Will Leupold's customized CDS turrets work at any magnification?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by elkbugling, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. elkbugling

    elkbugling New Member

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    Since VX3 scopes are SFP, do the customized turrets work at any magnification? I know that the CDS turrets by themselves would only work at one magnification, unless you knew how to make a correction for each power of your scope. But I want to know if you need to be at a certain magnification in order for the customized turrets to work. Thanks.
     
  2. eyeballjr

    eyeballjr Well-Known Member

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    Your Turrets move the same at every power with every scope i've ever had
     

  3. elkbugling

    elkbugling New Member

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    I know they move the same. I want to know if the customized correction that Leupold etches onto the turrets would apply at any magnification. So if I see an elk at 450 yards, and my scope is at 6 power, I dial the turrets for 450 yards. If I see another elk at 650 yards, and my scope is at 10 power, can I then dial the turrets for 650 yards, or will the correction be different? Does it matter what magnification your scope is on when using the customized CDS system?
     
  4. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    As long as you are not using a ballistic type reticule that requires a specified power setting for accurate ranging and sighting, your turrets will move exactly to the proper MOA corresponding to your drops at any power. Should there be a ballistic reticule etched into the glass, then you will need to know exactly what power Leupold specifies for ranging.

    Tank
     
  5. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    the short answer is YES they will work on any power. i've always wondered since you get 2 sets of dials, is the first one a regular dial with moa markings? then you can get a second that's customized to your specs? how many moa are there in one revolution?
     
  6. H2OFUZZ

    H2OFUZZ Well-Known Member

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    15 MOA in one turn of the turret.
     
  7. ilscungilli

    ilscungilli Well-Known Member

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    There is 15 MOA per revolution. I have include a picture of the standard turret (left), and a custom one I had made from Leupold. They engraved the turret with two rows of numbers, and took out the detent ball that would normally limit the turret to one turn. They will also engrave a turret to match your ballistics for a particular set of conditions. I had one engraved for a 7mm 160 gr Accubond, 2925 FPS, 35 F, 7000 feet.
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  8. elkbugling

    elkbugling New Member

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    If that is true then the advantage of a FFP scope over the VX3's (SFP scope) is largely negated. If you are using the duplex reticle, then you just dial the range and shoot, no matter the magnification, similar to FFP's. Pretty slick.
     
  9. eyeballjr

    eyeballjr Well-Known Member

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    Are you talking about Turrets or Reticals? With ffp reticals it dosn't matter what power you are on, with second fp reticals it does. It you are doping with turrets, it doesn't matter if you are on 3 power or 20 power, a MOA is a MOA.
     
  10. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    That is true if using dial. But if you have a more detailed reticle and use it for drops then you can shoot same drops at any power quickly. I also have a B&C ret. that I USE for quick holds and dial of the last cross hair for farther shots.I have to do that off 14x
     
  11. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    On a related note, your POI relative to POA when using the primary cross hairs should not change regardless of which magnification setting you're using and regardless of which focal plane your reticle lies in.

    In other words, your zero should not change when you change power settings.

    That's something you may not be able to count on from all scopes. So, you should test it. Newer Leupolds should pass the test.

    So to answer your original question, the same should apply if you raise your elevation 6MOA using the turret and fire a round at 20x and again at 10x magnification. You should still be hitting the same spot on the target 6MOA above your zero.

    That's a completely different situation from using BDC reticles with first vs second focal plane at different magnifications.