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Leupold VX-L 4.5-14x50

Old 09-01-2009, 12:25 PM
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Default Leupold VX-L 4.5-14x50

I wanted to share my experience mounting this scope on a Winchester M70.

I bought this scope because I wanted to be able to mount the scope close to the rifle for ease of target acquisition, accuracy etc...

I'm using Warne bases and Fixed Rings. The rings are low and I have an offset front base that allows me to bring the scope further back 0.83".

Here is what I ran into that has caused me some frustration. With the low rings on there I have plenty of clearance over the barrel (maybe 1/4") but the problem I'm running into is when I scoot the scope back the front objective bell runs into the front base. So essentially to get the scope where I want it I would need to go to the medium rings. Thereby defeating the purpose of the VX-L cut out.

Am I missing something?

I still like the VX-L because a 50mm would sit way high in a high ring but is the extra expense really worth it? Also someone made a really good point to me recently. The talked about the front seal in that scope not being round an therefore maybe not sealing out moisture quite as good in the long haul. Made sense to me.

I hope in the long haul I don't find that I bought a gimmicky scope. For now I like it but it has some drawbacks.


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Old 09-01-2009, 01:00 PM
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I love the idea of a 44mm, like on my zeiss conquest, have both a 40mm and 50mm VX-III, that 50mm is big! I have a swaro 50mm and it seems smaller, so I think the zeiss at 44mm, maybe their 50mm is smaller too, but 50's are just too big for me most times.

Round seems to always win out over the years...not sure I'd worry about speculation of a non-round seal though, til it happens or many other guys are complaining about it.
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:33 PM
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As far as I can speculate, you are going to have to use medium rings. Leupold says you may have to use medium rings. Good luck.
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Old 09-03-2009, 01:10 PM
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You might have better luck using Leupold Dual Dovetail Mounts. Good luck.
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