8 of The Best 1-6x Scopes & LPVOs in 2024

Why consider the 1-6x when there’s also 1-4x versus 1-8x and even 1-10x scopes?

The 1-6x is a very popular LPVO configuration. It fills the gap between 1-4x and 1-8x scopes balancing out magnification needs without adding too much weight and cost. It also provides a balance between eye relief and eyebox requirements with decent optical performance at max power.

Tactical turret on glx scope mounted to ar15
Image by Tina Fa'apoi (Own Work) for Target Tamers

This lineup could be exhaustive with this configuration, so I hand-picked some mass approved favorites to determine the best 1-6x scopes.

I compare cost, reticle options, weight, included accessories, and more to give you a better idea of how they stack up.

BEST FOR HUNTING
Leupold Patrol 6HD 1-6x24mm Riflescope, CDS-ZL2 Illuminated CMR2 Reticle, Matte
BEST FOR AR-15
Vortex Optics Viper PST Gen II 1-6x24 SFP Riflescope VMR-2 MOA
Leupold Patrol 6HD 1-6x24mm Riflescope, CDS-ZL2 Illuminated CMR2 Reticle, Matte
Vortex Optics Viper PST Gen II 1-6x24 SFP Riflescope VMR-2 MOA
BEST FOR HUNTING
Leupold Patrol 6HD 1-6x24mm Riflescope, CDS-ZL2 Illuminated CMR2 Reticle, Matte
Leupold Patrol 6HD 1-6x24mm Riflescope, CDS-ZL2 Illuminated CMR2 Reticle, Matte
BEST FOR AR-15
Vortex Optics Viper PST Gen II 1-6x24 SFP Riflescope VMR-2 MOA
Vortex Optics Viper PST Gen II 1-6x24 SFP Riflescope VMR-2 MOA

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The Best 1-6x Scopes in 2024

1. Swampfox Warhorse 1-6x FFP – Best Overall  

swampfox warhorse lpvo scope
Image by Tina Fa'apoi (Own Work) for Target Tamers

Overall, the Swampfox Warhorse 1-6x has quickly become one of my favorite LPVO scopes to date. The MIL turrets track accurately, the exposed turret locks, the illumination is pretty good, and this thing is ultra-tough.

Pros:

  • FFP reticle
  • Push/pull locking turret
  • Intermittent off
  • Good throw lever
  • Extremely durable

Cons:

  • Flip-up cap moves diopter

The diopter itself isn’t easy to move but the flip-up cap will do a number on your focus if it gets moved around. The gist is, if the cap gets moved out of place, your diopter setting does too. There are a couple of workarounds to deal with this, but it’s probably what annoyed me most.

One thing you will notice right off the bat is how huge the scope is and deservedly so. The Warhorse has a 34 mm tube which gives an incredibly generous adjustment travel range. Turrets are oversized and the aggressive knurling on all the moving parts make this scope look like a beast. Better yet, it is a beast.

The Warhorse 1-6 was dirt-tested, drop-tested, and water-tested. I was not kind to it and yet it’s held up beautifully – almost blemish free!

The Dragoon reticle is the only reticle of choice in this model, but you can opt for a MIL or MOA version. It’s a drop tree reticle that it’s in the FFP, so it gets larger in size as you crank up the mag. It’s big enough in size to use appropriately, but it’s not as big as my favorite FFP drop reticle in a LPVO, the ACSS Raptor M6. Still, the reticle will work on this 1-6x. It’s also worlds bigger than the EBR-8 in the Vortex Strike Eagle LPVO

I couldn’t be happier with the overall quality. The glass is clear, it has true 1x performance, it tracks, and the illumination has intermittent off. It’s obvious that the Warhorse is a workhorse of a scope.

