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Old August 1, 2009, 03:00 PM   #1
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What Model Leupold Scope for new .22-250 Rifle?

Hi! Today I just put a Weatherby Vanguard Sporter .22-250 on layaway, and I didn't pick the scope for it yet. I am sticking with Leupold, and I was wondering what model would be a great varmint setup for it. Probably will be spending around $200-500 to get a decent one. I think that I will really enjoy this rifle, and I didn't want to skimp on the glass for it. Your thoughts and experiences would be welcome. Thanks.

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Old August 1, 2009, 03:15 PM   #2
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Varmint as in p-dogs: VXII 4-12x40 AO. http://www.opticsplanet.net/leupold-...fle-scope.html

Varmints as in coyotes in daylight: VX3 2.5-8x36 http://www.opticsplanet.net/leupold-...fle-scope.html
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Old August 1, 2009, 03:38 PM   #3
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VX-III 4.5-14x40AO
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Old August 1, 2009, 09:11 PM   #4
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For a ground squirrel/P-Dog rifle, I like higher magnification.

This would be my first choice (and it was, although the previous generation, with Mil-Dot reticle)
http://swfa.com/Leupold-65-20x50-VX-...pe-P12738.aspx

This is closer to your price range:
http://swfa.com/Leupold-6-18x40-VX-I...ope-P2584.aspx
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Old August 1, 2009, 09:34 PM   #5
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on my .22-250, i have a leupold FX-III 12x40 with fine duplex. its got extreemly crisp and clear lenses, extreemly positive, precise and repeatable adjustments. the longest shot i made in the field was 529 yards (lasered) on a groundhog, i had no problem finding him in the 12x scope. they sell for arround $530 from sinclair intl.
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Old August 2, 2009, 02:43 AM   #6
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Leupold VX-3 4.5-14x50 with the Varmint Hunters reticle... It's what I have one mine...
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Old August 2, 2009, 03:30 AM   #7
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I have a VXII 6X18 on my 22-250. I have been very happy with mine.
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Old August 2, 2009, 05:16 AM   #8
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ive got an old varx111 6.5x20 on mine and it works well.
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Old August 2, 2009, 01:58 PM   #9
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I agree with the folks advising the 4-12X or 4.5-14X scope. I have owned a 22-250 for a long time (30 years!!!!!). I started out with a Leupold 8X fixed power (good scope, but too much for close in shots and not quite enough for long shots), went to a 6.5-20 (too much for close in, but really good for longer shots), and finally settled on a 4.5-14X (great for closer-in shots, and enough power for shots out to 500 yds). I know everybody thinks they will be making 500-600 yd shots, but in reality most of your shots will be 100-250 yds, with a few closer and a few farther out. You still need to be able to find your target in the scope when it's closer and need to be able to hold the rifle still when you are shooting farther away, and too much or too little magnification will make you struggle.

The only other scope I would even consider for a 22-250 would be aWeaver 3-15X.
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Old August 2, 2009, 03:07 PM   #10
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Don't overlook Nikons either. For your price range, you can get a lot of scope. Nikon has excellent optic lines as well. Compare and see. Not knocking leupolds though...just compare and see what you like. I have a Nikon Monarch on my 22-250 and absolutely love it.
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Old August 2, 2009, 06:57 PM   #11
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I put a VX1 4-12-40 with the long range reticle in it, absolutely love it for the money ($250). With a 55gr. v-max bullet and 34gr. varget, zeroed at 200yds each tic mark below hits dead on at 300, 400, and 500. I didnt have $500 or more too spend at the time. I have been very happy with it!
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Old August 3, 2009, 11:34 AM   #12
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If you're figuring on being a daytime hunter, you won't need a bunch of super-lens or big and wide lenses. I'm in accord with the 4.5x14 size.

For calling coyotes at night, I've found that my Leupold Vari-X II 2x7 is plenty good enough to ruin Wily. That's halfway up close and personal at (usually) around 40 yards.

IOW, quality is good, but be judicious in accordance with your planned hunting.
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Old August 6, 2009, 09:32 PM   #13
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Leupold VX-II 6-18x40

I topped off my first rifle, a T3 lite in 22-250 with a Leupold VX-II 6-18x40. I have not had it out onto the range, yet. Looking forward to those windless days...
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Old August 7, 2009, 08:47 PM   #14
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I picked up my rifle today, and I went a different route. Instead of getting a Leupold, I bought a Burris Fullfield II 4.5 x 14 x 42mm Ballistic Plex, and I got a free spotting scope with the package. I just couldn't afford to pay $600+ at the moment on the Leupold scope I was looking at. So I will see how this one works out.
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Old August 8, 2009, 02:00 PM   #15
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scope for 22-250

I just bought a 6.5to20 leapould, with varmit hunters reticle. it has 30 mm tube and with 20dagre bases, gives you all the internal adjustment for that long shot. side focus makes it a real nice spoter without pulling off the rifle.
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Old August 9, 2009, 07:27 AM   #16
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Leupold VX-3 6.5 x 20 Longrange Side Focus is what I use for varmints.
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Old August 9, 2009, 03:08 PM   #17
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I just couldn't afford to pay $600+ at the moment on the Leupold scope I was looking at. So I will see how this one works out.
You made a fine decision. I like Leupold but you really need to buy a VX III or better to get a better (optically) scope than the Burris FF II line. I'm sure many will come back to bash this post but I say simply pit scope to scope and see for yourself.

Take the standard 3-9x40mm out and compare a FF II to a VX I, VX II, VX III, and the new VX 3 models and see how they differ. Now Leupold (models below the VX III) has them in a few ways, aesthetics, weight, design, and customer service but not optical clarity.

Many may disagree but I let my eyes tell me which is better not magazines, shows, or the local pro that knows everything.
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Old August 9, 2009, 06:38 PM   #18
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.22-250 varmint special!!

I went a little bit crazy with my set-up. I got a unexpected bonus at work and spent the money before anyone (wifey) knew what hit em.

Remington 700 SPS Varmint topped with a leupold VX-L 6.5-20 x 56 Extreme Varmint. I have no P. dogs in south alabama but I was killing "bud lite" bottles at 300 yards yesterday. Its probably more scope than I need but I kept hearing what my dad always told me years ago..."Never scrimp on yer optics son."
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Old August 9, 2009, 07:12 PM   #19
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