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#3344055 - 09/29/09 EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power)
Dawn2Dusk Offline
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I have a Leupold VX-I that has to be the hardest power selector to turn that I've ever seen. It literally hurts to turn it's so tight...

Are there any solutions to this or do I need to just send it back to Leupold for repair?
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#3344070 - 09/29/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: Dawn2Dusk]
wiktor Offline
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Registered: 12/31/03
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Loc: Kennerdell, PA
I have one of the rimfire models and it's the same. Looking at the customer feedback of this scope on Midway's site it appears to be a normal occurance.

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#3344074 - 09/29/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: wiktor]
deflave Offline
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Registered: 08/17/07
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Loc: Havre, Montana
I bought one that was exceptionally tight. I just left it be and it's loosened to the point that it's just right.


Travis

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#3344076 - 09/29/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: wiktor]
Dawn2Dusk Offline
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Originally Posted By: wiktor
I have one of the rimfire models and it's the same. Looking at the customer feedback of this scope on Midway's site it appears to be a normal occurance.


Literally, my wife can not change the power setting on this scope. If she hunts with the rifle it's on, I set it on 5 power and that will just have to do for her.
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#3344078 - 09/29/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: deflave]
Dawn2Dusk Offline
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Originally Posted By: deflave
I bought one that was exceptionally tight. I just left it be and it's loosened to the point that it's just right.


Travis


3 years or so, still tight as a condom over a softball bat...
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#3344194 - 09/29/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: Dawn2Dusk]
Folically_Challenged Offline
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Registered: 05/22/07
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Originally Posted By: Dawn2Dusk
I have a Leupold VX-I that has to be the hardest power selector to turn that I've ever seen. It literally hurts to turn it's so tight...

Are there any solutions to this or do I need to just send it back to Leupold for repair?



I dunno how close you are to hunting season, but it sounds like a trip home is in order for that scope. From all reports, they'll make sure you're happy.

FC
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#3344211 - 09/29/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: Folically_Challenged]
Dawn2Dusk Offline
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Originally Posted By: Folically_Challenged

I dunno how close you are to hunting season, but it sounds like a trip home is in order for that scope. From all reports, they'll make sure you're happy.

FC


If the scope has to go back, I'm not worried. I have a few sling shots around here somewhere I can use to pop a deer in the noggin' with.
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#3344912 - 09/30/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: Dawn2Dusk]
SHW Offline
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Registered: 10/23/03
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Loc: West Tenn.
try backing off the rear ring a little.

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#3345059 - 09/30/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: SHW]
Jason280 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
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I've had quite a few do this, and it is not uncommon. Some have suggested that the culprit is typically the rear ring being too close. However, in each instance I've experienced, the selector rings were too tight right out of the box. I had a Vari-X III that was so tight, it dang near took a wrench to move. Leupold will tell you they should be a little firm, but that was ridiculous.

One thing I have noticed, Leupolds are typically stiffer than other manufacturers. If it bothers you too much, send it back to Leupold and they will correct it.

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#3345089 - 09/30/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: Jason280]
dogcatcher223 Offline
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Registered: 03/30/05
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I only own two VX1's, and both had to be sent back to Loopy so they could loosen the ring. They were stiff right out of the box, and when it was cold...forget it.
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#3345143 - 09/30/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: dogcatcher223]
jcdixon77 Offline
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Registered: 11/17/06
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Loc: Heart of Dixie
Ive run into that on a vx II and III i sent one back they fixed it going to send the vx III back there is a screw that looks like a set screw on the knob i was told that if you messed with it you could damage the scope and it would void the warranty but i dont know if this is true im just going to it back

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#3345361 - 09/30/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: jcdixon77]
Mule Deer Offline
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Send it back. I imagine you kept the box? It will be back in week or so, fixed.
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#3345377 - 09/30/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: Mule Deer]
stubblejumper Offline
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Send it back. I imagine you kept the box? It will be back in week or so, fixed.


It will likely be returned in the condition that it should have been in when you bought it.Leupold's customer service may be great,but their quality control for their new scopes is obviously lacking.