2. Leupold VX-6HD – Best for Hunting

Leupold VX6HD 1-6x
Image Credit: Leupold

The VX-6HD is not a cereal box riflescope but a high-end model built for the hunt. What kind of hunts would use 1-6x? Dangerous game, bear, thick brush, and shots inside 100 yards but mostly around 40-70 yards. What you need is a thick, simple, SFP reticle scope for quick target acquisition. Sounds like the Leupold VX-6HD!

Pros:

  • HD Performance optics
  • CDS-ZL2 elevation dial
  • Motion sensor tech
  • Electronic reticle level
  • Included accessories

Cons:

  • Price

It should come as no surprise that for a Leupold made with high quality materials it comes with a “it hurts” kind of price tag. However, with the Professional-grade Optical System, HD performance, and Guard-Ion lens coating, the sight picture is exceptional from each edge of the FOV.

More-so, Leupold added a bunch of technology to the VX-6HD. It has MST (Motion Sensor Technology), so that you don’t need to remember to manually deactivate the illumination. It deactivates after 5 mins of non-motion but also reactivates when movement is felt.

It also has an anti-cant level to keep things aligned. You can also opt to have Leupold make a custom CDS-ZL2 elevation dial for your setup! It's free of charge but costs for each dial after the first one.

The reticle is the Illuminated Firedot Duplex reticle. It’s in the SFP, has 8 illumination settings, and it doesn’t get simpler than that. Complete with ¼ MOA adjustments, a reversible throw lever, and included Alumina Flipback lens covers, the VX-6HD is really made for a broad range of applications.

Explore the comparison between 1-4x and 1-6x LPVO scopes to determine which one suits your needs best.

Available at: Amazon and Optics Planet (use code TTAMERS for 5% off at Optics Planet)

3. Vortex Viper PST Gen II SFP – Best for AR-15

Vortex Viper PST Gen II 1-6x
Image Credit: Vortex

Though the Vortex Strike Eagle FFP is consistently compared against Primary Arm’s GLx scopes, I think the Viper PST is a better comparison. The Strike Eagle SFP would be good competition for the SLx though. Moving on with it, the Viper PST has features that you don’t see on the Strike Eagle FFP.

Pros:

  • VMR-2 reticle
  • SFP reticle
  • Partial illumination
  • XD elements
  • Accessories included

Cons:

  • Heavy

The Viper PST has low-profile capped turrets with the illumination knob featuring intermittent off positions. It doesn’t come with flip-up caps though like the field-tested Strike Eagle FFP does – just saying. The VMR-2 reticle in the Viper is in the second focal plane and remains the same size. This is needed since the illuminated center point is only 0.5 MOA in size!

There are both drop and wind holdovers in crosshair style, so I know many will prefer the simplicity and visibility of such a reticle.

The eye relief is good at 3.8”. Parallax is fixed at 100 yards which is standard, but the optics are better on the Viper than the Strike Eagle. The Viper has XD elements which eludes to the use of ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements for maximum control over aberrations like color fringing.

Even though the Viper is on the heavy side for a 1-6x LPV at 22.7 oz, these types of scopes are generally heavy for their configuration, so it comes as no surprise. Overall, this is a scope I would recommend for various applications from CQB and patrol work if you’re not going to flip the bill on a Razor!

Available at: Amazon and Optics Planet (use code TTAMERS for 5% off at Optics Planet)

4. Swampfox Tomahawk II – Best Under $500

tomahawk ii mounted to ar15
Image by Tina Fa'apoi (Own Work) for Target Tamers

The Tomahawk II is an upgraded version of Swampfox’s now discontinued Tomahawk I LPVO. There’s a 1-4x model but I’ve been range-testing the 1-6x scope. The new improvements have put the Tomahawk II in a new quality class. I reckon it’s a mid-range scope priced as an entry-level one.

Pros:

  • Great 1x
  • SFP reticle
  • 12 illumination settings
  • Intermittent off
  • Locking turret

Cons:

  • Push mechanism could be stiffer

Part of the new upgrades include a push/pull locking elevation turret while the windage got capped. The older model didn’t have either even though they were exposed, so the changes here are much appreciated.

