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what is the best rifle scope on the market.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Leupolds are VERY hard to beat, it really depends on your budget. A Ziess or Swvorski would probably be better, (so high I can't even spell them) and if you're on a budget the Tasco world class or Bushnell 3200 or 4200.

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from KingFisher907 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

For the money, Leupold's VX-3 line is hard to beat...

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from rrmont wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I have Leupold's on all of my rifles and I won't go with anything else.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Leupolds are great scopes but Zeiss makes the lenses for at least part of their scopes and are just as good on durability

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from cwolf5 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Agree Leupold's

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

All my rifles have Leupold VX-III's. If I had the money they would be the top of the line Leupolds. However, Swarovski, Carl Zeiss and Leica are generally considered by many to be the very best of all scopes. Note they are all European made. I have Swarovski binos and they are outstanding.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Clay Cooper swears by Sightron and the Nikon Monarch is (I'm told very good also) If these seem too expensive I recommend you go with less $ on the rifle and more on the scope and rings. Cheap rings will damage the finish on your scope. The Marlin bolt gun for example and a VXIII 2.5-8X scope in Leupold rings would give you an excellent rig for a good price. Buy the scope on E-bay. It will save you much $ is you are careful. I saved $100 on my last VX III.

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from kvlazer22 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Can't beat Leuplod, especially the VX3-L

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Leupold offers value at every level. The Vari X III are excellent. They are also American made!

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from Rory wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

ive had a wide range of scopes, and my brothers leupold is the best in the buiseness

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

The best American-made glassware, in my opinion, is produced by Leupold. I've had very few disappointments with scopes. My oldest Leupold is a 7.5X (no longer in production) which I purchased in 1969, and it's still as durable, clear and reliable as the day I purchased it.
I've read objective reports of Schmidt & Bender, Zeiss, and Swarovski that are very impressive, but they don't fit into my budget and I never required more than Leupold & Stevens could provide.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Leupold also, I own more of them than any other. I have never had a failure but my gunsmith tells me that the wonderful lifetime warranty is absolutely for certain. He also indicated that average turn around time is ten days. Try that with you bent/broken Zeiss. Perhaps Swarovsky and S & B are better than Leupold but not twice the price better. Actually if I were going to spend that kind of cash I would invest in US Optics or Nightforce.

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Leupold

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from ws4964fx wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I've got a zeiss on my tikka rifle and i would never go with anything less. I've used leupold's which aren't too bad but i find the zeiss just that much clearer and better at low light. They are a little more money but then a good scope makes the gun.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Swarovski and Zeiss are two brands that are outstanding but are very pricey. I am glad that I have some friends that can afford them because I enjoy using them every now and then. But for the common Joe... I would have to say either Nikon or Leupold but Leupold is hard to beat that lifetime warranty.

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from CavRecon wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Leupold

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from MN_deer wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Being super tight with a buck, I still nonetheless part with money for glass. I use the thought that the glass should be at least as much as the gun under it! Here's my vote- in order- Burris, Leupold, Tasco (BUT- the old Japan-made Tasco World Class or Titans). I've sent scopes back to Burris and Leupold for repairs and they were both returned, fixed perfectly and free of charge- both were old scopes- so both companies stood by their warranties! (Tasco warranties are non-existent.)

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from Michael D Moniz SR wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I have two Leupold scopes and I can say thay are a very nice scope.But back in August of this year 2009 I bought me a Millett 6x25x56 Illum. for $473.95 with shipping,and I can tell you at 3/4 of a mile I can all most count the botton holes on some ones shirt, the glass in the scope is outstanding clearer then scopes that coast alot more then $473.95.I well not say anything bad about Leupold because the people that work ther have been good to me over the years.But if you are looking for a new rifle scope I would look in to the new Millett scopes.And yes ther is a life time warranty.

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from Emtbnick@aol.com wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Has anyone used the Burris Eliminator or Laser range finder riflescope. I'm looking for feedback. Thinking of buying the Eliminator which is due out in Jan or Feb of 2010. Thanks

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from woodsmanben wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I've looked through Leupold and swarovski at twilight. Swarovski gives 15 more minutes of shooting light. That can be the difference in a good kill. Those list few minutes are important... 1.Swarovski, 2.Zeiss conquest, 3.Leupold

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from Xlr8n wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Leupold makes a fine product indeed, but the glass for all scopes and binos is imported, mostly from Asia. Not necessarily a bad thing as Asian glass is getting as good as some European glass. The downside is by Leupold importing glass and constructing here in the U.S., their price is higher per glass quality compared to most other brands. Nikon offers better clarity per dollar hands down across their entire lineup and all Nikon scopes have a full liftime warrany as well.

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from The Old Master wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

This is simple:
Kahles/Swarovski....Can you afford not to own one? Use Leupold QR Mounts (or your brand of choice) for your rifles. Then, one Scope is all you need.

