Not everyone knows where their next hunt will take them. From the wide-open spaces of Colorado to the thick timber on the Oregon coast, your needs may change from year to year or even from hunt to hunt. So how do you make sure your scope has got you covered for every situation? You get the new Leupold VX-5HD; that’s how.

We’ve taken generations of innovative design and American manufacturing experience and rolled it into one of the most versatile scopes out there. The VX-5HD has everything you need and nothing you don’t. This brand new design allows you to hunt in a variety of conditions and see your target later in the day. Here’s how.

Why does the zoom ratio matter? The internals of the scope are what give it the flexibility to have a wide magnification range. The VX-5HD’s 5:1 zoom ratio allows for three versatile magnification ranges in three different platforms, 1-5x, 2-10x, and 3-15x, with either illuminated or non-illuminated reticles. This wide range lets you crank the power way down for hunting in the thick timber but also gives you the ability to crank it way up for long shots across the open plains.

The VX-5HD is built around Leupold’s Twilight Max Light Management System, which maximizes light transmission, eliminates glare and pushes resolution to the limit. What does this mean to you? It means at dawn and dusk, when your vision is still adjusting, you get a crisp, bright image when looking through the scope. You’ll be able to tell the difference between antlers, branches, fur, and grass – all when the animals are most active.

The system also handles glare with ease. When looking into a rising or setting sun, other optics will have a smoky haze to the image. Not the VX-5HD. The image will be just as clear as it was during the middle of the day.

Finally, we added Guard-iON hydrophobic lens coatings, which repels water, dirt, and fingerprints, so when that whitetail blows out of the creek bottom without warning, you don’t have to worry about the thick morning mist screwing up your lenses.

Leupold VX-5HD riflescopes are equipped with two types of dial systems, both with ¼ MOA adjustment increments. The first is for you people that like to set it and forget it. These dials can be adjusted with your fingertips, and once zeroed, can be reset by merely pulling the dial out, setting it to zero, and pushing it back into place. We call it the “Pop-Up Rezero dial.”

The second is called the CDS-ZL2 with Pop-Up Rezero windage. This system can be matched to the ballistics on your gun, so you can range your shot, turn the dial, and aim dead on. No more playing the guessing game and worrying about hold overs.

The CDS-ZL2 is also a locking, two turn dial that can’t be accidentally rotated. Once zeroed, a mere press of the lock button will unlock the dial and deliver 38 MOA of elevation adjustment, which is ample enough for some very long distance shooting. The CDS-ZL2’s button also acts as a revolution indicator. On the first rotation, the button will be flush with the edge of the dial, then on the second revolution it will sink into the dial.

All Leupold VX-5HD riflescopes with the CDS-ZL2 elevation dial are eligible for one free custom ballistic dial through the Leupold Custom Shop. Unlike other dial systems that use factory ballistics information to generate drop data, the CDS uses your unique ballistics and environmental conditions to calculate true custom drop values that are laser engraved onto the dial.

Since the CDS system will only be as accurate as the information you supply to Leupold, your loads should be chronographed for velocity at the elevation and temperature you plan to shoot, +/- 2000 feet and +/- 20 degrees Fahrenheit respectively. The Custom Shop guys will also need the cartridge and bullet type, bullet weight, ballistic coefficient, muzzle velocity, average altitude, average temperature and sight height. Feel free to call 1-800-LEUPOLD to talk with a Custom Shop representative if you have questions about the process.

Leupold invented the waterproof, fogproof scope, and we’ve been improving on it ever since. The VX-5HD takes advantage of Leupold’s exclusive Argon/Krypton gas blend to keep the internals clear and dry. This gas blend is more resistant to extreme temperature changes than the traditionally used nitrogen gas, ensuring the scope performs for a lifetime. And when we say lifetime, we mean forever.

Leupold Optics are built for a lifetime of performance at the highest level, plain and simple. Other companies promote a lifetime of replacements because they know their optics are going to break, fail, or fall short of expectations. We know that doesn’t do you much good when you’re on the hunt of a lifetime in the middle of nowhere. With Leupold, you can head into the backcountry knowing your scope won’t let you down. So even if you hand it down to your grandkids’ grandkids, it’s guaranteed to perform.
Stop by your local Sportsman’s Warehouse to check out the new Leupold VX-5HD today.