New in 2015

VX-3 3.5-10x40mm CDS

Ingrained with the thrill of the hunt, the new VX-3 drastically improves optical performance, mechanical function, and durability. We've pushed it to the limit, so you can push yourself to yours. And now with the Custom Dial System (CDS), you can now own a scope that precisely matches your rifle's ballistics.

Model Options Starting prices are USA only, and are our Suggested Retail Price.

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Quantum Optical System

Leupold optical engineers and scientists, mechanical engineers and product line managers have developed the optical system for Leupold’s newest riflescopes, including the VX-1, VX-2, VX-R and VX-6. The Quantum Optical System is a new way of thinking about optical system design and is a significant leap forward in performance. Using the rugged foundation of the legendary Vari-X series and employing state-of-the-art optical and mechanical design software and manufacturing processes, this system delivers new levels of performance in every optical category. Lead free, ecologically friendly glass compositions are used throughout—the geometry of each lens is maximized through a combination of Ze-max® design software and evaluation using Leupold’s Zygo® Interferometer to minimize wave front error and increase resolution. The result is razor sharp imaging across the typical light conditions experienced on any hunt—from the bright daylight of varminting to the dawn and dusk hours when big whitetails are on the move. By repositioning optical elements, employing new coatings and importantly, leaving key, time-tested mechanical aspects of the Vari-X system untouched, significant performance gains have been achieved in many other areas as well. The Quantum Optical System has greatly enhanced light transmission (up to 92% in the VX-1 system and 94% in the VX-2 system), resolution and color fidelity—all while preserving the ease of use and nearly indestructible ruggedness that has been a hallmark of Leupold riflescopes for generations.

Xtended Twilight Lens System

Now your hunt can reach further into the twilight than ever before possible, with our exclusive new Xtended Twilight Lens System™. It goes a step further than even the Index Matched Lens System®, using Leupold’s® index matched glass with wavelength specific lens coatings designed to optimize the transmission of low-light wavelengths. When most scope manufacturers quote percentage of light transmission, they usually mean at 550 nm, the green wavelength where the human eye is most sensitive. The challenge is that in twilight conditions, green light disappears and blue/violet light takes over. Your eye is already handicapped when it comes to seeing the blue/violet spectrum, and if your scope is cutting too much of it out, soon you won’t be seeing anything. The Xtended Twilight Lens System places extra emphasis on matching coatings to glass indices to achieve the best possible transmission of the blue/violet spectrum, without sacrificing the color balanced light transmission across the visual spectrum of the Index Matched Lens System. When we combine that with superior computer-generated optical design, lead-free lenses of unsurpassed clarity and quality, and 100 years of manufacturing excellence, you have a scope that gives you the details of low-light scenes in greater definition and luminance than any other scope in the world.

DiamondCoat 2

Exterior lens surfaces are treated with DiamondCoat 2™, an ion-assist lens coating, for higher light transmission and the greatest level of abrasion resistance we’ve ever offered. DiamondCoat already exceeds military standards for hardness and durability. DiamondCoat 2 offers unsurpassed durability and will prove its worth in the wildest places on earth. DiamondCoat 2 has the additional advantage of assisting in light transmission, for greater brightness, clarity and contrast.

2nd Generation Argon/Krypton Waterproofing

While we still waterproof other optics with bone-dry nitrogen – technology pioneered by Leupold® – Select models feature our exclusive, proprietary Argon/Krypton gas blend. Its advantages are two fold: it nearly eliminates the effects of thermal shock, and the Argon/Krypton molecules are significantly larger than nitrogen molecules, reducing the diffusion of gases sealed inside your scope even more than our proven nitrogen technology already does. We pioneered riflescope waterproofing, and now with Argon/Krypton we’re exceeding the standards we set ourselves.

Lead Free

Leupold optics offer better optical clarity as a result of lead-free glass lenses. In addition to its superior optics, the lenses are produced with none of the environmentally damaging by-products common to standard glass production. A small step, but one in the right direction.

Generous Eyebox

The generous eyebox makes it faster and easier to get your eye behind the riflescope and achieve a full, clear sight picture. Setting up for longer shots you'll appreciate the flexibility it affords, and in close up big game or dangerous game situations the quick target acquisition will be the difference maker. At high power, the longer eye relief and more generous eyebox gives you incredible head position latitude and an improved sight pictue that fills the eyepiece completely - putting you in better position to make the shot of a lifetime.

