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 I can 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.
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 s
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.
What current scopes in that magnification range would you recommend? (You mentioned night force and tactical leupolds– which ones?)
I am more interested in short range, with some medium-to-long range capability secondarily. I am coming from aimpoints with magnifiers, which I like, but want something with the possibility of more magnification. I tried a fancy lpvo, Vortex gen III 1-10x, but it has a picky eyebox at 1x (so it is only an ok red dot replacement) but it is painful at higher magnification. Also, there is a ‘fish-eye’ thing that happens at 1x that bothers me. It is great in general, but the compromises keep it from being what I’m really looking for.
So now, I am thinking maybe a light (preferably around 21oz or less), tough scope with a forgiving eyebox and high quality glass, in something like 5-15x (or even a fixed power) paired with a small red dot for up close (like trijicon RMR). Any suggestions?
My advice is alwatys look at what Nightforce and Leupold offer in that range Tom, I dont know about your weight desires but that is the only two current optics companies I use
I hadn’t considered Leupold before, so this is a helpful recommendation… I started looking at their Mark 5HD line and they have some pretty interesting options in the lower magnification range, like 2-10×30 (24oz) and 3.6-18×44 (26oz). I will be saving up for a while, but I think I might try one of those.