What's wrong with Leupolds VX-III CDS Scopes

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by 1100 Remington Man, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. 1100 Remington Man

    1100 Remington Man Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2011
    I know I'm a true long range hunter with my longest shot on a Antelope at just over 500 yds. I did fall in love with Leupolds VX-III 4.5x 14 40mm CDS on my Model 700 .223 Rem for Prairie Dog hunting works great. I liked it so much I bought another 3.5x10 40mm which is on my 300 H & H right now, which is headed to Idaho next week to go Elk hunting.
    I thought about putting on the 4.5x14 40mm VX III on the 300 H & H but was afraid of less field of view.
    I am surprised field of view is not a problem for some of you or is it ?
    I also know I like to buy American & that's just the Redneck in me. So I try to keep Americans working when I can. This is a major reason for Leupold scopes & rifles for me or am I missing something ?
    The reason I ask is I took the 3.5x 10 40mm off my .264 Win Mag so my winter project will be looking for a new scope for it. This rifle is a Model 70 XTR in H S Precision stock with factory 24 inch barrel it averages less than 2.5 inches at 300 yds With Nosler Brass CCI primers 250 IMR 4350 & Nosler 120gr. BT with I have had great success with Mule Deer & Antelope.
    So if not another Leupold what & why ? Thanks & Good Hunting
  2. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    I use Leupold Exclusively. I think you are just fine sticking with them.
  3. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2011
    I have seen issues with new VX-R and VX-2 scopes that I don't like. VX-3 and higher end scopes seem fine to me. If you don't mind paying the 25% premium for the Leupold name, then I think VX-3 and higher are generally good scopes. If you find one in your budget with the features you want, then go for it.
  4. theo98

    theo98 Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2013

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    All I have currently is Leupold. I think the old VX-2's, and 3's were better scopes. We kind of went through a period where either we were asking more or the scopes weren't keeping up. Tracking, and shaking loose on heavier magnums issues. They fixed them but nobody warranties aggravation.

    They kind of went through a period of Bipolar with us. One day send you a brand new one for something you admittedly broke, and the next would be a hassle start to finish, and not fixed the first time through.

    There's been lengthy threads on that. They build, and sell a lot of scopes, on occasion ones going to get by.

    I like the Mark 4's very much. I think scopes that beat it for rugged, add a lot of weight.

    My next planned purchase will be the Nightforce ATACR, but yes I will continue to use and buy Leupold.
  6. Kiwi Greg

    Kiwi Greg Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2008
    I have 5 or 6 VX3 4.5-14x40 CDS scopes.

    Haven't had any issues with them & they seem to dial out past 1000 fine for me on the 6.5wsm.

    I have them on rifles from 300 AAC to to a lightweight 375/408imp.

    I only use the moa turret then they can go on any rifle & I can change the load etc.
  7. Akkill

    Akkill Well-Known Member

    Oct 21, 2007
    well i never been a leupold's fan, but a wierd combination of events like shooting a friend's rifle with a vx3 on top followed by this video, i ended digging in the middle of my house looking for my old credit card semented 3 mts. under the living room.

    All this before my girl came back, finally ordered a vx3 4.5-14x40mm bone and croket ret.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XdCGP6xEAo][Leupold] Built to take a pounding (2013) - YouTube[/ame]
  8. jakes10mm

    jakes10mm Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    I hope nothing is wrong! I have a VX2 3-9x CDS on a 300 Win Mag for ELk hunting and have had no problems with it. I shot a ground hog match with it (200/300/500yds) and had to make on-the-fly adjustments as my zero was off from the CDS dial. From that shoot experience, I decided to up my magnification from 9x to 14x. Received my VX3 4.5-14x CDS last week, but haven't mounted it yet. The VX2 CDS will move to a 35 Whelen in the near future.

    I looked at Nikon, Vortex, Zeiss, Bushnell and Weaver before deciding to stick with Leupold. As I transition from CHEAP scopes (Bushnell Banners, Simmons, Tasco, etc), I'm finding that Leupold and Redfield (Revolution) scopes have been ending up on my rifles.
  9. FAL Shot

    FAL Shot Well-Known Member

    Oct 9, 2010
    My Burris Signature Select 4-16x44 made in the USA is much more clear than any Leupold VX II I ever looked through. You have to go to a VX III that costs more to get the optical clarity, and then you do not have the 4X zoom range and you will have spent more money as well.

    Beretta bought Burris and dropped a lot of the good old models, so I might not buy any more of them as new, but if a used scope is OK then a Burris Signature Select will beat a Leupold that sells at the same price.

    Leupold has nothing for the same price that compares to the Burris Timberline scopes. In fact, nobody I know has anything at the same price that matches the Burris Timberline scopes, but they are not a true high end scope, just a lot of bang for the buck and all that some people need. They are aimed at mountain rifle, rimfire, air rifle, lightweight varmint rifle and others needing a small, rugged scope with excellent image quality. Not a good scope for very low light due to the smaller objectives, but they perform better than you would think in low light considering the small objectives. I owned three different models of the Burris Timberline, so I would know, and still own 2 of them. The third was a trade-in for a Signature Select..
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2013