VX-6 2-12×42 (30mm) CDS

Our VX-6 takes all the advantages of our Quantum Optical System and multiplies it times six. You get virtually every feature you can imagine—legendary ruggedness, stunning optics, and a huge 6x zoom ratio that shortens the distance to your next trophy. With a VX-6 atop your favorite rifle, the advantage is all yours.

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    Matte Finish Matte
    $1,429.99 Product #111977
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    $1,559.99 Product #111978
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VX-6 2-12x42 (30mm) CDS is rated 4.75531914893617 out of 5 by 94.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have several Leupold scopes on my hunting rifles and my latest is the VX-6 3x18x44 Illuminated B&C reticle. I have managed to feel very comfortable using this reticle out to 500 yards as I have spent a good bit of time at the range shooting it on my Kimber Mountain Ascent in 308 Win. caliber. My most recent harvests are a 16 pt. Red Stag @ 275 yards, 12 pt. Red Stag in velvet at my personal best harvest distance of 385 yards. I really like this reticle. I recently received my CDS dial, installed it and went to the range. This dial is spot on! Thanks for great products Leupold. I have several more rifles to upgrade to the VX-6.
Date published: 2016-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Safari scope! I mounted this scope with Leopold quick disconnect bases on my Kimber Talkeetna .375 H&H last summer and went on Safari to both the Karoo and the Eastern Cape in South Africa. When I arrived I popped the scope quickly back in the bases and went to check zero at the range. The first shot at 100 yards was a perfect bulls eye! My PH said, shoot again and the second and third shots were less than an inch apart. I was very impressed that the scope was exactly the same as when I took it off in the US and required absolutely no adjustment! As we snuck through the mountains and spotted a beautiful kudu, I was worried that the distance was too far. My fears waned as the shot across mountains dropped a kudu at 385 yards. Next, I engaged a waterbuck, who was 70 degrees above me at 260 yards, from a creek bed and at 12 power, the shot went perfectly through his front shoulder. Additionally, I found that the scope at 2 power was perfect for putting down 3 running warthogs in heavy brush at 10 yards. When we stalked impala in the Eastern Cape, my guide Adrian from Savannah South Safaris dropped the shooting sticks and pointed. I knew what that meant, but when I saw the beautiful impala that was in my scope, I noticed that I had to shoot 3 inches over a rock and that he was quartering away from me. I told Adrian that I did not know if I could make that shot and he looked at me and said "Absolutely! With the setup that you have, I have no doubts." A single shot rang out and the trophy ram dropped! Furthermore, the illumination helped me to place my bullet perfectly on my 41 inch Cape buffalo's shoulder and when dangerous game is on the menu, you need to trust your life with your equipment! I shot 13 animals during the 10 day safari and this scope performed flawlessly in all light conditions and at all distances. Prior to selecting this scope for my hunt of a lifetime, I did quite a bit of research and I could not be happier with my selection. Many Professional Hunters call the .375 H&H the best caliber for a one rifle safari that includes dangerous game, but I say that adding the VX-6 2-12 is the key to completing the package. Thanks for making such an outstanding product!
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chose the Leupold over 5 other optics and Love it! You can see my entire review of these optics and why I chose the Leupold at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW0hhLMiBkE I reviewed about 10 scopes all together, and settled on scopes from Trijicon, Weaver, Leupold, Burris, and Vortex. My assessment was based on quality, value, ease of operation, and most important for me, reticle. Based on the criteria mentioned, I reduced the selection to the Trijicon and the Leupold. I actually ordered and received the Trijicon AccuPower, but quickly realized that the segmented circle and the dot were not daylight bright, and the 1x4 power was not enough for the type of shots I may need to make (out to 400 yards). My Selection Criteria and Results for the Leupold VX-6 Firedot BDC Glass: The glass is excellent! Clean and clear. Eye relief: Excellent, and very easy to stay behind Magnification: 1x6 is excellent; You will need a throw lever as power adjustment is pretty stiff. I will have to get used to 6x though. Used it in my last match and lost the target. First off, I shouldn't have been using that high of a magnification at only 150 yards, but thought I'd try it. I've learned! Adjustments: 1/4 MOA is fine, but is a bit mushy. Can still feel the clicks though, so it's all good. Capped turrets are nice feature. On/Off: On/Off is push button which I thought I wouldn't like, but I actually do like it. The auto on/off feature is awesome and let's me forget about whether I left it on or not. After 5 minutes of non-movement, the optic shuts off, and when i pick it back up it turns on to the same level I had it set at...very nice feature Reticle: I LOVE THIS RETICLE! IT IS DAYLIGHT BRIGHT BELIEVE ME. HAVE ALREADY SHOT IT IN A MATCH AND WAS VERY HAPPY WITH TARGET ACQUISITION. Illumination: At highest level or near highest level, illumination is very good and the green dot is easy to see Overall, I am extremely happy with this optic and glad I found exactly what I wanted through a lot of research.
Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the red dot clarity I bought this scope to mount on my .338 for my first DIY MT bivy elk hunt. It was a huge success. I ended up scaring up a group of cows during a hunt & stalk. Red dot came in very handy as they jumped up from their beds in the tree line & started to scatter; I put the red dot on her kill zone, 1 shot within 30 yards & she was down!!!
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't ask for more My buddy and I bought our first vx6 last december after getting fed up with other manufactures not being clear enough in the shadows. My buddy and I go on a varmint hunt every year for the past several years. in the shadows at 300-500 yard with other manufactures you couldn't tell what you were shooting at! It was very frustrating i cant even explain when you spend the money on the trip and you get bogged down by your ''scope'' its not a good trip. We had the Vx6's this year and WOW what a difference it made. The first day was rainy and cloudy and i couldn't believe the light these amazing scopes let in, i could see everything in nice bright and crisp detail. the other trips we shot maybe around 25 chucks this year we shot over 50! I'm still thinking back on these memories and that was back in march amazing trip and amazing optics!!!! The CDS worked like a charm very easy to use and very accurate with my handloads, longest shot was 640 yards smacked him. just down right amazingly clear optics i cant say that enough! I'm a lifetime buyer of Leupold and the vx6 scopes in particular!!!!!!! Dont hesitate when deciding to buy spend the money and just go for it. When compared to other scopes even higher in price these vx6s perform buy and you wont regret it Adam and i most definitely don't.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the reticle! I've been beating the heck out of my current scope for about a year. In Multigun competition, I spear my rifle into barrels with complete abandon and I KNOW that this scope can handle the thrashing. I love the reticle for long range as well as short range shooting. The optic is light weight yet durable. The glass is clear. If I could change 1 thing, it would be the illumination. Essentially, there is no illumination in the daylight. I miss the bright red dot!!
Date published: 2016-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Bought my scope a year ago and I'm not sorry I did, huge upgrade and improvement from my old scope. My shooting has improved a lot.
Date published: 2016-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VX 6 for 3 Gun The VX 6 1-6x is a great scope at a great price point for the beginner all the way to professional competitors. It has quality glass, great field of view, and hold overs that take the guessing away when shooting targets beyond 200 yds. I compete professionally in 3 Gun (Multigun) and this scope has helped with my success.
Date published: 2016-04-13
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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.

