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    Which would be the better buy? Leupold VX-freedom or the vortex diamondback?

  • #2
    I have the Vortex Diamondback on my muzzleloader but haven't used the Leupold VX-Freedom. The Diamondback seems clear and I have no gripes with it. But neither do I have with a couple of older Leupold scopes on other rifles.

    At the same price I would go with Leupold if nothing else than they are primarily made in the USA. It's my understanding the Diamondback is made in China.

    But, go to a local shop and look at the reticles and the light transmission for yourself. Then pick the one you like the most. You won't go wrong either way.

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    • #3
      I mite be an old stick in the mud but, Ya can't beat Leupold Scopes, So Leupold VX would be the scope for a life time.

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      • #4
        Leupold for all the reasons mentioned. Looked at side by side and the leupold wins.

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        • #5
          pighunter is correct, Vortex is made in China.
          Their customer service is in the US and is very good.
          The Leupold is made AND serviced in the US.
          I have both Leopold and Vortex scopes.
          The Vortex is a nice scope, but Leupold is the better scope.

          Go with the Leupold.

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          • #6
            I gotta say go with what you like better. Im probably going to get an ear full over this but i always thought leupold was over priced, sorry guys. I shoot nikon scopes and have never had an issue. I do have a pair of diamondback binoculars and the do great.

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            • #7
              I haven’t used a Freedom but I like my Diamondback. No problem shooting 500 yards with it this weekend.

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              • #8
                At the $200 price point, I'd choose the Diamondback as the better value. I haven't shot the Freedom but have done an exhaustive side-by-side comparison of the Diamondback to the Leupold VX-2 and VX-3 class scopes and the Redfield, Nikon Prostaff and Monarch. It ranked better than all but the VX-3 which was comparable.

                Without seeing it, I can tell you that the Freedom is not comparable with the VX-3 class Leupold (or Leupold would never be able to sell the VX-3 class scopes). The field of view is better on the Diamondback but the exit pupil seems a little smaller than the VX-3 but acceptable. All these have solid hunting accuracy. The Leupold and Vortex warranties are the best in the business making resale or used purchases excellent. I use VX-2s and VX-3s as well as half a dozen Vortex Vipers and my nephew has shot his Vortex Diamondback for about 4 years now in all conditions. We give them high value reviews. At $200, you are getting quite a scope in the Diamondback.

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                • #9
                  I would NOT buy another Vortex scope. I ordered one through Amazon which was never received. I received a major run around from Vortex telling me it would take 2-3 weeks to investigate, which ended up with them never contacting me. I called and received another runaround from their "logistics team". They said that the post office says they delivered the item ( a $700 viper scope), and that was it, I needed to complete a police report, send it back to them and they would conduct "another investigation". Total BS.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gary Millikin View Post
                    Which would be the better buy? Leupold VX-freedom or the vortex diamondback?
                    The counter guy at Cabela's said their private label scopes are made by Vortex and carry the same warranty. Is this true ?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Treestand View Post
                      I mite be an old stick in the mud but, Ya can't beat Leupold Scopes, So Leupold VX would be the scope for a life time.
                      Glad to see that old stick in the mud back on site!

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                      • #12
                        Years and years ago I used some Leupold scopes. Along the line they got traded off with the rifles. For the last 25 years I have used nothing but Nikon. I have the old Buckmaster scopes on most of my rifles. The new Buckmaster scopes that came out 2 0r 3 years ago are junk and not the quality of the old Buckmasters. I do have 2 of the older Prostaff scopes which are good too. I have a pair of Nikon 10x42 binos that I purchased 12 years ago when I retired. They were about $400 then and they have served me well. Nikon changed their whole line a couple years ago. Now I would buy only Monarch 3 or 5's or the Prostaff 5 or 7. Both of these scopes are great I have spent time in the store comparing them to other scopes.

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                        • #13
                          Rolled the dice and ordered a VX Freedom EFR 3-9X for my 10/22.
                          Not thrilled with the new look, but wanted AO.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sarge01 View Post
                            Years and years ago I used some Leupold scopes. Along the line they got traded off with the rifles. For the last 25 years I have used nothing but Nikon. I have the old Buckmaster scopes on most of my rifles. The new Buckmaster scopes that came out 2 0r 3 years ago are junk and not the quality of the old Buckmasters. I do have 2 of the older Prostaff scopes which are good too. I have a pair of Nikon 10x42 binos that I purchased 12 years ago when I retired. They were about $400 then and they have served me well. Nikon changed their whole line a couple years ago. Now I would buy only Monarch 3 or 5's or the Prostaff 5 or 7. Both of these scopes are great I have spent time in the store comparing them to other scopes.
                            I found the same thing with everything you stated here Sarge. Sound advice

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                            • #15
                              I've got several Nikon scopes on my rifles and have been very pleased with them. A couple of rifles wear Leupold and I have one Vortex. I can't really tell much difference between the lot. I also have some Weaver fixed 4x scopes that also do very well.

                              My .22 rimfires have Simmons scopes and I think there's definitely not as much light transmission through those.

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