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New Question... I have people talking me into getting the 50mm over the 40mm. Is there much of a difference? Oh and Im mainly going for a Leupold because it look awesome... and i want something to spice up my tikka.

i have both the 50mm and the 40mm's I'm switching all of them to the 40mm's for the extra price, weight there is no advantage plus you need high rings which will make for an unnatural cheeck weld to the stock. and you really are not gaining anything buy going to the 50 over the 40mm. what i would recomend is going to the 30mm tube as compaired to the 1'' tube it will make a bigger differance then the 50mm lens will, better feild of veiw, better light gathering and a cleaner crisper image edge to edge in the scope no black spots. Yes

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Believing there is a best scope is like believeing there is a best car. About the time you think you know what it is either you have trouble with it or someone tell's you of the latest and greatest that come's along. I have a Bushnell Banner on my 25-06 that's been there for years with no problem's. I got a Bushnell Banner for my 6.5x06 an it wasn't worth a hoot. I have two Redfields I use that are over 35 yrs old with no problem's. A couple Tasco World Class's have been great.

I wouldn't look for a scope based on look's first and wouldn't judge it's quality based on price. That Bushnell on my 6.5x06 was good looking but didn't work.
Some of the European scope's are terriblely expensive but really are no better than some of the top model's here. You don't always get what you pay for.

The thing you should do is determine what you need the scope to do then look around and see what's there. ie, my 6.5x55 is strictly a hunting rifle. Win featherweight. I confine all my game shooting to under 300yds, usually under 200 yds. On the rifle I have a 1-4x Redfield. At 1x it gather's so much light in low light condition's it would scare you and has a field of view you'd have to see to believe. At 4x I have enough magnification to shoot well much farther than I do. It is a small scope that rides low on the rifle and take's little away from the handling qualities of the rifle. My 25-06 is a Rem 700ADL and has a 3-9x Bushnell. I don't really need that much scope but it was bought years ago when I over built everything. I can't tell you what it look's like at 9x because it's been so long since I've shot it there. I don't even use it for sighting in, I use 6x. I would have been better off with a 2-7x. My 30-06 and 308 (now my son's) both had 2 3/4x Redfields. My son took his off and put on a 2-7x Tasco W.C. and say's the rifle just doesn't handle the same. My 30-06 uses the 2 3/4x and handles very well. It has enough power for shooting well beyond any range I'll shoot at game. My 6.5x06 has a 4.5-14x Nikon. It's large and unhandy but the rifle is too. It's a 700 BDL that weight's 9 1/2# and I use it for long range target's only now.

None of my scope's are 50mm, they are all 40mm or less, even the big Nikon. Go to a 50mm scope and I think you'll also have to go with higher ring's, I don't like higher ring's. The closer to the barrel I can get the scope the better it work's for me. Come to think of it, Leupold is making a scope that's bent to go around the barrel allowing a bigger objective to be used in shorter ring's.

I have never owned a leupold but I've heard this about them, best customer service in the industry. I knew of a guy that found one in a river and sent it to them to repair with the story of finding it. They gave him a new scope free!

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don that new leaupold your thinking of is about $1000 canadian Laugh tell me that isnt nuts eh. i'm with you them european scopes are way to much money, no better then what we got around here Thumbs up

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The biggest mistake sportsmen make is going cheap on optics. I see a lot of guys carrying worthless crap for binoculars and junk for scopes.

Don is right, in that the dollar amount is not always indicative of the best. I will say that the best scopes and binoculars I have used have been expensive, but I have also looked through some fairly pricey optics that were not worth the price they wanted. Most middle of the road optics offered today will give good service life to the average hunter.

My advice is to do some research and find out what fits in your price range, then go out to a couple of stores and look through the scopes and compare them. Pick the one you want that fits your needs.

I will back up what has been said in that a 50mm lens has little practical advantage for most shooters over the 40mm given the fact that few of us in North America hunt by moonlight. As WbyScott said, going to the 30mm tube would be a better step.

I have had a lot of scopes over the years and I think you can't go wrong with a Leupold. I have about 7 or 8 of them right now including Vari-X II's and III's, a VX-I and a VX II. Of the VX-I and II, I would definitely spend the extra money and get the VX-II.

Leupolds latest offerings are the new VX-7's. I have not handled one yet, but I suspect they are going to be a little on the pricey side.

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The only euopean scope i own is my Swarovski, and i didnt pay for that one it was a gift from my ex-wifes dad. i have friends who own, pentax, nikon, schmitt and bender and some i cant pronouce.. but for me and my money i use Leupold. never had a problem and the one i did have was my very first one i ever bought at the age of 18that was 15 years ago i dropped it out of the truck, (not on a rifle), this past year and didnt know it till i drove over it on my concrete driveway i sent it bac they sent me a new one no questions.
I even owned a Tasco on my bench rest rifle that served me for 8 years before i parted with it and i would consistanly finish in the top 25, that scope was only 80.00....

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I had a Swarovski when they first came out and had problems with it.....a problem that has since been corrected. I have also had a couple of Zeiss (the actual German ones, not the Conquest type). I do not have any European scopes now except a Meopta and it is a fantastic scope.....excellent glass.

Leupold is my usual go to scope. I had been getting a hankering for a 1.5 - 6x42 Schmidt & Bender for my .375 H&H, but now I will hold off and wait to get a look at the new Leupold 1.5-6x24 VX-7 before I do anything. The VX-7 series has a 30mm tube.

I also have tried several budget models from Maine Vue Optics. They are made overseas and are very affordable but have lots of options. Haven't had any grief with them at all and I have been swapping them back and forth between various rifles.

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I'm not that impressed with the Schmitt and bender.. as most of us know scope companies dont make their own glass. they go to a company who makes them tells them what they want, what price range and features, what it really comes down to is customer service reputation and the talent to put all the out sourced products together and how they hold up over their expected service life. and for all that i will still buy a leupold everytime.

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Doesn't matter what scope company you talk about some guys have bad things to report. I know lots of people that very much like Schmidt & Bender scopes and one of the African forums had a couple people not too impressed with a Leupold VX-III model and their customer service......which was new one on me.
As I mentioned, I had grief with Swarovski the first time I tried one of their scopes.

Such is life. Each to their own. I have seen a lot of scopes crater over the years on clients rifles and it does tend to give one opinions on what to stay away from based on those experiences. In general I do not waste my breath about specifics on forums, as it doesn't matter what you say someone is going to disagree or proceed to expound upon how great the product is that I am personally not impressed with.

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I was not as you say trying to waste my breath i was simply saying nomatter what you choose its a crap shoot and some companies have better odds then others Thumbs up

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Scott............didn't mean you wasting your breath.......I really meant me wasting my breath. Big smile

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