However, I do think that the ‘push’ part of the locking turret could be stiffer. I found it too easy to push it (lock it) while I was using it. Once I realized what I was doing, it wasn’t a big deal. I actually had a hard time finding something I didn’t like about the Tomahawk II so my criticisms can be considered extra critical.

The Guerilla Dot BDC reticle feels very like shooting with a red dot sight in a riflescope package. The 1x performance is extremely impressive – definitely one of the best I’ve tested. Shooting with two eyes open is beyond easy to do especially given the huge FOV… another thing that’s new to the Tomahawk scope.

I really like the illumination knob with its intermittent off settings. I found the illumination intensity varied which is perfect for many of the different types of environment and lighting conditions you can find yourself in.

Honestly, the new upgrades really put the Tomahawk II into the mid-range class. For the money, there’s a lot to gain. This is by far one of the best 1-6x LPVO scopes you must consider if CQB, SFP, and 1x ease is your speed.  

5. Vortex Strike Eagle SFP – Best for CQB

Vortex SE LPVO in action
Strike Eagle in action - Image Credit: Vortex

The Strike Eagle is an extremely popular riflescope series that includes a 1-6x LPVO. It’s designed for rapid CQB but can also go the distance to 650 yards. With a nitrogen-puged and O-ring sealed tube and an ArmorTec exterior lens coating, the Strike Eagle is ready to work in all conditions.

Pros:

  • SFP scope
  • AR-BDC3 reticle
  • Partial illumination
  • Low capped turrets
  • Accessories included

Cons:

  • Tight eyebox

Though similar to the Strike Eagle 1-8x that I field-tested, it does have a slightly different reticle that’s in the SFP that makes a big difference. Due to the reticle’s location, it’s not tiny at 1x like the reticle in the FFP version. Yes, it behaves more like a red dot, but it’s still very small. The SFP model has the advantage of a highly visible reticle throughout the entire power range.

Vortex SE SFP VS FFP
AR-BDC3 reticle in SFP Strike Eagle (left) - Image Credit: Vortex VS EBR-8 reticle in FFP Strike Eagle (right) - Image by Tina Fa'apoi (Own Work) for Target Tamers

Speaking of the actual reticle, the Strike Eagle 1-6x has the AR-BDC3 with an illuminated 1 MOA center dot and segmented circle. The BDC portion isn’t illuminated, just the center. It keeps things clean and simple, and Vortex has pretty good illumination so that it’s visible in almost all conditions.

It doesn’t come with flip-up caps like the FFP model does, but it still comes with a sunshade and screw-in (not band) throw lever. With eye relief similar to most other LPV scopes of 3.5”, it does get tight at max mag. Even though this Strike Eagle can be put through its paces for various applications, I’d recommend it for hunting, home defense, and range use.

Available at: Amazon and Optics Planet (use code TTAMERS for 5% off at Optics Planet)

6. Primary Arms SLx SFP Gen III ACSS – Best SFP 1-6x

Primary Arms SLX LPVO Gen 3
Image Credit: Optics Planet

The Primary Arms SLx 1-6x24 SFP Gen III scope with the ACSS reticle is one of the best LPVO scopes for performance and cost. It’s a highly rated LPV that is great for both CQB, going the distance, home defense, and more.

Pros:

  • Price
  • ACSS reticle
  • SFP reticle
  • Compact
  • Versatile

Cons:

  • Not daylight bright

The SLx 1-6x Gen III scope is one that I’d say is great for those with good eyes. Why? The ACSS reticle is in the second focal plane, so it stays the same size from 1x power through to 6x power. This is a good thing since it remains highly visible at 1x. Honestly though, from what I’ve seen with the ACSS reticle is that it’s larger at 1x (FFP or SFP) than it is to other LPV reticles at 1x.

