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awaveritt
April 9, 2009, 12:46 PM
I'm about to order a Leupold VX I 3x9 - 40mm. Can't decide on the choice of reticles, either the standard duplex or the wide duplex. Anyone had any experience with the wide version, and what are the advantages as you see it? Also, for $20 extra bucks, is the so-called long range duplex a better choice?

This scope will be mounted on a sporter-weight CZ 527 223 rem. for general purpose work on varmints and informal benchrest shooting.

taylorce1
April 9, 2009, 01:30 PM
Get the standard duplex for what you want to use it for. The heavy duplex will start to cover too much of the target especially when you get past 100 yards. If you can see if they offer a fine duplex or target dot for that scope which would be of better use to you for target shooting and varmints.

I woulnd't worry about the LR Duplex, just zero your rifle for around 200 yards and you will not need much practice to get to 300 yards on varmints.

Black Frog
April 9, 2009, 01:44 PM
Actually the OP was referring to the Wide Duplex, which is different than the Heavy Duplex.

It is just like the standar bar and crosshairs as the Duplex, except the thicker post portions do not extend toward the middle as far as the normal Duplex.

Normal:

http://www.binocularsbestbuy.com/Shared/Images/Leupold/Leupold-Duplex-Reticle.gif

Wide:

http://www.scopesbestbuy.com/Shared/Images/Leupold/Leupold-Wide-Duplex-Reticle.gif

taylorce1
April 9, 2009, 01:47 PM
Sorry wasn't paying attention on the wording, just thinking what I have in my Leupolds. I have a 1.75-6 VXII with the heavy duplex on my .35 Whelen. I still think that he would be better served by a fine duplex or target dot better if available. However if it isn't an option then go with the Wide Duplex.

thinkingman
April 9, 2009, 01:51 PM
Get a Nikon Team Primos for less $...better glass, BDC reticle and you won't have to send it in for replacement in a few years.

awaveritt
April 9, 2009, 02:28 PM
I hadn't thought of a different brand. But after a quick check online the cheapest I could find in that Nikon scope was $252. I spending $229 on the VX I.

Although I know it's not rational, I confess to a certain brand loyalty concerning Leupold. Also, call me old fashioned but the Made in USA thing has really got ahold of me.