Brand Review of Leupold Scopes: A Century-Old Family Company And Their Versatile Scopes

Have you been shopping around for a new scope or are buying one for the first time? While all scopes are designed to help you see your target clearly, the price, quality, and design varies greatly. Let's start with the Leupold scopes.

With so many scopes on the market, it can be challenging to decide which model and brand to choose. Ideally, a scope should last you decades, if not a lifetime. Also, it depends on how much money you spend it can be quite the investment.

 In our review, we will discuss the , the history of the company, and the Leupold scopes. With all this information, you should be able to determine whether or not the Leupold brand is the right choice.

A History Of The Leupold Brand

Leupold Scopes

These days it can be hard to find a family-owned business that has been around for decades, let alone over a century.

Leupold is a family-owned business and is based out of Beaverton, Oregon.

Here are some of the highlights of how the company got its start and where it is today:

The Telemark

In 1907, Fred Leupold Adam Volpel, friends and brothers-in-law, started a business of making surveying equipment by hand. In 1914, Leupold’s son, Marcus, joins the company. It was that same year that J.C. Stevens becomes a business partner and invents the first water level recorder.

He then continued to invent and improve surveying equipment in 1938. The Telemark, a water level recorder using telephone signals to transmit information, is introduced by the growing company. The following year, Robert Stevens, J.C.’s son, joins the business.

In 1942, after the passing of Volpel, the business name changed to Leupold & Stevens. Two years later, Fred Leupold passes away and his son, Norbert, joins the company.

In 1947, Leupold & Stevens created and sold their first scope, The Plainsman. The scope was designed after Marcus Leupold supposedly missed a trophy buck due to a fogged-up scope.

The company became incorporated two years later. They were well on their way to making and selling scopes when Jack Slack joined the company in 1953. Slack then married Marcus Leupold’s daughter, Georgia, a few years later.

In 1962, Leupold introduced their classic and ever-popular Duplex reticle. With the technology in scopes, accuracy and clarity became even better in low-light conditions.

Norbert took over the company in 1968 and that same year they moved to bigger headquarters. The first lightweight scope was created in 1974 and four years later, the first compact scope. In the early 1980’s, Leupold began making smaller scopes for handguns.

Leupold scopes used by the military

It was in 1983 when Werner Wildauer, became the president and chairman of the company. He has been serving the company for 25 years. In the following years, Leupold scopes are used in military and remain a favorite in the field and forest. A long line of innovators and hunting experts created the brand. 

Many of the scopes sold today are new and improved versions of age-old designs. The quality and craftsmanship remain today, and the company still operates out of Oregon despite its popularity across the globe.


A Look At Leupold Scopes

Leupold scopes

Now that you know more about the family business that has grown into the successful company that it is today let’s take a closer look at the variety of Leupold scopes.

As a brand review of Leupold scopes, we won’t discuss each scope but will take a look at the different types of scopes.

Leupold Riflescopes

The first Leupold scope was created after Marcus Leupold became frustrated with a fogged up scope. Determined to make a better scope, the Leupold scopes were born and have been fogproof ever since The Plainsman went on the market.

Leupold riflescopes are also waterproof, shockproof, and durable enough to handle the recoil of a rifle.

Here are the current Leupold scopes for rifles (click on each one to see the variety of magnification options and other specific features):

The VX Series:

VX-6HD | VX-5HD | VX-3i | VX-3i LRP | VX R | VX R Patrol | VX-Freedom

The Mark Series:

Mark 8 | Mark 6 | Mark 4 ER/T | Mark 4 LR/T | Mark 4 MR/T | Mark AR | Mark 5HD

Rifleman

Leupold Rifleman 3-9x40mm Riflescope
  • Leupold Model #56160 - Rifleman 3-9x40mm with Wide Duplex reticle and Matte finish
  • 100% Waterproof, fog proof, & shockproof
  • Twilight Light Management System adds up to 10 extra minutes of glassing light
  • Ultra-lightweight 1-inch main tube design
  • 3: 1 Zoom Ratio - Ideal for virtually any situation

RimFire/Ultralight

 

Leupold, FX-II Rifle Scope, Ultralight, 2.5x20mm, 1" Main Tube, Wide Duplex Reticle, Matte Black
  • The Multicoated 4 lens system for incredible brightness, clarity, and optimal contrast in all conditions.
  • 1/4 MOA click wind age and elevation adjustments.
  • A durable Leopold Scope Cover is included to protect your valuable FX-II Ultralight riflescope during transport or when not in use.

Fixed Power

 

Aim Optics 4X40 Fixed Power Full Size Scope/Mil-Dot/Blue with Rings, Large, Black
  • Eye releif is 3.5"
  • Magnification: 4X
  • Tube Diameter is 1"
  • Objective is 40 mm
  • Reticle is a mil-dot

Competition

 

Leupold LP113874 VX-1 3-9x40mm Rifle Scope
  • The McInnis Group, Inc. offers authentic Leupold brand items with the full warranty.
  • FOV: 3x 34.6, 9x 14.6

Amarican Marksman

 

Leupold LP113874 VX-1 3-9x40mm Rifle Scope
  • The McInnis Group, Inc. offers authentic Leupold brand items with the full warranty.
  • FOV: 3x 34.6, 9x 14.6

Leupold Shotgun & Muzzleloader Scopes

Leupold Scopes

These Leupold scopes are designed to help hunters get hit their target fast, thanks to the clarity and ability to perform well even in low-light environments. Here are current scopes for shotguns and muzzleloaders (click on each one to see the variety of magnification options and other specific features):

Leupold Handgun Scopes

Leupold Scopes

Leupold handgun scopes may be considerably smaller than some of the other scopes, but they are designed to be just as accurate and durable as other Leupold scopes.

Here are current scopes for handguns (click on each one to see the variety of magnification options and other specific features):

Leupold Compact or Lightweight Scopes

Lightweight Scopes

In our brand review of Leupold scopes, you will notice that many of the scopes are more substantial and a little heavier.

The Ultralight scopes weigh about a quarter less than other full-size scopes but have all the same characteristics that Leupold fans love. Why buy a compact or lightweight scope? It’s the ideal option if you want to keep your firearm light.

Here are the current compact or lightweight scopes:

VX Series:

VX-6HD | VX-5HD | VX-3i | VX R | VX R Patrol | VX-Freedom


Mark 4 MR/T

Leupold Mark 4 MR/T 1.5-5x20mm (one-inch) SPR
  • Eye Relief (Low/High): 4.5/3.6in
  • Weight: 9.7oz
  • Tube diameter: 1in
  • Tube Length: 5.5in
  • Overall Length: 9.3in

Hog Rifle

Leupold VX-R Hog 1.25-4x20mm Riflescope, FireDot Pig Plex Illum. Reticle, Matte Black
  • The 30mm maintube offers incredible strength and allows for the greater range of windage and elevation adjustment.
  • Illuminated FireDot Ballistic reticle.
  • Crafted from 6061-T6 aircraft quality aluminum
  • Tactile repeatable finger click for intuitive adjustment
  • Compact, durable, waterproof and fogproof, thus perfect for long hunts in harsh conditions

Hand Gun

Leupold FX-II 4x28mm Handgun Scope, Duplex Reticle, Matte Finish
  • Leupold Model #58750 - FX-II 4x28mm with Duplex reticle and Matte finish
  • 100% Waterproof, fogproof, & shockproof
  • Twilight Max Light Management System - Adds up to 20 extra minutes of shooting light and reduces glare for premium edge-to-edge image quality
  • Lightweight Design - Disperses recoil energy for unrivaled durability and performance with ultra-lightweight construction
  • Provides just the right eye relief for handguns

Shotgun/Muzzleloader

Mark 5 HD

Leupold Mark 5HD 3.6-18x44mm Riflescope
  • Leupold Model #173296 - Mark 5HD 3. 6-18x44mm with Front Focal TMR reticle and Matte finish
  • 100% Waterproof, fog proof, & shockproof
  • M5C3 Turrets - Low Profile 1/10 Mil per click dials provide 30 Mils of adjustment in 3 revolutions (Visual and tactile revolution indicators ensure you don't get lost in the travel)
  • Front Focal Plane (FFP) - The reticle magnifies along with the image, so you can estimate range at all magnification settings
  • Twilight Max HD Light Management system - Adds up to 30 minutes of shooting light, best in class glare reduction, and edge to edge HD lens clarity


Note: Many of the Tactical and Long Range Scopes also fit into the categories we listed above. Click on the category to see the Leupold scope options.

What Makes Leupold Scopes Unique?

