December 20, 2007 at 1:46pm
JB, easy now... You sound offended! That was just my opinion also, just like yours. As you said, we are each entitled to our own opinions. My post and opinion is based on my personal research and experience. I have never tried a Meopta (spelling?) scope so I can't comment on that. I do however own multiple models and sizes of every other scope mentioned, and in my humble opinion, The 30mm Leupold Vari X III is equally as good, if not better than the $1500 range Zeiss and Swarovski. I have bought five new rifles this year and every one of them is topped with the 30mm Leupold. Money is not an option to me when it comes to my hunting, I buy the best there is. In my opinion, that 30mm Leupold is one of the best scopes on the market. If you figure money into the equation, the only one that compares is the Nikon. Can't beat the value on those two scopes.
Once again, this is my opinion based on my personal experience and research. If this guy is wanting a high quality scope in the $400-$600 range, I don't think the Nikon or Leupold can be beat.
One other thing that hasn't been mentioned yet is the warranty. I'm not sure about the other manufacturers but the Leupold lifetime warranty is superb! I've sent back several scopes that I personally dropped out the stand and cracked them (15-20ft drop). Leupold has sent back a brand new scope, no questions asked, at no cost to me. You can't beat that kind of service.