6:1 Zoom Ratio

A powerful 6:1 zoom ratio delivers crystal clear images from edge-to-edge throughout the entire magnification range. Many higher power scopes provide the best picture at each end of the zoom ratio, leaving the middle ranges weaker on clarity and resolution. The Leupold 6X erector system was engineered from the outset to provide consistently exceptional image quality across the entire visual field throughtout the entire zoom range. Twin Bias Spring Erector System features berylium/copper alloy leaf springs and 30% more holding force to withstand the most intense recoil and abuse.

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.

Pop-Up Rezero Adjustments

Pop-up re-zero finger click windage and elevation adjustments assure maximum adjustment range, precision and insant re-zeroing. The adjustment dials can be repositioned to align with the marked zero indicator of the adjustment without changing the adjustment setting of the scope. This allows the shooter to know the original zero of the rifle in the event that further adjustments are made in the field. To reset the zero simply lift the dial and rotate it until the "0" on the dial is aligned with the zero indicator.

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

Extreme Fast-Focus Eyepiece

The extreme fast-focus eyepiece ensures a generous eyebox, superior field of view and optimal diopter adjustment in the field. It allows the the user to adjust through the full range of diopter adjustment in one complete turn of the eyepiece.

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:

BAS (Ballistic Aiming System)

Leupold’s® Ballistics Aiming System™ is comprised of five specialized reticles – Boone and Crockett® Big Game, Varmint Hunter’s, LR Duplex, LRV Duplex, and the new SA.B.R. reticles – which take into account the variables crucial to accurate, long-range shooting. A special ballistics indicator ring allows users to customize their power settings for their cartridge’s ballistics, then saves that setting for easy reference in a hunting situation. With multiple aiming points for longer ranges and varying wind speeds, and infinite power selector settings to match your rifle’s ballistics, the Ballistics Aiming System can help you master the art of accurate, long-range shooting. It has proved so successful in helping hunters learn how to shoot accurately at long range, we’ve expanded your BAS options with additional reticles offering many of the same benefits as the original reticles. We’ve also made them available in more riflescopes than ever. With practice, the Ballistics Aiming System will teach you how to gauge the distance to your target, where to place your reticle for that distance, and even how to compensate for wind deflection. With the Ballistics Aiming System and some practice, you’ll consistently make shots you wouldn’t have attempted in the past. Accurate, long-range shooting is probably one of the most difficult hunting skills to master. For many hunters, it remains a combination of hard-won experience, intuition, and a little luck. Together, the reticles of the Ballistics Aiming System give the hunter very useful tools for successful hunts with clean and efficient harvests. By practicing with the Ballistics Aiming System, all hunters can add science to the art of long-range shooting, and master this important skill. One System, Five Unique Reticles The Boone and Crockett Big Game reticle and the Varmint Hunter’s reticle use the same principles to help you hone your long-range shooting skills, though each has been tailored to meet the needs of big game or varmint hunters. With practice, using each will become a natural part of your shooting. Unlike other range estimating reticles, the calculations made here are incredibly simple, and take the guesswork out of long-range shooting. Each reticle provides a series of aiming points. The first aiming point, the intersection of the Duplex® reticle, is to be used at 200 yards with most common cartridges, and 300 yards with several flatter shooting, longer-range loads. The Boone and Crockett Big Game reticle and Varmint Hunter’s reticle also provides you with two different power selector ring settings, indicated by large and small triangles on the power selector. These allow you to select the hold points best suited to the cartridge you are using. In some cases, the smaller triangle setting can be used with your slower, heavier bullet load, and the large triangle setting with your faster loads in the same rifle. The new SA.B.R. reticle also features holdover points and a power selector matched to different load settings for muzzleloaders and shotguns. The LR Duplex and LRV Duplex reticles are designed to be used only at the maximum magnification settings. For example, a 30-06 with a 180gr spitzer bullet and 2700 fps muzzle velocity would use the smaller triangle setting. In the same rifle, a 150gr spitzer bullet with 3000 fps muzzle velocity would use the larger triangle. We have designated three sets of cartridges to be used with the large and small triangle settings, and sight-in distances of either 200 or 300 yards, described as Group A (large triangle, 200 yard zero), Group B (large triangle, 300 yard zero), or Group C (small triangle, 200 yard zero). Verify the aiming points by shooting at the actual distances at which the hold points in the reticle are intended to work. With the LR Duplex and LRV Duplex reticles a shooter can tailor the reticle to his or her load by varying the magnifications, thus altering the subtensions. With all four reticles, remember: practice, practice, practice!

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).

Specification Low High
Actual Magnification 2.00 x 12.00 x
Linear Field of View (ft/100 yd) 57.00 ft 10.00 ft
Linear Field of View (m/100 m) 19.10 m 3.00 m
Eye Relief (in) 3.80 in 3.80 in
Eye Relief (mm) 96.00 mm 96.00 mm
Specification Value
Weight (oz) 16.80 oz
Weight (g) 476.00 g
Objective Clear Aperture (in) 1.70 in
Objective Clear Aperture (mm) 42.00 mm
Elevation Adjustment Range 70.00 moa
Windage Adjustment Range 70.00 moa
Specification Value
Scope Profile Diagram
A. Length 12.50 in
B. Tube Length 5.60 in
C. Illustration 1.70 in
D. Illustration 2.50 in
E. Eyepiece Length 3.30 in
F. Objective Length 3.60 in
G. Objective Diameter 2.00 in
H. Eyepiece Diameter 1.80 in
K. Tube Diameter 1.18 in
30.00 mm

Scope Cover, Large

Keep your Leupold® scope looking like new. Protect its finish from dirt and damage with one of our scope covers. Available in many sizes to fit most Leupold scopes, the scope cover is made of water-resistant, nylon-laminated neoprene. Protect your scope in storage or in the field.

Alumina 3in—42mm Lens Shade

Protect the riflescope objective lens from rain and glare. The 3 inch Lens Shades can be threaded together to create custom lengths. Fits all Leupold VX-6 riflescopes with 42mm objectives. Available in Matte finish only.

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18.00x 44.00mm Yes No No $1,559.99
18.00x 44.00mm Yes Yes Yes $1,689.99
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24.00x 52.00mm Yes No No $1,949.99
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42.00x 56.00mm Yes No No $2,729.99