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Rifle Scope

So Im currently building a rifle for elk hunting and long range target shooting(600 or so yards) nothing to extreme. It's a little early in the game, but I am starting to look at options for scopes. Ive been buying Nikon scopes, but havent been overly impressed, but havent had much to compain about. I just put a Leupold on my wifes gun and love it. Thats the first Leupold ive bought. Right now A Leupold vx3 is the front runner, I think its pretty good value(the vxr is intriguing, but I worry about scopes with batteries). My buddy just bought a Zeiss Conquest and cant be convinced theres any other option.  I use Vortex binoculars and love them, so Vortex is definetly in the picture, I know some have bad things to say about Vortex like yellowing glass. You get negative feedback about any scope unless you go with Nightforce or Swarovski or similar. Anyways it never hurts to get as much input as possible even though this is one of those questions you can ask ten different guys and get ten different answers.

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All of my scopes on my

All of my scopes on my hunting rifles except for a very old Redfield are Leupolds and I haven't had a ounce of problems with them.  I have both the VXII and VXIII's.  The VXII's are 3x9x40 and the VXIII's are 3.5x10x40 and one 6.5x20x50AO on a varmet rifle.  I have put them through the ringer with no failures either mechanical or with them fogging.  For my money you can't buy a better scope.  

One thing about looking at scopes that require batteries is that quite a few western states where you would hunt elk have outlawed them. 

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Never thought of that, I live

Never thought of that, I live in western Co too, couldnt find it in the baig game brochure, unless it falls under artifical light. I probably wouldnt go that route anyhow, but its cool none the less.

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Illuminated

Best I can find is that an illuminated reticle is fine in Colorado. My fear is that id buy a vx6 with a fire dot and theyd be banned. If that was the case you could always go without a battery. Cant imagine theyd be able to nab you then.

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I could be wrong on the

I could be wrong on the electronics stuff but then I don't use it and have no need for it.   I like to keep it simple and keep the items that might break or go wrong to a minimum.

I also wouldn't want to be checked with it if it was illegal even if the battery was out of it.  It is a lot like having a saboted round or some powder in pellets with you when you are muzzle loader hunting in Colorado, the intent is there and they just might ticket you and let the judge figure it out. 

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