Leupold – Making Scout Rifles Better

I just recently completed a review of Ruger’s new Gunsite Scout Rifle. Scout Rifles are kind of an all or nothing thing with most shooters. I like and understand the concept and if I was looking for a one-rifle answer to all my shooting problems, might consider one. Though I would probably go with an AR 15 variant in .30 Remington AR.

At any rate, one complaint with the Scout Rifle concept has always been that the low power optic – typically a 1X riflescope – will not allow precision shooting at longer ranges. Weaver offers a 4X Scout Scope and it is an answer. As a matter of fact, its the scope I used to test the Ruger Scout Rifle. The problem with the fixed 4X is that you lose field of view and the ability to acquire and shoot close or close, moving targets as fast as you can with a low powered scope.

Leupold got smart with their new variable powered Scout Scope. Scout Rifle aficionados can now order a VX-II 1.5-4x28mm scout riflescope through the Leupold® Custom Shop. This looks to be a perfect solution for Scout Rifles and even AR style rifles. The scope has 8.75 inches of  eye relief on low power and 7.75 inches on high power.  Numerous reticle options are available.

Leupold's new variable Scout Scope will soon be available through their Custom Shop.

Other key features include Leupold’s proprietary Multicoat 4 lens system for a bright, clear image, and ¼-MOA field click adjustments for windage and elevation. The scope has a one-inch main tube, is nearly 11 inches long and weighs a mere 8.8 ounces.  Field of view at 100 yards on 1.5X is 41.7 feet and 16.5 feet on 4X. The scope is also waterproof and fog proof, and is backed by Leupold’s Full Lifetime Guarantee.

Somebody buy me one for Father’s Day, Christmas or for just no reason at all!


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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5 Responses to Leupold – Making Scout Rifles Better

  1. Mark McDowell says:

    Hey Richard I’ll take one too. Make mine a heavy duplex rectile with a glowing red dot in the center. Simple and sweet. And in the scout rifle 7mm-08 or .308 will be fine. I’m not picky. Merry Christmas….lol

  2. Jim Dodd says:

    I was pretty hot on scout rifles after taking the Gunsite 270 rifle course under Jeff Cooper in the early 90s. I built my first scout using a Tikka M595 Battue .308 Win and fitting a Burris 2.75X Scout Scope forward of the action (a Ruger No. 1 mount worked perfectly). That rifle already had removable 5-round box magazines, and I used it next back at Gunsite for an Advanced Rifle 570 course. I also built a heavy pseudo scout on a Rem M700 .416 RM with Jim Brockman’s iron sights and a forward scope mount. I acquired the Steyr Scout when it became available in ’98, and took it on several Africa hunts.

    I wrote about the scout concept in several forums, including African Hunter magazine. The basics of that article are also on the Sniper Country site in their gear evaluation section.


    My bottom line is the scout scope concept is flawed: in low light it is vulnerable to stray light interference. Also as you note a low-power variable scope over the action works way better for hunting. The scout rifle makes a very nice light and handy carbine.


    The concept is interesting but the rifle only works from 8:00a to 5:00p on a square range (where you have high-contrast targets). I had a sit-down discussion with Jeff about this, but he really didn’t want to consider my critique (although he did hear me out)…jim dodd

  3. Patrick says:

    “The problem with the fixed 4X is that you loose field of view”

    I would suggest that you lose field of view.

    Loose = not tight
    Lose = cease to have or maintain

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