However, the chevron is very fine, so it might be hard to see for older eyes or those who are new to the ACSS reticle. Good thing it has illumination, and it makes a big difference, but it’s not daylight bright. It really is intended for low light conditions and the entire reticle illuminates.

PA SLx LPVO features
Side view (top left) Mounted to AR (top right) Illumination turret (bottom left) Objective lens (bottom right) - Image Credit: Primary Arms

The SLx 1-6x is 10” long, weighs 16.9 oz, and according to Primary Arms, is more compact than its predecessors. The eye relief is stated at 3.5-3.5”, and though some say it can be finicky at max power, it’s enough to get to work.

At a cheaper price point than the GLx model, an SFP reticle, and solid performance, the SLx has a place in the LPVO market.

Available at: Primary Arms, Amazon and Optics Planet (use code TTAMERS for 5% off at Optics Planet)

7. Sig Sauer Tango MSR – Best for Included Mount

Sig Sauer Tango MSR 1-6x
Image Credit: Sig Sauer

That’s right! The Tango MSR 1-6x LPVO comes with an included cantilever mount. It’s not the only accessory of note that is included. At a cost that could be considered expensive for an entry-level scope, it’s actually a value buy with all that it comes with.

Pros:

  • 11 illumination settings
  • BDC6 reticle
  • Flip-back lens included
  • ALPHA-MSR1 mount included
  • Integrated throw lever included
  • Finish

Cons:

  • No intermittent off illumination

The Tango MSR is an entry-level scope and is made for casual applications when all the fixings are required out of the box at an affordable price point.

Though it has 11 brightness settings, there are no intermittent off settings. You must be conscious about manually turning it off to preserve battery life.

The finish is very easy to mar. It does show scratches, smudges, and any type of damage rather easily. If you’re into it, a Cerakote coating could preserve the finish if you feel so inclined to do that even though it has no bearing on scope functionality.

The eye relief is stated to be 3.9” but it's unforgiving after 4x magnification requiring a very consistent position inside the eyebox. This is usually the case with LPVO scopes, so it’s to be expected.

With reasonable glass performance and a very easy to use BDC6 reticle, the Tango MSR is a good buy. It’s hard to find a quality LPVO that comes with a cantilever mount, scope caps, and a throw lever all as included accessories. That’s where the value comes from!

Available at: Amazon and Optics Planet (use code TTAMERS for 5% off at Optics Planet)

8. Monstrum Alpha LPVO – Best Budget

Monstrum Alpha Series 1-6x
Image Credit: Monstrum

The Monstrum Alpha Series LPVO with a FFP reticle is one of the brand’s most popular scopes. For the money, it’s also one of the cheapest 1-6x scopes available.

Pros:

  • Price
  • FFP reticle
  • Custom Type-C reticle
  • Flip-up caps included
  • Fog/waterproof

Cons:

  • Non-illuminated

In general, this is about as budget as it gets for an LPVO scope. The Alpha has the popular 1-6x power range, is 10.2” long, and weighs 16 oz. It’s on the lightweight end for an LPV too.

With the Custom Type-C reticle, it has BDC and windage for holding over. Since the reticle is in the FFP, it gets larger as magnification is increased, and at this price point, it’s a feature that’s not typically seen.

The only downside is that it’s the non-illuminated version. At 1x, the reticle does get small, but if you have great vision and are mostly using it for target shooting, it will work. In fact, I recommend this scope for recreational applications like range shooting, plinking, and perhaps some small game like rabbits, squirrels, and other pests.

Flip-up caps are included though you will need to purchase your own 30mm mount. It has FMC coatings, but I expect that the glass performance will just be okay as it’s still a budget entry-level scope. A nice touch to the build integrity is that it’s also nitrogen-purged for fogproof benefits which means it’s also waterproof.

For the money, it’s a cheap scope if you want the 1-6x24 configuration with a BDC reticle in the FFP.

