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OPTIC OF THE WEEK : Leupold VX-II 6x-18x

This scope has been one of my favorites for a long time. The Vari-X II then as the VX-II, have been general purpose target optics of mine for at least 20 years. The 6x-18x being the one I found to be the most useful.


The VXII has the 40mm objective lens that is adjustable for range/focus/parallax. It has the inside threading to accept a sunshade which as you can see, I have installed.

The windage and elevation adjustments are in 1/4 MOA clicks and comes standard with a thinner turret and caps the screw on over them.

I have replaced them with the over sized turrets that are not covered so that Ic an quickly adjust them without having to remove cap. Very handy when making adjustments when hunting crow. The turrets have three small set screw that can be loosened to allow the turret to be reset at 0 when. One full revolution of the turret is 60 clicks of 1/4″ per. 144 clicks up will give a 1,000 yard zero from a .308 using 175gr Federal gold medal Match from a 100 yard zero.

The power ring is small with a slightly larger bump for adjusting power. It’s not big by modern standards and I am sure many would complain. But this is not a tactical optic. Of course the power goes from 6x-18x naturally.

I was not able to get a satisfactory picture of the reticle. The optic uses a plain duplex cross hair with fine main crosshairs. Like every Leupold, the glass is very clear and sharp. eye relief is generous and not picky at all. I have used these model optics for most of my long range shooting career before moving to NF and more specialized tactical leupolds. Even so I have spent more time behind one of these on live game since I have been using the VX and vari-x models for over 20 years.

And because I know you will ask. The Optic is currently mounted to my Pre-64 Winchester model 70 heavy varmint. Gun is chambered in .243 WCF with heavy target barrel.

2 thoughts on “OPTIC OF THE WEEK : Leupold VX-II 6x-18x”

  1. I think you have a typo – I think you meant to write that it has a 40mm objective.

    After all these years and all the competition that’s come into the sporting optics market, I still like Leupold’s products. Solid, reliable, simple, and they’re backed by a no-BS warranty.

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