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Old 06-08-2021, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default Leupold VX5hd or Vortex LHT

I have a lightweight folding rifle in 6.5 creedmoor that I'm looking to get a scope for - I'd prefer a decent turret to dial out to 600 yards or so, as well as a reticle with windage and illuminated dot.

Trying to keep it under 20oz, so I'm looking at the following scopes:

- Leupold VX5HD 3.5-14x44 with illum firedot

- Vortex HD LHT 3.5-15x42 with illum moa reticle

I'm not aware of an MOA illuminated reticle for the Leupold, only the firedot. This rifle will double as a kid's blind and truck gun - so I'd prefer some sort of illuminated center dot to help with quick aiming.

Please let me know if you had any input on either model scope!

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Old 06-08-2021, 03:27 PM   #2
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Leopold every time for me

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Old 06-08-2021, 03:45 PM   #3
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I have to agree with booger. I don't have anything against the Vortex, but I have made the comparison more than a couple of times and on paper all things appear to be pretty equal. When I figure in my many years of good experiences with various Leupold rifle scopes I simply cannot go with the contender. I'd like to try the Vortex but not at the cost of NOT having the Leupold with that same money.
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Old 06-08-2021, 03:51 PM   #4
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100% the VX5, Vortex has gone to crap IMO and I loved those optics. I still have plenty but Iíd never buy another one. I have 7 VX5ís and about that may 6ís and never had any problems what so ever. Now up you upped the budget a tad my number one choice would be NF but for what your needing thatís way overkill it sounds like.

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Old 06-08-2021, 04:00 PM   #5
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I have two LHT's and about to order a third. Nothing against Leupold but I have gone to the mil based reticles and for a dialable hunting scope with a clean(simple) mil reticle and so far, proven mil turrets that track reliably, you can't beat the LHT. The red center dot is a huge plus as well.
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Old 06-08-2021, 04:07 PM   #6
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I have both. I got Vortex LHT on my last build due to night hunting full moon and wanted the illuminated reticle and still be able to shoot out to 1000yds also.
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Old 06-08-2021, 04:49 PM   #7
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VX5HD for me
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Old 06-08-2021, 07:47 PM   #8
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Default Leupold VX5hd or Vortex LHT

Leupold. Although I do agree they need to get in the stick with better reticles in the VX5.


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Old 06-08-2021, 08:56 PM   #9
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I just bought the VX5HD in 4x20x52 Firedot the other week . Took it to the range. Nice and light. 23oz. Love it so far. I'm happy with the choice.
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Old 06-08-2021, 09:36 PM   #10
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Vx5hd, hands down.
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Old 06-08-2021, 10:34 PM   #11
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Leupold. Although I do agree they need to get in the stick with better reticles in the VX5.


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Agreed. I like the FireDot fine, and although I know this won't happen I'd like to see it incorporated into the B&C reticle. Dialing is great, but for those fleeting opportunities that may require a quicker shot delivery, there's nothing quite like a good holdover reticle that you are well familiar with. Then it's just range and shoot, vs having to take the time to dial. Not a ton of difference in the time, but often enough to matter...

I have a VX5 ordered with the B&C reticle for my 7 Rem Mag TBH/APR group build. I think a holdover reticle in conjunction with the ability to dial presents the best of both worlds. Having the illumination would be icing on the cake.
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Old 06-09-2021, 06:36 AM   #12
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I'm not aware of an MOA illuminated reticle for the Leupold, only the firedot.
They make the TMOA, but you'd have to upgrade to the VX6.
Oh and I'd also hands down go with the Leupold over Vortex.
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Old 06-09-2021, 07:04 AM   #13
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VX5 HD Fire dot with the CDS... I wouldn't trade it for any of my vortex glass
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Old 06-09-2021, 07:51 AM   #14
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I'm not a fan of the firedot for what you're looking for.

