Leupold really screwed up with their change as it is confusing and misleading. the Vari-x II is not anywhere near a VX-II. the Vari-X II has friction adjustments and Magnesium Floride coatings. the VX-II's have the MC4 Multi coating, click adjustments, they are the old Vari-X III's opticaly. the scope closest to the Vari-X II is the VX-I. then the new VX-III (which even now have been replaced with the newer VX3 model) has indexed matched lens in addition to the click adjustments and fully MC4 coatings. the new VX3's have a second erector tube assembly spring to address the less than stellar tracking that folks were complaining about in the VX-III's. the rifleman is way down there, with 1/2 MOA friction adjustments , and Magnesium Floride coatings.When Leupold replaced the Vari X-II with the VX II, what changes were made? Is one noticeably better than the other?
I have some of the older Vari-X II scopes. For legal shooting light for deer, in the ranges I normally hunt, it is not a big deal. They work. I have good binoculars for judging horns, making sure it's a doe not a spike, etc.
For the 30 minutes past legal shooting light (for deer), that's when the pigs come out. You do see a difference...... big objectives, thicker crosshairs, and better lens coatings are very evident!
Not a big deal if I blow a shot on a pig but we do like to see them dead!