If you are going to rely on your CDS turret to dial your elevation solution, the Wind-Plex reticle is ideal because it gives you points of reference for wind holds while otherwise remaining uncluttered. To use the CDS system successfully, the shooter needs to provide Leupold with key data points: It is critical to get this data correct, because garbage data will result in bad shooting results. With a powerful 6:1 zoom ratio, the Leupold VX-6HD delivers crystal clear images from edge-to-edge throughout the entire magnification range. Leupold recommends that you use their line of rangefinders that use the TBR (True Ballistic Range) technology. Another big reason to go with Leupold scopes is if you’re looking for serious weight savings. Needless to say, I have a lot of experience with this brand going back 40 years. As mentioned above, Leupold’s CDS allows you to switch your elevation turret marking from the MOA standard to a custom BDC turret tuned to your pet load Leupold will send one free laser-marked dial. Nov 30, 2020 #18 BrentM Well-Known Member. 4.9 out of 5 stars 18. The gun was topped with Leupold’s new-for-2019 VX-5 HD 4-20x52 scope . For me, if scope weight is going to be one of the most important factors in building a hunting rifle, then the VX-3i line of scopes is the way to go. Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x40 Rifle Scope - 30mm Side Focus - CDS-ZL - Let the VX-3i 4.5-14x40 help you reach out further without adding ounces. It will be used for hunting 99% of the time. Call in orders only! Joined Oct 2, 2012 Messages 385 Location Nebraska. Max Range (yds): 1,300 Weight (oz): 7 Leupold RX Rangefinder Relentless Performance We're relentless because you’re relentless. Located inside your scope’s maintube is a mechanical system that controls point of impact, creates magnification, and houses the reticle. ... VX-5HD 3-15x44mm CDS-ZL2 Compare. So when I dial 11 on the elevation turret, I need to be able to rely on the fact that the scope will actually dial exactly 11 mils, as opposed to 10 mils, 12 mils, or even 10.7 mils. Leupold is rolling out a new burnt bronze model to its VX-3i line of riflescopes, the VX-3i CDS-ZL 4.5-14x40. I found that, as near as I could tell, in service the RX-III matched Leupold's range and accuracy specifications. When you turn the adjustment dial, this “erector system” tilts up and down, and right to left inside the scope, which, in turn, moves the reticle and ultimately changes your point of impact. This dial’s ZeroLock push-button acts as the indicator, providing both a visual and a tactile reference. Make an Offer. It takes some thought to factor in the correct adjustment, if any. Each simple click accounts for a precise .0002 inch of movement. These indicators are easy to see and feel without shifting position. The profile’s clean, something hunters who beat through the brush can appreciate. Awesome scope. You don’t back down. For example, if your turret is cut to 70 degrees at mean sea level (MSL) using Federal 168 grain Gold Medal Match, it isn’t going to work at your elk camp at 7000′ MSL in 35-degree temps using Hornady 178 grain Precision Hunter. You can repeat this test using the windage knob to move the POI 3 inches, 6 inches and 12 inches to the right and left of zero, all while using the same target. Scope image quality and low light performance are getting better and better, so I have replaced most of my older scopes even though they still technically work. I guess if you can hold your head in the exact same spot every shot, then it doesn’t matter that much, but I find that difficult to accomplish in practice. This is what the ‘CDS’ designation of the Leupold VX-5HD 3-15x44mm CDS-ZL2 reflects. The technology that brings it all together is a dial that gives you enough revolutions of travel to take advantage of the first two components. My T&E sample VX-3i 4.5-14×40 came with the basic “duplex” reticle. Illuminated TMOA Reticle - 34mm Tube. January 14, 2020 By J. Scott Rupp Leupold’s new VX-3i 4.5-14x40mm CDS ZL is one of the most practical, versatile and feature-packed hunting scopes to come down the pike in a long time. I didn't look at their primer selection but went with Remington 9.5Magnums. Think of these three systems as “good, better, best.”