Now that you’ve seen all the Leupold scopes that are available it’s safe to say that the company is versatile, which is a prominent characteristic that stems back to the company’s early years. While many companies specialize in scopes, few offer dozens of options and versatility.

Not only is Leupold unique for its diversity and versatility but each scope, regardless of its size, is built to last, and is designed to help marksmen improve their accuracy and see a target more clearly.

Pricing

The cost of a Leupold scope varies depending on the type of scope you purchase. While the VX-Freedom riflescope costs around $260, a Mark 5 HD riflescope costs about $2,600.

If you’ve never purchased a scope before, you may be hesitant to buy a scope with a high price tag. Keep in mind that these scopes are built to last and Leupold backs up their scopes with a lifetime warranty.

Warranty Information

Leupold will repair or replace any of its riflescopes, spotting scopes, or binoculars if it doesn’t work as guaranteed. There’s no need to provide proof of ownership or have a warranty card. There’s no expiration date on the warranty, and you don’t even need to be the original owner of the scope; as long as it says Leupold, that’s all they need.

Scopes that are modified, damaged, or misused may be ineligible for a replacement. For more detailed information on the warranty or to register a scope, visit the Leupold website.


What Others Say About Leupold Scopes

While the Leupold company has a long history of making high-quality products, we were curious if the quality of the products still holds up today and what other scope owners had to say about the Leupold brand.

As we browsed online reviews, testimonials, and product comments, the company had overwhelmingly positive feedback, and many product ratings were at least four out of five stars.

Pros:

Many users remark on the durability and the craftsmanship of the variety of scopes. They don’t feel like they need to worry about damaging their scope while they’re hiking around the woods or working on target practice.

Other users praise the high-quality glass and the scope’s water and fog proof features. The quality of the glass and the clarity that remains despite the rain, sun, fog, or clouds, is one of the top-selling features of Leupold scopes.

Some reviewers are lifelong users of the Leupold brand and remain happy with each scope they purchase. They believe that the newer scopes hold up to the same quality of scopes that are decades old.

The majority of users, whether they bought a riflescope or a handgun scope, appreciated the ease of use and how well it performed each time they used the scope. Many say that they have become better marksmen and enjoy using their firearms much more now that they have a high-quality scope.

Cons:

While some users had issues with the warranty and a few thought the price of their scope was too high, a majority of users think that the price of their Leupold scope is “well worth the money;” some even called it a bargain, given the quality of the scope.


How Do Leupold Scopes Differ From Other Competitors?

We’ve already highlighted what makes the Leupold brand unique, but those same features are what makes them stand out from the competition. While there are several high-quality, big name, and high-priced scope manufacturers, Leupold continues to succeed.

While many people might see their dozens of scope options as something negative, many scope users like having magnification options as gun owners use scopes differently. Rarely are scopes universal and Leupold knows that each type of gun deserves a specific scope.

Some people shy away from Leupold, based on the price alone. It’s important to remember that Leupold has a lifetime guarantee and other manufacturers that offer similar style scopes at a lower price don’t stand behind their products for a lifetime.

As we mentioned earlier, each Leupold scope is durable and can withstand daily use and withstand all kinds of environments; other scopes aren’t always designed with that same durability or reliability.

What We Think About The Leupold Brand


While it would take a long time to test out every scope that Leupold makes personally, we are confident in saying that the Leupold brand makes high-quality, durable, and reliable scopes for all types of guns.


A Leupold scope is ideal for a hunter or gun enthusiast who uses their firearm responsibly on a regular basis and cares more about the quality of the product than a cheap price tag. Leupold scopes are a good option for anyone who wants a scope that they can use confidently for decades.


People who have never used a scope before may be hesitant to try out a Leupold scope, especially given the price, but it may enhance and improve their hunting experience so much that they choose to use a Leupold scope for life.


If you’re unsure the Leupold brand is for you, ask your family and friends to see if they have a Leupold scope you could test out. While we’re confident that it will improve your shot and your overall experience, you might need to find out for yourself.

5 Best 22 Rifle Scopes

The .22LR rifle offers you a precise short-range shot, but if you’re targeting something hundreds of feet away, you’ll need extra help from a scope. And you don’t need help from the crumby scope that came with your rifle. So what are the best 22 rifle scopes?

Many of the scopes available today promise to fit your gun, but some of them are better suited to the .22LR than others. More importantly, the various specs are best suited for certain uses.

The scope used for hunting a deer hundreds of yards away isn’t the one you’d use shooting a raccoon from the tree.

There are some excellent scopes out there, so we’re reviewing our five favorite 22 rifle scopes. Each scope has something unique to offer a gun owner, whether it’s a warranty or field of vision.

Ready to find your next scope?


How We Choose Our Ratings


We’re committed to painting an honest and accurate picture of all the scopes we review. And the truth is, you can’t get that from the specs alone. You can compare magnification to lens diameter all day, but you’ll never know anything important about the product until you’ve looked through the lens yourself.

Because of our commitment to providing the best reviews we possibly can, we use a complex rating system that accounts for many aspects of the product.

We start by looking at manufacturer descriptions. It’s plain to see distinct differences between products based on those descriptions alone. We look at specs and individual technologies to distinguish the difference between products. But the real question isn’t what magnification range the product offers – we want to know if it does what it says on the tin.

That’s why we combine a review of the specs with customer reviews and testimonials – people who’ve used the scope on the ground. We gather reviews and look for common strands to work out what really works and what simply doesn’t.

Armed with all this information, we give the product a rating out of five stars. Because our process is clear, you can trust that the only products that receive a five-star rating are those truly deserving of one.


We Compare
the 5 Best 22 Rifle Scopes


Product

Image

Details

Our Rating

Price

Leupold 113872 VX-1 Rimfire Scope

Best .22 Rifle Scope Leupold 113872 VX-1 Rimfire Scope

produces a sharp and vivid image regardless of the visibility conditions on the ground

Barska 3-9x32 Plinker-22 Rifle Scope

Best .22 Rifle Scope Barska 3-9x32 Plinker-22 Rifle Scope

fully multi-coated optics creates bright and  clear sighting

Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7x32 Plex Rimfire

Best .22 Rifle Scope Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7x32 Plex Rimfire

features a newly enhanced eyepiece for fast focus and multi-coated lenses

Aipa AR15 Tactical Rifle Scope Combo C4-12x50

Best .22 Rifle Scope Aipa AR15 Tactical Rifle Scope Combo C4-12x50

maintain a perfect zero for at least 100 rounds even with recoil

Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC 150 Rifle Scope

Best .22 Rifle Scope Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC 150 Rifle Scope

magnification spectrum is broader than other products – 2x to 7x for added options and accuracy.


Review of the 5 Best 22 Rifle Scopes


1. Leupold 113872 VX-1 Rimfire Scope

Best .22 Rifle Scope Leupold 113872 VX-1 Rimfire Scope

The point of adding a scope is to improve your field of vision beyond what your eyes are capable of: the optical system is thus key. We like the Leupold scope’s Quantum Optical Systems, which is capable of producing an image that is both sharp and vivid regardless of the visibility conditions on the ground.


The Quantum Optical System is aided by the Index Matched Lens System and the application of Multicoat 4, which minimizes reflections to make the most of out your lighting and provide better images.

Let’s talk stats:

Weight: 8.2 ounces

Field of View: 2.86 inches/ 100 yards

Eyepiece Diameter: 1.36 inches


Additionally, the scope is both water and fog-proof (100%), and it offers a 3:1 zoom ratio featuring a magnification spectrum of 2.40x and 6.70x.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Overall, the scope offers a clear line of sight with added eye relief and minimal reflections. The objective lens is small, but it’s still one of the best scopes you can buy for the money.


In our opinion, if you want perfection, you should choose a Leupold scope. If however you are willing to spend more, then you might want to check out our review of Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm.

Pros

  • Features a Multicoat 4 increasing amount of all light that reaches your eye and minimizes reflections for better image quality 
  • Features an Index Matched Lens System eliminating reflections and maximizes light
  • Material is treated with DiamondCoat, featuring the best abrasion resistance and light transmission

Cons

  • Objective lens can be small 
  • Stiffness in dials when adjusting
  • Brightness at highest magnification level can be reduced

2. ​Barska 3-9x32 Plinker-22 Rifle Scope

Best .22 Rifle Scope Barska 3-9x32 Plinker-22 Rifle Scope

Barska offers what some consider a budget version of the 22-rifle scope, but what we believe is the value version. It’s one of the least expensive scopes out there that still provides excellent value for money.


Why? Because it’s a great scope and a great price, but it also comes with a lifetime manufacturers’ warranty.

