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Leupold VX-6 4-24x52mm CDS Side Focus Scope (w/ Illuminated VH Reticle)

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leupold vx6 4-24x52mm varmint hunters riflescope
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Magnification: 4-24X
Power Variability: Variable
Objective Diameter: 52 mm
Length/Weight/Tube Diameter: 14.30 inches/24.30 ounces/34 mm
Field of View: 28.00 - 5 feet/100 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: 3.7 inches/13 - 2.17 mm
Reticle: Varmint Hunter, Boone & Crockett
Adjustment Info: 1/4 MOA/Click
Optics Coatings: Fully Multi-Coated
Finish: Black Matte
Waterproof/Shockproof: Yes/Yes
Parallax Setting: 150 yards
Airgun rated: No
Illuminated Reticle: Yes
Mounting Rings Included: No

Best Uses: Big Game Hunting, Varmint Hunting, Target Shooting, Tactical Use

Leupold has discontinued their VX-6 series scopes and replaced them with the VX-6HD series. This particular scope has been replaced with the VX-6HD 4-24X52 CDS-ZL2. It's practically identical to the older model… optical specs remain the same, but the newer one has 1-2 more fancy features such as the new high-definition lenses. Check it in the video below and at Optics Planet and Amazon.

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Leupold VX-6 4-24X52mm Illuminated Review

The VX-6 4-24X52 is by far one of the top rifle scopes that the world-class brand, Leupold, has to offer the avid hunter. There's very few that can top this scope. I wish I could say that the perfect rating online is the direct result of countless reviewers - but then this wouldn't be an honest review.

While it does have an incredible customer satisfaction rating, there's still more to be said about it since it's still early yet. The VX-6 is the Mother Tree for the Leupold rifle scope family, so there's no doubt in my mind that this apple isn't going to fall far from the tree.

I nearly chose the most expensive rifle scope of the VX-6 series to review, but a quick look at specs made me change my mind. While the most expensive VX-6 rifle scope retails for approximately $2700, I ended up choosing this model - the 4-24X52 - the second most expensive scope in this line.

Online, you can get this scope for around $2000. Still a killer figure - I know, but it had an advantage over the expensive VX-6 7-42X56. It's available with all reticle options, either the illuminated reticle, BDC reticle, or the CDS dial. The versatility of this scope shouted, not spoke, but shouted its acclaim for itself.

It would probably help if I explained what CDS is, right?

That might help you to appreciate the workmanship Leupold put into this scope to give you the best, smoothest, and most natural hunting experience possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the impressive VX-6 4-24X52 rifle scope right here in the Q&A.


  • Excellent quality glass
  • Excellent coating quality
  • Illuminated reticle
  • 34 mm tube
  • Made in USA
  • Replace by new VX-6HD version


  • Price
  • Discontinued

VX-6 4-24X52 Rifle Scope Q&A:

Will this scope be good for long range shots past 700 yards?

This is an excellent rifle scope to get some long range hunting in - as well as some low light hunting. The illuminated reticle, high power range, BDC reticle, and perhaps even a CDS will get you out to 700 yards or 1000 yards no problem.

However, if you're part of the very few that want to get further than 1000 yards for any type of recreational long range target shooting, you're going to have to look at the elevation travel of the scope.

You might even need to get the target elevation adjustment feature installed by Leupold's Custom Shop and maybe install an additional MOA rail.

What is CDS?

CDS is Leupold's Custom Dial System. This is their ballistic turret. Typically, when you buy a CDS rifle scope from Leupold like this VX-6 4-24X52 mm, you're going to get sent an offer for a free BDC dial that can be custom engraved to match your specific ballistics.

It's easy to use, simple to set up, and you don't need to deal with holdovers. Leupold laser-inscribes 1/4 MOA increments unique to your load, velocity, and average atmospheric conditions onto the elevation turret for easy use.

You can also send in the ballistic data if you use hand-load bullets. Once you have your target in range, rotate the dial to the correct setting, get dead-on aim and shoot.

leupold vx-6hd riflescope side view
Image Credit - Leupold

What is the Twilight Max Light Management System?