Available at: Amazon

A Guide to Choosing the Best 1-6x Scopes

Cost

water testing tomahawk ii
Swampfox Tomahawk II - Image by Tina Fa'apoi (Own Work) for Target Tamers

The cost for a 1-6x LPVO riflescope starts at approximately $100 and can cost upwards of $2000. Some high-end 1-6x scopes include the Swarovski Z6i, Leupold Patrol 6HD, Trijicon VCOG 1-6x, and more. The scopes with the highest ratings tend to have price points around $300-$600.

ProductKey FeaturesPrice Range
Swampfox Warhorse FFPBest OverallUnder $700
Leupold VX-6HDBest for HuntingUnder $1300
Vortex Viper PST Gen IIBest for AR-15Under $600
Swampfox Tomahawk IIBest Under $500Under $500
Vortex Strike Eagle SFPBest for CQBUnder $400
Primary Arms SLxBest SFP 1-6x LPVOUnder $300
Sig Sauer Tango MSRBest with Included MountUnder $400
Monstrum Alpha SeriesBest BudgetUnder $150
1-6x Scopes Key Features & Price Range Comparisons

1-6x Magnification

Tacticon Armament Apex Falcon V2 LPVO
Image Credit: Tacticon

An LPVO is a low power variable optic sometimes referred to as an LPV scope. These types of riflescopes are designed for rapid use at close-range distances, usually those qualifying as CQB ranges – inside 100 yards. The benefits include fast engagement with a wide FOV at 1x.

So, why not opt for a red dot sight? The other benefit of LPVO scopes is that they offer variable magnification. You’re not stuck with the fixed power of a magnifier running behind a red dot sight. To go the distance with the same, simple, and fast optic makes it a desirable platform for law enforcement, home defense, and even hunting.

ProductMagnificationObjective Diameter
Swampfox Warhorse FFP1-6x24 mm
Leupold VX-6HD1-6x24 mm
Vortex Viper PST Gen II1-6x24 mm
Swampfox Tomahawk II1-6x24 mm
Vortex Strike Eagle SFP1-6x24 mm
Primary Arms SLx1-6x24 mm
Sig Sauer Tango MSR1-6x24 mm
Monstrum Alpha Series1-6x24 mm
1-6x Scopes Magnification & Objective Diameter Comparisons

Specifications

PA GLX LPVO riflescope
Image by Tina Fa'apoi (Own Work) for Target Tamers

Overall, there are vital specifications to know before purchasing just any 1-6x scope. Some of these specs are the cause of dissatisfaction with an LPVO. These include eye relief, FOV, and the adjustment value of the turrets.

A big advantage of an LPV is the wide FOV that can be obtained at 1x magnification. This provides binocular vision shooting with two-eyes open and enhances situational awareness.

The eye relief is a big deal because LPVOs are notorious for having a tight eyebox at max power. This reduces speed since it takes time to find the sight picture without vignetting (shadowing). Longer eye relief is good and can be more forgiving at max power, but also reduces the risk of scope bite with heavy recoil setups.

Many 1-6x scopes have turrets with 0.5 (1/2) MOA adjustments. This seems to be an industry standard for an LPV. However, there are some models that offer even finer adjustments with 0.25 (1/4) MOA and 0.1 (1/10) MIL adjustments for even more precision.

