Loss of Love for Leupold, New scope time.

sp6x6

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Takes me back to my 3d days archery and Id run into Dan Evans,Andy Kelly,Steve on here of Hammer bullets.Dan and 43,bulls,would look at them at his shop.Wonder if he knows a 370, taken 24 over 350''
 

Bullmark

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Over the many years of hunting and recreational shooting, I’ve concluded that it’s best for me to buy the best glass that I can afford.....even if that means skimping on the rifle. I didn’t say to sacrifice accuracy though. Plenty of modestly priced off the shelf rifles will shoot lights out.
As for particular scopes, I’ve never owned a Leupold.....but have bought and sold almost every other brand. The clearest and brightest for my 51yr old eyes is a toss up between the Schmidt Bender Exos and Swarovski Z8i. I own both....if you require a lighter weight the Swaro fits the need. If it’s a rugged hefty rock solid scope u want, the Exos is as solid as any.
I was able to buy both as demos and saved a bunch of $$.
 

jarnold37

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THANK YOU!Keep us posted.I've used Leupolds for years,that saidyou can get a bad product in anything,it's how the problem is addressed by the company tells there integrity.Sorry about the bullthat was missed.
Sorry to use the quote "You Get What You Pay For" and I know there are some exceptions, but most manufacturers, know how to make the best of the best. But dont. Possibly because they weigh quality vs profit and will sacrifice some quality for more profit. They realize they are selling to the masses and many of the average purchasers dont want to pay big dollars for top quality. Example: I started with a cheap rangefinder from a discount seller and was happy, until I became aware of a Leica Geovid. Thankfully the marketplace offers something for every budget. But now, I would not trade my Leica for 10 bargain rangefinders. Guess I like quality better than money. I'm spoiled (or ruined) lol
 

Bruce Treloar

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Have had many Leupolds and felt they were good and the lifetime warranty was a plus. I had problem with one when clicked up 4" and clicked back to zero and it was still at almost 4". Sent in to Leupold and got it back with the test report all ok. Had another one that I bought new boosted. I was told Leupold will warranty them and they would warranty them also. On a very accurate heavy gun, when I cranked elevation up and back down to zero, it would move 3/4" right every time. I called the company that I bought it from and was told that was a common problem, easy to fix, but they were done with Leupold scopes and needed to send to Leupold. Called Leupold and they said they would not work on it because it had been boosted. I said oh, ok, thank you, 10 minutes later ordered a Nightforce and was happy ever since
I don't touch the adjustments in the field once the rifle is set on zero. Just make allowances for wind, light conditions and when shooting up hill or down wards into into a valley. The hunting rifle I use is capable of .3" 5 shot aggregates and does shoot some one hole groups when shot from a bench. When in the field this sort of consistency is difficult to achieve. In the field use a back pack with a Crosslinked PE core cut into a stair shape for elevation variation. This set up is very reliable and I never have the need to adjust in the field. The Leupold scopes I have used have all served me well and adequate for my type of shooting, I'm still a fan You were very lucky to get a Nightforce with good clarity as the one I looked through a few years back was not as clear as I would have expected from a scope of that price.
Leupold are great value and the lifetime warranty is a a real plus. They do everything I want, clarity, light weight and above all they are rock solid at holding point of impact.
 

COBrad

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I think you are spot on here. Leupold HD glass is really good, and the scopes are probably really good too if you’re not using the turrets to adjust for drop or wind. Set it and leave it. I still have a couple of these and one is the only leupold I own.
 

JLB-MT

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The marketing of lifetime, no hassle warranties has created expectations for the consumer and has increased costs for the manufacturer. Manufacturers have to cover the warranty cost by either cutting quality or by increasing prices. In my experience there is one manufacturer that has begun a process where, unless there is some glaringly obvious problem, they will send your scope back and claim that the scope is totally fine. Their excuse will be that you torqued the rings too tight. My case is the not the only one, I read of this situation occurring more and more on forums.

In my case the problem still persists. The manufacturer continues to maintain that there is nothing wrong with the scope. I replaced the scope with another brand and it groups and tracks just fine. I buy a minimum of five scopes a year and will no longer buy scopes made by this company because I know their warranty is not what they want you to believe it is.

Before reading this thread I had chosen a Leupold VX5HD as my next hunting scope. Perhaps I should reconsider.
 

L.Sherm

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If you read the O.P's first post the problem was VX6 not a 5. Ive put 3 -VX5's on 3 rifles in the last 1.5 yearsfor other people and did load development on all 3 with no problems.
As posted before every manufacturer has problems from time to time, Ive seen a N.F take a s### and know of people who will not own a N.F because of there bad customer service experience. the one time I sent a scope back to Leupold no it wasn't the scopes fault they went above and beyond my expectations.
That being said I have no doudt Mtnraine had a problem with her VX6
It HAPPENS!
 

JLB-MT

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Sherm, well aware it was a VX6 in the op. My concern whether Leupold honors their warranty. Everyone is issuing lifetime warranties these days, but in my recent experience some companies have resorted to tactics that enable them to avoid honoring their warranty.

Glad to hear that you like your VX5's.
 

VLD Pilot

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Sherm, well aware it was a VX6 in the op. My concern whether Leupold honors their warranty. Everyone is issuing lifetime warranties these days, but in my recent experience some companies have resorted to tactics that enable them to avoid honoring their warranty.

Glad to hear that you like your VX5's.
I had a late 80s leupold vx2 and the elevation slotted screw became near impossible to turn. I called leupold and they said to send it back they'd fix it. Well, they couldn't fix it so sent me a brand new vx3 to replace it. I'd say they still back there products. I literally put that scope thru the ringer. It was a very durable scope for over 30 years and not even an upper end model.
 

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