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Old 04-29-2009, 07:06 PM
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Of the choices - Vari X-III. For hunting, other than very long range varmint hunting, I'd suggest something like a 1.5-6x40mm. Certainly no "higher" than 10X. If you want a bit better low light performance, and do not mind the additional height, a 3-9x50 mm would not be a bad choice. Another mentioned a Zeiss Conquest. I agree with his assessment. However, IMHO there is nothing at all wrong with a Leupold Vari-X III. The Conquest is certainly not in the performance class of the Zeiss VMV series, but neither is the price !!!

I like a heavy plex. Helps me get onto the target quicker than the thinner style plexes ... but whatever you like should work fine. I am not a fan of the ballistic-plex. They work fine, but are just too "busy" for me. Besides where I hunt I will probably never get a shot farther than 250 yards.

As for mounts - Leupold makes a good mount in the style of the old Redfield system. In fact it looks identical to me. Warne and Talley systems are fine as well.

As for finish ... any that is nonreflective. Flat black, brushed SS look ... should be fine.
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:16 PM
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VX-III or newer VX-3 if you've got the coin though there's no flies on a good ol' VX-II 3-9x40. I'd have been thrilled with a VX-I for my first rifle.

You also might want to look at Pentax as they are ugly as hell and would match up well with an ugly azz Sav...grin
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:21 AM
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The V-3, which took the place of the Vari-X III is good as is the Vari-X III. I like the mil dot reticle the best... however the standradDuplex is fine, as is the Boone and Crocket reticle. The Conquest scopes are...good also, but between the two I like the Leupold better. My opinon only, may not be right!lol hehehe
If it were I... I would get a Burris Euro Diamond 2.5-10X50 Ballistic Plex, Black Diamond 4-16X50 Ballistic Plex or Ballistic Mil dot, or...if you can afford it, the Burris Six-X 2-12X50 Ballistic Plex.
The Burris scopes, to me are brighter and have a sharper exit pupil than either the Conquest or Leupold.

It is opinion only... whether to get big objectives or not(40mm vs. 50mm or even 56mm)but the bigger objectives do translate into more light through the scope hence a brighter image. Also... it will extend your hunting time somewhat do to being able to see in less light. Keep in mind that a 50mm or larger will raise the scope high enough that you will have to use a strap-on cheek piece, that's what I do, works great. It gives you that good, soild cheek weld! Check out the Beartooth Models.(cheek piece)

I would stick to all matte black color, for thescope, rings and bases. That will look the best.IMHO
Try to stay away from picatinny type bases and rings, they tend to mount the scope a tad higher than regular type rings and bases do. You will probably have to get extended bases for that 116 depending onwich scope you get.

Tally rings and bases look the best, as far as all of our customers say, I like them also. Check them out.
Leupold: V-III 3.5-10X40 Matte. Duplex... p/n 55046 V-III 3.5-10X50 Matte. Duplex...p/n 55076
V-3 3.5-10X40 Matte. Duplex... p/n 66090V-3 3.5-10X50 Matte.Duplex...p/n 66670

Burris:Euro Diamond 2.5-10X44 Matte. Bal. Plex...p/n 200918 Euro 3-10X40 Matte. Bal.Plex...p/n 200966
Euro Diamond 3-12X50 Bal.Plex...p/n 200916 Six-X 2-12X40 Matte. Bal.Plex...p/n 201951
Six-X 2-12X50 Matte. Bal.Plex...p/n 201956 Black Diamond 4-16X50 matte Bal.Plex...p/n 200926
Black Diamond 4-16x50 Matte.Bal.Mil Dot...p/n 200955

Zeiss: Conquest, Too many models / reticle configurations to list.

Hope this Helps-
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:58 PM
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I agree with Stubble, i would get a Conquest with German #4 reticle.
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:23 AM
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ORIGINAL: Uncle Mike

The V-3, which took the place of the Vari-X III is good as is the Vari-X III. I like the mil dot reticle the best... however the standradDuplex is fine, as is the Boone and Crocket reticle. The Conquest scopes are...good also, but between the two I like the Leupold better. My opinon only, may not be right!lol hehehe
If it were I... I would get a Burris Euro Diamond 2.5-10X50 Ballistic Plex, Black Diamond 4-16X50 Ballistic Plex or Ballistic Mil dot, or...if you can afford it, the Burris Six-X 2-12X50 Ballistic Plex.
The Burris scopes, to me are brighter and have a sharper exit pupil than either the Conquest or Leupold.

It is opinion only... whether to get big objectives or not(40mm vs. 50mm or even 56mm)but the bigger objectives do translate into more light through the scope hence a brighter image. Also... it will extend your hunting time somewhat do to being able to see in less light. Keep in mind that a 50mm or larger will raise the scope high enough that you will have to use a strap-on cheek piece, that's what I do, works great. It gives you that good, soild cheek weld! Check out the Beartooth Models.(cheek piece)

I would stick to all matte black color, for thescope, rings and bases. That will look the best.IMHO
Try to stay away from picatinny type bases and rings, they tend to mount the scope a tad higher than regular type rings and bases do. You will probably have to get extended bases for that 116 depending onwich scope you get.

Tally rings and bases look the best, as far as all of our customers say, I like them also. Check them out.
Leupold: V-III 3.5-10X40 Matte. Duplex... p/n 55046 V-III 3.5-10X50 Matte. Duplex...p/n 55076
V-3 3.5-10X40 Matte. Duplex... p/n 66090V-3 3.5-10X50 Matte.Duplex...p/n 66670

Burris:Euro Diamond 2.5-10X44 Matte. Bal. Plex...p/n 200918 Euro 3-10X40 Matte. Bal.Plex...p/n 200966
Euro Diamond 3-12X50 Bal.Plex...p/n 200916 Six-X 2-12X40 Matte. Bal.Plex...p/n 201951
Six-X 2-12X50 Matte. Bal.Plex...p/n 201956 Black Diamond 4-16X50 matte Bal.Plex...p/n 200926
Black Diamond 4-16x50 Matte.Bal.Mil Dot...p/n 200955

Zeiss: Conquest, Too many models / reticle configurations to list.

Hope this Helps-
Good Luck-

TheVX-3 replaced the VX-III not the Vari-X III. The Vari-X III is a bit older and was replaced by the VX-II....just FYI
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:25 AM
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I have scopes from bothLeupold andZeiss. My favorite Leupold scopes are the FX models.Many of my guns are scoped with FXIII 6X42, FXII 6X36 and FX II 4X33 scopes.

I hog hunted in OK and TX with three hunters from Germany. They bought their guns from home and I was surprised to find that all of them usedLeupold FXIII 6X42 scopes. They say that it is just as good in the dark as a Zeiss or any other European made scope; at a fraction of the price.
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