Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Boston, MA area
Hi...I buy euro scopes a lot. I probably have 6 or 7 though mostly weavers. The euro scope gives you a varminter crosshair with 3 thick posts. I buy weavers because they also have an illuminated reticle, 30mm tubes and are of very good quality (euro type scopes tend to be top of the line models). A couple have 1st focal plain designs which is popular with the europeans and means that as you increase the power the reticle magnifies and gets thicker. The 30mm tube and the power dependent reticle helps for light transmission when you shoot at or after dusk as is legal in much of Europe. The others have the standard 2nd focal plain design so that as you increase power, the reticle stays the same. I suspect the Leupold is of great quality and is a 1st focal plane design. I'd be surprised if it had an illuminated reticle. I think the price for what it is is right and I for one would not hesitate to buy it...but...you have to get used to the fact that on 12x, that reticle could kinda thick for the long shots...you need to try looking through it for sure.
Good Luck and please let us know what you decide....