The Leupold VX-Freedom 3-9X40 is one of the best hunting scopes on the market. In fact, I’ve used on my Remington .308 and 30-30 rifle, and never looked back. Now, I almost only use the Leupold VX- Freedom for my hunting rifles. Interested? Keep reading…
Glass Clarity & Reticle
The glass is exceptionally clear and crisp. The objective lens diameter is 40 mm., which is ideal for hunting. Why? Because it allows for greater light transmission. Which means you can hunt at dawn and dusk, and still get an optimal sight picture.
To top it off, the lens is fully multi coated with several layers of Leupold’s Twilight Management System. This coating works with the 40mm diameter to optimize your sight picture by maximizing available light. This lens gives me one of the brightest sight pictures I’ve ever had in low light.
The reticle is a simple duplex crosshair that is versatile, easy to use and has fast acquisition. It’s also set in the second focal plane. This means that the reticle stays the same size as you switch magnifications and ultimately makes a clearer sight picture.
However, the crosshairs are a bit thin, so if you’re looking for something more pronounced, check out the Leupold VX-R. It’s a bit more expensive but features an illuminated reticle.
Eye Relief & Eye Box
The 3.7-4.2 in. of eye relief is extremely forgiving and easy to set.
To set eye relief, I put my scope at its maximum magnification, set it at the base’s front, and slide it back until the black halo disappears. Since I hunt, I do this lying behind my rifle, but you should adjust it in the position you’ll be shooting in.
The eyebox is generous, but as you zoom toward 9x it gets tight.
The VX-Freedom is virtually indestructible. It’s made with 6061-T6 aircraft quality aluminum, which means it’s not only strong but lightweight. It’s also designed to disperse recoil, making it exceedingly efficient.
Granted, I find that the exterior matte finish blemishes easily. While this is annoying, scuffs come off easily with a cloth. However, the optic’s durability makes up for the exterior finish. The lens’ coating is scratch-resistant, which is crucial for heavy outdoor use.
It’s also fog-resistant, shock-resistant, and waterproof. Even when I took it in below-freezing temperatures, it didn’t fog.
Elevation & Windage Knobs
The turrets aren’t as crisp as I’d like them to be. They can be a bit mushy, and while this isn’t a huge minus for me, I think it can be improved.
The 0.25 MOA finger click adjustment is reliable and redeems the lack of definition in the turret clicks. It’s easy to zero. In fact, it only took me a few shots to zero at 200 yards and has held zero since.
Parallax & Magnification
The VX-Freedom is a variable scope with 3-9x magnification.
This is great for hunters (like myself) because it allows you to shoot from a variety of distances. Whether you’re hunting grouse in the Idahoan woods or antelope in the prairies of South Dakota, rest assured you’re getting an optimal sight picture.
The parallax is fixed at about sixty yards, so you’ll have no trouble with distances greater than that. If you want to shoot something at a shorter distance, you’ll have to be attentive to your head positioning.
Mounting & Rings
Mounting is easy and straightforward. You’ll need a torque style screwdriver, scope base, rings, and a cardboard box unless you’ve got a gun vise. You can also opt for the Weaver Deluxe Scope Mounting Kit if you don’t own tools and want to buy everything in one shot.
I used Leupold’s QRW rings in 1” diameter. I like these because they are low and stay close to the barrel, which ensures accuracy. I used a Picatinny rail for my base because it offers more choices regarding placement for eye relief and is lightweight.
Is the Leupold VX-Freedom 3-9X40 worth it?
If you’re looking for a versatile, reliable scope for your hunting rifle, get the Leupold VX-Freedom 3-9x40. It’s got:
- Clear glass
- Optimal low light visibility
- Fog proof, waterproof, shockproof, and scratch-resistant design
It’s an excellent hunting scope on all fronts, easy to use, and reliable. Not to mention it’s backed by Leupold’s lauded lifetime warranty. So if you’re looking for a go-to hunting scope of the highest quality minus the astronomical price tag, get the Leupold VX-Freedom.
Richard Douglas is a firearms expert and educator. His work has appeared in large publications like The Armory Life, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and more. In his free time, he reviews optics on his Scopes Field blog.
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