Leupold CDS

elkhunter525

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I'm planning to purchase a Leupold VX 3 4.5-14x40mm scope soon and the one I have my eye on comes with a CDS turret. I've done some research on these turrets and I understand the concept but my question is this..... How should I choose to set up the turret? I live in TX (for about 10 years now) and I do some range shooting on occasion. I'm originally from Colorado and I still go back every year to elk hunt. Would it be good to choose average elevation, temp. etc. between both states or should I just set it up for typical Colorado hunting conditions?
 

rcoody

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I'm planning to purchase a Leupold VX 3 4.5-14x40mm scope soon and the one I have my eye on comes with a CDS turret. I've done some research on these turrets and I understand the concept but my question is this..... How should I choose to set up the turret? I live in TX (for about 10 years now) and I do some range shooting on occasion. I'm originally from Colorado and I still go back every year to elk hunt. Would it be good to choose average elevation, temp. etc. between both states or should I just set it up for typical Colorado hunting conditions?
well I guess it does matter how far you plan to shoot. Need to do a little homework with a ballistic calculator and see what the real differences are.

but

two choices as I see it.

Get the free one that comes with the scope for texas and then buy another for the altitude and conditions in Colorado.

or

buy the G7. Put in your sight in information. set it for CDS . Take a reading using its laser range finder on your target. It will give you a corrected yardage for you CDS dial for the altitude and conditions where you are. It is the only way a CDS dial can be accurate for all locations and conditions. It will even give you a windage correction in 5 mph increments. Now you have to figure the wind speed.
 

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Get the free one that comes with the scope for texas and then buy another for the altitude and conditions in Colorado.
I have two Leupold's with CDS dials and left the free .25moa turret that came with them on each scope. But rcoody's got a great idea there.
 

Garycrow

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I have two Leupold's with CDS dials and left the free .25moa turret that came with them on each scope. But rcoody's got a great idea there.
This is the turret that comes on the scope as delivered:




For my custom dial I had leupold make me one that was still in .25 MOA increments but a bit more user friendly. I'm used to using a drop chart with my MOA nightforce and sightron scopes so it's familiar. I prefer to stick to dialing in MOA instead of the load specific dials, that way I can change loads or elevation and all I have to do is generate a new drop chart and tape it to my stock. It's more versatile for me. I had them change the hash mark lengths so they're easier to differentiate, put the MOA numbers over each increment, make the numbers bigger, move the U arrows up into the knurling, and put a big arrow on the top of the dial that points forward when it's at zero so I can tell at a glance if the knob has rotated. I got that idea from the bushnell LRHS. Most importantly I had them install the zero stop. This is it here:

 

coyotezapper

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This is the turret that comes on the scope as delivered:




For my custom dial I had leupold make me one that was still in .25 MOA increments but a bit more user friendly. I'm used to using a drop chart with my MOA nightforce and sightron scopes so it's familiar. I prefer to stick to dialing in MOA instead of the load specific dials, that way I can change loads or elevation and all I have to do is generate a new drop chart and tape it to my stock. It's more versatile for me. I had them change the hash mark lengths so they're easier to differentiate, put the MOA numbers over each increment, make the numbers bigger, move the U arrows up into the knurling, and put a big arrow on the top of the dial that points forward when it's at zero so I can tell at a glance if the knob has rotated. I got that idea from the bushnell LRHS. Most importantly I had them install the zero stop. This is it here:

+1. Perfect setup
 

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