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Am I the only only one thats finds it a bit strange that the major companies that provide the higher quality glass (Burris,Leupold, NF, Zeiss) don't offer more choices when it comes to fixed magnification scopes. It seems the majority of us use a 6.5-20 and probably keep it one setting the majority of the time. Wouldn't it be easier and more cost effective not to mention a simpler design with less parts, and lighter weight to manufacture fixed scopes say at the 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 magnification level.
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That's a good question. You can't fault Leupold too much, because they do offer their excellent 30mm Competition series scopes in 35x, 40x, and 45x. We think they could use some design refinement in the tracking, and parallax adjustment, but they are very good scopes. Ironically, the Leupold Comp scopes cost $100 more than the 6.5-25x50 LRT variable. You'd think a fixed-power scope would cost less.
We have been in communication with Burris, Leupold, Sightron and Nightforce and have suggested to them that competition shooters would really prefer a simple 2x zoom, 20x-40x. As MntnGoat suggested, most of us rarely use less than 20x power and probably run near full power most of the time (you can get away with this on the Nightforces, but we've found its best to keep a Leupold at 23.5x or so to avoid distortion). We want a very bright scope with 100% reliable tracking, and the ability to resolve bullet holes at 500m if possible. It should weigh less than the current generation of Nightforce scopes, but with an etched reticle, and perhaps an optional reticle with 2moa hash marks for "no-dial" windage and elevation correction.
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premier 20-50x LRT ought to cover that range quite well