The unfortunate thing about classics is that by the time you recognize their stature, they are either obsolete or out of circulation. Leupold avoids that fate with this remarkable reprise of an American classic, a totally redesigned VX riflescope. This was not only the lightest scope in the category–the 3-9×40 we tested weighed just 10.8 ounces, thanks to lead-free glass in its 1-inch tube–but also the brightest.

It dominated the low-light test, a remarkable achievement for a 40mm optic in a field with bigger, more light-hungry scopes. In an age when amenities differentiate optics, it’s refreshing to see a product that wows with flawless execution of the basics. As one team member noted, “This is a pure hunting scope–light, bright, and simple.” The VX-2 is balanced, features a clean duplex reticle and finger-friendly turret controls, and is configured for most big-game hunting applications. It is one of the great bargains of this, or any other, age.

Test Results
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Price: $300
Optics/Mechanics: A-
Perceived Image: A
Design: A
Price/Value: A