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In the market for a high end Leupold and I've ended up w/ this:

NIB Vari-X-III Illum. 4.5-14X50 (54760) for $610 vs.
Like New Mark 4 LR/T 3.5-10x40 Illum. duplex (536660 for about $620.00

What would be your choice and why???

The scope will be mounted on an M1A for long range plinking.

Your scope expertise are greatly appreciated.
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My choice would be the 3.5x10 simply based on the 40mm objective. The 50 mm scopes just sit to high up on any rifle. Both are good scopes as I have owned the 40mm versions. I like the 4.5-14 better but with the 40mm objective. Despite the advertising a 50mm will not help in low light as much as they claim. Most people cannot tell the difference.

Here is the scope I am currently evaluating (Leupold # 56140) I really this scope :!: The main complaint I have with all the other Mark 4 scopes is the fact that the turrents do not have cover caps. This is not a big factor for range queen rifles, but I have often wondered why the true military Mark 4's have covers. :wink: Most of use don't spend all day adjusting our scopes on the range. We may play with the windage a bit but for the most part we zero and shoot. Having coveres for the turrents sure helps once we are zeroed are are moving the rifle around. The other Mark 4 features are there, and it has a bit more magnification on the top end. I have found that the extra magnification is "just right " for me.

So there are my Saturday morning QB comments.

40mm obj. to keep the scope closer to the bore line
Turrent covers
Mark 4 features
New matched lens system
 
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