Leupold VX-III LRT or Sightron SIII

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Nape.270, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Nape.270

    Nape.270 Well-Known Member

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    Let me start by saying that I have been using a Burris Fullfield II 4.5-14x42 with the BDC Redicle for the last 4 years. The front parallax is very hard to turn and when you adjust the power the entire rear ocular moves, so if you have your scope caps in the middle of the power range and then turn it up to 14X with the cap open, you can't rack the bolt. Other than those issues it has always held 0.

    But it is time for an upgrade.

    So these are the to scopes I have desided on. Why so much power? Well where I hunt there is a 3 point min on mulies and most shots are 400 yrds to a 1000 yrds.

    I would bet that thay both have better glass so all that matters to me is accurate turrets that can be capped.

    So which one and Y?

    Leupold VX-III 6.5-20x50 Fine Duplex

    Sightron SIII SS 6-24x50 LR MD

    p.s. it will be on a .270 Gibbs
     
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  2. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Writers Guild

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    I have the Leupold V3 6.5X-20X - 50 mm LRT on a custom 240Wby. It has been really great on antelope from ranges of 150 yards out to 1140 yards. So far, 9 antelope have been shot with that rifle and scope. It is an excellent scope for dialing up and for making sure you are on the correct target.


    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f26/oregon-trail-antelope-part-2a-24431/index2.html

    I do not know anything about the Sightron so I cannot offer an opinion on the difference.
     

  3. Sharpstick

    Sharpstick Active Member

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    I'll vote for the Leupold. We like the 14X as it has proven top be more than adequate power for 1000+ yard shots and beats the 20X when it comes to light transmission, parallax issues, and putting the crosshairs on mulies that hesitate for a few seconds at 60 yards.

    No experience with Sightron.
     
  4. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    i don't own a Sightron S111 scope, but i have done quite a bit of research on Sightron scopes in general a month or so ago. 6mmbr.com did a head to head comparison with a Nightforce and Sightron and rated them very comparable. what i found was the S111 line is, by most that have used them, a better scope than the V111's. again i don't own one but just relaying what i've found the large majority say about the 2.
     
  5. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    If it was me and I'm down to these two choices, I'd go with VX-III but go with TMR reticle (extra $130) via Leupold's custom shop. Good luck!
     
  6. kmad61

    kmad61 Member

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    Although the varix-lll is a very good scope,The Slll is better especially in the optics dept.
     
  7. Nape.270

    Nape.270 Well-Known Member

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    thank you for your replies. lookes like most of you like the leupold i do to but i am still leaning towerds the sightron for some realion :rolleyes:
    agen thanks guys
     
  8. Longshot38

    Longshot38 Well-Known Member

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    I own both a SIII and a Mark 4. While both are solid scopes the SIII has leupold beat in the optics department. It is hands down better. IMHO the SIII line is the best bag for the buck right now.
     
  9. hunterco

    hunterco Member

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    S3 spend the extra money on ammo
     
  10. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    Leupold has made some upgrades in the VX-3 line, compared to the VX-III line. I can't say that the S-3 beats the Leupy hands down. In fact, three out of three different people (who do not own either) have preferred the VX-3 (not the VX-III) over the S-3 as far as color contrast and looking into a partial glare.
    Not downing the S-3, it is a great buy for the money.
     
  11. jsthntn247

    jsthntn247 Well-Known Member

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    If you get an sIII make sure it is the new LR model, there are new in box older models still floating around. Don' t make the same mistake I did.
     
  12. Nape.270

    Nape.270 Well-Known Member

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    I got the SIII it is the new modle I have had it out twice and I am more than happy with it so far. Im just developing a load rite know. I have shot it out to 900yrds in crappy conditions and it's clear as day. It seams to track good but all find that out once i get a good load it is holding 0.:)
     
  13. MAX100

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    The New Sightron SIII is a nicer scope. It has nicer target turrets - with audible sharp clicks, nicer glass and better deal. You would pay much more for MilDot reticle on a Leupold.

    GC