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    Posted: August/11/2010 at 09:33
So long story short, Leupold is replacing a scope for me, and I am planning on upgrading.

I am going to go with the vx-3 line of scopes, and am trying to decide between two.

One is the VX-3  4.5-14x40 with the side parallax adjustment, and the 30mm tube.

The other is the 4.5-14x50 with no adjustment, and the one inch tube.  

What are your opinions, and why.  I have narrowed these two down based on price, and really do not plan on spending any more.  

Oh, this scope will be going on a Browning A-bolt in a 300 win mag.


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I'd say the no adjustment one inch tube.  Less moving parts inside to break under the heavy recoil of that gun.  Of course if you do a lot of different range shooting the adjustable would be good as well but still less is sometimes more on heavy recoilers.
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BTW welcome to the OT. 

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I'm assunming this is a hunting rifle? If yes +1 on the smaller no adjustment 1" scope. I see it as lighter and less knobs to be fiddling with as well as the less to break argument. Just my .02
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14X on the top and no parallax adjustment??? I was under the impression that most anything over 10X or so could be an issue. Welcome to OT!
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I'd go with the 30mm tube, if the cost is the same.
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For hunting I would go with the 1 inch tube and the larger objective, basically for the same reasons as above.  I have always liked the larger objective lenses for hunting.  Good Luck!


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It is going on a hunting rifle, and for what it's worth, the rifle has a muzzle break on it to, well uh, "tame the recoil a bit.  
The price difference is as follows...

4.5-14x50 with 1" tube, no adj...$660.00

4.5-14x40 w/ 30" tube, adj parallax ...$680.00

It is replacing an old simmons whitetail classic 3.5-10x50 (holds zero well, but lets little to no light in).


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Originally posted by bugsNbows bugsNbows wrote:

14X on the top and no parallax adjustment??? I was under the impression that most anything over 10X or so could be an issue. Welcome to OT!

I have heard a little about this.  How true is it? 

Keep in mind, as it would be fun, I will probably not be taking 1000 yrd shots at deer, even if the gun can do it.
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Sorry not paying attention I don't care for 50mm scopes so I would probably reverse my position.
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Welcome to OT,for hunting I'd go with the 1"
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Originally posted by lucytuma lucytuma wrote:

I'd go with the 30mm tube, if the cost is the same.


+1 on the 30mm; with Leupold glass the side focus may come in handy on anything over the 9 to 10 power range IMO. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rather be fishing Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August/11/2010 at 20:04
So it looks pretty even.  This is why I am asking.  It is a tough decision.  I guess can we try to break down some real world positives and negatives of 

1... the larger objective

and 

2... the side focus?

Thanks for bearing with me on this.   
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