ProductField of View @ 100 YardsEye ReliefAdjustments
Swampfox Warhorse FFP105.7-18.3 ft3.5-3.4 inches0.1 MIL / 0.25 MOA
Leupold VX-6HD120.9-19.2 ft3.7-3.8 inches0.25 MOA
Vortex Viper PST Gen II112.5-18.8 ft3.8 inches0.5 MOA
Swampfox Tomahawk II120.43-20.9 ft3.5-3.4 inches0.5 MOA
Vortex Strike Eagle SFP116.5-19.2 ft3.5 inches0.5 MOA
Primary Arms SLx110-19.30 ft3.5-3.3 inches0.5 MOA
Sig Sauer Tango MSR124.8-19.6 ft3.93 inches0.5 MOA
Monstrum Alpha Series103.2-16.1 ft4.5-4 inches0.5 MOA
1-6x Scopes FOV, Eye Relief & Adjustments Comparisons

Reticle

ACSS Raptor M6 FFP Reticle
GLx ACSS Raptor M6 reticle - Image by Tina Fa'apoi (Own Work) for Target Tamers

The type of reticle a 1-6x will determine a lot about effective range, ease of holding over, and visibility in various conditions. There is a wide variety of duplex style reticles to keep things simple for CQB but some also include holdovers for drop and wind along with a stadiametric rangefinder.

Most LPV scopes have illumination, but some do not. The illumination system will vary between push button and knobs. The most common type are knobs with intermittent off positions as a mid-range feature and motion sensor technology as a high-end feature. These LPVO scopes are almost always powered by a CR2032 battery.

ProductReticleFocal PlaneIllumination SettingsIntermittent OffBattery Type
Swampfox Warhorse FFPDragoonFFP12YesCR2032
Leupold VX-6HDFiredot DuplexSFP8NoCR2032
Vortex Viper PST Gen IIVMR-2SFP10YesCR2032
Swampfox Tomahawk IIGuerrilla Dot BDCSFP12YesCR2032
Vortex Strike Eagle SFPAR-BDC3SFP11NoCR2032
Primary Arms SLxACSSSFP11NoCR2032
Sig Sauer Tango MSRBDC6SFP11NoCR2032
Monstrum Alpha SeriesCustom Type-CFFPNoN/AN/A
1-6x Scopes Reticle, Focal Plane, Illumination Settings, Intermittent Off & Battery Type Comparisons

Size & Weight

swampfox warhorse 1 6x
Image by Tina Fa'apoi (Own Work) for Target Tamers

In general, a LPVO will weigh more than what you think it will. They’re generally compact in the 9-11” length range but have weights in the 16-24 oz range. The 1-6x configuration lands in the middle of the LPVO range, so they generally come in around 16-18 oz.

Pay attention to weight as after you’ve added a laser, flashlight, and other accessories to your rifle, you’ve added quite a bit of heft at the end of the day. What are you using your rifle and scope for? Is it a carry-around rig or are you prone or stationary at the bench?

ProductLengthWeight
Swampfox Warhorse FFP10.08 inches23.4 oz
Leupold VX-6HD10.8 inches16.2 oz
Vortex Viper PST Gen II10.83 inches22.7 oz
Swampfox Tomahawk II10.6 inches20.2 oz
Vortex Strike Eagle SFP10.4 inches18.5 oz
Primary Arms SLx10 inches16.9 oz
Sig Sauer Tango MSRUnknown18.5 oz
Monstrum Alpha Series9.4 inches14 oz
1-6x Scopes Length & Weight Comparisons

Included Accessories

Accessories Included with the Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8x24
Image by Tina Fa'apoi (Own Work) for Target Tamers

On average, 1-6x scopes require more than just standard caps to help with scope longevity. They need a few more accessories, which can be pricey, to improve scope effectiveness and preserve build integrity. Fortunately, many manufacturers are generous with what is included in the box.

ProductIncluded Accessories
Swampfox Warhorse FFPThrow lever, flip-up caps, oversized microfiber cloth
Leupold VX-6HDReversible throw lever, Alumina flip-up caps
Vortex Viper PST Gen IISunshade
Swampfox Tomahawk IIThrow lever, flip-up caps, oversized microfiber cloth
Vortex Strike Eagle SFPThrow lever, sunshade
Primary Arms SLxIntegrated power fin, flip-up caps
Sig Sauer Tango MSRIntegrated throw lever, flip-back caps, cantilever mount
Monstrum Alpha SeriesIntegrated throw lever, flip-up caps
1-6x Scopes Included Accessories Comparisons

Warranty

Swampfox LPVO duty grade durability
Image Credit: Swampfox

The warranty on any optic must be considered to ensure confidence in the purchase and future protection coverage of the optic. Though many manufacturers have upgraded their warranties to provide competitive coverage in most recent years, they’re not all equal. Conditions apply.