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#3346054 - 09/30/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: stubblejumper]
01Foreman400 Offline
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Registered: 07/03/06
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Loc: Loganville, GA
I've owned 2 Leupold scopes and both had this problem. I sent both of them back to have them looked at and they told me nothing was wrong with either of them. I loved the scopes but just coudn't get over this problem. I sold both of them and haven't owned a Leupold product since. I've read this is a common problem with a lot of Leupolds. My Swarovski and Zeiss scopes turn with ease.
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#3346100 - 09/30/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: 01Foreman400]
Lawdwaz Offline
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Registered: 01/25/06
Posts: 6848
Loc: WNY
I have a fairly (?) intelligent friend who sprayed his with WD40 to loosen the power ring up.

Good thing he knows how to make money selling insurance because he won't make it in scope repair.

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#3346323 - 09/30/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: Lawdwaz]
JCMCUBIC Offline
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I've had several Leupold variables and on all of them the power adjustment ring was tighter than most other brands, but they were not that bad. I actually prefer the tighter ring. I did have one 2-7 that was TOUGH to turn. It seems like it's more common with their 2-7 than any of the other scopes.

JCM

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#3350684 - 10/02/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: Dawn2Dusk]
bersh Offline
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Registered: 02/04/03
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Loc: U.P. Michigan
Originally Posted By: Dawn2Dusk
I have a Leupold VX-I that has to be the hardest power selector to turn that I've ever seen. It literally hurts to turn it's so tight...

Are there any solutions to this or do I need to just send it back to Leupold for repair?



Every VX-I that I have owned and fondled has had the same problem. On one I owned, which happened to be a 2x7, it took so much force to turn the adjustment ring that I once tore the skin on my index finger. When I called Leupold they asked if the rings were too tight, and I had to break the news to them that the scope wasn't even mounted. I sent it back to them, they in turn sent another one to me and it was the same. I swapped it with a warning to the new owner and never considered another one. I've since looked at a number of them and though not many are as bad as the two I had, all were far tighter than I would consider to be acceptable.

The VX-II and above don't seem to have this problem.

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#3351721 - 10/02/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: bersh]
01Foreman400 Offline
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Loc: Loganville, GA
[/quote]The VX-II and above don't seem to have this problem.
[/quote]

Mine where VX-II's.
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#3351754 - 10/02/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: Dawn2Dusk]
cybertext Offline
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Registered: 01/08/09
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I have a VX-III 2.5x8 with the same problem. I called Leupold and the tech said it was "bla bla bla" and just send it back to us and we'll fix it. Even confirmed it all with an email. So, they know the problem and admit it's there's and they'll fix it. Nice!

Fritz

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#3351763 - 10/02/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: cybertext]
stubblejumper Offline
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Loc: Alberta Canada
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So, they know the problem and admit it's there's and they'll fix it. Nice!


So why don't they just check all of their scopes before shipping them,and eliminate the problem altogether?

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#3351793 - 10/02/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: 01Foreman400]
bersh Offline
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Registered: 02/04/03
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Loc: U.P. Michigan
Originally Posted By: 01Foreman400
Originally Posted By: bersh
The VX-II and above don't seem to have this problem.


Mine where VX-II's.


I guess I should qualify my statement by saying the VX-II and above that I've looked at or used were never nearly as bad as any of the VX-I I've checked. The VX-III have a different adjusting ring that gives a lot more leverage, and though the ones I've owned were a bit tight, there were nothing even remotely close to the VX-I.

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#3351796 - 10/02/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: stubblejumper]
bersh Offline
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Registered: 02/04/03
Posts: 620
Loc: U.P. Michigan
Originally Posted By: stubblejumper
Quote:
So, they know the problem and admit it's there's and they'll fix it. Nice!


So why don't they just check all of their scopes before shipping them,and eliminate the problem altogether?


Good question. I would assume the folks making this call are the same ones that felt it was a good idea to totally dilute and degrade their brand by coming out with the Rifleman series.

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#3351850 - 10/02/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: bersh]
DMB Offline
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Registered: 07/10/04
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Loc: Grayling, MI
I posted on another thread here about zeroing a rifle yesterday morning that has a Leupold VX-II, 3-9x40 scope on it. It was all I could do to move that godamned power ring.. mad How many guys must bitch about it, sending scopes back for the same reason, before Leupold get's the godamned message???? This isn't a new problem with Leupolds, it's been going on for years... mad
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#3351976 - 10/02/09 Re: EXTREMELY hard to turn Leupold VX-I (2-7 power) [Re: DMB]
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Send that sucker back! Tell them you need it ASAP and they will take care of you. If you overnight it they will overnight it back. I bet you can have it back in 1 week door to door if you overnight it.
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