Any thoughts towards a 2-12 or 3-18x44 VX-6 with the illuminated TMOA? They're both right in there regarding weight.
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Old 06-09-2021, 08:07 AM   #15
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This is like comparing apples and oranges. Leupold hands down. I’ve got a vx5 with a fire dot reticle and something to think about is at 600 yards that thing will cover up a lot of target. I have mine on a .338 win mag that is strictly for moose and big bears where shot distance won’t be very far and if it is at a little bit of distance, the target is big enough it won’t cover up too much. I wouldn’t use that reticle on any of my other rifles, granted the reticle is all personal preference.
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Old 06-09-2021, 08:08 AM   #16
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One should never mention Leupold and Vortex in the same sentence.
Vortex will never be in the same league with Leupold. Ever!
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Old 06-09-2021, 08:22 AM   #17
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whats 7 more oz's!! trijicon credo better glass than both and around the same street price!
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Old 06-09-2021, 09:04 AM   #18
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VX5 HD Have one of these and a vx6hd. Very high quality optics
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Old 06-09-2021, 09:06 AM   #19
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Im a Leupold guy but have a Vortex Razor LHT and it is a great scope. Crystal clear glass and im very pleased. Would have no issues purchasing again.
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Old 06-09-2021, 10:08 AM   #20
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well between the 2 ... leupold hands down ... illumination on the vortex sucks at night. had a 2.5-10 viper pst .. sold it .. at 170 and 290, see a pig at feeder (i have led lights at feeder) , can't see mil dot, turn on lowest setting , see crosshair , buit no longer can see the pig ...blooming effect was just terrible.

sold it and bought a trijicon accupoint 2.5-10x56 ! best budget night scope ever! and day scope illumination too ... only con is moa covered turrets , so got to take scope cap off and dial in 4 clicks for my 170 yard and 16 clicks for my 290 yards night time shooting solutions.

only long range scope i've seen worth a flip as far as illumination at night long range is a schmidt and bender with the tremor 3 illuminated reticle .. that's serious optic at a serious price

there may be others, but that the only one i've personally seen and liked
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Old 06-09-2021, 10:28 AM   #21
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Another option is a Sig Whiskey 5. I have the discontinued 25x model with the hellfire illuminated reticle and it is very visible night or day even with my bad eyes. Closest thing I have ever found to a Leupold in quality and clearness. Great eye relief at almost 4" that doesn't shrink when you crank up the power.
I think 15x is the most magnification they offer now in the Whiskey 5 model. https://www.sigsauer.com/electro-opt...tml?model=1657
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Old 06-09-2021, 03:20 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the input, I'm personally not a huge fan of Vortex, but for this application it's a viable option with better reticle options than the vx5hd when you get to holding wind. Hate to hear the illumination isn't up to par though...

My favorite scope is the Swarovski with the illuminated 4w reticle dot in the middle, but it's too nice of a scope for this rig.

I may look into the VX6hd with the illuminated tmoa. But at that price, I could almost have the above mentioned Swarovski...decisions, decisions
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Old 06-09-2021, 03:26 PM   #23
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Not illuminated but they offer an all mil vx5. HTMR reticle with mil turrets.
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:00 AM   #24
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Those comparing a Leupold VX5 to a Vortex Viper, of course the Leupold hands down. But curious if the majority of experience on here is with Viper line or Razor line bc the Razor i have is great. Right up there with my Mark 4, VX5 etc, The Viper, even the more expensive ones like the PST, are night and day in glass compared to the Razor line, from my experience.
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Old 06-10-2021, 01:31 PM   #25
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Those comparing a Leupold VX5 to a Vortex Viper, of course the Leupold hands down. But curious if the majority of experience on here is with Viper line or Razor line bc the Razor i have is great. Right up there with my Mark 4, VX5 etc, The Viper, even the more expensive ones like the PST, are night and day in glass compared to the Razor line, from my experience.
So I have 2 VX6HD and 2 Razor LHT. The Leupold is brighter to me, but its a tie on crispness.

We had 4 couples at the house, the men all hunt and the women none hunt. All 4 men choose the Leupold and all 4 women choose the Razor. Even when we tried to ask them about brightness and crispness they all stuck with the Vortex.
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Old 06-10-2021, 03:42 PM   #26
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Haha, that’s a cool real life study in optics quality! If the illumination on the LHT can be used at dusk or night I’m going that route - probably will have to go find one and look through it.
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Old 06-10-2021, 03:45 PM   #27
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Haha, thatís a cool real life study in optics quality! If the illumination on the LHT can be used at dusk or night Iím going that route - probably will have to go find one and look through it.
I'm in Weatherford if you out this way we can meet up and let you look through mine. It's mounted on a rifle so a more realistic feel to see if you like or not. Plus we can look 2-300yds at my house and wait till dusk/dark to check out illumination
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Old 06-10-2021, 03:58 PM   #28
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I had a LHT and sold it pretty quick. Didn't care for the glass and it didn't do well in low light. Bought a VX5HD with the funds and I love it. That VX5HD is a way way better scope imo
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