
     
  13. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,072
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2010
    the Leupold is an overpriced spotting at it's best! Before running out and spending $1200 on a scope (your dealer's gonna love you) try the others. The Lieca and Swarovski are about as good as it gets period. The Kowa comes in slightly behind them at about half the price. The Nikon and Bushnell Elite are also good scopes as well. You don't need an ED or Flourite lense scope for hunting uses unless there's something wrong with the basic design. To take this further the Kowa with standard lenses is number four on the list at worst (and several hundred dollars less), and the Kowa with Flourite lenses will be right in there with a Swarovski or Lieca at half the price tag.

    Think about this; you have a 60mm lense with 40x. That gives you a 1.5 light factor. Now you take a 77mm scope with a 40x eyepiece, and you will see a 1.92 factor or about 30% brighter image. But then you take the typical 82mm scope, and you'll see roughly 36% increase in light gathering. But when you have an 88mm scope with a 40X eyepiece you'll see a 46% increase in light gathering. But there's also more! Everytime you run the light thru a prism or a mirror you loose light.
    gary
     
  14. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,072
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2010
    The military shooting teams use Kowas, and have been for thirty years (a few use Nikons and Liecas).
    glt