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I am interested in buying a Leupold scope for my Remington 700 in 30-06. I am looking for something all purpose, probably a 2x7 or 3x9, but I'm not familiar with the different models of Leupold. Any suggestions on what I should get?

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I am very fond of the VX III line. Never had one fail me yet and they have really been put to the test. I still have and use a 25 year old 1 3/4-5X that I used all over Alaska. IMHO most folks go with too much power which makes it harder to find your target quickly in the scope. For big game 2X-7X is plenty. I did put a 3.5-10 on my 25-06 but that was for a special situation where long shots are the norm. It's my favorite deer stand overlooking a large pasture. Most shots are 300 or more yds. My longest 1 shot kill so far is 355.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Make that 200 or more.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I have always used the Leupold VXII's. Accurate, dependable, tough and a lifetime warranty. I can't tell any difference in optical quality between the VX II and VX III. If you wanted to go to the VX III you certainly will not go wrong but you will spend more money.

As far as choosing between the 2X7 and 3X9, I'd take the 3X9.

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from rrmont wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I'm with BeeKeeper on this one. I have VX II's on all of my rifles, 3-9x40, and have never had a problem with any of them.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I know I say this often, but I would look at the Nikon prostaff in the 3x9. Lifetime warranty as well and has served me extremely well. If your stuck with the Leupold name then disregard this comment.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

As Del said, low power for a scope is often the best choice. I keep my 3 X 9's on three for the most part. I hunt in the woods as much as anywhere and have never had trouble making a shot at extremely close range (10 yards) on 3X. The same gun might also see duty on a crop field, pasture or clear cut in the afternoon. The ability to select a higher magnification shines at those times.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

For what it is worth. The tubes on Leupold Scopes are heavier in construction than the Nikon Prostaff. I feel this gives them a bit of an edge in durability. Not at all knocking the lens coatings of the Nikon which are good. The Nikon is a good scope.

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from shane wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

If there will be any kind of close up, fast, or running shots; if this gun will be used for tracking, still hunting, and the like, get a 2-7x. If not, get the 3-9x.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I have a 3.5-10x and love it and a 2-7x and love it. I have also used the daylights out of 3-9x scopes for general deer, antelope and coyote hunting. I like the VXIII a little better than the VXII simply because it looks a little better but it sure doesn't get any more game than the VXII. Great warranty and great scope. I use the 2-7x on those rifles that will be used in thick brush and dangerous moving game where you want as wide a field of view as possible. Take a look through the various scoopes and see what looks best to you. If you are hunting in thick timber, use something that goes down to 1.5 or 2x so you can see.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I've got a VXIII 3.5-10 on a .308, and a 4x16 VXII on a .300 Win Mag and love um' both.
If your hunting thicker areas 2x7, more open/longer shots 3x9. You can gat the VX II cheaper.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I'd go with at least a VX-II. The Rifleman and VX-I have friction adjustments instead of click.

VX-3 will get you extra features, higher end optic coatings, and, in some models, more magnification range. VX-7 have all their best features. There's a couple of other models, but they don't sounds like what you are looking for. I'm quite happy with a VX-II.

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from BigWoodsHunter57 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

go with the rifleman..i just picked one up for under 200 bucks and they are beauties...and obviosly covered by the lifetime guarentee

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from IanS wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I'm gonna go against the grain here! I have a Leupold FX II 4 x 33 on my Tikka T3 270. It works awsome.

My max shot is about 200-250 yards so 4X is lots for me.

The thing I like about the fixed pwer is the durability. When there is less to move there is less to go wrong. A new scope in the mail 2 months after hunting season will do very little to ease the pain of missing a huge buck because the crosshairs moved.

Depending on your ability I would highly recommend this scope. Also be sure to use good rings and bases. DON'T GO CHEEP!

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

For what it is worth. The tubes on Leupold Scopes are heavier in construction than the Nikon Prostaff. I feel this gives them a bit of an edge in durability. Not at all knocking the lens coatings of the Nikon which are good. The Nikon is a good scope.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I have a 3.5-10x and love it and a 2-7x and love it. I have also used the daylights out of 3-9x scopes for general deer, antelope and coyote hunting. I like the VXIII a little better than the VXII simply because it looks a little better but it sure doesn't get any more game than the VXII. Great warranty and great scope. I use the 2-7x on those rifles that will be used in thick brush and dangerous moving game where you want as wide a field of view as possible. Take a look through the various scoopes and see what looks best to you. If you are hunting in thick timber, use something that goes down to 1.5 or 2x so you can see.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I am very fond of the VX III line. Never had one fail me yet and they have really been put to the test. I still have and use a 25 year old 1 3/4-5X that I used all over Alaska. IMHO most folks go with too much power which makes it harder to find your target quickly in the scope. For big game 2X-7X is plenty. I did put a 3.5-10 on my 25-06 but that was for a special situation where long shots are the norm. It's my favorite deer stand overlooking a large pasture. Most shots are 300 or more yds. My longest 1 shot kill so far is 355.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Make that 200 or more.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I have always used the Leupold VXII's. Accurate, dependable, tough and a lifetime warranty. I can't tell any difference in optical quality between the VX II and VX III. If you wanted to go to the VX III you certainly will not go wrong but you will spend more money.

As far as choosing between the 2X7 and 3X9, I'd take the 3X9.

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from rrmont wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I'm with BeeKeeper on this one. I have VX II's on all of my rifles, 3-9x40, and have never had a problem with any of them.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I know I say this often, but I would look at the Nikon prostaff in the 3x9. Lifetime warranty as well and has served me extremely well. If your stuck with the Leupold name then disregard this comment.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

As Del said, low power for a scope is often the best choice. I keep my 3 X 9's on three for the most part. I hunt in the woods as much as anywhere and have never had trouble making a shot at extremely close range (10 yards) on 3X. The same gun might also see duty on a crop field, pasture or clear cut in the afternoon. The ability to select a higher magnification shines at those times.

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from shane wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

If there will be any kind of close up, fast, or running shots; if this gun will be used for tracking, still hunting, and the like, get a 2-7x. If not, get the 3-9x.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I've got a VXIII 3.5-10 on a .308, and a 4x16 VXII on a .300 Win Mag and love um' both.
If your hunting thicker areas 2x7, more open/longer shots 3x9. You can gat the VX II cheaper.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I'd go with at least a VX-II. The Rifleman and VX-I have friction adjustments instead of click.

VX-3 will get you extra features, higher end optic coatings, and, in some models, more magnification range. VX-7 have all their best features. There's a couple of other models, but they don't sounds like what you are looking for. I'm quite happy with a VX-II.

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from BigWoodsHunter57 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

go with the rifleman..i just picked one up for under 200 bucks and they are beauties...and obviosly covered by the lifetime guarentee

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from IanS wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I'm gonna go against the grain here! I have a Leupold FX II 4 x 33 on my Tikka T3 270. It works awsome.

My max shot is about 200-250 yards so 4X is lots for me.

The thing I like about the fixed pwer is the durability. When there is less to move there is less to go wrong. A new scope in the mail 2 months after hunting season will do very little to ease the pain of missing a huge buck because the crosshairs moved.

Depending on your ability I would highly recommend this scope. Also be sure to use good rings and bases. DON'T GO CHEEP!

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