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Old 12-18-2012, 04:21 AM
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Has anyone ever ordered a Leupold scope with CDS? If so, do you have any opinions? How does the process work as far as giving the company your exact ballistic info? I'm assuming they would send the scope with a normal turret, and after you sight it in and do some long range careful shooting you send them the ballistic info and then they send your custom turret? Is that correct? Or would I have to have that info before I order the scope? Is the custom turret exactly accurate?

I have a Rem 700 sps varmint 22/250 for coyote and have acheived good groups with Hornady varmint express 55 gr vmax. I understand that changing the load would render my custom turret useless. I use this gun for coyote hunting during daylight as well as at night, so i need a scope for low light situations. Im looking at the VX-4 30mm 3-5x50 CDS, with Firedot duplex reticle.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:55 PM
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Never ordered them from Leupy, but same process; which they tell you on their website...
You tell them cartridge, bullet, and velocity, & your atmosphere.
The problem is(at least in theory), the BC and velocity.
What happens when mfg changes jackets, or discontinues the bullet? Are you using a BC that is averaged, or only using 1 velocity range for a BC figure?
What happens when you take you custom dials for your haus at 500 ft elevation, and go hunting in Wyoming?
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:59 PM
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Just ordered a CDS dial for a new scope this past Friday.

The Leupold tech will ask for the height of scope (center) over bore.

The B.C. of your bullet.

Your velocity.

Your elevation.

Average Temp during the hunting period.

You have the choice of a single turn - stop to stop - dial or a 2 turn dial.

Be prepaired for a wait on the phone when you call, as it is a busy place and it takes awhile for your turn to come up.

I ask, during my first call and before ordering the scope, if they could make one for use with the 45/70, to which the tech replied they could make them for air guns so the 45/70 would be no problem.

The hardest part was getting the B.C. for my home cast boolit. I went to a web site and entered my info and using that as my best guess, told the tech the BC was .273. He said that sounded about right.

Time will tell when it arrives and the conditions allow for getting back to the bench.

The tech did say that with a one turn dial it will go to almost 275 yds.

They also wanted to know what the name of my bullet was as that info will be engraved on the dial along with the range markings.

My boolit will be listed as a 465gr WFN as it is a home cast boolit.

Crusty Deary Ol'Coot
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:26 AM
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Rec'd my new "custom" CDS dial from Leupold a few days ago. Quick turn around once I placed the order by phone with one of their tech people.

This dial is made to zero at 100yds. with my 465gr WFN cast boolit at 1650fps.

The dial is engraved with the caliber, boolit wt, boolit name (465 WFN) velocity, elevation, average temp, on the top, and the markings on the dial run from "1" to "2.75".

This dial is set to go stop to stop at 100 to 275 yds.

The dials can be made to go up to two turns stop to stop, but I'm not trying to make a long range rifle of my 45/70 and wanted to keep it simple.

The process is to sight the scope in at 100yds. then adjust the custom dial to index the "1" for 100yds to the mark and then it should, if we got it right, put me in close at the longer ranges.

Hmmmmmmmmmm! Likely awhile before the ground clears and allows me back on the range.

The markings on the dial are, 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2, 2.25, 2.5 and 2.27

I don't intend to be moving the dial at every breath of wind, but using the lazor range finder my lovely wife - bit over 50 years now - bought me a few years back, will if on a stand, range some points and adjust as seems correct for the situation.

Will be interested to see what happens at 275yds.

Crusty Deary Ol'Coot
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