According to Barska, they designed the Plinker-22 precisely for .22 rifles and rimfires. It offers fully multi-coated optics for performance and clarity. You’ll find shots are easier at 50, 75, and 100 yards. Reviewers say the clarity remains good even when you turn the magnification up to 9, which is impressive for a budget scope.


Specs:

Stats: 3-9x32

Weight: 11.5 ounces

Field of View:

Objective Lens Diameter: 32 mm

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Like most scopes, it’s water- and fog-proof, but we like that it’s also shock-proof. Unlike other scopes, it’s suggested that you avoid using it on a nitro piston or springer because there’s too much kick and you’ll destroy your scope quickly.


It works well with guns like the Marlin 60 rimfire rifle.

Pros

  • Water, fog, and shock-proof
  • Features a fully multi-coated optics creating bright and  clear sighting
  • Includes mounting rings, lens covers, and lens cloth

Cons

  • it’s suggested that you avoid using it on a nitro piston or springer because there’s too much kick and you’ll destroy your scope quickly.

3. ​Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7x32 Plex Rimfire

Best .22 Rifle Scope Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7x32 Plex Rimfire

Vortex Optics’s Crossfire range is one of its most popular riflescopes. The Crossfire II model boasts a newly enhanced eyepiece for fast focus and multi-coated lenses in addition to MOA turrets that are not improved and resettable.

Stats for the Vortex Optics Crossfire II:

Stats: 2-7x32

Weight: 14 ounces

Field of View: 42-12.6 feet/100 yards

Eye Piece Diameter: 32 mm


While optical systems remain the most important feature on our list, durability sits in second place. There’s nothing worse than memorizing a scope like the back of your hand only to replace it sooner rather than later. Vortex Optics uses aircraft grade aluminum on all its scopes, so it can take a beating.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

The main feature distinguishing the Crossfire II from other scopes is the eye relief, which is slightly longer compared to other models.


You’ll find that the feature aids you when you’re aiming upwards such as when you’re small game hunting.


You’ll focus in faster even at a different elevation, which shaves off seconds between spotting and pulling the trigger.


This however lacks a night vision feature. With this, you can read on our reviews of the the best night vision rifle scopes to find the right one for you. 

In addition if you wanted an upgraded version, then Vortex Crossfire II 6 18×44 can be a good choice for you. 

Pros

  • Features a fast focus eyepiece allowing quick and easy reticle focusing
  • Made of ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating protecting exterior lenses from scratches, oil and dirt
  • Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact
  • Unlimited VIP Vortex lifetime warranty

Cons

  • May become blurry when you use the zoom feature making it ineffective outside of 150 yards
  • Lacks a night vision feature

4. Aipa AR15 Tactical Rifle Scope Combo C4-12x50

Best .22 Rifle Scope Aipa AR15 Tactical Rifle Scope Combo C4-12x50

We wanted to make sure we included a tactical rifle scope for the AR-15, and the Aipa scope combo is one of the best deals we’ve been able to find.


You’ll get optimal optical clarity with 4-12 magnification and a 50 mm diameter objective lens. More importantly, you’ll get 4 reticle patterns for use in all kinds of scenarios as well as a green laser and a reflex sight.


All three pieces are easy to install on top of your AR 15. We like the scope because it remains strong and stable even after 50 rounds. Even with recoil, you’ll maintain a perfect zero for at least 100 rounds.

Specs:

Stats: 4-2x50

Weight: Not provided, but the bulkiest scope on the list

Field of Vision: 9.7-3.3/29.1099 apparent (degree): 22.7

Optical Lens Diameter: 50 mm


Overall, it’s one of the best scopes out there, and despite its weight, it will improve your shot.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Pros

  • Featuring a large objective lens that boosts light gathering power and excellent magnification
  • Boasts a red dot reflex sight with bottom switch for accurate gun optic and substitute for overpriced holograph
  • Allows for clear high resolution image unlimited eye relief and wide field of view 
  • Easily mountable to any 22 &11mm rails (Picatinny or Weaver)

Cons

  • Offers only a 30-day money back guarantee

5. Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC 150 Rifle Scope

Best .22 Rifle Scope Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC 150 Rifle Scope

Nikon’s P-RIMFIRE .22LR rifle scope offers shooters a 50 to 150 shooting range and adds accuracy to your distance. The scope employs a Fully Multicoated Optical System for creating a balance light transmission whether you’re shooting during the day, at night, or in the rain or fog.


We like that the magnification spectrum on the Nikon scope is broader than other products – 2x to 7x for added options and accuracy.

Product Statistics:

Stats: 27-x32

Weight: 16.1 ounces

Field of View: 6.4 to 22.3 feet at 50 yards

Eyepiece Diameter: 32 mm


Ultimately, there are a few things to love. The scope zeros in on your target quickly and in multiple settings, meaning it does what it says on the tin. It’s also fog proof and waterproof, though we’ve come to expect this by now. The only downside is that it’s more expensive than some that offer many of the same features, particularly the Vortex Optics Crossfire II

If you are not a beginner and looking for a rifle scope for professional and competitve shooting, then you might want to check out our review of the 
Nikon Buckmaster 4 12×50.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Pros

  • Lifetime repair and replacement 
  • Features a positive click reticle adjustments to get you zeroed in quicker and maintain your setting—even with heavy recoil.

Cons

  • Turret knobs are found to be slightly canted and make the underlying reference lines unusable.

Buyer's Guide

Are you new to guns or simply never thought you needed a scope before?

A scope dramatically improves your accuracy by providing a clear, well-lit picture from hundreds of yards away.


The right scope allows you to snag the biggest buck you’ve ever seen after hours of tracking it. But it’s possible to buy the wrong scope, and while you may see the deer, an ill-suited scope could throw off your shot, ruining your chances.


Follow our buyer’s guide to find the right scope for the right time:

What Do the Numbers Mean?

Every scope is accompanied by several numbers that represent its specs in a standardized format.


The first number represents magnification while the second represents the diameter of the objective lens. These numbers are separated by the letter “x.”

Magnification represents how large an image becomes when you look at it through your scope.


If the specs of the scope state 3-9x22mm, then you’ll be able to adjust the scope to see objects between three and nine times the size you’d see with the naked eye.


The diameter of the objective lens, or the front lens, in millimeters. So, in a 3-9x22mm scope, the size of the lens is 22 millimeters. We’ll talk more about the objective lens later in the guide.

Optical Power - Magnification

Optical power, or magnification, is the key element in making a buying decision because it deliminates the scope’s usefulness for your purposes.

A scope too weak for your needs is only slightly better than not using a scope at all.


Generally speaking, scopes with a lower magnification (3, 4, 5, 6, etc.), allows you to shoot faster and more intuitively and easier track targets.


Higher numbers provide greater resolution and are ideal for hitting precise targets, but they’re difficult to use in an unsupported position because they’re both longer and heavier.


Here’s a basic rule of thumb: if your target is less than 500 yards away, stick with a scope lower than 10x.


If you’re using a rifle in a supported position (like behind sandbags), then you’ll be better equipped to take on a scope with a magnification of 10x and greater.

Objective Lens Size – Diameter of the Lens

The objective lens on a scope transmits the ambient light that brings an image into focus. Larger lenses, therefore, let in more light and bring in clearer brighter images. Often, you’ll find a larger objective lens with higher magnification ratings.


Generally, larger lenses produce better images. However, there are caveats to this.


A larger objective lens doesn’t necessarily improve image quality at all magnifications. For example, there’s little difference between a 40mm and 50 mm diameters in low magnification settings, but the difference in size becomes apparent above 12x magnification.


Additionally, there are a few downsides in using larger objective lenses. Larger lenses require a higher mounting, which impacts your ability to shoot.


In other words, a large scope may better allow you to see the target but could throw off your ability to pull off the shot.

Reticles

Reticles are the patterns shown on the inside of your scope that frame your target. There are dozens of patterns to choose from ranging from simple to complex.


The most common reticles are the duplex, mildot, and BDC reticles. These three reticles feature four lines are leading from the four cardinal directions of your scope with a center designed to direct your eye for accuracy.

Duplex:

  • Target features four lines at a cross
  • Focuses eye towards the center of the scope
  • Aids low light
  • Best for target shooting and hunting

Mildot:

  • Based on the duplex pattern with added enhancements
  • Dots move across the cross according to milliradians
  • Allows you to see range when size is known
  • Best for adjusting for elevation and wind
  • Standard reticle for law enforcement and military
  • Best for rifle use over 300 yards

BDC (Bullet Drop Compensator):

  • Several points included in a pattern corresponding to distance
  • Only available for use with certain cartridges
  • Moderately accurate for ranges over 500 yards
  • Ideal for general purpose carbine or rifle

These basic features should give you a clearer idea of what kind of scope is best suited for your needs. Of course, there’s more to consider including adjustment systems, focal planes, and parallax, but it’s the specs and reticles that help you narrow down your scope from the wide number of products available.