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from tman1965 wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

I have used scopes from 60.00 to over 2000.00 and I can tell you that for my money I will stick with my nikon monarchs and the burris fullfield 2 .

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from rubal wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

The best in america are definatly without a doubt us optics, they are much much better than leupold, zeiss and even better than nightforce. The next best I would go with would be nighforce or I really like the vortex razor hd, I like moa scopes and only go with ffp scopes. s&b, swarovski, ect are all great too but I dont like them near as much as the us optics.

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from jaland25 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

If you want to spend thousands on a scope then go buy a Swarovski. But you will greatly disappointed to find out that you could have spent under $500 and got a scope that is just as good with a world class warranty. Do yourself a favor and go buy a Nikon or a Leupold, you'll be glad you did.

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from Freaky Hunter wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

It will always depends of type of gun you are using and type of shooting and other preference like reticle type.

Considering cost/benefit, features, specs, reviews, etc, I would suggest this one:

Millett 4-16X50 Tactical Rifle Scopes BK81001

Not always the best of the best is the most expensive or must to have the most recognized brand.

Cheers

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from John Jr Cline wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

If you have a bottomless bank account, go with Swarovski or, Zeiss. If you're on a budget, go with Luepold.

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from lofiegos wrote 32 weeks 4 days ago

A bit difficult to say but, if you have a short budget, perhaps you can go with Leupold or Nikon. You can check scope reviews here: www.bestar15scope.org

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from Mr_Hunter wrote 27 weeks 3 hours ago

The best rifle scope is different for everyone. Do you target small game? precision? elk? All of these applications are very different so what is a great scope for one application is lack luster for another. The method I use to select a best scope is based on: budget, application and range. Here's a complete guide : www.bestriflescopereview.net/the-best-rifle-scope/

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from Tim Platt wrote 18 weeks 3 days ago

You can buy a Zeiss Conquest 3-9X40 for $399 and it will be better than a Leupold VXIII that costs $600 or more... I have four Zeiss scopes. I used to use the VXII's when they were $219 twenty five years ago and when I went to upgrade to a better scope I looked at all the VXIII's and the lower end Zeiss scopes were better. I also have a Kahles and it is exceptional, but the price is out of reach for most budgets. Nightforce is without question the best, but the cheapest scope they make is $1,300.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Leupolds are VERY hard to beat, it really depends on your budget. A Ziess or Swvorski would probably be better, (so high I can't even spell them) and if you're on a budget the Tasco world class or Bushnell 3200 or 4200.

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from KingFisher907 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

For the money, Leupold's VX-3 line is hard to beat...

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Leupold offers value at every level. The Vari X III are excellent. They are also American made!

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Clay Cooper swears by Sightron and the Nikon Monarch is (I'm told very good also) If these seem too expensive I recommend you go with less $ on the rifle and more on the scope and rings. Cheap rings will damage the finish on your scope. The Marlin bolt gun for example and a VXIII 2.5-8X scope in Leupold rings would give you an excellent rig for a good price. Buy the scope on E-bay. It will save you much $ is you are careful. I saved $100 on my last VX III.

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from Rory wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

ive had a wide range of scopes, and my brothers leupold is the best in the buiseness

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

The best American-made glassware, in my opinion, is produced by Leupold. I've had very few disappointments with scopes. My oldest Leupold is a 7.5X (no longer in production) which I purchased in 1969, and it's still as durable, clear and reliable as the day I purchased it.
I've read objective reports of Schmidt & Bender, Zeiss, and Swarovski that are very impressive, but they don't fit into my budget and I never required more than Leupold & Stevens could provide.

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from rrmont wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I have Leupold's on all of my rifles and I won't go with anything else.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Leupolds are great scopes but Zeiss makes the lenses for at least part of their scopes and are just as good on durability

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from cwolf5 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Agree Leupold's

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

All my rifles have Leupold VX-III's. If I had the money they would be the top of the line Leupolds. However, Swarovski, Carl Zeiss and Leica are generally considered by many to be the very best of all scopes. Note they are all European made. I have Swarovski binos and they are outstanding.

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from kvlazer22 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Can't beat Leuplod, especially the VX3-L

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Leupold also, I own more of them than any other. I have never had a failure but my gunsmith tells me that the wonderful lifetime warranty is absolutely for certain. He also indicated that average turn around time is ten days. Try that with you bent/broken Zeiss. Perhaps Swarovsky and S & B are better than Leupold but not twice the price better. Actually if I were going to spend that kind of cash I would invest in US Optics or Nightforce.

