Scope Upgrades…

Ikeepitcold

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I have a Whisky5 ABS on my .308 and a Sierra3 BDX on my 28 Nosler. Both are great scopes and are my favorites in my arsenal.
 

idcwby

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Is there a certain reason you’re looking at the Sig’s? I know the ones that Bluetooth to the rangefinder aren’t legal in all the states.
 

RICMIC

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I have mostly Leupold VXIII's on my rifles, but have a Shepard on the 30-06, and a Vortex on the 5.56. All do the job, but I must say that the VXIII's have never failed to impress me. At this point in my life I try to never buy anything that is made in China, but sometimes that is unavoidable. SIG binos are Chinese made, but I don't know about the scopes. That doesn't mean that the quality isn't there, but I prefer to support US companies and US workers. At least Japan (optics glass) and the Philipines (Vortex) aren't trying to cut our throats.
 

go_deep

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I'm there same boat, except for my daughter's rifle. Debating on just putting a Leupold VX-Freedom on her gun, or giving her my VX-3 3.5x10 and getting a VX-3 4.5x14 with ballistics dial for my gun.
Figure I'm already half way there with the Freedom, might as well spend a little more and we both get great scopes.
 

RICMIC

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I'm there same boat, except for my daughter's rifle. Debating on just putting a Leupold VX-Freedom on her gun, or giving her my VX-3 3.5x10 and getting a VX-3 4.5x14 with ballistics dial for my gun.
Figure I'm already half way there with the Freedom, might as well spend a little more and we both get great scopes.
I put a Leupold Freedom on my .22 and am totally satisfied with it. It is a reasonably priced scope with good optics, but I certainly would upgrade to the III's for a hunting rifle.
 

nv-hunter

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Idaho for sure. Oregon may be another, but I’d have to re-read the rules to be 100%. I think there was an article about New Mexico or Arizona prohibiting them also.
Be interesting to see that info listed in the members only section when doing state breakdowns
 

go_deep

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I put a Leupold Freedom on my .22 and am totally satisfied with it. It is a reasonably priced scope with good optics, but I certainly would upgrade to the III's for a hunting rifle.
My daughter's rifle is a wood stock .243, so fairly low recoil, but I think I'm just going to spend the extra money.
 

JimP

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With higher price optics you also get better clarity.

I remember one hunting trip when my nephew looked through my Leopold that was on my. 340 Weatherby at a elk. He proclaimed that he could see the elk better through the scope than he could through his binoculars which were Vortex.

He took the shot and bagged the elk
 

JimP

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swarvorski makes some nice optics.
I had a outfitter friend who said that he hated to see a client show up with a Swarvoski scope on his rifle. He said that they make fantastic optics but their scopes leave a lot to be desired in the sturdiness department. He had seen too many of them take unrepeatable damage while hunting in the hills after they had banged a tree, rock, or if the rifle had fallen onto the ground. His favorite scope was Leopold.

Now for his other optics, all he carried for binoculars, and a spotting scope were Swarvoski's.
 

Muley bound

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I have to agree with the majority. I love Leupolds. I’ve dropped mine in river bed of boulders and never moved the scope. Every one I’ve put on a gun has never came off zero. I just put a new vx3 on my wife’s .308 too. I’ve got 3 vx3 and 1 vx5. I’ll be buying another vx3 to put on my sons 6.5
 
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