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VX-6 3-18x50mm Side Focus CDS-ZL

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.

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

  • Finish:

    Matte Finish Matte

    VX-6 Zero-Lock Adjustment
    Parallax Adjustment Option:

    Side Focus
  • Reticle:

    Fine Duplex Reticle Fine Duplex

    Matte Finish Matte

    VX-6 Zero-Lock Adjustment
    Parallax Adjustment Option:

    Side Focus
  • Note: Reticle images are a web simulation and not to scale. Actual reticle appearance will vary depending on scope magnification.

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VX-6 3-18x50mm Side Focus CDS-ZL is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 103.
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 Match I purchased a New Caliber 28 Nosler and this scope seems to be the perfect Match. Unfortunately I received the Gun after hunting seasons were complete so have not been able to field test the combination. Have put a couple of boxes through the gun at targets then added the BDC dial so still testing. Scope is very clear and easy to set up for different ranges. Up to this point I am very pleased with the scope. Particularly like the range from 3 to 18 and side focus. Makes this a good candidate for hunting in the timber where sight field is limited and hunting open spaces where good magnification is important.
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best scope I have ever had on a rifle! I purchased the Var X 6 scope and put on my Weatherby 270 W Mag. I had a trophy elk hunt and knew that I would be hunting in low light conditions if I was to find the right bull. Sure enough he walked out just a few minutes before legal light would be gone. The Firedot is unbelievable in those types of condition. This scope has such great light transmission it was like looking down your scope in bright daylight. Lethal combination for a hunting weapon. I have had many of my friends and family who purchased the Var X 6 after shooting and looking through the scope. It is by far the best scope I have had.
Date published: 2016-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VX-6 3-18x50mm Side Focus CDS-ZL I love this scope. My Old Simmons I had a hard time seeing the shots on paper at 100 yds when on full power. The clarity on the VX-6 is outstanding. I can actaully see my shots on paper without having to dial up the scope. Being able to have my scope on Zero and then adjust at the appropriate yardage is awesome too. Takes out the guess work and eliminates my missed calculated shots. I didn't think I would care about the red dot however this helps me in low light and gives me a great focus point. I can't say enough good things about the scope.
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome. Edge to edge sharp clarity and rugged. I have the older 2-12 illuminated long range duplex. Edge to edge clarity and very sharp. A man I met in SAfrica has a swarovsky Z% I believe it is. He liked this scope much better. I mounted it with PRW mounts and rings and solid as a rock. Love this scope. When I got home I bought another the exact same. Rugged also. While riding in the back the driver hit a pig hole and it flung me forward into the pipe rack in the back and the rifle and scope hit hard. Never lost zero. I have also a model 70 Alaskan 375 that kicks very hard. I had a burris signature 2 to 8 on it and it junked it. It now wears a 1 to 6 firedot.
Date published: 2016-09-08
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 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 4 out of 5 by from Good scope. Very well made and quality scope, like typical Leupold higher end models. The magnification range is excellent for me, as I hunt hogs and deer in both thick timber and open meadows. I have it mounted to a short barreled .300 win mag, and it's perfect for my hunting needs. The one aspect that bothers me a little is that the focus does not stay perfect across the 2-12 magnification range and needs to be refocused at each extreme end of the spectrum. In a pinch, it's clear enough, but still needs to be refocused to be 100% clear when going from 2x to 12x. The 30mm tube creates great light transmission though.
Date published: 2016-02-23
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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

100% Waterproof and Fog Proof

24K Gold Ring and Medallion

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.

30mm Maintube

6061-T6 Aircraft Quality Aluminum

Crafted from 6061-T6 aircraft quality aluminum.

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.

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.

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:

Custom Shop serviceable

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.

Dual Use

Outstanding accuracy, legendary ruggedness, and absolute waterproof integrity. All Leupold® optics offer performance that makes them equally at home in hunting or tactical environments. Leupold Long Range/Tactical riflescopes are excellent choices for both long-range hunting and varminting. Likewise long-range competitive shooters and members of the Fifty Caliber Shooters Association – men and women who shoot competitively at ranges of 600 yards or more – rely on the accuracy and durability of these scopes. See overview of each product for more detailed information on hunting, shooting, and competition applications.

Durable Lens Cover

Keep the lenses of your Leupold® riflescope looking like new. Protect it from dirt and damage with the durable bikini style lens cover included with your riflescope. Protect your scope while in storage or in the field.

Extended Battery Life

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.

FireDot Illumination

Select models are available with our exclusive FireDot Reticle System in your choice of FireDot Duplex, FireDot Circle, Ballistic FireDot, FireDot LR Duplex, FireDot 4, FireDot Pig Plex, FireDot TMR and FireDot SPR. Once activated, the dot within the reticle illuminates with bright, sharp definition, while the rest of the reticle is non-illuminated. This combination leads your eye naturally to the center aiming point and makes target acquisition quick, precise, and simple.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Twin Bias Spring Erector System

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.

Specification Low High
Actual Magnification 3.00 x 18.00 x
Linear Field of View (ft/100 yd) 38.00 ft 7.00 ft
Linear Field of View (m/100 m) 12.60 m 2.30 m
Eye Relief (in) 3.70 in 3.80 in
Eye Relief (mm) 94.00 mm 97.00 mm
Specification Value
Weight (oz) 20.70 oz
Weight (g) 587.00 g
Objective Clear Aperture (in) 2.00 in
Objective Clear Aperture (mm) 50.00 mm
Elevation Adjustment Range 75.00 moa
Windage Adjustment Range 75.00 moa
Specification Value
Scope Profile Diagram
A. Length 13.50 in
B. Tube Length 5.30 in
C. Illustration 1.30 in
D. Illustration 2.60 in
E. Eyepiece Length 3.30 in
F. Objective Length 4.90 in
G. Objective Diameter 2.30 in
H. Eyepiece Diameter 1.80 in
K. Tube Diameter 1.18 in
30.00 mm

Mark 4 ARD Anti-Reflection Device - 50mm

We’ve created these threaded anti-reflective devices in nearly every objective lens size, each featuring scores of tiny, light-transmitting honeycomb baffles that reduce lens glare without obscuring your sight picture.

Alumina Flip-Back Lens Cover - 50mm

Designed for Leupold scopes built after 2003, Alumina® Flip-Back™ lens covers feature powerful neodymium magnets to hold them securely closed and the triple O-ring seals provide maximum protection from the elements. Constructed out of durable 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum, they are precisely machined to allow for quick and easy operation, and a low-profile position, when open, make these Flip-Back lens covers stand above the rest. The round objective and ocular models can be rotated so they can open in any direction. Scopes built prior to 2003 can be threaded to accept Alumina accessories at a 50% discount, with proof of purchase, through the Leupold Custom Shop by calling 800-538-7653.

Alumina 4in—50mm Lens Shade

Protect the riflescope objective lens from rain and sunglare. The 2.5 and 4 inch, 50mm Lens Shades can be threaded together to create custom lengths. 4 inch model vailable in Gloss, Matte and Silver finishes. 2.5 inch model available in Matte only. Fits all Leupold riflscopes with 50mm objectives manufactured after 2004.

Alumina 2.5in—50mm Lens Shade

Protect the riflescope objective lens from rain and sunglare. The 2.5 and 4 inch, 50mm Lens Shades can be threaded together to create custom lengths. 4 inch model available in Gloss, Matte and Silver finishes. 2.5 inch model available in matte only. Fits all Leupold riflscopes with 50mm objectives manufactured after 2004.

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.

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