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Best Leupold for the money


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#1 jeepguy

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 10:32 AM

Looking for advice on what Leupold to put on my m1a.  Money doesn't grow on trees so I really don't watn to spend a grand if I don't have to.  Really looking for one that will work..... like don't need to hit a target at a mile.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 02:19 PM

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Looking for advice on what Leupold to put on my m1a.  Money doesn't grow on trees so I really don't watn to spend a grand if I don't have to.  Really looking for one that will work..... like don't need to hit a target at a mile.

  What is your budget? Is it for target or hunting??

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 01:06 PM

I am probably going to use it for target at first but would then would mainly like it for hunting.  Would really like to spend only around 5 or 6 hundred.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 05:27 PM

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I am probably going to use it for target at first but would then would mainly like it for hunting.  Would really like to spend only around 5 or 6 hundred.

  If you are going to spend $500-$600 I would suggest you browse ebay for a good deal on a leupold. Ebay is where I get most of my optics from. Just remember to buy from sellers who have a positive feedback and stay away from sellers who have 0 feedback.   Here are some Leupold items from ebay. Be sure to check the listing to see if they are new or used. [phpbay]leupold rifle scope, 9, "", ""[/phpbay]

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 08:36 AM

if your not stuck on leupold, check out the Nikon buckmasters 4-14x40 scope , its a good priced scope and very tough plus you can buy it from cabelas for $299.95 for the mildot version. with mine, the target is sharper and clearer than my buddys leupold 3-9 vari x 2
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Posted 26 May 2011 - 06:36 AM

I am going with this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISA.....97.c0.m619   Leupolds are good but can be delicate. The Tasco SS is one of the best scopes for the money hands down.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:08 PM

jeepguy, I would recommend a vari x III tactical 4.5-14x50 or something similar in the $600+ish range in good shape used.  In addition to Ebay, check out unbroker.com or Google Products.  On Gunbroker.com, there are 166 pages with 8268 items for sale today.  There are some good deals if you fish around.  You will probably find something that fits your needs and there are tons to look at.  If money wasn't as big a deal I would first recommend a Mark 4 scope as they are built a lot tougher than the hunting or target scopes.  I have a Mark 4  4.5-14x50 LR/T M1 illuminated reticle for an M1A I haven't finished yet, but it's around $1300, but worth it. an example for Gunbroker.com:http://www.gunbroker........=238624160 or, Google Products: http://www.google.co........CF8Q8wIwBA# m14brian

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:38 AM

Jeepguy,

A ~14-16x variable Leupold with an AO can be had for ~500-600. The 14-16x is a good hunting / distance compromise.

I once literally slid down the side of a mountain on top of my 3-9 Leupolds 25 years ago and it still holds zero. I also have a 6-24x Tasco that won't hold zero and it's never been dropped. I'm sure that some people have good luck with lesser scopes, but over the long haul, Leupold service and quality stand head and shoulders over most.

There's an old saying... "The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory"

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:07 PM

I just put a VX-3 3.5-10 40mm with CDS and paid $485.00.

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#10 M21guy

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:13 PM

The Mark 8 is the best Leupold ever, but it does cost a person.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:47 PM

View PostM21guy, on 02 April 2012 - 04:13 PM, said:

The Mark 8 is the best Leupold ever, but it does cost a person.
It has great features, but it's missing REAL magnification and a large objective bell more than 50mm w/sunshade.
There's no way I could shoot into the sun out here or at 1,000 yards with that.  Other than that, it rocks.
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