Leupold VX-III 4.5-14 CDS problem!!

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by MTGunner, May 22, 2015.

  1. MTGunner

    MTGunner Well-Known Member

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    I purchased this Leupold rifle scope early 2011. It has been mounted in Burris Signature rings with a one piece base. Twice it has failed in so far as the elevation, horizontal, reticle has been knocked out of setting. I sent it back to Leupold to have it repaired. It was returned and remounted. Same has happened once again. It has been sent back to Leupold a second time for same repair. I zeroed it at 200 yds. Took it to South Africa, went to range at safari camp to discover that it was shooting 10" high @ 100 meters. Thankfully I took a spare scope and changed it out on the spot. Has anyone else had problems with this particular Leupold VX-III 4.5-14 CDS scope? Were these scopes made in China? I would appreciate input and suggestions. BTW, this is the only Leupold scope that I have had this problem. Have other older Leupold scopes that have performed flawlessly. Thanks for any and all input. MTG
     
  2. coyotezapper

    coyotezapper Well-Known Member

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    VXIII or VX3?

    What bases and rings are you using?

    Caliber?
     
  3. MTGunner

    MTGunner Well-Known Member

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    Burris one piece base with Burris Signature insert rings. All are tight and these rings have served me well on other firearms. I sincerely do not think the rings are the problem. Thanks for the inquiry. MTG
     
  4. coyotezapper

    coyotezapper Well-Known Member

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    I had a Leupold LPS scope that I sent back to Leupold twice only to find out that it was my mounting system failing me. I switched to a PRW and never had the problem again. And yes, the original system had worked well for me for years but after this I changed out all to weaver / picatinny or Talley one piece and have not had a problem. If you have some other mounting system try it before you give up. I have not had a problem with any of the newer - twin bias spring erector system Leupold scopes. Your serial number will tell you whether you have TBES.
     
  5. MTGunner

    MTGunner Well-Known Member

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    What serial # series is the TBES system? MTG
     
  6. coyotezapper

    coyotezapper Well-Known Member

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    Call Leupold and give them the SN and they can tell you if it has it. If it is not TBES then it will not track / box test and it was never intended too. This is where a lot of people get confused. The older vari-x iii ( some of the later models were installed w/ TBES ) were never intended to track like the MK4 military scopes.