2017 Optic of the Year: Leupold VX-3i

by
posted on April 26, 2017
leupold_3vxi_gba.jpg

Being recognized as “best in class” is much easier said than done, but the companies’ products featured in these stories have outdone themselves, and have truly earned the title.

Optic of the Year: Leupold VX-3i
Leupold & Stevens improved the quality of its VX-3 riflescope line with the VX-3i series. In comparison to previous models, the VX-3i is sharper and delivers more contrast and color saturation, providing a noticeable improvement over its predecessors. Other touchups include a larger thumb projection on the power ring for smoother, easier magnification changes; argon and krypton purging; and exposed outer lenses coated with Leupold’s DiamondCoat 2.

Field Editor Ron Spomer raved about this new line: “Lenses have been treated with anti-reflection coatings balanced to their refractive indices and to all other lenses in the system to maximize light transmission across the color spectrum” (“Hardware,” August ’16). “To check the accuracy of adjustments, I mounted an old-fashioned collimator grid, centered the reticle on it and repeatedly turned both the elevation and windage turrets 20 to 30 clicks left, right, up, down and back in varying combinations. The reticle always returned dead center.”

The 3.5X-10X-40mm VX-3i Spomer tested “is darn near the ideal, do-everything scope.”

Editor's Note: Winning products must be tested by the editors, meet or exceed expectations on innovation, and provide hunters and shooters with value for their money. NRA Publications will present the annual Golden Bullseye Awards at an invitation-only breakfast during the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, Ga., April 28-30.

Latest

How To Turkey Hunt Safely Lead
How To Turkey Hunt Safely Lead

How to Turkey Hunt Safely

FACT: Coming home is more important than coming home with a gobbler.

Turkey Calling by Subspecies

Ever wonder whether the difference between turkey subspecies extends to calling as well? We take a look at the different strategies used to hunt different birds.

Brownells 350 Legend BRN-180 Hunting Rifle Build

B. Gil Horman builds himself a new hunting rig right from the studs, exploring the ways in which an AR-pattern rifle can meet the various needs of most any American hunter.

Knives for Big-Game Hunters

Fixed blade or folder? Drop point or clip point? What kind of steel would you like, and what kind of handle material would you like to grip when using your knife? Answers to these questions make a hunter’s knife just as personal as his firearm.

Recipe: Curried Elk

Have some elk still left from the season? Try this fun recipe to take a bit of the chill off the last cool days of the year.

Review: TriStar Matrix

The Matrix—TriStar’s first inertia-driven semi-automatic shotgun—features a fiber-optic front sight post to naturally draw the eye when pointing at birds and an oversized trigger guard for the comfortable use of cold-weather gear when shooting. 

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.