There is a $300 scope that is better than anything Leupold makes. SWFA, and it isn't even close.What in the world? Does a more reliable brand under $500 exist than Leupold? Especially when we are talking the $300 level like the VX-Freedom, I seriously doubt there is a better scope on the market. This is the snobbiest post I've read in a long time.
@nkgillil, For the price range you are looking, there isn't a better scope out there than the VX-Freedom. That's not to say there aren't some as good. Leupolds are rugged and have decent glass.
Call me snobbish if you want but, I have more SWFA's than any other brand. One of my favorite rifles to shoot is a $250 savage M12 varmint 223 with a $300 SWFA on it.
The only reason Leupold, Vortex, etc are still in business is because people believe that taking the scope caps off, and adjusting their zero every range trip is normal. So very few scopes get returned for losing zero.
Leupold can't make a $2000- $3000 scope that is reliable:
This is a field evaluation of the Leupold Mark 5 3.6-18x44mm and the Leupold Mark 5 5-25x56mm. These scopes were brought to me from Ryan Avery for evaluation. The ammunition used for the 3.6-18x was Federal 168gr GMM, and for the 5-25x was Hornady ELD-M Match 168gr that was purchased by Ryan...