Leupold® Golden Ring VX-3 Rifle Scopes with 30mm Maintubes
Leupold built this scope for you, because rain or shine, dusk or dawn, day in and day out, you need a riflescope you can trust. Leupold pushed everything to the limit to make the VX-3 at home on your favorite rifle, whether you’re hunting whitetail from a treestand or stalking sheep in rugged terrain. The VX-3 is loaded with optical technology: Xtended Twilight Lens System™, DiamondCoat 2 lens coating, blackened lens edges, Second Generation Waterproofing, twin bias spring erector system, and cryogenically treated adjustments. It’s all there to help you make the shot of a lifetime. Finish: Matte. Manufacturer's lifetime guarantee.
FOV = field of view at 100 yards.
Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 6 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by JamesLS Squirrels, "Say good - by" Tried every cheaper scope you could Buy, all sold at garage sale.................Leupold only way to go, 8.5 x 25x50, lets you get up close and personal with the squirrel, and with the Varmint Reticle, 400 to 500 yards is obtainable...Whether it's targets or Varmints, This scope makes the difference at 200 yard plus. April 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BEM85 Excellent Performance I use this scope on my long range rifle. I have shot many 600yrd matches and a 1000yrd match with it and it has performed flawlessly everytime. I have the 8.5x25 with the varmit recticle and the small, thin hash marks allow me to hold off for wind or mirage without blocking up the target. Every time I've backed it down to zero to test ammo then brought it back up for a match it's the same amount of clicks, 60, everytime. Plus the price is considerably less than that of Nightforce or Schmidt and Bender. September 30, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by american good purchase i love the scope, but if your going by what the picture looks like then DO NOT order it! It's the wrong description. i knew what i wanted before i ordered tho so that helped. i got the 6.5x20 and its awesome! i dont think you can find a lighter more clear scope. thanks leupold, thanks not to bass pro for poor item description July 2, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cooley Very Good, but not the best. These are quality scopes and a fair value for their prices. Optics are clear, not Swarovski clear, but close. Warranty is iron-clad. Wish they offered the Horus long-range ballistic reticles but their Boone & Crocket reticle gets you to about 500 yards without having to change your turret position, which is as far as most people should be shooting. If they continued this out to 800 or 1,000 yards I would be happier. I may never take a hunting shot at that distance but my scope shouldn't be a limiting factor in any hunt. Their illuminated reticle system works very well. This obviously adds 40 minutes of shooting time morning & evening but also helps greatly when sighting on a dark animal in the shadows — where bear, moose & elk are often seen. I don't know why Leupold hasn't adopted a fog-proof lens coating but I presume they are having trouble finding one that won't compromise light transmission. Bushnell's anti-fog coating gives their scopes a definite advantage when hunting in wet, cold, and/or humid conditions. May 7, 2010
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Details:What Leupold model numbers are these scopes, more specifically the 6.5x20x50?
Details:Could someone please explain the differences between a 3.5x40mm, 3.5x50mm, 4.5x40mm and 4.5x50mm Leupold rifle scopes? As well, what is the advantage of a 30mm tube and a 1" tube.
A:The first number is the magnification. These are fixed power scopes so the 3.5x40mm scope will have a magnification of 3.5 times normal eye sight. So something 350 yards away would look like it was 100 yards away. (4.5x40mm would be 4.5 times greater magnification than normal eye sight).
The second number refers to the diameter of the bell (the far end of the scope). The 3.5x40mm scope has a bell diameter of 40mm. The larger the diameter of the bell the more light it can capture, meaning in a hunting situation you will be able to see better in low light (dusk and dawn). The advantage of more light is more pronounced at higher magnifications and long ranges, so with these 4 scopes I don't think you would notice too much difference.
The advantage of a 30mm tube is also more light. The larger the diameter of the tube, the more light can travel through, the better a shooter can see in low light situations. Also the 30mm tube allows for more vertical and horizontal adjustments for long range shooting. Hope this helps.
A:The number before the "x" is the magnification. A 3.5x scope will enlarge the target to 3.5 times the size it appears without a scope while a 4.5x scope magnifies the image to 4.5 times the size it appears without the scope.
The number after the "x" is the objective lens diameter. The larger this number the better the low-light performance, but this also means the scope will be bulkier & heavier. For daylight use 32-40 mm objective lenses are adequate. At dawn & dusk 50 mm lenses are popular as they will let you shoot when you can't see the animals without your scope. In Europe where night hunting is more popular 56 mm lenses are popular. They are big & bulky but they will let you shoot by moonlight.
A 1" main tube was long the US standard but since rangefinders got cheap & more people are practicing at 500 yards (or more) the 30 mm main tube is becoming more popular. A 30 mm tube (about 1.125") is stiffer than a 1" tube and allows more range of turret adjustment, allowing for longer shots than possible from a 1" tube. In reality, very few people ever shoot at ranges where the 30 mm tube is necessary but the added stiffness should help with accuracy.
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