Leupold Mark 5 3.6-18x44

prm

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Interested in this scope. Primary purpose would be hunting. Any experiences out there?
 

MidGAHunter

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I don't own one, but there are plenty of reviews out there. Search the site and you will find plenty of information (good and bad).
 

ChrisAU

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Had a 3.6-18 Illum TMR on a 6.5 PRC I hunted with this past year. Took a doe at 350 yards with it in very low light without using the illumination. Loved that scope. Sold it to help finance a new build that I now have a 5-25x56 Illum TMR for.
 

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I have two. One is on a Bergara 6.5 cm which is non illuminated and one is on a 7mm Fierce which is illuminated.

I love them. I got tired of having crappy scopes and not being able to trust the tracking.
 

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Mine has been to AK for 10 day hunt, CO for 5, and several AZ trips strapped to my pack and is fantastic. I don't toss it around carelessly, but I don't baby it either.

The reticle is fine/small at low power, cause it is a first focal plane scope.

The glass on mine is a smidge less clear than my 5-25 MK5.

I love the turret and features of the MK5. Its the only Leopold scope I will buy. If I didn't settle on these, I would buy a new NX8 or exposed SHV. Although, I am trying out the Vortex LHT, see how I like it.
 

406Smith

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I had one for about a year. Shot with it quite a bit out to 1,000+ yards and packed it around for one season. It tracked 100% on a tracking board and the tracking was correct on several known rifles. The elevation turret is great, second rev numerical references and indicators, adjustments were positive (not mushy or sloppy). and zero lock is a nice feature. The windage turret was 'meh', and the zero reference point isn't in a good location, but being capped is an ok feature for a hunting scope.

I thought the 44 objective was very bright. I had it out many days comparing low light next to a Gen 2 Razor (56mm objective & illuminated). There wasn't a shot that I would've made with the Gen2 Razor that I couldn't have made with the Mk5 during legal hunting. Having owned it for only a year, I have no idea how coatings will stand up over time.

A big downside of the Mk5 is the cost to add illumination. I think you could find better options if you think you want illumination. My sample had a little bit of edge distortion, and CA was noticeable. The depth of field was relatively shallow as well. The shorter footprint restricts mounting options, and depending on you & your rifle it may be difficult to mount properly.
 
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prm

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All good info, thanks. If it were 20oz it would be a no brainer. I too noticed the price jump for illumination. As long as the reticle isn't too thin I'd probably just go non-illuminated. I'd want a PR-1Mil or TMR reticle.
 

Brianb3

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Love mine. Wish there was direct mount rings but either way I’m ordering a 2nd for my 6.5 I like it that much


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ChrisAU

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Love mine. Wish there was direct mount rings but either way I’m ordering a 2nd for my 6.5 I like it that much


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Hawkins can be had with 35mm. I have some.

 

ChrisAU

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Love mine. Wish there was direct mount rings but either way I’m ordering a 2nd for my 6.5 I like it that much


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Hawkins can be had with 35mm. I have some.

 
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