Summary: This is the scope for the stingy spender, new shooter or a back up gun. It has the all the features of a high end optic without the cost and with cheaper materials.
Beginners Dream Scope
For casual shooting, deer hunting on the back 40 or a youth’s first rifle a high powered premium scope isn’t necessary or even a good idea. For shooting like this the scope is only looked through for a few seconds at a time, making it less necessary for good glass to be used.
These scopes don’t do anything particularly well and they certainly aren’t the best for anything. Instead, what they do is deliver the benefits of a scope in a cheap and barebones way. There’s no amenities, the glass is basic and the turrets, if any, can be gritty and easily bind if turned quickly.
Leupold VX-1 Review
Budget quality scopes are a dime a dozen but there are a few diamonds in the rough. The Leupold VX-1 is a great example of an entry level scope that delivers great quality and features for a small amount of money.
Many of the problems that plague other scopes in this price range have been sufficiently ironed out on this scope. There’s zero excuse for cloudy glass. Technology has advanced to the point where a fully multicoated lens can be had for cheap and Leupold understands this.
Despite the cheap price tag, the most crucial part of the scope, the lens, is good quality. Using this scope for hours as a person in competitive shooting would be torture, but for seconds long hunting shots there’s nothing to complain about.
The body of the scopes is a standard 1-inch tube, great for beginner scopes because mounts and rings will be easy to find for it cheaply. The scopes are light, mostly because they’re cheap, and they have relatively short objective bells and eye pieces.
Most of the cheap scopes in this price range are known for being fragile and breaking when dropped or becoming waterlogged easily in the rain. One of the best features of the Leupold VX-1 is the ruggedness of the scope. It feels really light in hand and on the rifle seeming like it lacks durability, but it’s an illusion, the scope is squared away.
- Great value
- More rugged than other scopes in this price range
- Available in several different specifications
- Glass isn’t as sharp around the edges
- Fogs lightly but unevenly
- Fit and finish could be better
Multicoat 4 – A proprietary coating used on Leupold Products to increase the amount and quality of the light transmitted through the scope to the shooters eye.
Custom Shop serviceable – You can order custom ballistic dials to be 100% where to aim and eliminate hold overs, order laser etching and design for your scope
Tactile Power Selector – Large grippy fin that makes it easy to dial in magnification in a hurry
Waterproof & Fogproof – Weather sealed and coated to resist fog and never draw water
Proprietary Nitrogen Fill Process – Filling the scope with nitrogen combats a common nasty problem of water being pulled in through the O-rings and making the edges smudgy
One-inch Main Tube – Standard sizing lets you use many aftermarket mounts and rings
6061-T6 Aircraft Quality Aluminum – Strong, lightweight and durable material that makes an optimal scope body material
This is a great option for eastern hunters chasing whitetails in big woods, swamps and through food plots. The low end is low enough to use it for stalking and heavy timber. The highest end is plenty for long shots over food plots and agricultural fields.
Weighing in at a tad under 10oz, generous eye relief, and just under 12 inches in length this scope is compact enough to be carried all day and used as just a general beat around scope.
At 11.3oz and 1/3 of an inch longer than a foot this scope is a huge 40mm objective bell and 4-12x power zoom for hunting where you need to reach out and hit. The 12x power zoom works OK and gets a little blurry around the edges but is totally usable for hunting.
This scope is the better optic for western hunting. It has a long range of magnification, gathers light well and is light enough to chase game over hill and dale for miles and miles. This scope is a little tall for hunting in tight cover or bush so I wouldn’t recommend it for stalking in cover but for long range it can’t be beat for the price.
I wouldn’t rely on this scope for precision shooting because it isn’t as crisp as you would need for hour long scope use and you’re sure to get a head-ache. For long range hunting on a budget, this scope can’t be beat.
The benefits of using a scope are clear. They simplify the aiming process, allow for faster shooting, help you see better and allow you to shoot further. The main problem is the cost. Rifle scopes are tough to make and they get very expensive very fast.
The deciding factor in selecting a scope is the ability to deliver a set of features at a price that is attainable. Some companies do this better than others and Leupold is so successful as a company because they do this so well.
Leupold is known for their quality, durability, warranty and price. They do this all while building their optics in America and have the best scopes made for sportsmen in the world.
Leupold offers dozens and dozens of scopes in all price ranges for different jobs. Since your reading this Leupold VX-1 review it’s most likely because you want a rugged, reliable and inexpensive scope.
Leupold has hit a home run with the VX-1 scope. It is a light weight powerhouse of a scope that comes in cheaper than most scopes with less features that cost more. As far as quality goes, Leupold doesn’t make a bad product, lemons aside you can be rest assured that these scopes will serve you well in the field just like a scope that costs 4x times as much.