When searching for tactical scopes or hunting scopes, you might find that your search results often end up with Leupold Optics somewhere near the top of your results. That is not a coincidence. A Leupold scope is widely regarded as one of the best hunting scopes on the market today. But their reputation does not stop with just hunting; they are commonly regarded as an all-around elite source for optical equipment. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons Leupold scopes have found their way onto firearms across America.
A Rich History in Optics
The Leupold Company – or rather, Leupold & Stevens – has over 100 years of experience in the field, with experience in surveying equipment, optical equipment for U.S. military tactical missions, water level indicators, range finders for golf pros, and most notably, firearm scopes. Leupold is a company that knows their competition will neither outlast them nor outperform them. That’s because the company has many qualities that separate them it from the rest of the industry.
Built on Core Values
A major reason Leupold withstands the test of time is that their company sticks strictly to their core values. These resonate through everything they do.
- Desire. They love hunting, plan and simple. The freedom that comes with exploring the great American outdoors drives their employees to produce the best scopes possible.
- Innovation. Being on the cutting edge of technology keeps the Leupold company motivated. New designs and better scopes continue to grace our firearms due to this drive.
- Knowledge. Leupold extensively tests their product in the field before it ever hits the shelf. Understanding best practices and practical applications on the hunt helps them know how best to improve their products.
- Discipline. Leupold refuses to stop until the job is done. They explore every possible avenue that will help them create scopes that make your life easier and your shooting better.
- Integrity. Leupold strives to stand by their product through thick and thin, continually improving upon products in part by listening to issues that customers have had with previous models.
- Loyalty. Leupold is faithful to both their company and their customers. They want to continue to make scopes that previous generations did.
- Dedication. There is a purpose and drive behind what they do. Leupold strives to create an environment that is built on values that current and future generations can be proud of.
- Teamwork. The best projects are made possible through teamwork. By working together within the company and with the firearms community, Leupold has consistently produced some of the more respected scopes on the market.
Whether you have been a longtime customer of Leupold or are just looking to try out some of their products, it is always a good idea to get some info on what you are buying. Three of their optics in particular are great for those looking for some inspiration.
- LEUPOLD RIFLE MAN 3-9X40 WIDE DUPLEX MATTE
A rugged scope with a clear image, the rifleman wide helps you to capture more in your field of vision than other scopes. The ergonomic main tube stands tough out in the field to remain in pristine working condition for many years.
- LEUPOLD FX-I 4X28 RIMFIRE FDPLX GLOSS
This fixed power scope has a standard multi-coat four lens system. It features a classic lockable eyepiece design. It does not have all the features of some of Leupold’s more complex designs, but it gets the job done.
- LEUPOLD VX-R 4-12X40 BALL FIREDOT MATTE
A sleek rifle scope with daylight capabilities, the Ball Firedot can be used in several hunting situations. It comes with one-button illumination that gives you access to eight different intensity settings. There is a motion sensor to help you track activity in your field of vision. This scope is a technological juggernaut.
Those three provide a good sample of the range and diversity in the scopes that Leupold manufactures. Some require their user to be more tech savvy than others, but each will help you have a more successful hunt. Now that you know a little about Leupold and have seen some of the products they make, go out and do a little more research on your own. Check your favorite online gun store for many more of the high-powered scopes from Leupold. You will be able to see why Leupold is the clear choice to make when purchasing a scope.
Anyone who has ever owned a weapon knows the desire to be able to shoot with greater accuracy. The most basic way to improve your accuracy is through practice. But sometimes that just isn’t the best way to improve your firearm handling. Taking your abilities to the next level sometimes requires improvement of your firearm to take your shooting to the next level.
The addition of gun optics can be what you need to achieve the next level. Handgun scopes, Nikon scopes, and other scopes can all improve the weapons they were designed for. But how do you utilize this technology to help mold you into a better sharpshooter? Let’s take a look at some popular scopes, how to determine which one fits your needs, how to calibrate them, and how to maintain them.
No scope can perform well in every situation. Many scopes have their capabilities written on them that people can interpret, but unless you are well-versed in their meaning, you probably won’t have an idea what they mean.
A basic inscription on a scope could be 12 x 40. In this example, the 12 refers to the magnifying power of the scope and the 40 indicates the diameter in millimeters of the object lens (this is the end that you do not look through). When you use a higher magnification, less area can be viewed through the scope, and the amount of light that enters the scope is limited. Working against the light restrictions of magnification is the diameter of the object lens, which allows more light to pass through the scope, brightening images. Remember to consider the power ratio between power versus diameter. 4 x 32 is brighter than 12 x 40, even though the diameter is larger on the 40. Because of these problems, many scopes can now be found with variable power settings. This aspect helps adjust your optics on the fly so you can react to your environment as it changes.
Your crosshairs, or reticles, also play a vital role in the accuracy of your optics. They are generally one vertical and horizontal line that intersect. Where the lines cross should be the center point for where you are attempting to aim. The most common type of crosshair today is a duplex reticle, due to its ability to fit multiple needs. When you focus your scope, you will want to aim it at a light-colored wall and adjust the scope until the reticle is in sharp focus.
Ultimately, though, how do you select a scope that is right for you? Like other technologies, there always seems to be a better or different model available soon after you make your purchase that has some feature you would want to have. You must remember that scopes can always be adjusted and replaced, so you are not making a lifelong commitment.
Above all, remember to keep in mind the type of shooting you will be doing with your weapon. For target hunting, you will want a scope that is good for aiming at moving targets, like low-powered scopes tend to be. Target shooters might use a higher powered scope due to the lack of movement in the shooting style. No matter if you buy a Carl Zeiss scope, an EOTech scope, or any other scope on the market, here is a short checklist of how to accurately use your new scope.
· Determine how far away pellets land
· Tune the elevation and windage for the particular condition
· Adjust the parallax
· Set crosshairs to the focal point of the target
For bore sighting your rifle, here is a helpful guide to get you going.
At a range, set two targets at 25 meters and 100 meters respectively. Use a tripod or other securing mechanism to keep your rifle from resting on a hard surface. Remove the bolt or action. Adjust the rifle stand so that the 100-meter target is centered when looking through the breech end. Without adjusting the position, make sure your cross-hairs are aligned in the center.
Enjoy your new optics and learning how to use them to increase your accuracy. Remember to practice all the other rules of responsible gun ownership once you have become a better shot.