The aim of this article is to draw a critical comparison between the two of the best scopes in the weapon accessory industry. It is none other than the Vortex vs Leupold scopes battle.
These two brands are well-known for producing high-quality scopes, and both are located in the United States – although the majority of the optics of vortex are exported overseas, both companies build optics that are meant for hunting and tactical shooting.
The question now is, how good are Vortex scopes over Leupold? Or vice versa. Well, you may decide to consult experts in this field to help you clear any form of doubt about this topic. But we have carried out a practical comparison between these two products in terms of general duty features and drawn conclusions from our findings. All the important things you need to know have been answered in this article. You will get to know which is better as you read further.
In this comparison, we are looking at two similar optics that are produced specially for AR 15 owners. Both of them are lightweight, compact, and lower magnification power for medium range shootings. They are quite similar in terms of specs too.
Talking about their magnification, the Vortex has a magnification power of 1-6x compared to Leupold 1.5- 4x. Also, Vortex has an objective lens of 24mm contrary to the smaller Leupold 20mm objective lenses, and both are designed with waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof features.
Looking at their prices, the Leupold scope is a bit above 277 dollars as at when this article was written while Vortex sells for 329 dollars. There is a slight difference between their features and most of Vortex optics comes from overseas while Leupold is manufactured in the United States. But their technical contrasts are insignificant to most shooters.
Moving to the most important aspect of this comparison, Vortex, which is more expensive than Leupold, comes with 1 or no magnification at its lowest settings. Some people prefer this magnification for short distance shootings where they can simply make use of an unmagnified free sight image.
The Leupold has its least magnification power as 1.5X, so even at its least setting, the image can still be magnified, which may not be a big deal to shooters.
Looking at these two scopes, it is obvious that the Vortex has an objective lens that is slightly larger than Leupold, allowing for huge light gathering. Also, the Vortex offers half as much power (in terms of magnification) as the Leupold scope. At medium ranges, this can be a critical case or can make huge differences between a long distance shot and one you simply cannot take. However, the majority of the firearms used during WWII had scopes of 4x magnification power, but I doubt if anybody is looking forward to engaging in a war either.
Unlike the Vortex Strike Eagle vs Leupold above, this comparison will be quite easier as both optical devices are almost identical 4-12×40 scopes. Both devices are designed to have waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof features and they share other identical features and purpose of use. Even their reticle is quite identical, leaving just a few numbers of things to debate on except for the price.
The Leupold, produced in the US, sells for around 250 dollars, while Vortex Diamondback sells for 170 dollars, 80 dollars cheaper than its counterpart. Meanwhile, both companies offer a quite impressive warranty that covers failure and damage. Basically, the degree of service in terms of warranty is the same.
Picking between these two products could be quite difficult. However, it is basically based upon principle and budget. If you intend to save some money, then go for the Diamondback; it is a great scope and fancied by most of its users. If you are concerned about the “made in America” name, the Leupold is what you need to go with. Either way, both are great scopes with magnificent features.
Our personal preference is the Vortex diamondback just because it gives you the opportunity to save up to 80 dollars, and Vortex in the real sense is an American based organization with lots of its dealing here. There is absolutely nothing wrong buying a product overseas because global trade is what keeps the world going.
If you are more concerned about the price and proud to say your scope is produced in the USA, then the Leupold clearly beats the Vortex. However, with just an additional $50, you can buy the Vortex optics with more advanced qualities, even though it comes from overseas. We think to most people, the advanced features won’t matter much, so we give the winner to Leupold.
No doubt, these two brands are the two best you can get on the marketplace. They are great scopes with amazing features, having just a slight difference between them. Choosing any of the brands over the other is mainly based upon personal choice. For instance, if you rate US based products high because you believe they have a good reputation, you will definitely go for Leupold. This does not in any way mean Vortex scope quality is low – the company is based in the US too. Other factors that determine ones choice include customer services, price, etc.
The Vortex brand is usually more affordable than Leupold. Since these two brands are exceptional, you only need two things to make your choice; your budget and what your mind tells you. If you are concerned about the price, go for Vortex. If you are not perturbed by the price, then go with the Leupold scopes. Either way, just have it that any of the products you go for will serve you effectively.
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