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from Michael D Moniz SR wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I have two Leupold scopes and I can say thay are a very nice scope.But back in August of this year 2009 I bought me a Millett 6x25x56 Illum. for $473.95 with shipping,and I can tell you at 3/4 of a mile I can all most count the botton holes on some ones shirt, the glass in the scope is outstanding clearer then scopes that coast alot more then $473.95.I well not say anything bad about Leupold because the people that work ther have been good to me over the years.But if you are looking for a new rifle scope I would look in to the new Millett scopes.And yes ther is a life time warranty.

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from Xlr8n wrote 4 years 5 weeks ago

Leupold makes a fine product indeed, but the glass for all scopes and binos is imported, mostly from Asia. Not necessarily a bad thing as Asian glass is getting as good as some European glass. The downside is by Leupold importing glass and constructing here in the U.S., their price is higher per glass quality compared to most other brands. Nikon offers better clarity per dollar hands down across their entire lineup and all Nikon scopes have a full liftime warrany as well.

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from lofiegos wrote 32 weeks 4 days ago

A bit difficult to say but, if you have a short budget, perhaps you can go with Leupold or Nikon. You can check scope reviews here: www.bestar15scope.org

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from Mr_Hunter wrote 27 weeks 3 hours ago

The best rifle scope is different for everyone. Do you target small game? precision? elk? All of these applications are very different so what is a great scope for one application is lack luster for another. The method I use to select a best scope is based on: budget, application and range. Here's a complete guide : www.bestriflescopereview.net/the-best-rifle-scope/

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

Leupold

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from ws4964fx wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I've got a zeiss on my tikka rifle and i would never go with anything less. I've used leupold's which aren't too bad but i find the zeiss just that much clearer and better at low light. They are a little more money but then a good scope makes the gun.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

Swarovski and Zeiss are two brands that are outstanding but are very pricey. I am glad that I have some friends that can afford them because I enjoy using them every now and then. But for the common Joe... I would have to say either Nikon or Leupold but Leupold is hard to beat that lifetime warranty.

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from CavRecon wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Leupold

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from MN_deer wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Being super tight with a buck, I still nonetheless part with money for glass. I use the thought that the glass should be at least as much as the gun under it! Here's my vote- in order- Burris, Leupold, Tasco (BUT- the old Japan-made Tasco World Class or Titans). I've sent scopes back to Burris and Leupold for repairs and they were both returned, fixed perfectly and free of charge- both were old scopes- so both companies stood by their warranties! (Tasco warranties are non-existent.)

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from Emtbnick@aol.com wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Has anyone used the Burris Eliminator or Laser range finder riflescope. I'm looking for feedback. Thinking of buying the Eliminator which is due out in Jan or Feb of 2010. Thanks

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from woodsmanben wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I've looked through Leupold and swarovski at twilight. Swarovski gives 15 more minutes of shooting light. That can be the difference in a good kill. Those list few minutes are important... 1.Swarovski, 2.Zeiss conquest, 3.Leupold

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from The Old Master wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

This is simple:
Kahles/Swarovski....Can you afford not to own one? Use Leupold QR Mounts (or your brand of choice) for your rifles. Then, one Scope is all you need.

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from tman1965 wrote 3 years 42 weeks ago

I have used scopes from 60.00 to over 2000.00 and I can tell you that for my money I will stick with my nikon monarchs and the burris fullfield 2 .

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from rubal wrote 3 years 21 weeks ago

The best in america are definatly without a doubt us optics, they are much much better than leupold, zeiss and even better than nightforce. The next best I would go with would be nighforce or I really like the vortex razor hd, I like moa scopes and only go with ffp scopes. s&b, swarovski, ect are all great too but I dont like them near as much as the us optics.

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from jaland25 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

If you want to spend thousands on a scope then go buy a Swarovski. But you will greatly disappointed to find out that you could have spent under $500 and got a scope that is just as good with a world class warranty. Do yourself a favor and go buy a Nikon or a Leupold, you'll be glad you did.

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from Freaky Hunter wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

It will always depends of type of gun you are using and type of shooting and other preference like reticle type.

Considering cost/benefit, features, specs, reviews, etc, I would suggest this one:

Millett 4-16X50 Tactical Rifle Scopes BK81001

Not always the best of the best is the most expensive or must to have the most recognized brand.

Cheers

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from John Jr Cline wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

If you have a bottomless bank account, go with Swarovski or, Zeiss. If you're on a budget, go with Luepold.

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from Tim Platt wrote 18 weeks 3 days ago

You can buy a Zeiss Conquest 3-9X40 for $399 and it will be better than a Leupold VXIII that costs $600 or more... I have four Zeiss scopes. I used to use the VXII's when they were $219 twenty five years ago and when I went to upgrade to a better scope I looked at all the VXIII's and the lower end Zeiss scopes were better. I also have a Kahles and it is exceptional, but the price is out of reach for most budgets. Nightforce is without question the best, but the cheapest scope they make is $1,300.

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