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Are the "high dollar" scopes worth the money?
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Leupold has a great way to know the quality of the scope. The facts are the more lens are the better the scope, the more light it gathers and the higher quality of scopes. So a VX I has one lens, a VX II has 2 and so forth up to VX 7 wich is the Caddy of all scopes. It has 7 lenses and gathers all color of light.

I'm not so sure it has as much to do with the number of lens as it does with the type of coating on the lens. As far as I know, they all have the same number of lens just the quality of lens and multicoat treatments are different though I could be wrong. I have never taken my Leupolds apart but I'm pretty sure the VX-I has more than one lens.

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I just had the Leupold rep in. The lens I am referring to the lenses that are used to gather light and color. The VX 7 has all that are available. Yes if you count the eye peace and all you are right but the insides is what makes the scope different. I will tell you the VX 7 is a scope that is like no other. But the price for Leupold is like no other also.
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Curiousity got the better of me and I had to find out.

Quote from Leupold website:

"Q: How many lenses are in a scope?

A: The number of lenses in a Leupold scope varies by model. The VX I or VX II scopes have between 6 and 8 lenses. Most Vari X III scopes have between 7 and 8 lenses. The Long Range Vari X III models have 9 lenses. Most M8 fixed magnification scopes have 5 lenses. The Competition scopes have 7 lenses."

So there is a difference in the number of lens between models. I've learned something new today. Thumbs up

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Maybe so, but the quality and durability is the same across the line of Leupold. You are only paying more for the extra lense coatings and extra features. Price for Value - it's hard to beat Leupold. Just my opinion.

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Leupold Scopes is on of the best bangs for your bucks!

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Burris is another company making great optics. I've used cheaper scopes and had too many problems with them so I spend a little extra for quality.

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I've had cheap Tasco's to multi thousand dollar Nightforce and you get good and bad in them all. but on average the higher end scopes will be more consistant and better optical glass. the old saying you get what you pay for has never been more true then when buying scopes. you buy a $40.00 scope you get a $40.00 scope.
For an example my son shoots a $800.00 remington sendero and it wears a $1,800.00 Swarovski its all what you can afford and what you are looking for your scope to do for you. if you are just gonna shoot at paper once a year and then go hunting for a week you will be fine with a $200.00 scope but if you are willing to save the money and buy a quality scope then you will start to see alot better and the definition and brightness will be your reward. Thumbs up

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I think there is a happy medium somewhere fo rme I have always shot Leupold, untill my last purchase. Burris balstic plex very clear and like the quality not bad for the money. Not saying that I wouldnt like to have a high end swaraski some day but probally not to day.

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Leupold hands down is a great scope because of the of the way they are made with a awesome warranty Being made inthe U.S does not hurt either.

Nikon gives you great glass for the money and a lifetime warranty.

Burris makesa good scope and several models and a good price. also a forevr warranty.

Bushnell Elite 3200 4200 6500 are all good to great scopes lifetime warranty

Zeiss conquest gives you the great europeon optics at a fraction of cost.

Swarovski what else do you have to say but 1000+

Meopta probally the BEST europeon rifle scope you will ever get for the money awesome Cabelas sells them wont regret it if you buy one.

Vortezx offers good glass with one of the best warranty's in the business 200-500

point is $200 will get you a good value entry level scope 3-9 rifle scope $400+ will get you a very good scope and $700+ will get into most of high end great scopes and then there are your 1000+ optics.

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I keep hearing about the best glass. But just what makes it best? I don't know anyone that has got eye strain looking thru any decent scope, regardless of cost. Where I believe the greatest value is in a scope is in construction. A good scope should be able to repeat adjustments every time and do it for years. The tube should be well sealed and gas filled to prevent fogging and the lenses should be coated.

The quality of glass lenses in scopes costing from a bit over $100 to those over $1000 I doubt can be seen with the eye, you'd need machines to tell the difference and then it would be small. Lenses transmit light and control distortion, little else. The main difference between a good lens and a great lens is not in the grind but in the coating on them. I really doubt that there is anyone around that could look thru the different scopes without the reticules and not knowing who made what and tell us who made which lens. As a matter of fact, most it is my understanding that most companies don't make their own lenses. Nikon does not make their own lenses for cameras any more.