I bought my first VX-3 2.5-8X36 (back when they were VX-III) in 2006. The demands placed on this new scope were and remain rigorous. It had to be without compromise in any performance area and fit down tight on the receiver of my 760 to keep proper head alignment for quick shooting since it's primary use would be for still-hunting and tracking whitetails in the mountains of WV. This scope paid for itself on the first season. I took a great buck in such a miserable snowstorm at dusk that I know beyond a doubt that I would not have been able to see with my former scope. Its service since then has been flawless. No matter the weather, no matter the situation. This scope has been through it all. Never neglected or abused, but hunted with in whatever conditions presented. Now I have another of the newer VX-3 2.5-8X36 models on a carbine 760 that is as fine a tool for the job as one could ask for. It's first service year (2014), it performed flawlessly in a snap shootout at what turned out to be my biggest buck to date. I consider these two scopes reliable and trustworthy companions. They are the perfect size, no compromise, rifle scope for my needs. Light, bright, accurate, rugged, made in USA, and backed by an airtight guarantee, how could you go wrong?
I like the internal flap that protects Gun from the zipper and I like that my 46" Gun is a nice snug fit in the 46" case. It is true to size. A lot of the other cases are way smaller internal dimension and can be a shock when you receive them. I wanted a snug fit and did a lot of shopping to find this exact case.
I purchased this scope in 1996 in the extended tube version and mounted in on a pre-64 Winchester M70 in 300 H&H. On an elk hunt in Idaho in 2005, on the evening of opening day while coming down off the mountain in the dark, I was traveling a dry creek bed when I stumbled, my rifle fell off my shoulder and landed upside down on some rocks in this dry creek bed, it landed hard! Long story short, 4 days later on the second to the last day of the season I had an opportunity at a 7 x 7 right at dark. I had a chance to use may laser range finder and determined the animal to be at 319 yards. With a steady rest over a fallen log I dropped that magnificent animal with one shot; immediately following the shot I got a fleeting glimpse through the scope of hooves and horns rolling down the mountain and I knew this animal was mine! I always wanted to tell you folks at Leupold this story and to thank you for building such a wonderful, tough, beautiful piece of glass that saved my hunt! Until tonight I wasn't aware of this forum that would allow me to express my appreciation so easily. Thanks again, MIke Dura
I bought two of these scopes in the 1980's for two Sako rifles in 7mm mag and .300 Wetherby Mag. I have hunted with both until the 7 mag was stolen from my home about ten years ago. Both the rifles and the scopes have been excellent. They don't ever miss, only the shooter does. The work part of their use is constantly adjusting for the current conditions. As I move through the mountains, usually Colorado, New Mexico or the Texas Hill Country, I leave the power setting on 6.5 and continuously adjust the parallax for the anticipated distance. I get almost constant criticism for using a "target" scope for hunting with most of the comments being about one's inability to hold such a scope "steady." My response is that no one can hold any scope "steady" in hunting conditions; the lower the magnification, the less you will notice the movement of the crosshairs. I find that with the higher magnification the movement of the reticles is over a smaller portion of the target and thus, my accuracy increases. The high power scopes work for me and that is all that matters. Thanks for such a clear and accurate product. Almost all my scopes are Leupold (I have some "used" rifles that had scopes on them and I left them on if they were on target). Never found anything better at any price.
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