I'm not sure if anyone is in the situation I found myself in recently, but I had an 80s model Leupold vari-x iii 3.5-10x40AO that came in a used rifle I bought for my son to hunt with. When I got the rifle home my son noticed a rattling/clinking sound when he shook the rifle. We traced the sound to the scope so it was taken off the rifle. After further inspection it seemed that there was a lens loose in the scope somewhere. I set up a warranty service through Leupold. Described what was going and got their approval to send in for warranty work. I also saw a disclaimer that stated they would not be fixing older discontinued scopes at the moment. A little worried I went to the online forums seeing what I should expect from this process. Seems the general consensus was that they would replace instead of fix. Many posts had mentioned that they would replace a varix iii with their vx freedom line as the glass is the most comparable to the older vari x iii line. I also heard that they would give you the optiin of upgrading if you paid the difference between the scope they offer you and the model you want. So I figured if that was the case I would throw a cpl hundred bucks to them and get a nicer vx3 model. About a week after shipping the scope off to them they sent an email telling me to call them. The rep I spoke with went through the fact that they were not fixing discontinued models at this time and said lets see what they recommend as a replacement for you Ok here it comes I though. Hopefully they don't lowball me a vx freedom in a lower power than I had. ( they don't make a 3.5-10 vx freedom model currently) To my surprise he told me they recommend a vx3 3.5-10 x40 with the CDS-ZL equipped. I was elated that they made this recommendation. He asked if that scope would work for or did I want to discuss other option. I told him that would be perfect and got him off the phone as quickly as I could, hoping I didn't leave time for them to change their mind. Lol. Just want to give a big referral to anyone looking for a good scope. Don't hesitate to choose a Leupold. Don't listen to everything you hear on the online forums. They took great care of me and acquired a customer for life out of me. Hope this helps other out!