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Posted: 11/21/2003 7:17:50 AM EDT
I am looking for a few suggestions/options besides spending BIG BUCKS for a Vari X III.... I know that most of the time you get what you pay for but right now a #2 or #3 scope will work.

This will go on my .308 bolt gun and I'd like variable somewhere around the 3.5 x 10 or the 4.5 x 14. Mil dot reticle is my first choice but will look at them all.

Any suggestions or first hand experiences??

Thank you Gentlemen [:\]
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 7:25:30 AM EDT
How about a Vari-lux II? Mill dot adds about $100 to the scope though.
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 7:31:40 AM EDT
Bushnell Elite 4200 you need to look at one you will be surprised .
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 8:36:31 AM EDT
What is the difference between the Leupold Vari x I,II and III models ??? Where can I read up on Vari-Lux optics? I am looking at the Elites now.
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 9:58:43 AM EDT
The Vari-XIII is being discontinued, so you might be able to find a good deal on one right now. I have a Bushnell Elite 4200 and it is a better scope than the Leupold Vari-XIII. It is both brighter and clearer. It has a wider field of view. It has a bigger range of magnification. It has finger adjustable windage and elevation. It costs less (the 2.5-10x40 is under $400 at [url]www.swfa.com[/url]). It has the Rain Guard coating on the lenses. The only downside is a little more weight. I have looked at the Nikon Monarch and Weaver Grand Slam, and they seem in the same league as the Vari-XIII. They are even cheaper than the Bushnell 4200. The Leupold VX2 and VX1 scopes do not have FULLY multicoated lenses. They have inferior light transmission and clarity as compared to these other scopes, which are all fully multicoated.
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 6:19:41 PM EDT
Vari-XII Vari-XIII Difference? The II has coating on the exteranl lenses, while the 3 has fully coated lenses internal and external. This increases the light transmission in low light. This is the only difference on identically configured scopes.
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 9:19:12 PM EDT
I've had scopes from all the manufacturers over the years. Right now I think that the Elite 4200 line is tops. One piece titanium/aluminum tube is very robust, good lenses, good adjustments. I like em better than leupold even if they were the same price. Last time I looked Natchez had the 2.5-10x40 4200 for around $300 - a steal ! Leupold & Bushnell have lifetime warranty, and honor it. Nikon have had a few quality problems, and their customer service is horrendous. If you would accept a scope almost as good for a lot less money, then the Weaver V series are very good - fully multi-coated and one piece tubes. Natchez has the 3-9 for about $130, with the higher powers not much more.
Link Posted: 11/22/2003 6:28:55 AM EDT
Another vote for the 4200 series Elite. It's a better scope than the Vari-X III for alot less $$$. And yes, I've owned several of each brand.
Link Posted: 11/22/2003 3:20:57 PM EDT
http://www.natchezss.com/category.cfm?category=20 Here is a link to Natchez scope page. Last I looked the Elite 4200 2.5-10x40 was $299,the Elite 3200 3-9x40 was a mere $150, and the Weaver V9 3-9x38 was about $130. All good scopes and good values IMO.
Link Posted: 11/24/2003 2:11:10 PM EDT
My personal preference, that is a lot cheaper than the Leupold, is the Fullfield II series from Burris. I have the 3-9x40 on my bolt .308 and my buddy has the 3.5-10x50 on his. They're terrific. Neither of us would change to another brand around that price point. Some people don't like Burris, but mine was under $200 and my buddy's was under $300. Give them a shot if you can compare them in a store side by side. Also, check our a place called www.midsouthshooters.com. They usually have the best prices. Hope this helps.
Link Posted: 11/27/2003 6:26:16 AM EDT
User Info Email User Reply Quote Edit Delete -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well I finally went to Cabellas yesterday and looked at the Luepy, Bushnell, Nikon, Burris, Zeis, Swarof....sumptn, and became very confused.( I think it's tough to judge some of these scopes indoors ) I am going to sound like a cheapscate here but I ended up ordering this from SWFA: [url]www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=7&f=23&t=183146[/url] For half the money of some of the scopes I looked at I couldn't pass this up. I'll just have to save for something better in the future. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone, Steve
Link Posted: 11/27/2003 6:59:34 PM EDT
Sounds like a great deal. Let us know what you think of the scope
Link Posted: 11/28/2003 5:41:13 PM EDT
The Simmons AETEC is not a bad scope for <$150. Matte finish, 44mm objective, variable zoom. I like my Leupolds.. What's the words on the newer Vari X Is? I see them going on Ebay for under $200 new.
Link Posted: 12/7/2003 11:35:39 AM EDT
Well I just opened up my Burris Fullfield II 3x9 40. I am very pleased with it so far, when you look through scopes indoors it's sometimes hard to judge. Granted it is not a Leupold or Elite 4200 but it is probably 85-90% of one for 1/3rd of the price. I have yet to open the free spotting scope. This pic doesn't do justice to the clarity but does show what the reticule looks like. [img]http://www.hunt101.com/img/077336.jpg[/img] This will do until I have the jack for something better.
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