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For years Ive been hunting with my grandpas old 300 win mag with what I think is a weaver scope. But now Im ready for an upgrade, Im going to get a browning stainless stalker 325 or 300 wsm, and my question in what is a decent scope that I could put on there I was thinking about the nikons(they have a no fault warnty) or a leopuld. I would like to hear the good and the bad. Also most of my shots would most likely be under 400yds

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I have two Nikons and they seem to work very well. They have that warranty but how good it is, I don't know. Unfortunately we never know until we need it. I've never been a Leupold fan but they make a great scope and proven great warranty. One nice thing about them is they don't really make a bottom of the line scope. Those inexpensive ones used to be their top of the line. I don't like the adjustments tho. They are strange to me. You might look at them and decide it's easy in which case they are a good scope.

I think I would recommend the Leupold now for no other reason than they have a great track record, the best. Nikon, much as I like them, are relatively new and unproven. That and you can get the low end Leupold for about the same money.

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I agree with Don, you can't go wrong with a Leupold! However, If price is an issue, you might look at a new company -Meuller- which sells for under $150 on the internet. This is a Michigan made scope and prices are low because they ane not well known yet. I bought one because they offer a european No.4 illuminated reticle. I am pleased with this scope and I have always been a Leupold man.

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I haven't heard much good or bad about Meuller which means it's new. But for an admitted Leuopld fan to endorse it, I'd take a look at it. Lueopld users are a cult, they generally think your nut's to use anything else. But then I've never heard anyone run one down either.

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Don Fischer wrote:
I've never been a Leupold fan but they make a great scope and proven great warranty. One nice thing about them is they don't really make a bottom of the line scope. Those inexpensive ones used to be their top of the line. I don't like the adjustments tho. They are strange to me. You might look at them and decide it's easy in which case they are a good scope.

What I think Don is talking about is the friction adjustment on the lower end Leupolds. The newer VX line has the click adjustments that we are all used to. I am a die hard Leupold fan without a doubt and probably always will be but I have heard nothing but praise for the Nikons as well. I have not owned a Nikon and can't attest to the quality or warranty but will shed my experience with Leupold.

My very first Leupold scope was a second hand Vari-x II. I bought it cheap and knew nothing about the company or product at all. The scope was beat and battered from a hard life and needed repairs so I phoned Leupold customer service. It was then that I was sold on Leupold scopes. They told me to send the product to them for a once-over to see what it needed. What they found is that it was previously taken apart, seals broken, cross-hair broke, two lens scratched and adjustment pin broke. They said it would be cheaper to get a new scope than repair it which I thought was bad news until they said they would send the new warranty scope via courier to my door at their expense! I have bought several Leupolds since then. Their warranty and customer service is second to none. Thumbs up

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CG,

Isn't their bottom line scope now the Vari-x III which was there last top of the line scope? Seem's I read that. At any rate, you never go wrong with a Leupold.

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The new rifleman is the old Vari-x 1, the VX-1 is the old Vari-x II, and the VX-II is in between the old Vari-x II and the Vari-X III, the VX-III is approaching the old LPS, and now they have the VX-7 which is their top of the line. As clear as mud? Thumbs up The only two models the same are the rifleman and VX-1.

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Are you trying to tell me that I can no longer buy the top -of-the-line Leupold for $ 129.00,but in all fairness, it has been a few years

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You might be lucky to get the Leupold lens cloth for $129.00 Laugh They are a bit expensive but worth every penny if warranty work is ever needed. Thumbs up

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I guess ill take a closer look at the leupolds thanks for the help

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Question on Leupolds.

I've had 4 over the years. I currently have 2 that I purchased more than 25 years ago at a sale. One is a 4X M8 that is on it's 3rd rifle, a 700 BDL in 308 win. The other a 2X-7X VX1 that is on it's 4th rifle, a Browning A bolt in 300 wsm. I've never had a problem with either.
Both have exceptional clarity. I was wondering what they would be the equivelent to, in the current grades. As mentioned, both are in excess of 25 years.
Thanks

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