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3-9x40 $200 Suggestions

Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by spazzy, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. bjp04b

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    I'm following this thread with a lot of interest. My thought was that the Leupy VX-Freedom was probably the best choice. The marketing hype from Leupold is that it's VX-2 glass, which sounds pretty great although I don't know if that's the case. I don't like the look of the VX-Freedom compared to the VX-1 and VX-2. I'd be interested to know how the VX-Freedom (or the VX-2) glass compares to the Fullfield, which pops up in a lot of threads like this.

    One model I'm interested in is the Nikon Prostaff 5 (not the normal, cheaper Prostaff) in 2.5-10x40. It can be had for a little over $200 in the places I'm looking. I'm curious about how much better it is than a normal Prostaff. It's definitely a heavier choice than the Leupold, weighing almost a pound. I wonder how the glass compares on the Prostaff 5 and low end Leupolds.
     
  2. cdb1

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    To my eyes Freedom glass is better than Fullfield II glass and and Fullfield II glass is better than ProStaff 5.
     
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  3. LoonWulf
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    I dont have the PS5, best i could compare was a 2015 buckmasters.

    I just took a handful of my scoped rifles out to check at sunset. Looking from inside my garage, across my neighbors yard, at a flowering ohia in the shade of the far treeline.

    Ive got a vx-f 2-7x32
    Buckmasters 3-9x40
    Athlon argos 2.5-10x40
    2 burris ff2s, one older one newer, 3-9x40
    GP Optics P3 3-9x42
    Bushnell 4.5-14x42 ultrahd
    Bushnell Trophy 4-12x40
    Athlon 2.5-10x50 Midas btr

    I checked them all at 7x first since thats as high a mag as the leupy has. I then turned the others upto max.

    Firstly, in those conditions, which do well with simulating the late evening shooting i do, all were completely acceptable. Even the 50 dollar trophy was useable at max power. They were also surprisingly close together in terms of optical quality. Id happily pay 200 bucks + for any of them besides the trophy.

    To my eye best to worst would be

    7x (or best guess)
    Midas btr
    GP optics p3
    UltraHD
    Leupy vx-f
    Burris ff2 (old was better to me, but the new one is mounted on my stubby little 6x47, which has a short stock)
    Athlon Argos (would be better except the colors are a little yellow, same as the older leupys for me)
    Buckmasters
    Trophy

    At max the only real changes is that the
    GP is brighter than than the midas, but thats expected from a significantly less powerful scope of similar quality.

    Having done the side by side, id probably be willing to recommend the vx-f (i dont usually prefer leupys) to the prostaff 5, if its anything like my buckmasters.

    Honestly for the cost I like the Athlons....except for the turrets.
     
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