Didn't find what you were looking for? You can check out our reviews of air rifle scopes and scopes for 308 Bolt Action Rifle.


If you're a beginner and would like to know more, do read on our tips on choosing the right rifle scope and other buying guide.  

Leupold VX R Patrol 3 9×40 Review – Pros and Cons

The Leupold VX R Patrol 3 9×40 review indicates this scope is designed for military personnel and law enforcement officials. It is because the manufacturer has adopted a range finding mechanism versus a hold over elevation, windage design. The riflescope features Leupold’s proprietary motion sensor that deactivates the illumination function automatically after five minutes of inactivity and reactivates immediately it detects movement.

The VX R Patrol 3 9×40 also comes with the popular Index Matched Lens mechanism that works in conjunction with the lead-free blackened lenses for clear transmission of light. The fast-focus eyepiece allows you to adjust the diopter while performing your duties in the field. The Leupold VX R Patrol 3 9×40 also has a second generation waterproofing feature that rids of the effects of shock from temperature more efficiently than nitrogen. But let’s find out more about the scope below.

Specifications

  • Magnification- Range 3-9 times;
  • Reticle- FireDot TMR;
  • Finish- Matte;
  • Color- black;
  • Objective lens diameter- 40mm;
  • Tube diameter- 30mm;
  • Adjustment click value- 0.25 MOA;
  • Field of view- range 13.6-33.6 feet at 100 yards;
  • Length- 12.6 inches;
  • Weight- 15.3 oz.

Pros

Leupold VX-R Patrol, 3-9 x 40

1. High-Quality Optics

Leupold is known for its excellent illumination features. To begin with, the riflescope features a state-of-art illumination mechanism- the FireDot reticle. Only select models come equipped with this exclusive system- FireDot Circle, FireDot Pig Plex, FireDot Duplex, FireDot SPR, FireDot 4, FireDot SPR, FireDot LR Duplex and Ballistic FireDot.

When it is activated, the dot within the reticle illuminates a sharp, bright definition while the rest of the reticle remains non-illuminated. The combination allows your eye to see your target fast and with precision. The most important time to use this feature is as the lights fade in the evening. Shooters hunting in the open country during daylight hours find the feature particularly useful if they have time to deliberate about most shots.

Secondly, its proprietary index matched lens system ensures each lens’ surface has a different coating material based on placement, function, and lens’ index of refraction. The layering rids of reflections and optimizes transmission of light, providing a sharp resolution across the visual field and unparalleled brightness.

Its blackened lens edge improves the user’s visual ability by reducing unwanted glare and diffusion, offering a higher resolution, optical performance, and enhanced contrast. The Leupold VX R Patrol 3 9×40 review has also identified features such as lead-free glass lenses that provide better clarity. Apart from the superior optics, the lenses are produced using eco-friendly products.

The ballistic aiming mechanism provides the necessary variables required for long-range shooting. Its unique ballistics indicator ring lets users adjust the power settings of their cartridge ballistics and saves the setting. The wide magnification range of 3-6 times provides a great deal of versatility for hunting big game.

2. Durability

The second generation waterproofing feature for this riflescope has Leupold’s proprietary Argon/Krypton blend. This combination eliminates the adverse effects of thermal shock. Additionally, since Argon/Krypton blend has larger molecules than those of nitrogen, it reduces the diffusion of gases sealed in your scope.

Its rugged design bolstered using DiamondCoat layers provides additional protection for the lenses for enhanced transmission of light and resistance to abrasion. Additionally, the eco-friendly lead-free glass lenses prevent damage that is common to regular glass production.

3. Advanced Technology

The Leupold VX R Patrol 3 9×40 review shows that the device comes with motion sensor technology. As such, a single touch or twist of a button activates the illumination, providing different intensity settings- high and low. The reticle adjusts to a standby mode after five minutes of inactivity and reactivates when it is moved. It ridsof the need for excessive movement when reaching the buttons and prolongs battery life.

4. Improved Performance

The riflescope’s generous eyebox feature allows you to achieve clear sight and picture fast. It also provides a great deal of flexibility for shooters who want to make long shots. What’s more, the rifle has a quick target acquisition feature that makes all the difference for shooters who want to get an up-close view of the big game.

Leupold VX R Patrol 3 9×40 review shows that when set at a higher power, the elongated eye relief offers an incredible head position and improves visibility by filling the eyepiece completely. The rifle also accommodates different ranges of visual acuity even in fading light using its one-turn non-locking eyepiece. As such, it helps both far-sighted and near-sighted users and adjusting the reticles is fast and precise. Its 30mm main tube provides a large field of view and a wide range of internal adjustment for elevation and windage despite weighing 15.3 oz.

5. Ease of Use

The Leupold VX R Patrol 3 9×40 riflescope features a 0.1 mil impact point correction that allows finger click alterations for elevation and windage adjustments that offer absolute dependability over its lifetime. Its pop-up re-zero feature also ensures maximum adjustments for precision, range, and instant re-zeroing while the TMR (Tactical Milling Reticle) graduations allow the rifle to retain external and elevation adjustments.

6. Additional Benefits

The package comes with bungee lens covers to protect the lenses from damage.

Cons

While the riflescope delivers high-quality optics, it does not have VX-3’s high-quality lens. Additionally, users need to keep on adjusting the FireDot reticle as the light conditions differ. Sometimes you may find it too bright or dim when you want to shoot a target.

Who Is this Product for?

The Leupold VX R Patrol 3 9×40 riflescope has been designed for medium-range targeting. Its optical system makes it ideal for the law enforcement agency, snipers, and street officers.

Price

Amazon sells the Leupold VX R Patrol 3 9×40 at $479.98 while eBay charges $494.00. The same riflescope retails at $477.88 on Walmart.

Verdict

According to this Leupold VX R Patrol 3 9×40 review the riflescope is designed as a precision rifle that can perform more than shooting game. It’s uniquely priced at nearly half of tactical optics of this genre, and the buyer will be getting a whole lot more for his money. Its FireDot feature is the most outstanding as it rids of the difficulties that come with lack of light and definition when shooters are trying to lock on to a target.

Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm Review – Worth It?

The Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm review presents a fast, lightweight, and versatile riflescope. It makes a perfect rifle for competition, military, and law enforcement shooters. Its 6x zoom range provides a good field of view, incredible long-range targeting at high power, and rapid targeting at low magnification.

The riflescope also features the special Xtended Twilight lens by Leupold that ensures you get clear images from one edge to another throughout the zoom range. Its DiamondCoat2 protects the riflescope from any scratches while increasing the transmission of light. The Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm is also fog proof, waterproof and comes with full lifetime guarantee. Continue reading to find out more about it!

Specifications

  • Length- 11.9 inches;
  • Weight (without mounting materials) – 23.6 oz;
  • Diameter of objective lens – 44 mm;
  • Magnification range – 3-18;
  • Field of view – 36.8- 6.3 feet every 100 yards;
  • Zero stop;
  • Mil based reticle;
  • Mil adjustments;
  • Color- black;
  • Finish- Matte.

Pros

Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm side view

1. Advanced Technology

Shooters have been using a mildot reticle for years; the advances in technology over the last five years have changed the shooting game completely. Unlike other riflescopes that feature a variety of reticle options, the Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm has two reticles. Based on the elevation knob you choose, this optic provides six options; the TMR (it is illuminated), CMR-W GRID, CMR-W 7.62, H59, H-58, and the TREMOR 2, which is also lit. The TMR makes an ideal option as it features a modest mil hash reticle that has divisions after every .5 mils and .2 mils. It does not have graduation labels and works well for low light use.

TREMOR 2 is the most recent grid type of reticle by Horus that allows users to engage in sniper operations. It is because the reticle increases the magnification of the scope and the probability of getting an accurate shot. The H58 is also reliable, fast, and ideal for amateur shooters.

2. Improved Performance

The rifle features a focal plane that provides a great deal of accuracy for target shooters and hunters compared to a second focal plane scope. Its M5B2 adjustments that are located in the middle of the rifle are lighter and slimmer because Leupold uses exotic aluminum alloy in its constriction instead of brass.

With a magnification range of 3-18 inches, the scope is useful regardless of the shooting range. However, in extremely low-light conditions, users may need to set it at 12 or less, which is pretty common even with scopes that have 50 mm objectives.

