Leupold has brought several new rifle scopes to the market in 2017, including their new VX-3i LRP scopes. As someone who loves to look through good glass, I have really been impressed with the optical enhancements manufactures like Leupold have been developing and implementing on their scopes in recent years. This year is no different, and the new Leupold VX-3i LRP scopes do not disappoint.
The new VX-3i LRP (Long Range Precision) scopes use Leupold’s Twilight Max™ light management system. The Twilight Max system is designed to bring more ambient light into the scope during the particularly hazy moments at the beginning of dawn and the onset of dusk. Twilight Max was designed with optical science in mind, and understanding how the human eye works to differentiate color and contrast in low light conditions. Obviously, this is important for both hunting and tactical applications.
Another outstanding feature of the Leupold VX-3i LRP is the option to have MOA or Mil-Dot turret controls with corresponding reticles. Many scopes on the market use MOA turret adjustments while features a Mil-Dot reticle. Unless you are a mathematical savant, and can make quick adjustments between the two measuring systems, a cross-over set up really is not advantageous to the shooter. The turrets have been enlarged as well making visual reference and tactile movements very easy.
Adding to the feature list for the VX-3i LRP is the option to choose a first focal plane (FFP) reticle, or a second focal plane (SFP) reticle. Though many traditional hunting scopes have used a second focal plane, there has been a serious move lately towards first focal plane reticles. A first focal plane reticle changes size with magnification adjustments. Though the reticle gets larger in the shooter’s view, the hash mark striations maintain their consistent measurement capability allowing the shooter to make accurate hold-overs regardless of magnification.
The all new elevation adjustment turret features a unique travel indicator and an adjustable zero stop. The windage turret features a protective cap, but the cap can be removed and an included thread protector placed over the threads to allow exposed turret shooting. A redesigned power selector with included throw lever makes magnification changes quick and easy.
Leupold VX-3i LRP Scope Features
- Twilight Max Light Management System
- Throw Lever for fast magnification adjustments (plug, low, and tall size options)
- Windage Turret cap
- Windage Turret Thread Protector for exposed turret protection
- First or second focal plane
- MOA or Mil-Dot reticles
- Corresponding MOA or Mil-Dot turrets settings
- Non-illuminated reticles.
Leupold VX3i LRP Scope Specifications
- Magnification Options: 4.5-14x50mm or 6.5-20x50mm
- Overall Length: 17.0 inches
- Width: 3.7 inches
- Height: 4.1 inches
- Tube Diameter: 30mm
- Weight: 20.3 ounces (575.0g)
- Linear FOV (ft/100 yd): 19.0 ft. (low); 7.6 ft. (high)
- Linear FOV (m/100 m) – 6.3m (low); 2.5m (high)
- Eye Relief: 4.5 inches (114.0mm) low; 3.6 inches (91.0mm) high
- Elevation Adjustment Range: 110 MOA
- Windage Adjustment Range: 110 MOA
- MSRP with TMR reticle: $1104.99
- MSRP for FFP TMR or Front Focal CCH reticle: $1234.99.
I have used Leupold scopes for nearly 10 years, and have really appreciated the quality and durability of their scopes. With the retirement of the venerable Mark IV the new VX-3i LRP appears to be an excellent choice as a replacement or upgrade.