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Leupold's New VX-2 Scope for 2012

November 13, 2012
Bill Waugaman , Ohio Valley Outdoors

Writing a review of a Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 carbine, I needed a good scope to match the quality of the rifle. Since this rifle received the Outdoor Life Editor's Choice Award for 2012, I chose Leupold's new 3-9x40 VX-2 that also received the Outdoor Life Editor's Choice Award for 2012. What an awesome combination.

Taking a quick glance, you might think this is another quality Leupold scope with its iconic gold ring. When you take a closer look and hold it, you're in for a big surprise. The new VX-2 is the result of what can be accomplished when modern and sophisticated technology is used to produce quality optics. Then, by incorporating some common sense features that are useful to the typical hunter, you end up with a great scope.

----- Physical features or enhancements:

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Leupold VX-2 3-9x40

* finger adjustable -MOA windage and elevation adjustments with a zero indicator that can be reset

* the magnification adjustment ring has a raised 'bump' that will make it easier to turn the ring while wearing gloves and you can approximate the magnification power by touch

* the reticle focus is an adjustable ring on the eyepiece

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The first Vari-X scope was manufactured by Leupold in 1962...Happy 50th Anniversary.

* 6061-T6 aircraft quality aluminum alloy (strength and reduced weight)

* DiamondCoat lens coatings on the exterior lens surfaces to resist abrasion

----- Improved Optics:

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* a new method for creating an 'electroform' reticle that is actually cut from a thin sheet of metal

* lead-free precision ground lenses (improved light transmission and reduced weight)

* blackened lens edges (reduced diffusion and improved contrast)

* the Quantum Optical System matches the shape of each lens to the precise optimized positioning as a way to produce the best possible resolution, clarity and light transmission

* Index Matched lens coatings are applied to specifically match the characteristics of a lens (such as glass type) and its function to eliminate reflection thus allowing for more light transmission, clarity and color rendition

While the improved optics may sound like advertising hype to draw attention to a new model, all it takes is just a look through a VX-2 scope and the quality is obvious. The image shown was taken in late afternoon on a hot, hazy day using a digital camera; the 3-9x40 VX-2 was set at 6X. The trees in the foreground are at 75 yards, the corn stalks about 100 yards, the trees on the horizon are over 1/4 mile away; all have very crisp and defined detail edge to edge, including the reticle.

----- In addition to the great optical characteristics, my personal likes (in no particular order):

* the 3-9x40 VX-2 scope for this review only weighs 10.8 oz.

* with the generous eye relief and improved optical characteristics, changing the magnification requires little if any repositioning of your head to maintain proper eye relief and fill the eyepiece completely

* low light (sunrise/sunset) clarity and visibility are very good

* choice of 5 reticles (I chose the LR Duplexa duplex reticle with ballistic drop indicators)

* absolutely waterproof (I didn't test this but don't doubt Leupold's claim)

* Leupold's Full Lifetime Guarantee

The MSRP of the Leupold VX-2 (as tested) is $299. There are a lot of scopes in the marketplace that are less expensive, and they vary substantially in quality and warranty coverage. If you are going to purchase a scope, don't rule out the VX-2 because of price point alone. Consider the features, the quality, the reputation, the performance and the warranty. For the investment, you won't go wrong with Leupold's new VX-2.



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