Additionally, if you get lost in your turns, you can use the zero stop feature to dial back and start again. It is easy to set the zero stop as it has positive clicks and clunks. After every 10th mil, you get a click and then a positive clunk after the 5th mil. It allows you to shoot fast during the night as you don’t need to count. The low profile C2 turret has a small button located on the side that allows you to dial in a long shot.

3. High-quality Optics

The riflescope is incredibly short, which according to experts, makes light to be bent to more dramatic angles. It is often mitigated by adding lens groups instead of single lenses to allow a little bending. The Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm, however, is both short and light- a feat that is difficult to achieve from an optics perspective.

Compared to high-end riflescopes like the USO and Vortex, as well as middle-range rifles like the Zeiss and the SHV, the Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm performs incredibly well optically. The 44mm objective lens diameter allows adequate light to go through the lens, providing bright images.

You are also sure to get optimized transmission of low-light wavelengths using its Index matched lens mechanism. Most manufacturers quote a percentage of light transmission (green wavelength) when the human eye is most sensitive. At night, the green light disappears, and a blue one takes over. Human eyes can’t identify this light, which makes them immobile. The unique Xtended Twilight Lens system emphasizes on matching coatings to the glass indices. This way, it achieves the best transmission of the blinding blue/violet spectrum without compromising on color.

4. Durability

As earlier highlighted, the Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm review features an ion-assist lens finish (DiamondCoat 2) that increases transmission of light and is resistant to scratches. Note that DiamondCoat exceeds military standards for durability and hardness. Hence, you are sure the rifle will endure the tests of time. It offers additional benefits like increased clarity, brightness, and contrast.

Cons

While the riflescope offers lots of advantages, users may find the turret body a little daunting to work with. Since it rotates + 0.05 mils in both directions when locked in place, it may be difficult to determine where you are dialed. You may need to count all the clicks when rotating the turrets. The turrets are torqued down to the maximum level. Hence, there may be no need of tightening the turrets down.

Who Is This Product Good For?

The Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm review shows that the riflescope is designed for hunters and shooters. Its unique length also allows use on various weapons platforms for defensive and offensive capabilities.

Price

The Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm can be found on the Amazon online store at a price of $2499. eBay, however, offers a lower price of $1940 for a brand new riflescope, exclusive of shipping. You will also find the rifle on OpticsPlanet.com where it costs $2199.99.

Verdict

The Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm review shows this is a reliable riflescope. Its zoom range makes it comfortable to use when shooting, though it may not provide the desired accuracy. Additionally, while it is in the $3k price range, it’s more comparable with riflescopes in the $1.5k price range.

Mark 6 3 18x lightweight features make it a tactical riflescope for long-range shooters who carry rifles for long distances. And, while competitors have tried to enhance optical performance without compromising on the weight and size, the Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm has managed to deliver exceptionally well on all these features.

Leupold VX 3 3.5 10×40 Review: Specs, Pros, and Cons

Being the company that pioneered the use of waterproofing optics using nitrogen purging, Leopold maintains its successful tradition of making state-of-art rifles. The Leupold VX 3 3.5 10×40 review has found that the riflescope offers world-class features like darkened lens edges, a double spring erector spring, and XT (Xtended Twilight) lens system that comes with DiamondCoat 2 covering.

The VX-3 presents the best alternative to gamers who like the 3-9×40 optics. Its sighting features provide more excitement to your hunting expedition. The one-inch fog proof main tube and precision adjustments make the rifle the best for water sports and reliable enough for all kinds of weather. Additionally, the unobstructed 40mm objective delivers remarkable performance during the night. It sets the new standard of riflescope performance for an ingrained thrill that comes with hunting.

Leupold VX 3 3.5 10×40 Specs

  • Type: adjustable riflescope power
  • Reticle: Second focal plane; Boone & Crockett tested, Duplex
  • Magnification: 3.5-10x
  • EP (Exit Pupil): 11.4mm for 3.5x and 4mm for 10x
  • Eye relief: 4.4 inches
  • Adjustments: Up to 1/4 MOA (diameter), 58 MOA (maximum allowable internal adjustment)
  • Power: Variable
  • Turrent Height: low
  • Coatings: Multi-coated, DiamondCoat 2 technology, light management system for twilight use
  • Field of View (at 100 yards): 29.8” for 3.5x, 11” for 10x
  • Effective Objective: 40mm
  • Dimensions: 12.6” in length, one-inch in diameter and 12.6 ozs of weight
  • Construction: Waterproof, shockproof, fog proof, argon/krypton-filled gases, single-piece anodized aluminum tube, black matte, silver finish
  • Accessories: Neoprene scope covering, a coupon for free CDS calls
  • Warranty: Fulltime

Getting the CDS Coupon

To enjoy coupon free custom dial, provide the company with your coupon code, shipping information, and ballistics details. The company’s custom shop then engraves the CDS dials that match with the specifications. When you have received the CDS dial, make a simple screw adjustment to swap between the dials.

PROs and CONs of the Leupold VX 3 3.5 10×40

Pros

1. Advanced Riflescope Technology

The duplex reticle is located in the second focal plane with tapered posts for use in thick cover as it pulls your eyes to the center of the sight picture. Its fine cross hairs intersect to provide a clear view of the target. The reticle also delivers impeccable performance for night hunters as it allows them to isolate their target during difficult lighting conditions. Additionally, its location does not interfere with the dimensions when the scope’s magnification is adjusted.

2. Rifle Scope Lens

The XT lens system has defined wave-length coatings that enhance the transmission of light for improved definition and luminance for night hunters. Its darkened lens edges improve resolution by reducing glare. What’s more, the XT lens feature allows hunters to specifically target the color spectrum present in critical last minutes of fading light, allowing hunters to focus on their targets for longer periods. As such, users can enjoy a deeper saturation and contrast at 3.5x, 6x, and 10x.

3. High-Quality Performance

The alumina eyepiece guard allows fast adjustments, which make the difference between making a clean shot and going home empty-handed. The Leupold VX 3 3.5 10×40 review shows it resisted using the Euro-style fast-adjusting eyepiece diopter used to focus the reticle. Its elevation settings come with adjustable pointer dials and cryogenically-treated quarter MOA windage that allow hunters to make accurate shots. The sensitive power indicator has an integral range estimation feature that comes with graphite O-rings for hassle-free operation. The zoom-ring turns easily, stops, and holds firmly compared to its predecessor the VX-3.

Additionally, the twin spring configuration exerts up to 30% additional force on the erector assembly to rid of backlash and stress on the internal mechanism. Thus, the rifle exhibits an improved tracking, repeatability, and durability for the internal moving parts of the scope. The company’s proprietary one-inch main tube is lightweight to allow rangers to keep a low profile.

4. Durable Rifle Scope

The company’s proprietary blend of krypton and argon gases provides significant resistance to thermal shock compared to the regular nitrogen purging. This technology provides long-term water and fog proofing solution as the mixture of gases has a lower incidence of diffusion for a crystal clear view during long hunting expeditions. The feature also allows excellent viewing under all kinds of weather conditions.

Leupold’s proprietary DiamondCoat 2 coating on the outer part of the lens surface provides enhanced resistance to abrasion while increasing transmission of light. The silver finish provides the perfect match for stainless all-weather rifles.

Cons

  • The clicks aren’t as loud as on lots of other long-range scopes;
  • Users most dial to make elevation adjustments.

Who Is the Product Best For?

The Leupold VX 3 3.5 10×40 review has found the riflescope ideal for hunters who prefer medium to long-range shooting and target hunting. To get started, you need some mounting rings and a mounting base. Its base is attached to the firearm while the rings are joined to the rifle scope at the base. The rings should be spaced properly. Users should also ensure the ring height does not interfere with the line of sight. This way, you enhance the shooting experience and maximize the value of the investment. Note that most mounting applications require a seasoned gunsmith skill for correct installation.

Price

The Leupold VX 3 3.5 10×40 review found that the riflescope has a price range of $ 355- $ 399 on online stores like Amazon and eBay. For some hunters, the price may feel a little out of range, but its state-of-art features and upgrades make it definitely worth it. The price is inclusive of Leupold’s lifetime guarantee.

Verdict

While most riflescopes that have parallax adjustments, 8x zoom ranges, illuminated reticles, shoot past 1500 yards, and provide pretty impressive performance, new hunters want rifles that give them a thrilling hunting experience. The Leupold VX 3 3.5 10×40 review shows the riflescope provides just that. This re-engineered upgrade from the company’s previous VX-3 suits most hunters’ needs with its Boone & Crockett ballistics reticle, not to mention the slim, bright, and sharp build. Of course, the 40mm objective may feel a little undersized for most 21st-century rifle scopes, but with different EPs produced at various powers, it presents an excellent rifle for most gamers.

