Which VX-3 and spotting scope should I get?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by the hunt guy, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. the hunt guy

    the hunt guy Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for your help.

    I recently purchased a Savage 111 lrh in 7 rem mag and am now trying to decide on my scope of choice. This will be my first long range set up. I don't have a lot of money to spend on it so I was looking at the Leupold VX-3's and VX-3L's. I know that it's good to have the scope mounted as close to the rifle as possible (...or, at least, I know that I've heard that it's the best option).

    So, question #1 is: Is it really worth having the option of mounting the scope that close to the gun?

    I do like the ease of the Greybull scope's (which are really nice VX-3's) turrets with 1/3MOA clicks and the windage built in, but I'm not necessarily convinced, at this point, that it's worth $1200 or whatever it is (plus $100 for each extra turret).

    Also, I'm interested in the Leupold Gold Ring Spotting Scopes. Has anyone out there been able to examine the difference between the regular 12-40x60 and the 12-40x60HD? Question #2: Do you get $200 worth of difference to justify jumping up to the HD version?

    Thanks again, I'll probably value most of your opinions and insights :)
     
  2. 270winshort

    270winshort Well-Known Member

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    I would go with the 6X20X40 VX-3 LR using burris signature rings. If you Send it in and get the mark 4 turret it costs about a $100.00 and is 1/4 moa you can find the scope for about $750.00 so your only in it about $850.00 for the same basic set up you get from greybull. Another good choice if your on a budget is the vortex 6X20X44 you can get them for $400.00 the glass is better in the vx-3 but the vortex will work well out to 1000 yds.


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  3. jeffro

    jeffro Well-Known Member

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    I have the 6.5-20x50 LR and really like the scope.
     
  4. the hunt guy

    the hunt guy Well-Known Member

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    Jeffro,

    did you get custom turrets installed? If not, are the regular ones pretty nice? What types of distances have you shot?
     
  5. jeffro

    jeffro Well-Known Member

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    I have the factory turrets. Fine duplex. They work just fine. I will never get a scope with a load spec. turret. IE: with the yardage on the turret. I shoot out to 1000yrds on a regular basis.
     
  6. MG386

    MG386 Member

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    Yea, i saw this guy put one right in the 4" bullseye at 1000 yards with his VX3 although, it was going sideways...
     
  7. elkoholic72

    elkoholic72 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Leupold12-40x60 HD and love it. It is small enough to carry in any pack and not use too much space/weight. I did purchase a manfrotto tripod for it, but the factory one has worked flawless for 4+seasons, just wanted a taller one.