Leupold VX-III VS. Mark-4...Differences ?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by locotrician, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. locotrician

    locotrician Banned

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    I have searched and havent found the info i am looking for. I know the knobs are different between the two but what else is differnt that makes he mark 4 more expensive ? Assume that all the variables are equal as far as 30MM tube 50MM objective and same magnification range
     
  2. Fulldraw™

    Fulldraw™ Well-Known Member

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    If memory serves the Mark 4 has a laser etched reticle and some are now offered with a FFP reticle. The optical coating may also be different.
     

  3. locotrician

    locotrician Banned

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    anyone ?.....i see that they offer the mark four with FFp but it doesnt look like they all have it.....anything else?
     
  4. long ranger

    long ranger Well-Known Member

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    The optical quality is about the same betwen a VX111 and a Mk4.
    The biggest difference is in the turrets. the Mk4 are exposed turrets and are far more robust and repeatable than the hunting/target style turrets used on the VX111
    There are a couple of Mk4 models now offered in FFP but no VX111s at this time. The reticle selection is also different between the VX and the MK4s
    The tubes are slightly heavier on the MK4s and overall the scopes are a bit more rugged, being designed for hard use in military or LE use.
     
  5. uncleB

    uncleB Well-Known Member

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    long ranger,
    I have read and agree'd with most of your post's but when you say that the Mk4's are "far more robust and and repeatable than the target style turrets" you are only blowing smoke up someones anal orifice, and not mine. where did you get that INTEL ????
    UB
     
  6. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

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    I have 1 mark 4 and 3 vx III's and I would have to say the mark 4 has a clearer sight picture than the vx-3's.
     
  7. long ranger

    long ranger Well-Known Member

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    Call Leupolds engineering dept for full specs on the turret construction.
    When visiting the plant in Beaverton years back that was how it was put to me. Smoke or not in selling Leupold for the last 30 years I have not had any turret issues with the many MK4s I have supplied to LE agencies or civilians, but have had a few VariX3s target turrets sheered off due to "accidents" involving horses and quads when the scopes were used for hunting applications. The VX111s I now sell few of as my marketplace has changed.
    The Mk4s are now my entry line of optics.
    There is a reason MK4s were used for military and LE applications. 1 of the reasons was that it took far more pounding and abuse in the field to bugger a Mk4 turret system and reticle fixture than the hunting/target scopes Leupold offers.
    The target style turrets offered on some of the VX111s are very repeatable in a civilized environment, but will not take the same abuse a MK4 turret/tube and erector will in my experience.
    Hope that clears the smoke some.
     
  8. timeless61

    timeless61 Well-Known Member

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    long ranger, that does clear it up for me, so you mean stronger and more robust, I would agree, I own both, but as far as repeatability and tracking, I do not think there is a difference, if anything I may give the nod to my Vari-x III.