I've just recieved all the bits to make my Leupold unique!
Well for starters unlike most second hand kit they are going up in value since Premier stopped converting them.
To be honest the short answer here is quality and reliability. Jon Harris remarked on that a while back, the Nikko Stirling vary in quality from batch to batch, if you get a good one, fine, but you can equally get one that is not as good. Leupold maintain quality from batch to batch.
It is a question people who haven't actually used this sort of kit do tend to ask. What I find is with the cheaper optics it is a case of 'where is the image least fuzzy', with the Leupold it is either in focus or not. The other nice thing about them is they are more sensibly proportioned than some of the cheap offerings and have a more sensible weight as well.
Durability is another good point - one - they don't tend to break, two - if you do break it they are worth having repaired.
In respect of the close focus adaptor - well perhaps not pretty, but equally you could say that the look of most FT 'raceguns' hardly constitute elegance - besides as I said before it is for looking through not looking at.
Yeah, extremly busy at work. Somebody's got to keep the Internet alive by sending electrical signals across it..
Nicely put Dale. I won't trade my Leupold for anything else, and it doesn't matter how old it is, or how many owners it had, Leupold will fix it for free if it breaks.
I bought more than a scope, I bought peace of mind as well.