This VX-6 rifle scope has Leupold's newest and most superior light management system yet, the Xtended Twilight Lens System. Leupold has always had the bigger picture in mind when it comes to light transmission, clarity, and glare reduction.

In their correct opinion, you can't address one without addressing all, and the Twilight Max Light Management System does exactly that. The optical system focuses on using all the available light from the entire spectrum that's visible to the human eye, instead of depending on midday light only like other inferior brands.

They also have edge blackened lenses to keep stray light from bouncing around inside the tube and creating glare. Instead, internal structures turn this stray light into usable light for the eye. And thirdly, Leupold's specially formulated proprietary lens coatings pushes color resolution and contrast to the limits.

It combines the Twilight Max Light Management System with the Index Matched Lens System to give you Leupold's most advanced and leading optical technology to date with the best eye-seeing image quality like never before seen.

What is DiamondCoat 2?

This is the unsurpassed, external lens coating formula that's designed to keep lenses in tip-top shape, without any chance of a scratch, fingerprint, or stray rain drop marring your sight picture. This coating exceeds the military standard for durability and hardness expected for optics, and it assists in enabling you the clearest, most pristine, and sharpest picture quality.

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Does this VX-6 rifle scope have an illuminated reticle?

Leupold Illuminated Varmint Hunter Reticle
Image Credit - Leupold

Yes, this 4-24X52 mm rifle scope has the illuminated Varmint Hunter reticle that has bullet drop compensation data on the lens.

There is also one other model that features the Boone & Crockett illuminated reticle.

The specs on this optic make for an exceptional low light hunting rifle scope that'll have you in pursuit when the deer are on the move.

And, that's exactly what you need and what you should expect for a scope of such repute.

Noteworthy Features:

  • Xtended Twilight Light System for sharp, high contrasting image quality
  • Series available with Side Focus models, CDS, Illuminated Reticles, BDC reticles, Target, and more
  • Diamondcoat 2 for greater brightness, clarity, and highest light transmission possible
  • Blackened lens edges for reduced glare and edge-to-edge clarity
  • Twin Bias Spring Erector System for ultimate shockproof-ability
  • Access to Leupold's Custom Shop
  • Made in the USA

Our Verdict on the VX6 4-24X56 Scope

According the bull's-eye, you'll never hit it with the Leupold VX-6 4-24X52 rifle scope. That's because it's been discontinued. However, its almost identical counterpart has been released as the Leupold VX-6HD 4-24X52. Ha! Did we scare you for a second? Leupold would never get rid of anything as high quality as the VX-6, so they made it better.

If spending close to two grand is just plain out of your budget, then opt for the Leupold VX-3i 3.5-10X40 which is significantly cheaper. You might not have all the fancy trappings that the VX-6HD has, but you've gotta save money somewhere, right? Besides, the VX-3i has made it in the Top 100 Best Seller's List! You can't complain about that.

But, when you're spending in the triple zero digit price range, you can't help but take a peek at what Swaro has in store. With this kind of money, you could easily justify splurging on the Swarovski Z5 3.5-18X44 rifle scope. It mightn't be as far-reaching as the Leupold, but it's a Swaro, all the "reaching" is in the glass quality!

High-end and premium Leupold rifle scopes are worthy of praise. There's few other brands that can do entry level, premium, and everything else in between very well. Leupold can, and they smoke their competition while doing it!

Leupold has discontinued their VX-6 series scopes and replaced them with the VX-6HD series. This particular scope has been replaced with the VX-6HD 4-24X52 CDS-ZL2. It's practically identical to the older model… optical specs remain the same, but the newer one has 1-2 more fancy features such as the new high-definition lenses. Check it out at Optics Planet and Amazon.

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Simon Cuthbert - Founder

Simon is an avid outdoor enthusiast and the founder of Target Tamers. He is passionate about bringing you the most up to date, accurate & understandable information on sports optics of all kinds and for all applications. Simon has contributed to notable publications online and teaches beginners the technical side of optics through his extensive library of optics guides.

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