Blackened Lens Edges

Blackened lens edges reduce unwanted glare and diffusion through the lens edges to provide better resolution, improved contrast and superior optical perrformance.

Twin Bias Spring Erector System

CDS Custom Dial System

Leupold CDS™ models allow you to quickly dial your elevation to different sight-in ranges with a custom adjustment matched to your specific ballistics information. The CDS dials change out easily, allowing you flexibility with different loads, conditions and calibers. Every CDS dial features ¼-MOA click or 1 cm click (metric versions), finger adjustments and no adjustment covers to lose, making the VX-2, VX-3, VX-6 and VX-R even more accurate and rugged. How the CDS™ System Works The CDS System works by laser-inscribing your scope's elevation dial to match your load, velocity and conditions. Your scope will be in perfect synch with the way your rifle and load shoots, even for hand loads. Each CDS dial is unique, taking all practical ballistic and environmental factors into account:

MST (Motion Sensor Technology)

An important feature of select Illuminated reticle models is the Leupold-exclusive Motion Sensor Technology (MST). A single touch of the button or twist of the dial activates the illumination, offering several different intensity settings (depending on model) including a high/low indicator (FireDot reticles only). The reticle will automatically switch to “stand-by mode” after five minutes of inactivity, then reactivate whenever the rifle is moved. This eliminates the need for excess movement reaching for buttons, while extending battery life (powered by a readily available CR-2032 coin cell battery.

1/4 MOA Finger Click

Finger click adjustments for windage and elevation (¼-MOA) offer absolute repeatability and dependability over a lifetime of extreme use (metric adjustments – 1 cm per click).

Custom Shop serviceable

Leupold Scope Cover

Keep your Leupold® riflescope looking like new. Protect its finish from dirt and damage with the durable scope cover included with your riflescope. Made of water-resistant, nylon-laminated neoprene. Protect your scope in storage or in the field.

24K Gold Ring and Medallion

100% Waterproof and Fog Proof

Alumina Rubber Eyepiece Guard

Specification Low High
Actual Magnification 3.30 x 9.70 x
Linear Field of View (ft/100 yd) 29.80 ft 11.00 ft
Linear Field of View (m/100 m) 9.90 m 3.70 m
Eye Relief (in) 4.40 in 3.60 in
Eye Relief (mm) 112.00 mm 91.00 mm
Specification Value
Weight (oz) 13.10 oz
Weight (g) 371.00 g
Objective Clear Aperture (in) 1.60 in
Objective Clear Aperture (mm) 40.00 mm
Elevation Adjustment Range 52.00 moa
Windage Adjustment Range 52.00 moa
Specification Value
Scope Profile Diagram
A. Length 12.60 in
B. Tube Length 5.80 in
C. Illustration 2.30 in
D. Illustration 2.40 in
E. Eyepiece Length 3.10 in
F. Objective Length 3.50 in
G. Objective Diameter 1.80 in
H. Eyepiece Diameter 1.60 in
K. Tube Diameter 1.0 in

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VX-3 Riflescopes

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4.50x 20.00mm No No Yes $749.99
4.50x 20.00mm No No No $499.99
5.50x 32.00mm No No No $499.99
7.80x 36.00mm No Yes No $499.99
9.50x 50.00mm No Yes No $689.99
New 9.50x 50.00mm Yes No No $749.99
9.70x 40.00mm No Yes No $624.99
New 9.70x 40.00mm Yes No No $689.99
9.80x 50.00mm No Yes Yes $999.99
14.20x 40.00mm No Yes No $749.99
New 14.20x 40.00mm Yes No No $814.99
14.40x 40.00mm No Yes No $689.99
New 14.40x 40.00mm Yes No No $749.99
14.40x 50.00mm No Yes No $999.99
14.40x 50.00mm No Yes No $874.99
14.40x 50.00mm No Yes Yes $1,249.99
New 14.40x 50.00mm Yes No No $1,064.99
New 14.40x 50.00mm Yes No No $939.99
New 14.70x 40.00mm Yes No No $939.99
14.70x 40.00mm No Yes No $874.99
19.20x 40.00mm Yes No No $939.99
19.20x 40.00mm No Yes No $874.99
19.20x 40.00mm No Yes No $999.99
19.20x 50.00mm Yes Yes No $1,124.99
24.30x 50.00mm Yes Yes No $1,249.99