Not often, but once in a blue moon, it’s time to dust off the old albums and peruse through days gone by. Through the myriad of tailgate kills shots and poorly taken field photos, a theme develops. One of a gold ring on the objective end of an old Vari-X3 I bought for my 7mm when I was 16-years-old. That simple, but legendary gold ring is on that very scope today and it has made it through many an airport and many a country with the same mounts and super minimal tuning.
I can basically just trust the gun to be on every time. The durability and strength that Leupold has hung its hat on is obvious and with each new line, the DNA of the Leupold culture and class comes through. The brand new, VX-3i LPR is no exception and I even had the good fortune of mounting it on a 7mm, for old times’ sake.
The VX-3i LRP, which stands for Long Range Precision, is just that. It is specifically designed for the long-range hunter or target shooter reaching out to great distances. The 30mm tube is constructed of 6061-T6 aircraft quality aluminum, has a 50mm objective lens and comes in either VX-3i LRP 4.5-14x50mm, 6.5-20x50mm or 8.5-25x50mm and sports an 80-MOA elevation adjustment as well as 80 MOA windage adjustment.
The last model is the VX-3i LRP 8.5-25x50mm (30mm) Side Focus MIL and has adjustment elevation of 23.0 and windage adjustment of 23.0. The turret is large with easy to read numbers and has a key lock, metal to metal to zero out and is supported by 0-5-10 travel hash marks for elevation turret location adjustment clarity. The scope is 100% waterproof, with second generation Argon and Krypton waterproofing and is also fog proof. Nothing is more frustrating than a scope that fogs in crunch time. The Blackened Lens edges minimize light diffusion and glare to improve resolution and contrast, even while looking directly into the sun.
My favorite feature for low light encounters is the Twilight Max Light Management System, which implores the optical science of the human eye to understand how the eye works to differentiate color and contrast in low light situations. Diamond Coat 2 coats all the exterior pristine glass surfaces and insures your scope will stay scratch free.
The VX-LPR is fitted with a tactile power selector and easy to use throw lever for right-or left-handed use. The list of reticles is long and I won’t mention them all here, but you can click on the video to see a more comprehensive breakdown of the various reticles in Mil-Dot and MOA.
This scope tracks smoothly and has all the makings of an affordable, durable scope mounted to your go-to rifle and is easily consistent for the long-range hunter and shooters needs.
My name is Dan Kidder, I am Managing Editor of Sportsman's News Magazine. I am a former Marine who served with the Fleet Anti Terrorism Security Team Company during Operation Desert Storm. Prior to moving to Utah, I served as communications director for Georgia Congressman Mac Collins in his Washington, DC office. I am the President and CEO of On Target Defensive Training, offering firearms and unarmed combat courses to civilians and law enforcement. My students have included federal agents of the FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Border Patrol, ICE, local and state law enforcement, national celebrities, and the general public. My beat at Sportsman's News includes tactical firearms, personal protection, survival, first aid, camping, and hiking.