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Old December 11th, 2016, 11:04 AM   #1
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Leupold Is everyone selling out?

So I go to town yesterday evening for my monthly trip to a real city. I dropped the wife of at target and I go to gander Mtn. I was looking around and stopped at a display of binos. 3 sets where leupold and all 3 said made in China on them. I never thought I would see it but I guess money talks and american jobs continue to walk...away. These where not dirt cheap either $180-280 range. They make all those damn TV commercials talking about they only have so many employees and only one shop I guess that's BS too. That really sucks to me because I would save the extra money to try and buy their american made product. My next scope will more than likely be a Vortex or Burris sad but true. Has anyone noticed if their rings are made here anymore or are they made of rice metal too?

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Don't know but that's bottom low range price for any optic.

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So I go to town yesterday evening for my monthly trip to a real city. I dropped the wife of at target and I go to gander Mtn. I was looking around and stopped at a display of binos. 3 sets where leupold and all 3 said made in China on them. I never thought I would see it but I guess money talks and american jobs continue to walk...away. These where not dirt cheap either $180-280 range. They make all those damn TV commercials talking about they only have so many employees and only one shop I guess that's BS too. That really sucks to me because I would save the extra money to try and buy their american made product. My next scope will more than likely be a Vortex or Burris sad but true. Has anyone noticed if their rings are made here anymore or are they made of rice metal too?
Leupold has outsourced to China and Japan for a looooooooong time, Vortex and Burris are made almost entirely overseas in Japan/Phillipines/China etc...almost every binocular company does this, even some Zeiss are Chinese...

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Old December 11th, 2016, 11:59 AM   #4
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The meopta meopro 4-16-50 is awesome. I have $3000 dollar scopes and I can't tell the difference between the $650 meopta or the 3k swaro and Zeiss optics that I own. I bought the meopta last, with the turret. It list for $895.00. I called optics planet and offered them 650.00. They took it. Make sure that you get the turret option. Kenton gives you a custom turret...

I got rid of all my Leupold. If that helps

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Old December 11th, 2016, 12:05 PM   #5
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I'm not getting rid of the 4 leupolds that I have but I have been eyeballing that same meopta you speak of from midway USA. It just shocked me to see that. I don't go in the chain stores to often I mostly order my stuff.

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Take a look at Athlon, I love them. I have one on a AR, one on a Ruger Precision, and one on a M1A loaded. Great scope for the money.

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Old December 11th, 2016, 12:27 PM   #7
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I have read that optics firms utilize both Chinese and Japanese lens firms but do so on a bid basis. Scope mfg. sets the specs of the various lens required and then the lens firms offer bids to produce according to the desired specifications. It is up to the scope mfg. to accept or reject the bids and if they can not come to an agreement, the specifications/quality demands are lessened and more bids are sought. I have always used Leupold scopes of one form or the other and been quite satisfied due to not only performance, but what seemed to be a reasonable price range. The latest offerings by Leupold are getting way up there in prices and apparently the lens mfg.'s have upped their prices for producing those lens. Local shooter here swears by Bushnell, others Night Force, Weaver, and on and on, lot of just personal preference involved I would say.

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japan makes extremely extremely good optics at a very reasonable price.

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Old December 11th, 2016, 01:03 PM   #9
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I have 3 Meopta scopes and they are superb for the money, and in my view at least equal to Leupold and they have a bit more range in their focus as well. I like them a lot.

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A few years back Leupold added an imported line to compete with the cheaper bino's & spotting scopes being offered by other manufacturers . Leupold still makes their gold ring models but expect to pay much more.

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Latest one

I purchased this one in September and it wasn't cheap
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Old December 11th, 2016, 07:20 PM   #12
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I'm not getting rid of my Leupolds, especially my VXIIIs and MK IVs.

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They started imports years ago. I've had a set of wind river binoculars for more than a decade. They are still serving me well. Think mesa is the model, 10x50, green ring.

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I recently bought Leupold binoculars at Academy Sports, near to $300.00, got them home, turned around and went back to the store to return them.

They were blurry, hazy and would not focus.

Academy Sports was great, no problem with the return.

What a shame.

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+1 for academy great store and great prices

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