Leupold® VX®-3HD 2.5-8x36mm Duplex Reticle Riflescope CDS-ZL 1″ Maintube


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The VX®-3HD 2.5-8x36mm delivers legendary performance and extreme clarity in an incredibly tough, lightweight package. It’s the perfect workhorse for timber hunting and mid-range shots.

The VX-3HD delivers outstanding performance in low light. With Leupold’s Elite Optical System, the VX-3HD delivers excellent dawn-to-dusk light transmission for a bright image when it matters most, elite-level glare reduction in harsh light, and the resolution and clarity that diehard hunters and shooters demand. We also gave it match-grade repeatability and ergonomic controls that are easy to read and use, even with gloves. The VX-3HD is the best lightweight, low-light hunting scope in its class. And with its low-profile, one-revolution CDS® ZeroLock® dial, you can be confident your dial will only move when you want it to. Push the button to unlock it, dial, and then rotate it back to zero to lock it in place. It’s that simple.

Everything we put into your VX-3HD is there to help you tag out. Like all Leupold riflescopes, it’s designed, machined, and assembled in the USA and guaranteed for life.


  • 3:1 Zoom Ratio
    • A 3:1 zoom ratio is very common in many scope models. It gives you 3 times more magnification at high power than at low power (model magnification ranges are available in powers of 3x: 1.5-5, 2.5-8, 3-9, 3.5-10, etc.), so you can dial your power down for close encounters or all of the way up for long-range shots.
  • Custom Dial Compatible
    • Leupold’s Custom Dial System® (CDS®) gives you the ability to customize your turret (adjustment dial) to your exact ballistics and environmental conditions. Once your new custom dial is installed, simply range the target, turn the dial to that number, and aim dead on.
  • Zero Lock Dial
    • The ZeroLock® system eliminates accidental dial movement by locking it in place.
  • High Definition
    • High-definition, calcium-fluoride lenses ensure incredible clarity at all magnification levels.
  • Scratch Resistant Lenses
    • Hardened surface coatings are added to meet extreme military standards in scratch resistance and added lens protection.
  • Lightweight Aluminum Housing
    • Aluminum offers excellent durability and ruggedness without adding unnecessary weight.
  • Elite Optical System
    • Leupold’s Elite Optical System offers excellent dawn-to-dusk light transmission for a bright image when it matters most, elite-level glare reduction in harsh light, and the resolution and clarity that diehard hunters and shooters demand.
  • Lockable Eyepiece
    • A traditional eyepiece lock ring allows you to lock in a focus setting that is best for your eye.
  • Removable Throw Lever
    • The removable, low-profile throw lever makes changing magnifications quick and easy. It includes a thread protector plug to use when the lever is removed.
  • Waterproof, Fogproof, & Shockproof
    • Leupold pioneered modern waterproof and fogproof technology using advanced internal gasses and sealing methods that withstand extreme temperatures, elevation changes, and shocks, so the internals of the optics stay moisture free and crystal clear for life.
  • Duplex® Reticle
    • Invented in 1962 by Leupold
    • Defined by heavy posts
    • Stands out against cover in low light
    • Quick target acquisition with thin lines at the center
    • Most popular reticle in the world
    • Rear (second) focal plane


Image Clarity:

Reticle Type Second Focal Plane Reticle Duplex
Illuminated No Illumination Settings N/A
Light Management System Elite Optical System Glass Type HD Calcium Fluoride
Lens Coating Standard Eye Relief Low Mag (in) 4.4
Eye Relief High Mag (in) 3.6 Twilight Factor Low Mag ~9.5
Twilight Factor High Mag ~17 Diopter Type Adjustable Eyepiece w/ Lock Ring
Parallax Adjustment No Parallax Free Distance (yd) 150

Image Adjustment:

Min Magnification 2.5x Max Magnification 8x
Objective Lens Diameter (mm) 36 Low Mag Field of View (ft @ 100 yds; Degrees) 37.5; 7.2
High Mag Field of View (ft @ 100 yds; Degrees) 13.7; 2.6 Elevation Turret Style Exposed CDS-ZL
Elevation Adjustment Range (MOA; MIL; cm @ 100 yds) 70; 20.4; 203.6 Elevation Dial Travel Limit (MOA) 14.5
Elevation Adjustment Value per Click (MOA) 1/4 Elevation Clicks per Rotation 60
Windage Turret Style Capped Windage Adjustment Range (MOA; MIL; cm @ 100 yds) 70; 20.4; 203.6
Windage Adjustment Value per Click (MOA) 1/4 Windage Clicks per Rotation 60


Locking Dial CDS-ZL Zero Stop No
Indexable Turret CDS-ZL Indexing Type Removable Dials, Set Screws
External Rotation Indicator No Illumination Control N/A
Locking Illumination N/A Auto-Shutoff (hrs) N/A
Throw Lever Pre-installed Nightvision Compatible Illumination N/A
Motion Sensor Capabilities N/A Electronic Reticle Leveler N/A
Sunshade/Killflash Compatible Yes (Sold Seperately)

Physical (Refer to Image):

Form Factor Riflescope Attachment Interface (2) 1 Inch Rings (Sold Seperately)
Mount Height N/A Finish Matte Black
Water Resistance Yes Fogproof Yes
Shockproof Yes Battery Type N/A
Battery Life (hrs) N/A Weight (oz) 11.9
Overall Length – A (in) 11.42 Front Mounting Length – C (in) 1.57
Rear Mounting Length – D (in) 2.49 Total Mount Length – B (in) 5.23
Objective Housing Length – F (in) 3.05 Objective Housing Width – G (in) 1.65
Objective Housing Height – G (in) 1.65 Eyepiece Housing Length – E (in) 3.08
Eyepiece Housing Width – H (in) 1.6 Eyepiece Housing Height – H (in) 1.6
Magnification Ring Outside Diameter (in; cm) ~2.1; 5.3 Turret Saddle Depth (in; cm) ~0.1; 0.3

Additional Information:

The VX®-3HD delivers legendary performance and HD clarity in an incredibly tough yet lightweight package. And with its one-revolution CDS® ZeroLock® dial, you have a customizable ballistics solution at your fingertips. Simply range your target, turn the dial to that number, and aim dead on.

Leupold’s Lifetime Guarantee

  • Anyone can offer you a lifetime warranty, but guaranteeing performance takes serious dedication and craftsmanship. From our Beaverton Oregon factory to the wilderness, the battlefield, and everywhere in between, we won’t let you down.

CDS-ZL Elevation Dial

  • The low-profile, one revolution CDS-ZL dial eliminates the need for holdovers on longer shots and provides precise adjustments with the security of ZeroLock® so your dial only moves when you want it to.

Lightweight, Rugged Performance

  • Leupold’s lightweight design disperses recoil energy for unrivaled performance with ultra-lightweight construction.
Part Number 180616


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