ProductWarrantyFeatures
Swampfox Warhorse FFPLimited Lifetime WarrantyLifetime, 10-year coverage on LED illumination system
Leupold VX-6HDLifetime GuaranteeLifetime, no proof of purchase required 
Vortex Viper PST Gen IIVIP WarrantyUnconditional, unlimited
Swampfox Tomahawk IILifetime WarrantyLifetime, serial # or proof of purchase required, 10-year warranty on illumination
Vortex Strike Eagle SFPVIP WarrantyUnconditional, unlimited
Primary Arms SLxLifetime WarrantyLifetime, no proof of purchase required, normal usage damage to scope coverage
Sig Sauer Tango MSRInfinite GuaranteeUnlimited, lifetime, fully transferable
Monstrum Alpha SeriesLifetime GuaranteeLifetime, must show proof of purchase from official authorized dealer or Monstrum
1-6x Scopes Warranty & Warranty Features Comparisons

FAQ's

What Range is a 1-6x Scope Good For?

On average, an LPVO is good for CQB usually inside 100 yards. However, a 1-6x configuration can be good for as far as 600 yards. The effective range is dependent on multiple things from the reticle to the cartridge. However, based on 3x power for every 100 yards, 200 yards is the standard.
 
Stretching the distance for 600-800 yards plus can be done but then other scope issues may need to be addressed such as eye relief, tight eyeboxes, lost clarity and resolution at max 6x magnification.

Is a 1-6x LPVO Good for Hunting?

In general, a 1-6x LPVO can be a great scope for hunting. The 1-6x configuration can be used on various hunts but is mostly desired for timber, mountain brush, and where the average shot is, say, less than 200-300 yards.

Antelope in range of 1-6x LPV - Image by Tina Fa'apoi (Own Work) for Target Tamerschromatic aberration at max power on glx scope

Can You Put a 1-6x Scope on a 22LR?

A 1-6x LPVO can be a great scope for a 22LR rifle. From plinking to small game hunting, the 22LR has a lot of uses. With a low power riflescope, a rapid transition from 40 yards to 200 yards with variable magnification is achievable.

Can You Put a 1-6x LPVO on a Shotgun?

With 3x scopes on turkey shotguns and EOTech holographic sights surviving recoil on a slug gun, there’s no reason you couldn’t try a 1-6x LPVO on a shotgun. Factors to consider would be weight, low-profile mounting, zero retention from recoil, and enough eye relief.
 
A quality 1-6x scope on a shotgun can provide some magnification for those with older eyes or for distance (standard ranges for shotguns) but is low enough that it could replace a red dot sight.

Best 1-6x LPVO: Which is Best For You?

Steiner P4Xi in action
Steiner P4Xi LPVO - Image Credit: Steiner

There are a lot of 1-6x lpvo scopes in the market ranging from cheap all the way to high-end, duty-grade scopes. Setting the budget will help to narrow down the options. Then looking to the glass, reticles, and specs will further make the choice easier.

There are plenty of 1-6x scopes not in this list, but if you want a broader picture of the best LPVO scopes in general, check out our recommendations – there’s plenty of those too!

Further Reading

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Tina Fa'apoi - Expert Optics Tester

Tina is a renowned expert in optics, having written hundreds of articles for Target Tamers over the past eight years and owning an extensive collection of optic's including binoculars, rifle scopes, red dots, spotting scopes and rangefinders. With years of experience in creating instructional videos and field-testing various optics, Tina brings a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge to the field.

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