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Old February 16, 2000, 12:43 AM   #1
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Well, I've narrowed it down to these two scopes; Nikon 3-9x40 for $169.99 or leupold vari-X 11 3-9x40 for $209.99. Cost has always been an issue so this is it or a lesser scope. Any imput will be appreciated. Thanks, j.s.
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Old February 16, 2000, 01:39 AM   #2
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What are you hunting and where. Both are good. I would lean toward Leupold, extremely durable. Good luck!!

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Old February 16, 2000, 08:36 AM   #3
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Anything that lasts 30 years and accompanies me on unplanned trips down mountainsides without breaking gets my vote.

I vote Leupold.

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Old February 16, 2000, 09:24 AM   #4
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The Leupold is the better scope. Wait if you have to, but I'd spend the extra $40. You'll be glad you did.

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Old February 16, 2000, 09:48 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for your replys. Leupold it is! DO you think a 9 power scope is really needed or would a 7 power suffice? I'll be hunting in ne washington state (woods mixed with some open fields). Thanks again. j.s.
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Old February 16, 2000, 09:59 AM   #6
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Just because it goes to 9x doesn't mean you have to crank it up to there. With my 3.5-10 VariXIII I often have it on 4 or 5 when in dark timber. It's always nice to have when you need it.

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Old February 16, 2000, 02:30 PM   #7
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muleshoe is right. The 2X7 is a little lighter, but that only shows up after ten or fifteen miles of walking...

Unless you're like us decrepit Social Insecurity types, get the 3X9.

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Old February 16, 2000, 02:36 PM   #8
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Okay Art, just who are you calling social?

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Old February 16, 2000, 04:33 PM   #9
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Keep in mind that if they both cost the same you are getting a 20 percentcharge per scope due to duty. You pay Uncle Sam for the privilege of using the import. Or in other words you are paying more fore less
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Old February 16, 2000, 05:21 PM   #10
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Gale has a good point. I would like to keep my money stateside. What about bausch&lomb scopes? They seem to be high quality and reasonbly priced. Anybody familiar with B&L?
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Old February 16, 2000, 06:57 PM   #11
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I have one Bausch & Lomb Elete 3000 3X9X50,
it's a great scope but larger than my Leupold Vari-X 3X9X40 scopes, but this should be ovious. Either of these scopes should serve you well. Good Hunting.


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Old February 18, 2000, 10:27 AM   #12
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Did you price Burris scopes of the same magnification? I've found them to be very good in quality, and generally a little less expensive than the comparable Leupold models. Also, I'd take a look at Redfield, if you're still shopping.

But, as has been mentioned, Leupold is top shelf and would be an excellent choice.
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Old February 18, 2000, 10:59 AM   #13
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Thanks Bob for your imput; I've done some checking and burris seems to be in the same price range as leupold. Everybody says leupold is the best but I really don't want to spend more than 150.00 dollars or so. What I like in that price range is B&L elite 3000 3x9 for $155 or the Nikon Buckmasters 3x9 for $159. After all my research I think either one would be a good scope for the money. Thanks, j.s.
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