Leupold Deltapoint Review: 7.5 MOA Specs, Pros and Cons

Reflex sights are popular among gun owners, even though the technology is still relatively new. As a leader in the industry, Leupold has released two reflex sights that share many similarities. These are the Deltapoint 7.5 MOA and the 3.5 MOA. The latter uses a red dot to point at the target. On the other hand, the Deltapoint 3.5 MOA uses a red delta, which many people have found to be more convenient.

This Leupold Deltapoint review will focus on the 7.5 MOA. The device is great for close targeting as it does not need you to adjust the scope. It can work in all lighting conditions, although it has not been designed to adjust brightness in different environments. Still, you will find it highly accurate. You can go through this Leupold Deltapoint review to learn more about the device.

Leupold Deltapoint Specs

  • Weight: 0.6 ounces;
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.4 x 2.2 inches;
  • Batteries:2032 3V Lithium;
  • Reticle Color: Red;
  • Country of manufacture: USA;
  • Delta not adjustable to lighting conditions;
  • Water and fog resistant;
  • Uses DiamondCoat;
  • Uses motion sensor technology (MST);
  • Has 1 MOA adjustment clicks;
  • Offers unlimited views.

Pros and Cons of the Leupold Deltapoint 7.5 MOA

Pros

1. Great Construction

The Leupold Deltapoint 7.5 MOA is very light. This isn’t always a major consideration when choosing reflex sights, but it helps to have less bulk when shooting. Also, the lightweight helps to reduce the effects of recoil on the device since the force of inertia is a lot less.

2. Is Highly Durable

The device has a magnesium housing and is made with a scratch-resistant coating. The construction also includes a rubber cover. It is shock resistant and will not get damaged because of repetitive recoil. You can be assured of a lifetime of service from this reflex sight. The frame of the device helps to protect the lenses. It makes the entire product waterproof.

3. Runs on Affordable Batteries

As noted before in this Leupold Deltapoint review, the sight is powered by 3 volt CR 2032 lithium batteries, and these are highly affordable. You will need to charge the device for it to function. Such devices will require a change in batteries regularly, and that would be a financial setback if the batteries were expensive.

If you fail to change the batteries regularly, you may experience an unpleasant surprise when the red delta fails to show in an emergency situation. To save power, the device shuts off after 5 minutes of inactivity. The device will notify you when the battery needs to be recharged.

4. Is Easily Adjustable

The device can be adjusted through 1 MOA units. You will hear a click sound with every adjustment, and this will help improve your accuracy.

5. Is Quite Fast

With this device, you don’t need to align your sights. All you have to do is point and shoot. Once the delta gets to the target, you can pull the trigger. With this device, you can make accurate shots consistently.

6. The Reticle Works Well in Low Light

The device is reliable in all lighting conditions. However, it works best in well-lit environments. In low light, the delta may be slightly fuzzy. This will not affect your accuracy or speed in a significant way. Some users have found the device too bright for low-light environments. Again, this does not have a major impact on speed or accuracy.

In addition, the device can be used in multiple weather conditions as it is resistant to water and fog.

7. It Is Covered by a Lifetime Warranty

The manufacturer will repair or replace any defective device with no questions asked. It is built to be of very high quality and should last for an entire lifetime. Also, you don’t need to present warranty cards or any proof ownership.

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Cons

The Leupold Deltapoint 7.5 MOA is definitely one of the best reflex sights on the market. However, it has its own disadvantages.

First, the battery life of this device is unknown. Granted, it will let you know when the battery needs to be charged. However, you will never know when it needs to be changed since it does not make any signals when the battery is about to die. That means you might potentially point your gun at your target and the delta fails to show. To prevent such inconveniences, you should change the batteries regularly. Users recommend changing the battery every 3 months even if they aren’t dead yet. Fortunately, the batteries are affordable.

Also, this technology is still quite new and manufacturers have not figured it all out yet. This means it could potentially fail for any reason. That would be a serious problem, especially considering the fact that most self-defense shots are taken at distance of about 9 feet.

The device does not adjust its brightness according to the prevailing lighting conditions. That can potentially interfere with your speed and place you in a dangerous position.

Regardless of these cons, the device is used by many people, and very few have reported issues with it.

Who Is this Product Best for?

After carrying out the Leupold Deltapoint review, we would recommend this reflex sight to people who use their hand guns for self-defense. It will make your shots a lot more accurate and fast. The device can even be used at night in very poorly lit areas, and this makes it ideal for self-defense. Considering the risk of battery depletion, you should consider replacing them regularly as this might put your life in danger.

Price

You can get the Deltapoint 7.5 MOA reflex sight from these retailers:

Verdict

This Leupold Deltapoint review has touched all the important aspects of the device, including its disadvantages. The device will serve you well as a reflex sight and will help you defend yourself better. It runs on batteries and will always give you a signal when they need to be recharged. The price of this device is quite fair, considering the fact that it works reliably and will make your shots more accurate. Overall, it’s highly recommend if you own a gun for self-defense.

Leupold VX 2 Review: Pros, Cons, and Best Uses

Leupold has been manufacturing rifle scopes since the 1960s. The Leupold VX 2 is their latest device and is also the best they have made so far. It is made to resist snow, fog, and moisture. That means it can be used in almost all weather conditions. The company is known for manufacturing sturdy and high-quality scopes, and this one is not an exception.

This scope is made of sturdy aluminum and is filled with a blend of inert gases. To show their confidence in the product, the manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty on all purchases. In case it gets damaged or proves to be defective, you will not lose your money.

This Leupold VX 2 review will give you in depth information on this device and will cover the key advantages and disadvantages of the device. That way, you will be able to make an informed decision on whether or not you should purchase this product.

Leupold VX 2 riflescope

Leupold VX 2 Specs

  • Weight: about 11 ounces.
  • Dimensions:14 x 3.2 x 3 inches.
  • Reticle: Duplex.
  • Eye relief: 3x (4.7 inches), 9x (3.7 inches).
  • Diameter of tube: 1 inch.
  • Length of tube: 5.6 inches.
  • Magnification: 3x to 9x.
  • Finish: silver and matte black.
  • Accessories: Cover.
  • Adjustment click value: ¼ MOA.
  • Adjustment range: 56 MOA.
  • Main Features: Index Matched Lens System to give 94 percent light transmission, darkened edges to reduce glare, 5 different reticle styles, click adjustable turrets, snow, and water resistant lenses.

Pros and Cons of using Leupold VX 2

Pros

1. Delivers Clear Images

This device stands out from the competition because of the bright and clear images it produces. It is designed with multicolored optics, so you can use it even in poorly lit areas. Besides, it has high light transmission of roughly 94 percent. Image quality is further improved by the darkened outer regions of the lenses. This feature serves to increase contrast.

2. Is very high in quality

The manufacturer has built a reputation for developing high-quality products. The Leupold VX2 is made of 6061-T6 aluminum. A blend of argon and krypton gases is used to fill the scope, and this makes it waterproof and resistant to fog. Many competitor products are made using nitrogen gas and, therefore, have inferior resistance to these elements.

The device is made using lead-free lenses. The glasses have scratch-resistant treatment to prevent visible damage.

3. Is well-priced

The device is definitely not the cheapest on the market. However, if you consider the features and benefits it offers, it becomes clear that the gadget is a bargain.

It also comes with a lifetime warranty to reduce your overall risk. Under the warranty agreement, the manufacturer will repair or replace the product without asking for a warranty card. This is one of the best warranties available for scopes. That said, the company is known for manufacturing high-quality scopes, and this warranty is only meant to assure you that it is worth its price.

4. Offers a High-Quality User Experience

This is an improvement of previous models. The turrets can be reset to zero and can easily be adjusted in the field. They can be set through 1/4MOA adjustments. You will hear a click sound with every adjustment and can, therefore, set the device accurately.

The manufacturer also included Torx mounting fasteners to ease the process of loading the scope on your rifle. These fasteners also help to prevent movement of the scope because of recoil.

If you are working in high fog or wet snow, the device will not be affected in any way. It will not get coated with fog or moisture since the lenses are made to resist both elements.

There are several models of the Leupold VX 2 and your choice will determine the type of reticle you get to use. The Duplex reticle is standard on most devices. This is because it has thicker crosshairs and additional thinner lines in the center. As a result, users enjoy greater accuracy aiming at their targets.

Leupold VX 2 rifle scope

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Cons

Like all other products, the Leupold VX 2 is not flawless. One of its biggest drawbacks is the high price. Some users may not be willing to spend about $200 on a scope.

