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#5581874 - 02/04/15 10:39 AM Leupold VS Viper
dmov Offline
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Registered: 10/15/12
Posts: 47
okay I'm off the higher powered scopes for now.

I'm now looking at a Vortex VIper HS in 2.5 x 10 44mm with 30mm Tube for $299 or a Leupold VX3 3.5 x 10 50mm 1" tube for about $500.

Is the VX3 worth $200 more?

looking at a scope at the store is hard to determine how "good" a scope is. I already have the Same Viper mentioned above and am satisfied but only hunted 3 or 4 times with it.

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#5581899 - 02/04/15 10:48 AM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: dmov]
fowlplayr Offline
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Registered: 08/03/05
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Loc: Athens/Prosper, TX
Originally Posted By: dmov

Is the VX3 worth $200 more?
IMO - No. Vortex is pumping out some nice glass. I'm VERY happy with mine.

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#5581963 - 02/04/15 11:09 AM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: dmov]
NewJeep Offline
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 5317
Loc: Boerne, Tx
Looking at all the forums I go on I see ALOT of Vortex for sale. I have thought about buying one but I just can't pull the trigger. I would rather put my money into a leupold. Just my 2 cents.
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#5581970 - 02/04/15 11:12 AM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: dmov]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 23348
Loc: Texas
In my opinion a 3.5x10 vx3 is not worth $500 for what it brings to the table. There are way too many scopes that bring the same amount to the table for less $.
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#5581984 - 02/04/15 11:16 AM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: dmov]
NewJeep Offline
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 5317
Loc: Boerne, Tx
I would buy a Burris before I would a Vortex. Burris has good optics at a very fair price. 4.5-14 for $300-400
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#5582077 - 02/04/15 11:49 AM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: dmov]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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In my opinion the gains of a Vx3 over a Vx2 are marginal at best. If you don't want a scope with the ability to dial elevation and don't have to have a swaro etc. There is no reason to spend that much.

What is your goal for the scope? I have hunted my whole life with a Leupold VXII... which according to todays standards is a piece of junk. It compares about even to my vortex viper LR in clarity and dawn dusk shooting to me. Only reason I bought the viper is for a turret.

Also if your looking at a 3.5x10 any 3x9 will look nearly the same and several can be had for less that will give you the same amount of capability and quality in my opinion.
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#5582199 - 02/04/15 12:38 PM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: NewJeep]
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Registered: 09/01/04
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New Jeep....check my ad in the THF Classifieds on that Burris FF II 4.5-14x42 PA for a real surprise...or I REALLY need to raise my price...

FWIW I bought a Minox ZA5 HD 2x10x50 30mm instead of either of these...
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#5582233 - 02/04/15 12:54 PM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: dmov]
Pittstate Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 5177
Loc: NE/CO/KS/MO/OK
To OP, I have both scopes and the Leupold is hands down better at all aspects. You will notice it during the final and first 30 minutes of shooting time and you will notice it if you drop your gun. Lastly, you will notice the difference in 5 years if you need to sell it!

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#5582311 - 02/04/15 01:35 PM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: dmov]
RiverRider Offline
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 6194
Loc: Wise Co.
Even the old Vari-X III glass is pretty darned good, and VX-2 glass is even better.
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#5582364 - 02/04/15 02:08 PM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: dmov]
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Registered: 11/13/09
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Loc: Mineral Wells, Texas
I think the VX3 has superior glass and I have 3 of them. The Vortex has better options as far as Reticles (Leupold has many too but they are mostly custom order) and the turrets are nice and solid. Both have excellent customer service and a lifetime warranty. I believe Vortex will replace it if you drive over it with your truck but Leupold won't.
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#5582381 - 02/04/15 02:21 PM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: dmov]
rexmitchell Offline
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Registered: 02/11/13
Posts: 1703
The vortex is going to be nicer but if you don't want to spend the money the vortex is an amazing scope. I have a vortex viper hs and a few leupolds (including a VX3) and while yes the leupolds are nicer the vortex is more than adequate. I'd save money and get the vortex.


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#5582395 - 02/04/15 02:30 PM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: dmov]
TxHunter80 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/15
Posts: 213
I have never owned the Viper but have a few VX3s. The latest, a 3.5-10x40 CDS, did not track properly from the factory. I sent it in. The service I received was very quick. Unfortunately, it now tracks worse. Lol I have another one NIB I am scared to mount because of my last experience. Overall, I like the VX3 scopes and this was my first issue ever with a Leupold. I think they are big improvement over the last generation but are still a bit behind the Meopro line. You may also consider the 3.5-10x44 Meopro that Camerylandny sells for $399. It's a steal. I own both and it is noticeably better to my eyes than the VX3.

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#5582439 - 02/04/15 02:55 PM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: Pittstate]
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Registered: 07/08/07
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Originally Posted By: Pittstate
To OP, I have both scopes and the Leupold is hands down better at all aspects. You will notice it during the final and first 30 minutes of shooting time and you will notice it if you drop your gun. Lastly, you will notice the difference in 5 years if you need to sell it!


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#5582689 - 02/04/15 05:28 PM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: dmov]
usdrscott Offline
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Registered: 01/13/14
Posts: 255
Loc: TX - Texas
agree w pittstate
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#5583220 - 02/04/15 09:28 PM Re: Leupold VS Viper [Re: Pittstate]
patriot07 Online   content
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Registered: 11/06/11
Posts: 947
Loc: Royse City, TX
Originally Posted By: Pittstate
To OP, I have both scopes and the Leupold is hands down better at all aspects. You will notice it during the final and first 30 minutes of shooting time and you will notice it if you drop your gun. Lastly, you will notice the difference in 5 years if you need to sell it!
So the Leupold will sell for over $200 more than the Viper?

Just from what I've seen (and heaven knows I'm no expert), I would disagree.

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