I own the same scope and have to agree. Good color, FOV, repeatable, all the good stuff. The new version is VX-III and is improved by far according to those who have looked thru them. When I mean new I am talking as of recent, not the VX-III version from a few years ago. A step up from those it is.
Agreed. I have 1.5X5 Leupolds on ALL of my lever guns, 44 Mag, 444, 45-70, and 30-30 and have never been under scoped and have never got any scope cuts.All my big bore leverguns have either a 1.5-4.5x or 2-7x. I don't see the need for anything more powerful but each to their own. I have several brands from Bushnell Banner to Nikon Prostaff. All have given me excellent service.
They are about the same then. Leupold list their eye relief as 5.3 inches.Can't argue with those 1.5x5 Leupold. For even better eye relief, a Nikon 1.65x5 Omega with the Nikoplex reticle would be hard to beat. Full 5" eye relief. Make sure you get the Nikoplex reticle rather than the BDC 250 (the BDC is calibrated for muzzleloaders).