Nightforce or Leupold

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by blygy, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. blygy

    blygy Well-Known Member

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    Well I was looking @ scopes on Saturday and I'm stumped..

    Leupold VX-L 6.5-20X56, US built, supposed to be very good quality, Mounts very low for a 56MM objective = $1580

    Nightforce.. Built in Japan (this was a surprise to me), exellent reputation for repeatablity. $1600 - 2100.

    So.. Which way to go.. I like the fact that Leupold is US built.. but they may just assembly components from off shore.

    Night force sure are nice though..Are they worth the extra money????

    I can probably save some more money on the VX-L if I buy out of the US as right now the is only one of the model I want of the Leupold in Canada.

    Blygy
     

  2. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

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    Never owned a night force, but from my experiance with the 6.5-20-56 30mm vx-l go with the night force. The side focus on the vx-l I have is very particular and takes lots of time to adjust properly. Once things are clear through the scope, the crosshairs will move on the target with any head movement, requiring a readjustment to get the paralex out. I have tried adjusting the focus ring and this problem will not go away. I have to be very particular of my cheek weld in order to shoot a decent group. I did kill a nice 5x6 in new mexico using the vx-l, but am not really impressed with the scope. Maybe its just me, but I like my old vx3 6.5-20-50 better than the the vx-l.
     

  3. bailey1474

    bailey1474 <strong>SPONSOR</strong>

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    NF everytime.

    The NF isn't built in Japan just some of the parts are built there. It is assembled in Idaho. The VXL does use the same coatings as the old LPS line so it should be better than the VXIII but the NF glass is @ least on par if not better and you get a better scope mechanically w/a far greater choice of reticles.
     
  4. screech

    screech Well-Known Member

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    NXS night force. In my opinion they cant be beat. I have been in they're plant and they showed me some tests that shows how tough they are, with excellent glass I dont think you can beat them. We built the house and personall shop for the vice president and he is a good guy. Met the pres that lives in australlia and seems like a nice guy.
     
  5. jeffbird

    jeffbird Well-Known Member

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    At one time I had both and had a chance to compare them side by side at an indoor range in low light. At 100 yards I could clearly read the range's phone number printed on the bottom of the target with the NF. With the Leupold I could not even read the range's name which was printed in much larger type. NF is worth the money. Also the construction is much sturdier and the knobs track more accurately. NF customer service is A+. When the new NP-R1 reticle came out, I sent my scopes back for a changeover and had them back on my desk in two weeks.
     
  6. blygy

    blygy Well-Known Member

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    It is going on a 6.5X 300 Winchester magnum.

    Thanx for all the help.. I guess I'll save a few extra bucks for the nightforce..

    Bill
     
  7. jeff 300

    jeff 300 Well-Known Member

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    i have two leupolds 8.5x25x50lr and they are good scopes but the glass is not what you would thank you would get in a 900.00 scope in low light it sucks. i'm selling both and going with NF 5.5x22x56
     
  8. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    NXS Nightforce is a tremdous scope for the price. I saw an NXS at the shot show last year that had an AK-47 bullet hole completely through the tube just in front of the power ring and the scope still functioned, the soldger taped over the holes and used the scope for 3 more days.
    I own 5 of the NXS scopes and love them
     
  9. YOTES2CALL

    YOTES2CALL Well-Known Member

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    NXS night force. In my opinion they cant be beat. I have been in they're plant and they showed me some tests that shows how tough they are, with excellent glass I dont think you can beat them. We built the house and personall shop for the vice president and he is a good guy. Met the pres that lives in australlia and seems like a nice guy.

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    Sreech....

    You talking about Jeff ?? You must live in Idaho... Him and Brian G. seem like real great guys. Very Helpful.

    Sent you a PM.

    thanks, Yotes
     
  10. lesterak

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    Blygy,

    I can recommend IOR Valdada scopes. They have optical qualities as highly or better regarded than Nightforce. I own 2. Both relatively low powered: a 10x side parallax tactical, and a 4-14 50mm illuminated MP-8 reticle. The image quality is very high, and the repeatability of turret movements is even better.

    I also own Leupold high-end glass. I think limiting your choice to the VX-L line does you a disservice. The side-focus 30mm tube 8-25xLRT is a great performer, but the 6.5-20LRT 50mm might be the best all-around scope you can buy; for the money, at well under $1000.

    I have several older Mk4 scopes. They may not have the latest optical coating, but they are a specialist's tool and not designed to read the phone book at 200 yds. Arguably, that is why you own a spotting scope. If you are buying tools that try to "do it all", you wind up with gear that cannot excel in the area it really matters.

    There are lots of great scopes out there, really great ones in your price range. Shop around, you can likely find a Zeiss Victory or a used Schmidt &amp; Bender.

    Do you test your optics, or use them? What kind of mounting system will you be employing? Without the best mounting system all the extra money you spend on a hot scope goes down the drain if your zero has shifted; and w/o a "good" mount system, it will.