The single piece main tube is too narrow, and this makes it unsuitable for long-range tactical shooting. Also, the device weighs slightly over 11 ounces. Although this is quite light, many competitor products weigh around 8 ounces.

Who Is It Meant for?

The scope is designed short-range shooting. Hunters will particularly enjoy using this device since it is highly accurate and can work in all kinds of weather. Hunting season is often in winter, and the weather can affect the lenses of many scopes. This one will not be affected by wet snow or fog. It is also easy to adjust while in the field. The click sounds make it easier to gain accuracy when adjusting the turrets.

As mentioned before in this Leupold VX 2 review, the scope will not work well for long-range tactical shooting. This is mainly because of its narrow tube.

Price

From this Leupold VX 2 review, you have already seen that the scope is not cheaply-priced. The cost is, however, fair. You can save some extra money on your purchase by going for used scopes. Here are the prices on various websites:

Verdict

Leupold has upheld their standards with this device. As noted in this Leupold VX 2 review, the device is among the most expensive on the market. This is because it has been designed with great attention to detail and has features that many competitor devices lack.

When using it in poorly lit environments, you will be impressed since it will pick up every detail clearly. You will also appreciate the ease of use. It can easily be adjusted when on the field. We hope that this Leupold VX 2 review has helped you decide whether or not the device will suit you.

Leupold VX 3 4.5 14×40 Review: Pros, Cons, and More

As a hunting scope, the Leupold VX 3 4.5 14×40 does much for the hunter out in the field waiting for his big game prey. While we can’t necessarily say this scope does the best job, it provides good eye relief, and you can track up to 400 yards. The glass may not sit on the top shelf, but this scope is about as high as quality can get before you wind up having to fork over more cash. In this Leupold VX 3 4.5 14×40 review, we will cover everything from the company’s immaculate reputation to its quality workmanship. Most hunters know this company for their quality workmanship and willingness to stand with their customers.

You can double your vision with this scope, and you have a high level of magnification with it. As some hunters have commented, this scope works wonders in the field, and with the sleek matte black finish, it looks great at the same time.

Leupold VX 3 4.5 14×40 Specs

  • Objective Lens Diameter: 40 mm
  • Main-Tube Diameter: 30 mm
  • Magnification: Nominal: 4.5-14x Actual: 4.9-14.7x
  • Eye Relief: 4.5x: 4.4″ / 112 14x: 3.7″ / 94
  • Dimensions: Length: 12.6″ / 32 cm
  • Weight: 15.1 oz / 428 g

Pros and Cons of Using the Leupold VX 3 4.5 14×40

Leupold VX 3 4.5 14x40 scope and box

Pros

This Leupold VX 3 4.5 14×40 review will hopefully lay out the pros and cons in a dynamic fashion that helps you to decide if this scope makes sense for you.

1. Offers Better Eye Relief
For those who haven’t yet been smacked in the face with a rifle scope, congratulations. You live among the few hunters who haven’t. Eye relief takes about the distance you have to hold your shooting eye from the lens of the scope to see an image. Hold it too close and the images go fuzzy, and if you keep it too far away from you, the image becomes a dot in the center of the lens. For a firearm with a powerful recoil, you can use this scope to enjoy 9.2 cm of eye relief.

2. Is Waterproof and Fog Proof
Imagine you’re lazing up in the tree stand, eating a bologna sandwich when a big 12-point buck comes sauntering out of the swamp lands. You just had to pass over a creek, and it’s seven in the morning with a slight chill. On those mornings, fog can form on the glass of the scope and make taking a shot next to impossible. On top of that, water can seep into the scope and leave it ruined.

3. Offers a Custom Dial
Definitely one of the aspects worth mentioning, if you decide you like what this Leupold VX 3 4.5 14×40 review says and you decide to go out and buy this scope, you can ask Leupold to make you your own custom dial. You provide them with the information, and after it has been finished, they will send you your own custom dial. For hunting purposes, this is one of the best rifle scopes you can get in this price category, and it makes it perfect for taking those long range shots.

Cons

1. Faulty Eye Relief

Getting the eye relief correct at 14 mm can be a little tricky. If you’re sitting out in the field and you haven’t put in many hours of practice, it can lead to you missing your shot when the big game comes out.

2. No Long Range Reticle

You also do not have a long range reticle, which makes taking the super long distance shots next to impossible. It needs a few more aim points if you’re going to succeed at making a long-distance shot.

3. Pricey

This scope costs $475, which is a little higher than what many hunters can afford. Granted, the scope does its job, and once you get past the high cost, it’s well worth the price.

As you can see from our review and looking at some of the other Leupold VX 3 4.5 14×40 review posts written, most of the people who tried the scope didn’t have too many negative things to say about this hunting scope. In fact, if you’re hunting, it could probably rank as one of the finer scopes with crystal-clear imaging.

Who Is This Product Best For?

This Leupold VX 3 4.5 14×40 review looked at multiple customer angles. After looking over the facts, we learned that this scope works best for hunters, and of the hunters who used it, only a small handful of them had a complaint about it. Most of them couldn’t think of anything they disliked, and the price makes this product a great deal. Why does this scope work so well for hunters? It works well because in general, hunters need to take short to medium-range shots and this scope specializes in just that.

Price

The Leupold VX 3 4.5 14×40 rifle scope is available on various online shops. You can find the optic on Opticsplanet.com, where it will cost you $500.00. On eBay.com, this scope is priced at $475.

Having been burned on expensive scopes that failed to measure up to the price asked, many hunters opt for the less expensive scopes. However, the Leupold comes from a solid brand that backs their products. For example, their customer service promises they will either repair the scope or replace it at no cost to you.

This means that even if you did run across a dud, you could still get your money back because Leupold products boldly hand you a full lifetime guarantee. In addition, you don’t need proof of ownership or a warranty card to make good on this promise.

Summing Up

In general, this Leupold VX 3 4.5 14×40 review gives this scope a favorable review. Most customers did not have a lot of negative to say about it. The vast majority, in fact, was positive. With this scope, you have everything needed to make the shots of a lifetime. Bring home a big trophy buck and with wide grin on your face as you tell your wife how you will soon have a freezer full of venison.

Leupold VX1 3 9×40 Review: Pros, Cons, and Best Uses

Leupold VX1 3 9×40 Review
 

Are you looking for a rifle scope that is both affordable and free from gimmicks? You can test the limits of your favorite rifle with the Leupold VX1 3 9×40. After 120 years in business, Leupold is an award-winning company that knows how to craft high-quality riflescopes that ensure accurate shots.

If you are ready to make the leap and purchase a solidly-built riflescope, read this Leupold VX1 3 9×40 review through until the end to see if the CX1 3 9×40 is right for you.

Leupold VX1 3 9x40 rifle scope

Leupold VX1 3 9×40 Specs

  • Eyebox;
  • Classic/Standard Lockable Eyepiece;
  • 3:1 Zoom Ratio;
  • Waterproof and Fogproof;
  • 1/4 MOA Finger Click;
  • Tactile Power Selector;
  • 1 inch Maintube;
  • Proprietary Nitrogen Fill Process;
  • Multicoat 4;
  • Durable Lens Cover;
  • 6061-T6 Aircraft Quality Aluminum;
  • Weighs 11.2 oz (318 g).

Pros and Cons of Using the Leupold VX1 3 9×40

 

Pros

1. Highly Durable Materials

One of the biggest reasons people keep buying Leupold’s scopes is that they are constructed from high-quality, durable materials. The scopes and rings on the Leupold VX1 3 9×40 can sustain a fair amount of damage without being broken and are ideal if you plan on traveling with your equipment.

Customers can enjoy using these scopes for multiple hunting seasons and rest assured that their financial investments in these scopes are worth it.

2. It Makes Rifles Easy to Zero

Any rifle that is equipped with a Leupold VX1 3 9×40 is going to be incredibly easy to zero. In fact, the adjustability on this scope is incredibly accurate. Each adjustment will make accurate and predictable alterations to the impact point of each successive shot. This is definitely not one of those cheap throw-away scopes that cannot hold zero.

3. Leupold’s Lifetime Warranty

Leupold understands that you are investing a good chunk of change in their riflescope, so not only do you get a high-quality product, you also get a fantastic lifetime warranty with the VX1 3 9×40. In fact, it is hard to go wrong with such an excellent warranty and is not something you will find on cheaper products made by other companies.

4. The Leupold VX1 3 9×40 is Highly Versatile

If you are looking for a scope that can work well with many different rifles, the Leupold VX1 3 9×40 might be right for you. It is highly versatile, and what makes it so adaptable is that Leupold goes above and beyond to test all of their riflescopes to exceed any amount of recoil you can get on different rifles.

