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Interested in how well the vx5hd 3-15 compares to the vx6hd 3-18. Both 30mm tube. The biggest difference I see is the exposed windage on the vx6. It would be a hunting scope and I'm not good enough to dial wind I'd rather hold it and was thinking about the windplex. I've never handled either of these. Opinions?

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Was going to PM you but u are over your limit. I have never done a side by side but have used both and agree with general consensus on the interwebs that the glass difference is negligible.

I think a Zeiss v4 is better glass than the vx5hd when I did a side by side with them. 4/16 44 vs 3-15 44

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Same glass. More features and 6x power on the VX-6HD. And include the Alumina caps

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It’s the same scope, one just has a 6x erector and one has a 5x.

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Glass seemed similar to me when I compared with them side by side. I preferred the eye box on the 5xHD.

Difference I saw were Throw lever, locking the windage vs capped, 6x zoom obviously, and internal level indicator. Internal level indicator is nice feature, but I’m used to using a scope or rail mounted level and it wasn’t a must have for me.

And some more reticle options with VX6HD

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Get the VX5 3-15 with the Windplex reticle.

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Originally Posted by spence1875
I think a Zeiss v4 is better glass than the vx5hd when I did a side by side with them. 4/16 44 vs 3-15 44

Or a SWFA 3x15x42mm. There's a tank!


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I think a Zeiss v4 is better glass than the vx5hd when I did a side by side with them. 4/16 44 vs 3-15 44

Or a SWFA 3x15x42mm. There's a tank!

Better glass?


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Originally Posted by EdM
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I think a Zeiss v4 is better glass than the vx5hd when I did a side by side with them. 4/16 44 vs 3-15 44

Or a SWFA 3x15x42mm. There's a tank!

Better glass?

Very good glass for sure. I do not own any vx5/vx6 to compare. Personally the only leupolds I still own are about 15 years old or more and they only see "set it and forget it" use. I no longer trust Leupolds for dialing. I now have Zeiss Trijicon SWFA and many NF's.


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Fotis meaning sxs comparing my my V4 4-16 44 vs the leupy vx5 3-15 set on the same power over varying light conditions using an Air Force resolution chart I could do just bit later in low light and the clarity/color rendition seemed a touch better in normal day light. Wouldn’t make a difference in shooting a deer, but was definitely a small notch above to my eyes and I look through a lot of glass. Not as picky as Bobby T but close.

That being said it was a representative sample of just those two I had in my hands at the same time.

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Same glass, which is to say excellent glass, noticeably better than the VX-3 series, very light for the magnification, but I broke all the erectors on mine (or on the ones I dialed). After getting Leupold to repair them, I sold them on Ebay. I broke 3 in total, 2 VX-6's and 1 VX-5.

Sucks because glass is not as clear as the VX-5's and 6's, but I went to NF and SWFA as most folks have. Also Sightron. The bullets always hit where you expect them to.

But if you're not dialing much...

I'm not a real hater and still use some Leupolds (though never for dialing) on rifles which have flattop actions or bases I've bedded in a jig. The tubes are thin are very susceptible to even minor misalignments in the front and rear bases. Which is why a scope can work perfectly for years on one rifle and crap out immediately when you put it on another rifle.

Just my two cents. Worth what you paid for it.


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