. I can think of only one reason not to buy this scope for a mid-range hunting rifle. Thus, when you think about a lifetime warranty, you have to wonder if your scope company is going to be around ten or twenty years from now when you need it. A few of those scopes are shown above. Jan 8, 2011 #1 E. elkbugling New Member. This year, Leupold has upgraded four models in the VX-3i line to include the company’s CDS-ZL (Custom Dial System-ZeroLock) dial for the first time, a premium feature previously only offered on the VX-5HD and VX-6HD in Leupold’s “Gold Ring” riflescope lines. The trend in the industry is to move to 30mm tubes, which provide a greater turret adjustment range. They hunters took the vast majority of their game within 300 yards in any event. yeah its got the gold band wow factor for impressing people at the range and all but for 600 bucks id say it was kind of a let down. Its CDS T-ZL3 elevation adjustment takes target style … my kid put a vx-3i on his 6.5 creed ar pattern rifle If you know the distance to your target is, say 300 yards, you just turn the elevation dial counterclockwise until you reach the “3” mark. If the dial is cut specific to a special pet load, elevation, and temperature, the results can be quite impressive. Many Leupold scopes offer this feature, or it can be installed from the Leupold Custom Shop. Leupold Technical Service will ship these within the US free of charge. I used mostly Winchester brass but worked up to Hodgdon's max load of 55.5gn. rifle is a no-go for me. However, BDC dials often give inexperienced shooters a false sense of confidence, particularly if the shot is over 300 yards. Leupold has three levels or tiers of lens coating systems: Twilight, Twilight Max, and Twilight Max HD. Belding ground squirrels) or typically found at longer ranges (i.e. We created a new generation of 3-revolution dials: the CDS-TZL3, M5C3, and M1C3 dial systems. My rifle shoots the 130's into sub 1/2 MOA groups with low ES/SD. Reactions: Wv shooter and NorCalRiceGuy. For my tracking test, I shot to zero at 100 yards, and then dialed 12 MOA and shot again at my “zero” target. As the dial turns, the indicator ring, which is marked with MOA increments, moves up and down and aligns with the static index mark on the outer collar. Thread starter Kae006; Start date Nov 20, 2020; Help Support Long Range Hunting : Join the LRH Team or . Item: 177823. (Joe Grine for TTAG). If I were to take it out West for an elk hunt, for example, I would plug in the numbers for that load and those conditions and buy another dial. Please call 1-800-LEUPOLD to diagnose your issue with a technician and place your order. its the fancy one with the side parallax and bdc reticle Stock Key: 14. The attention to detail that goes into the smallest features is what makes our products stand above the rest and outperform the competition. Like new, CDS coupon has not been claimed. Leupold VX-3i Rifle Scope - 4.5-14x40 (30mm) Side Focus CDS-ZL Wind-Plex Reticle Matte …VX-3i delivers this and more. Never second guess the distance of a shot. But you have to remember that on a second focal plane scope, the holdovers are calibrated for only one magnification setting. Please call or chat for more information. Today, shooters and hunters alike are pushing the limits of their gear. BIG Savings on Select Leupold Riflescopes! Leupold VX-6 1-6x24 Multigun CDS LPVO. the version of the 4.5-14×40 that features a side focus. Leupold VX-Freedom 6-18x40 (30mm) CDS Side Focus Tri-MOA, Black. But if you hunting experience involves short stalks or ambush techniques (tree or ground blinds, etc. This gives the shooter the security of a capped turret, but with the flexibility to dial an elevation solution if the situation lends itself to that technique. You keep going when others stop. Thanks for the article. For Leupold, that was a fair trade to gain my continued confidence in their product: I am a customer for life. 600 bucks Again, a BDC turret is marked with distance hash marks in either yards or meters, which allows the shooter to select the desired distance instead of counting or memorizing the clicks. Once you’ve dialed back down to zero, knowing that your dial won’t move unless you want it to is one less thing you have to worry about. The Leupold VX-6HD 3-18x50 SF TMOA CDS-ZL2 171576 has a versatile 3-18x magnification range. Call-In Special - FREE $250 Gift Card! The VX-3i takes weight off your rifle while leaving some cash in your pocket, and when ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain, trimming weight from your rifle is the right answer. By loosening a few tiny hex bolts, removing the original turret dial and replacing it on your zero’d scope with the new custom CDS elevation dial with yardage marks the hunter is prepared to spot, range… The Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14×40 is a mid-range hunting … This feature allows the shooter to lock the turret at the zero position. Your email address will not be published. Simply put, the size of your scope’s maintube does matter, and it will directly affect the distance you can dial to. Leupold’s traditional VX-3 line featured capped turrets and weren’t really designed for dialing up your firing solutions. Modern mid to long distance hunters either use the scope’s turrets to dial in their elevation solution, or use a modern reticle with subtensions for elevation holdovers. Leupold VX-5HD Rifle Scope - 7-35x56 (34mm) T-ZL3 Side Focus Impact-14 MOA Reticle - Matte Black. I haven’t had the opportunity to take this particular sample out for a hunting season yet. 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