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Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?

13 Aug 2015
@ 12:38 am (GMT)

Jonathan Hudon

Hi, I'm new to precision rifle shooting sport and I bought a Leopold Vx 1 3-9x40mm without really knowing what I was doing because it was on special 250$Can instead of 300$Can. This is still all chinese to me but I want to make sure I'm buying a scope that will fit my needs. I'm not planning to hunt with it but just shoot targets at 100-300 yards and when I'll get better reach the 600 yards +. The scope still in the box not opened yet so if you guys have better suggestions to save me a couple of headaches later, I will return it and put a couple of hundreds more to buy a scope that will fits my needs. Btw, sorry in advance because Im pretty sure this kind of question has been asked many times.
Thank you.

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13 Aug 2015
@ 05:29 am (GMT)

Thomas Kitchen

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
hi jonathan.
after hearing Nathan and other guys talking about sightron's i am now a proud owner of a s2 bigsky 4-16x42 still learning to use it but its a scope i can grow into.
i own a leupold vx1 think most hunters have hadas well but would rather a sightron any day. i might one day get the target turrets put on its but by the time you add that on to the price you might of well brought a sightron.

i can't tell you whats the best option but i would recommend looking into the sightrons if your on a tight budget look into the s2 with target turrets, im not sure what the s1 tacticals are like i think i would knock the turret to much if it doesn't have a cover on it.

im sure the very basic s1 model could be dialed up but you'll have to be very aware of where you started from and how many turns etc


13 Aug 2015
@ 06:48 am (GMT)

jason

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
Any scope that gets you out doing it is a good scope.
But if money isn't an issue you really want 20 power minimum. Well I think so anyway.
I use sightron. My 24 power is good. But I might get a bit more for my long range varmint rifle. I may not use it all. But handy to have. Rabbits really are small when so far away.I find it a bit better than the 20 power.
Because your not hunting. Power helps. It shows up how much you wobble at 100 yards. You can always bring the power back if your getting mirage.And the one hole groups you hear others talk about, I'd guess are mostly done with high power scopes. The extra power sure helped me at least.
13 Aug 2015
@ 07:15 am (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
Hey Jonathan. Have a look at my post on buying the Sightron SIII 6-24X50 it's a lifetime investment mate. A fantastic scope for the money.
http://www.ballisticstudies.com/Resources/Discussion+Forums/x_forum/21/thread/5640.html
They work incredibly well. I got mine off 4scopes in the USA posted to NZ.
13 Aug 2015
@ 07:37 am (GMT)

Mike Davis

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
Ive got that very scope on my .270
for bush hunting and general shooting out to say 3-400yards its a good enough scope for sure, I bought it after killing/fogging half a dozen or more "others" on this rifle over the years, that loopy will be her last...it will do all I need and if ever any issues it will go back to be fixed.
my .223 wears a 3x9x50mm loopy and thats heaps enough for bunnies out as far as I can miss LMAO seriously any bunny/hare/wallaby/pig or deer within 200 is in BIG trouble and bunnies have been taken further still, not dialed up just point and shoot, if its a long one a tad "Kentucky windage" is applied.
3x is great for up close n personal hunting or running game, 9x gets you on the money for still shots or paper.
13 Aug 2015
@ 07:43 pm (GMT)

Jonathan Hudon

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
Hi guys, first I want to thank you all for taking the time. It seems like Sightron is the right choice to go! I did some research and here in Canada the best price for a SIII6-24X50 LRMOA would be 995$can (ouch..) and the S2 big sky 4-16x42 650-750$can depending on the model. Jesus...choosing my rifle was such an easy experience but as for the scope, it's so hard!! lol Guess that for the money difference, I should go with the first one?
13 Aug 2015
@ 09:26 pm (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
Hahaa, you should see our pricing Jonathan.

As the guys have said the little Leupold will do the job but being that you are target shooting & already talking of pushing ranges out further return it & save for the SIII!
One good investment is better & than doing it in steps, oh the money l wasted!

