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leupold vx3 scopes

08 Aug 2015
@ 06:21 am (GMT)

Brendon Greig

I am looking at buying a vx3 4.5-14x40 scope for my 243 which I will be using for deer (mostly fallow) & goats I am bush hunting and on farms where I need to be able to shoot at longer ranges as my eye site isn't the greatest I like the idea of a bit more magnification but am concerned that it may have to much magnification at close ranges 30 to 50 meters and was also thinking of getting the 30 mm tube model which means new bases and rings what do you recommend in the way of bases and rings my brother has stolen my book I bought off of you to check what you said about it


08 Aug 2015
@ 06:46 am (GMT)

Thomas Kitchen

Re: leupold vx3 scopes
hi brendon.
i highly recommend the sightrons i have the 4-14x42 bigsky, last weekend i was watching goats through it, at about 1km i could tell which were the lead billy's and at 1.5km i could still tell which were nana's and which were billy's but that's really pushing it to its max.

what rifle are you mounting it to?

the burris signature zee rings are very good option.
08 Aug 2015
@ 01:45 pm (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: leupold vx3 scopes
Have a look at this Sightron SIII 3.5-10×44
08 Aug 2015
@ 08:36 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: leupold vx3 scopes
Hi Brendan, my comments were- that I prefer folk avboid the in between type scopes if they want to reach out long. Either purhase base model scopes of a brand for normal hunting or make the jump to dedicated long range scopes rather than the likes of hold over scopes etc which in the example you have given, can cost a great deal but not offer any major increase in performance.

The scope Warwick mentioned above is very good out to around 650 yards and can with care be used out to 800 yards and further, a really solid performer which works well on the likes of the .308 Win for ridge to ridge hunting. The 6-24 SIII models can be used in very close and at dusk, especially if opting for the solid crosshair found within the mil dot model. And along with this, they can be used way out long, exceeding the range and energy of your .243. This may be a good option if you wish to change calibers at some stage to increase long range killing power. From what you are saying, this may be sooner than later.

Thomas has given you further options. Note that he was using a Big Sky, not the cheaper unit. He also mentions Burris Zee rings which are ideal.

I have reopened the subject of scopes in my final book, allowing us to go into far greater detail. But alas, still a good 6 weeks of more before the book launch.
08 Aug 2015
@ 11:05 pm (GMT)

Andrew Dobbin

Re: leupold vx3 scopes
Hi Brendan, my wife shoots a Rem 700 243 with a Leupold vx1(old vx2) 3-9x40 and have found this to be a very adequate scope for shooting from 10yrds to 300yrds with a suitable sighting in hight at 100m. At less than half the price of a VX3 it is a sound option with quite good glass.
As Nathan says if your looking at a 30mm tube scope the Sightron S111 6-24x50 is not much more than the VX3 models. If your looking to up the ante on your choice of rifle caliber to shoot out long this would be a very good option. As for low light performance, I managed to neck shoot a fallow spiker at 250yrds using my S111 that was being lit up by an el cheapo spotlight. the conversation went-
"Is that a deer over there?"
"Hey Andrew bring your big scope"
"Yep its a"....BOOM
"Now you have to go get it."

Much thanks to Nathan and others on this Forum for pointing me in the right direction.
Brendan , as Nathan said above, a good entry level (3-9x40 etc) scope will do nearly a well as the inbetween models. If you want more, go the whole hog and get a dial capable scope like the S111 , VX6 or Nightforce.
You wont regret it.
08 Aug 2015
@ 11:32 pm (GMT)

Bob Mavin

Re: leupold vx3 scopes
Hey Warwick
I have that scope on my 30-06, great! I regally shoot out to 600m
09 Aug 2015
@ 03:00 am (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: leupold vx3 scopes
Thanks Bob. I'm so in love with Sightron's that when I saw an 8-32×56 LR MD CM for sale on trade me. Brand new still in the box for NZ $999 ! I brought it. Geezers now I'll be looking for a gun to put it on lol ; D Nathan laughed when I told him! I'm thinking 30-06 ?
I have my Dads 303 Parker Hale! I could always use it for that ? Dad could hit 6" paint tin lids @ 300 yards with the open sights every time with FMJ WWII AMMO! I've got two cases of the stuff....... yeah its cordite and it's got some boot to it? Lol
09 Aug 2015
@ 10:02 am (GMT)

G Dog

Re: leupold vx3 scopes
Hey Brendon,

I run the vx3 in 4.5-14 on my main rig - .270. It has never failed me and dials accurately. My only issue with it is the lack of FOV when on higher power, you really need to be lined up otherwise it's a parallax nightmare. If I were to do it again, a 30mm tube or 50mm objective - or for what ranges I generally shoot at - I should have stayed with the 3.5 - 10x40 vx3 I had on it beforehand. The beauty of the vx3 I find and you wont find this on any other scope is the lightness and compactness - yet can still handle the bush bashing. Great scopes - but do be aware that the FOV is terrible - you do get used to it - but it has cost me a couple of animals when tracking them.

09 Aug 2015
@ 03:33 pm (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: leupold vx3 scopes
I have the same scope on a very accurate 7x57 Remington700. Decent scope, but it does not track true and I cannot use it to dial shooting corrections reliably.
I got this scope under a warranty request where they replaced my old VX III 3.5 to 10x44 with this one. Perhaps this coming winter I will see if I can send it back for correction, but will in all probability buy the Sightron 3.5-10x44 for it, and would say those are very good scopes for what you want to do.

I recently bought a Sightron S-TAC 2.5-17.5x56 scope for a Rem 700LTR and except for some mounting issues I had which were my own issues, the combination is exceptional. I installed a Ferris steel rail and used JB Weld to correct for minor fit to the receiver and used Burris 30mm rings with the inserts. The rings are a bit too high so I may eventually install the medium ones, but for this coming hunting season I am happy with the rifle setup,


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