You can slap one of these scopes on a Winchester XPR Firing 308 and be good to go.

Cons

1. Trouble With Fog

The lens does, unfortunately, seem to mist over in certain weather conditions, including in a 40-degree temperature with light rain. This will make ranged shots more difficult, so customers who buy this riflescope will have to be mindful of the weather conditions they are using it in.

2. Gloss Finish Has Been Discontinued

Although this is more of an aesthetic gripe than a critique on the riflescope’s performance, this Leupold VX1 3 9×40 review needs to address the fact that Leupold has discontinued their well-loved gloss finish on this riflescope. This might be due to the belief that the gloss finish was spooking game.

However, those who have purchased the gloss finished scopes Leupold has made in the past are disappointed with the switch from gloss to matte finish. Overall, the gloss finish really added a sharp look to these scopes.

3. You Might Want to Invest In Flip Up Covers

The rubber bra that comes with the Leupold VX1 3 9×40 does its job in most hunting situations. However, if you plan on hunting in an environment where the rubber bra might be too awkward to have it be truly effective, you will need to consider investing in flip up covers to help protect your lenses.

4. It Isn’t Made For Close-Range Shots

The Leupold VX1 3 9×40 scope does not have a parallax adjustment, so you will not be able to use it for close-range shots (such as those made at a 50-foot range). Instead, you will have to opt for one of Leupold’s other scopes, such as the VX-2 3-9x33mm Rimfire EFR (Extended Focus Range).

Who Is This Product Best For?

Are you shopping on a budget but don’t want to buy a $50-70 scope that might not make it through one hunting season? The Leupold VX1 3 9×40 is a good choice for those looking to spend moderately on a high-quality, durable product that can be taken on traveling expeditions.

Since the Leupold VX1 3 9×40 works well with most rifles, this scope is a great choice for hunters looking to make long-range shots. Unfortunately, if you plan on doing a lot more at a closer range (of, say, 50 feet or so), the Leupold VX1 3 9×40 is not the scope for you since it is designed to have the focus be parallax free at 150 yards.

If you plan on making more close-range shots, your best bet is to buy one of Leupold’s scopes that have the focus set to be parallax free at 75 yards.

Price

This Leupold VX1 3 9×40 review wouldn’t be complete without discussing price. If you buy directly from Leupold’s website, you will be paying $315 for the scope. However, this scope is available on Amazon and other online sellers for a fraction of the price. On Amazon, the Leupold VX1 3 9×40 has a starting price of $175.

Verdict

For those who will be making long-range shots and who are shopping on a budget, the Leupold VX1 3 9×40 scope might be one of the best choices. It is made from sturdy materials, comes with a lifetime warranty, and has an impeccable ability to zero.

Hopefully, this Leupold VX1 3 9×40 review has helped you make an informed decision on whether you should buy this scope for your rifle.

Leupold VX HOG Review – 1-4x20mm Riflescope

Whether you’re a hog hunter, deer hunter or any other kind of hunter, the Leupold VX HOG 1-4x20mm riflescope will be your new best friend. Leupold’s signature VX series line of products are undeniably some of the best scopes available in today’s optics market, and the VX HOG is no exception. You might ask yourself what makes the VX HOG 1-4x20mm riflescope so exceptional? Simply put, the VX HOG 1-4x20mm riflescope sports qualities and features unheard of for a scope in its class or price range.

This sharp shooting little scope is fast on target acquisition and provides a clear, crisp picture every time you shoot with it. Stick around for a few minutes to read this Leupold VX Hog review, and we’ll cover some of the important features, benefits and potential disadvantages.

Leupold VX HOG Review Pros and Cons

Leupold VX HOG 1-4x20mm

Specs:

  • Magnification: 1.40-4.00 power.
  • Eye Relief: 4.20 inches (Low Power), 3.80 inches (High Power).
  • Field of View: 74.70 feet (Low Power), 29.80 feet (High Power).
  • Weight: 8.10 ounces.
  • Elevation Adjustment Range: 125 MOA.
  • Windage Adjustment Range: 125 MOA.
  • Length: 9.50 inches.
  • Tube Diameter: 1 inch.

The Pros

Lens Glass Quality

Leupold uses enhanced glass production techniques that result in lead-free lenses, which significantly improves optical brightness while also lowering lens weight.

Fog Free

Purging scopes with nitrogen gas displaces oxygen, moisture and a large number of other potential contaminants that could ruin your lens clarity.

Great Eye Relief

The Leupold VX HOG 1-4x20mm riflescope has a surprising amount of eye relief that opens it up for use on a wide range of guns and calibers. At low power the VX HOG sports 4.20 inches of eye relief and at high power, an impressive 3.80 inches, which is more than enough to prevent getting “scoped”.

Sturdy Design

The VX HOG scope tube is crafted with 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum, which allows it to be utilized in tough field conditions without worry.

Fast-Focus and Target Acquisition

Hog hunting normally involves shooting a target on the move, and the Leupold VX HOG’s new lockable Fast-Focus eyepiece makes getting a target picture easy. This feature is incredibly important for close range target acquisition, and can literally make or break a fast shot. Leupold VX HOG reviews online consistently list this feature as one of the primary reasons people enjoy this scope.

looking through the Leupold VX HOG 1-4x20mm

Zero and Hold

Nothing is more exasperating than spending several hours at the range burning through expensive ammunition without getting a confident zero on your riflescope. The VX HOG’s ¼ MOA turret clicks with consistency every time, and the scopes sheer toughness ensures your rifle will stay zeroed even under the harshest conditions.

Quantum Optical System Multicoated Lenses

Leupold has been a pioneer in improving optical brightness and clarity with their proprietary Quantum Multicoated Lenses. Each layer coating (anti-reflective, phase correction, hydrophobic and abrasion-resistant) contributes something different to the spectacular brightness and clarity that Leupold scopes achieve. If you need proof head to your nearest outdoor store and test the clarity with your own eyes. Check out the Leupold VX HOG reviews online too.

Unmatched Gold Ring Warranty

Lifetime warranties on scopes are rare, and lifetime transferrable warranties are even rarer. Leupold has consistently shown that it keeps its promise when dealing with its product warranties. From its VX series line, to its MARK IV line, Leupold replaces or repairs any scope that fails to perform as expected. Scopes are expensive and way too significant of an investment to trust with a shady warranty, so don’t. Check out the customer warranty reviews on Leupold products, and you’ll find a consistent message; The Leupold Gold Ring promise has got you covered.

The Cons

As with most riflescopes, there are potential design flaws and concerns that must be taken into account when making an informed purchase. However, the only significant flaw you will encounter with the VX HOG are the words “PIG PLEX” written on each side of the crosshairs. It can be slightly distracting, maybe even annoying, but doesn’t affect the scope’s functionality when it comes to getting an accurate sight picture. Also, the crosshairs seem slightly too thick; they may actually be a bother to some shooters. However, most complaints about the reticle in the majority of Leupold VX HOG reviews didn’t seem to affect their overall impression of the scope’s quality. It’s a minor blemish, which can largely be ignored, on an otherwise perfect scope.

Who Is This Product Best For?

Honestly, the VX HOG could be a valuable and preferred item in almost any hunter’s collection. It has the quick focus needed for fast shots, and the clarity for longer follow-ups. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for hogs, deer, big game, and maybe even dangerous game. This scope has the ability to comfortably shoot out 200-300 yards and is excellent at close range. Whether you’re a deer hunter in the stand with a 30-06 or a big game hunter packing a 444 Marlin, this scope is most likely going to be the perfect fit for your intended use.

Conclusion

Leupold’s VX HOG 1-4x20mm riflescope is a great riflescope choice for just about any occasion, and it’s at a price that won’t leave your pockets empty. The solid design allows it to be paired with almost any heavy recoiling rifle, and its lead-free, fog-free lens allows for excellent clarity. After you take it to the range, your zero will hold consistently during rough use, and remain predictable for every shot.

The VX HOG’s excellent lens clarity, solid design, Fast-Focus eyepiece and Gold Ring Warranty make it a solid choice for short to mid-range hunts in almost any environment. Really, its only drawback is the annoying “PIG PLEX” logo written on the crosshairs, but even that grows on you with time. Leupold offers a kind of scope quality that is very hard to find at the VX HOG’s typical price point, and a unique versatility that’s hard to beat.

Next time you’re out looking for a good scope, keep Leupold’s VX HOG 1-4x20mm riflescope in mind. Let us know what you think about the scope too.

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