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#6817703 - 07/09/17 08:27 PM Light weight scope help
aggiegolfer09 Offline
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Trying to decide what to put on a 7mm-08. I plan on mostly using it for hunting and maybe some target shooting.

Thinking about a vortex razor lh 3-15 or leupold vx-3i 4.5-14 with the windage reticle. I know price is pretty far apart but they are the 2 best light weight quality scopes I have found so far. On the leupold I would have to dial for distance where on the vortex i could use the reticle. How does the glass compare? any others in the $500 to $800 range I should look at?

http://www.vortexoptics.com/product/vortex-razor-hd-lh-3-15x42-hsr4-riflescope/reticle


http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/leupold-vx-3i-45-14x40mm-cds-riflescope#repChildCatid=3435661

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#6817756 - 07/09/17 09:15 PM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
RustyMetal Offline
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Those are good scopes, but for hunting especially, have you looked at the Primary Arms 4-14 w/ACSS HUD ?

Take a look. There are a lot of video reviews on it so that you have a real good idea if that is what you are looking for.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_a9RIaOZLI

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#6817770 - 07/09/17 09:27 PM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
RustyMetal Offline
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Now if you would rather hunt in an ambush situation, then a Super Sniper scope @ $300 might be a better choice for you. They have excellent and accurate turret tracking if you would like to dope your scope for "1" shot. (I often hunt from ambush positions and still use the Primary Arms 4-14 x 44mm ACSS HUD scope.)

There are many video reviews for those as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfqvvoOirrY

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#6817788 - 07/09/17 09:48 PM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
AZ_Hunter_2000 Offline
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I have not looked at that particular Leopold. However, I do have the Vortex Razor LH 3-15. It will hold its own on clarity in low light compared to my Swaro SLC 10s (HD). Mine tracks well, turrets are good (not great but not bad either), and there is no zero stop (only an issue if you really dial A LOT of elevation). The glass is significantly better than the Vortex HS/HS LR.

I did look at the Cabela's branded Vortex that's around $800. It is noticeably darker than the Razor so I passed.

You can get custom turrets for the Razor LH from Kenton if you want to dial to known distance similar to the Leopold CDS.

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#6817797 - 07/09/17 09:55 PM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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I'd go with a fixed 4x, myself, or maybe a 1.5-4x33 if you want a lightweight scope.
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#6817798 - 07/09/17 09:58 PM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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Those are both fine but I would get the tmr reticle if you go Leupold. If you look online you can find better pricing. If you call the vendor you might be able to find them below MAP price

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#6817799 - 07/09/17 09:59 PM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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That razor glass is really good. Get a better reticle than wind turrets

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#6817844 - 07/09/17 11:47 PM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
bphillips Offline
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Registered: 08/24/09
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Euro Optic has the older model vx6 for 899. That with TMOA reticle is what I would do. Probably the best value in a nice hunting scope right now
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#6822755 - 07/14/17 02:45 PM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
RustyMetal Offline
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Registered: 04/21/17
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I think the one take away from all this should be,
While saving weight on a rig is great - especially the further you might be walking or tracking game in the back country, - but is using one scope rather than another a very wise decision when you are only saving 3/4 ounce or a couple of ounces? You can save way more weight on plenty of other pieces of equipment than to worry about saving an ounce or two in scope weight.

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#6823196 - 07/15/17 12:00 AM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: RustyMetal]
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Originally Posted By: RustyMetal
I think the one take away from all this should be,
While saving weight on a rig is great - especially the further you might be walking or tracking game in the back country, - but is using one scope rather than another a very wise decision when you are only saving 3/4 ounce or a couple of ounces? You can save way more weight on plenty of other pieces of equipment than to worry about saving an ounce or two in scope weight.


It comes down to reliability and pricing. The most reliable scope imo is twice as much and doesn't have the best glass. Glass power and ounces
What do you pic

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#6823267 - 07/15/17 07:24 AM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: bphillips]
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Originally Posted By: bphillips
Euro Optic has the older model vx6 for 899. That with TMOA reticle is what I would do. Probably the best value in a nice hunting scope right now


I agree cuz I got one. When it comes to TOP quality and weight is very important. I don't thing you can beat Leupold.

You will find everyone on here will suggest what they have.

Next up would be a Swarovski but it will blow your budget

The new V6-HD is one BA scope but $$
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#6823425 - 07/15/17 12:24 PM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
ImTheReasonDovesMourn Offline
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The Razor LH is the best hunting scope I've ever owned. The glass smokes all my other scopes, including Nightforce SHV and Bushnell Elite Tactical. The power range is perfect for hunting, it tracks true, great reticle and it weighs 16.5 ounces. I'll never need another scope on a hunting rig.
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#6823529 - 07/15/17 03:26 PM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: Brother in-law]
RustyMetal Offline
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Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
It comes down to reliability and pricing. The most reliable scope imo is twice as much and doesn't have the best glass. Glass power and ounces
What do you pic

I agree. The price is "my" final determining factor. But everyone has different priorities and may place one factor above all the others.

The two I mentioned are by far, the best bang for your scope buck. About, or less than $300. They are extremely popular for that reason, and for the fact that they are great scopes. Two very different scopes depending on how you want to hunt, or what type of scope you might be looking for.

I "pic" the Primary Arms 4-14x - 44mm @ $280. plus a $20 Sun Shade extension.
But I would also like to have the SWFA Super Sniper at a fixed 10x by 42mm for $300., and I will get one eventually when I get the extra money.

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#6823780 - 07/15/17 08:03 PM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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Originally Posted By: ImTheReasonDovesMourn
The Razor LH is the best hunting scope I've ever owned. The glass smokes all my other scopes, including Nightforce SHV and Bushnell Elite Tactical. The power range is perfect for hunting, it tracks true, great reticle and it weighs 16.5 ounces. I'll never need another scope on a hunting rig.



SHV ???? I may have to take a look through that Razor LH hammer
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#6824081 - 07/16/17 09:40 AM Re: Light weight scope help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
blackcoal Offline
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Hit the gym, work out till 4-8 ounces isn't a major factor.
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