It is a one off purchase and this scope will be with you as you progress into further into LR shooting. No need for upgrades when you change calibres etc.
And as a bonus, it will help settle your rifle with a little extra weight.
14 Aug 2015
@ 06:48 am (GMT)

Thomas Kitchen

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
hi Janothan
this might be a cause of horses for courses.

you might need to talk about the type of hunting your planning on doing, alpine hunting, open hunting, bush stalking to open tops, across farms from a atv?
also your rig are your running a light rifle that would benefit from more weight or a heavy one that your worried about to much weight.
martin is very wise about saving for the top model that suits your situation.

if you need a rifle scope just for now i wonder how much the basic sightron s1 3-9x40 are over there, they are over $120 cheaper the vx1's here still got life time warranties and you can get them in a mil dot, i recommend them to people over loopy's these days and can be put on a rimefire or spare rifle if you upgrade
14 Aug 2015
@ 08:58 am (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
Jonathan what's the make and your rifle calibre ?
14 Aug 2015
@ 02:22 pm (GMT)

Jonathan Hudon

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
Hi guys, I'm not planing to hunt at all but just for long distance shooting at targets. Since I'm a beginner, I'll start shooting at 100-300 yards but want to reach the 1000 yards eventually. I bought a Remington 700 sps Varmint in .308 win. Like Martin said, one good investment is sometime better than doing in steps to not waste too much money on the run, that's why Im was open to suggestions from experienced people.

14 Aug 2015
@ 11:15 pm (GMT)

Ben Law

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
Hey Jonathan, if you want to shoot those ranges you will be better off with a dial scope.

Can't fault the suggestion of the sighton at all.

Although I believe there are other options as well if you dont want to spend as much.
Shooting targets makes things a bit simpler than hunting.

Will you be shooting competition or just practice plinking?

You could look at a fixed power scope.

Bushnell elite tactical range are quite good, there 10 power is only $2-300, They have a 5-15 and 6-24 power also.

There's heaps of options out there, vx1 is nice out to max point blank range but not so good at long range.
28 Aug 2015
@ 02:10 pm (GMT)

Jonathan Hudon

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
Ok guys last question because I almost made my choice here. It's gonna be a Sightron SIII for sure and in the LRMD/CM objective. There's juste a little price difference between the 6-24x and the 8-32x but some people tell me that 24x is more than enough shooting at 1000 yards and others tell me that a little more magnification is always nice. Like i said, I'm not planning to hunt at all but for sure I'm not always gonna shoot targets at 1000 yards but 200-300 yards so I'm wandering if the 8x would be too high?

Thanks again for your help!
28 Aug 2015
@ 09:21 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
Hi Jonathan.

On a 32 power model, you have to dial down to 24X to use the reticle. This is common with other brands too.

Personally, I prefer 6-24 because I know that when I dial up to max (without looking at the dial), the reticle is correctly calibrated. I also enjoy being able to use the 6 power setting right in close.

But, I have a few clients who prefer the extra power. Some are hunters, some are target shooters. Also, one can easily make a chart for wind (as an example) that has the hold offs re-calibrated to 32 power. Just takes a bit of math (roll on final book of this series).

So ultimately, its up to you.
28 Aug 2015
@ 11:54 pm (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
I've never shot competition target and we shoot targets to train out at 400 and gongs out to 1000 and have never found myself wanting for extra power or clarity of the 6-24 SIII in the field. But target shooters may be looking for that edge!

As we are also hunters, K.I.S.S rules the day and l just want to screw it to max and get on with things as Nathan has said.

Many larger magnification scopes l have looked through and some of my lesser quality optics become "dark" at their higher power settings. l find alignment (parallax errors) can become a big problem being that the light source is very small and harder to align your eye with. Many of these l shoot around 16x @ 100 for ease of use.

Pop into your local shop turn some scopes up to max and you will very quickly see what l mean!
29 Aug 2015
@ 03:10 pm (GMT)

Jonathan Hudon

Re: Is Leopold vx1 3-9x40mm is good scope to start with?
Quote:
Personally, I prefer 6-24 because I know that when I dial up to max (without looking at the dial), the reticle is correctly calibrated. I also enjoy being able to use the 6 power setting right in close.


Interesting point. And that exactly how I would feel as well.

[quote]I've never shot competition target and we shoot targets to train out at 400 and gongs out to 1000 and have never found myself wanting for extra power or clarity of the 6-24 SIII in the field.[quote]

You're not the first experienced shooter telling me this.

Alright guys, I'm convinced, my choice end on the Sightron SIII 6-24x50 LRMD/CM!!!

A big thank you to everyone that took the time to write and help me! It's really appreciated!
 

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