Originally Posted by DiabloMan
I would save my money for a good Leupold. Have used them for 30 years, and saw first hand in hunting camps and shooting ranges how well they perform. Leupold will hold up under heavy sustained recoil. Your choice on the type and magnification. LOL
Well... I do own several Leupold scopes, VXIII's, and they are quite excellent IMO. I actually considered a Leupold MK IV for this build and having a different reticle put in it than Leupold offered in their catalog. This would have jumped the price up for the Leupold to well over $2000.00. That would have been O.K.
Then I was researching other scopes and had been looking at the Premier Reticles scopes and the cost of these as well as Schmidt-Bender and U.S. Optics were well within the budget for my build. Finally I was able to get behind a rifle with a Premier Reticles scope and I absolutely fell in love with the turret knobs and the reticle of this scope. You see, I use reading glasses and can't see squat within 18" of my mug. Beyond that distance I still see very good without glasses and am only to use glasses for reading and up close. The turret knobs of this scope have a very distinct click every 0.1 Mill and an extra heavy click at every 1.0 Mill. This works extremely well for me as I can feel and count the clicks when I need to. Also the reticle was a near match for what I was going to have done to the Leupold MK IV.
As for magnification, I find myself using 17 to 18 power out to about the 600 yard line and from the 800 yard line on I find that I'm using 22 to 23 power out to 1000 yards. So the magnification range of this scope has been working good for me.
Also, I purchased this scope new for several hunderd dollars less than it was listed for at the time I bought it.
Now for my next build I'll be building something in 6.5mm with a BAT reciever and I may use a Night Force or maybe another Premier Reticles scope as I can get a good deal on them. All these scopes mentioned above including the Leupold are good scopes for what they are and all have excellent warantees. Schmidt Bender, however, would have to be sent to Germany, as I have been told, for factory repairs.