By Dave Domin
New for 2017, Leupold is proud to introduce the VX-6HD. Built off the solid foundation of its predecessor, this game changing optic will allow hunters to have longer days in the field and shoot farther with greater confidence.
The VX-6HD is built around Leupold’s Twilight Max Light Management System which balances all available light wavelengths, eliminates glare, and pushes resolution to the limit. Beginning with high definition lenses for unsurpassed clarity, Leupold applies Twilight Max lens coatings. These coatings optimize the red and blue frequencies of light, those found at the very first and last moments of the day, while maintaining a high transmission of the light at the center of the spectrum, delivering exceptional contrast and low light performance. These lenses are then topped off with Guard-ion hydrophobic lens coating which sheds water, dirt, and fingerprints for an unobscured sight picture in all weather conditions. The next step is the elimination of glare. Although not often said, this step actually lowers overall light transmission by removing or absorbing stray light, only transmitting useful light to your eye. This is accomplished by first precision machining the VX-6HD’s interior and then by blackening the edges of key lenses within the scope.
Leupold VX-6HD riflescopes are equipped with the CDS-ZL2 elevation adjustment dial and a zero-lock windage dial. The CDS-ZL2 is a locking, two-turn dial with revolution indicator that cannot be inadvertently rotated. Once zeroed, a mere press of a button will deliver 38 MOA of elevation adjustment which is ample enough for those who prefer to dial their holdovers as opposed to using a ballistic reticle. The CDS-ZL2’s button will be flush with the edge of the dial during the first revolution, then be recessed into the dial during the second revolution. The windage dial also locks and once zeroed, will give the shooter 9.5 MOA of on-the-fly adjustment.
All Leupold VX-6HD riflescopes are CDS capable and include one free custom ballistic dial through the Leupold Custom Shop. Unlike other systems that use generic ballistics information to generate equally generic drop data, the CDS uses the shooter’s unique ballistics and environmental conditions to calculate true custom drop values that are laser engraved onto the dial. The first step in getting this done is to determine the best load for the rifle. Since no two guns will shoot the same load identically, it is important to get the most accurate ballistic data possible. Since the CDS system will only be as accurate as the information the shooter supplies to Leupold, loads should be chronographed and the elevation and temperature, +/- 2000 feet and +/- 20 degrees Fahrenheit respectively, should match the intended use area. Leupold will need the following data, cartridge, bullet type, bullet weight, ballistic coefficient, muzzle velocity, average altitude, average temperature and sight height. The CDS will have a 100 or 200 yard zero in most cases (determined by the customer), then read in 50 yard increments out to the maximum yardage that can be reached in 38 minutes of angle (MOA).
The VX-6HD is available in six models, with eleven illuminated reticle options, and magnification ranges from 1-6x24 up to 4-24x52. The entire line of scopes feature Leupold’s exclusive FireDot® illumination system with an electronic reticle level feature. The one button, low profile design gives the shooter 8 illumination settings to choose from, plus Motion Sensor Technology (MST) that deactivates the illumination after 5 minutes of inactivity and instantly reactivates it as soon as movement is detected. The user activated electronic reticle level will allow shooters to quickly install scopes and make more precise shots at longer ranges by ensuring that the scope is within one degree of level.
The final step in completing the VX-6 riflescope is to purge it of its internal oxygen and replace it with Leupold’s exclusive Argon/Krypton gas blend. This gas blend is more resistant to thermal shock and diffusion than the traditionally used nitrogen gas, delivering 100% waterproof integrity. To top it off, the VX-6HD comes with a removable Throw Lever and Alumina Flip-Back lens covers, and is backed by the Leupold Full Lifetime Guarantee.
So if you are searching for the perfect scope that has everything you need and nothing you don’t, stop by your local Sportsman’s Warehouse and check out the all new Leupold VX-6HD today.