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Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i Riflescope Review | Optics Trade Reviews

We’ll be reviewing the Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i. Leica is recognized as one of the world’s best optics producers. They take pride in a long history as an optics producer. In the field of sports optics, they made several significant breakthroughs and milestones.

The Leica company was founded in Wetzlar, Germany, in the mid-nineteenth century. Nowadays Leica Camera has nearly 1600 workers from around the world. In the realm of sports optics, they are always on the lookout for fresh and innovative ideas.

The company is producing optical products, such as rifle scopes, range finders, binoculars, and spotting scopes. They own ballistic programs and they also produce corresponding optical accessories. 

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Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i riflescope

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Introduction of Leica Magnus i series of riflescopes

Leica Magnus i is the second generation of the Magnus series. With this series, Leica introduced some brand new features. They improved every small detail on the riflescope, which they consider to be inferior and unworthy of Leica.

With the new Magnus i series they improved:

  1. the battery holder,
  2. illumination knob,
  3. optical and other physical properties,
  4. an illumination system,
  5. they change their logo, and so on. 

Watch our Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i Riflescope Review Below

Physical features of Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i riflescope

The Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i scope’s physical characteristics are stunning. Its extremely high quality, robust design, and readily usable components are all apparent.

The magnification ring is very smooth. The diopter adjustment ring and illumination control ring also run smoothly. The turrets are quite easy to use as well.

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Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i magnification ring and illumination knob

The Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 rifle scope has a length of 272 millimeters, which is excellent and quite practical. The scope is simple to operate. It weighs 544 grams. This isn’t much at all. Riflescope has a nice black finish.

Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i scope is designed for the driven hunt. In both daytime and low-light situations, the scope will benefit you. Because of a 6.3 magnification range, which is quite significant, the scope will work well for short and long-range shooting.

Parallax adjustment

Magnus 1-6.3×24 i doesn’t have parallax adjustment but features a fixed parallax, which is set at 100 meters.

Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i Reticle

We’ll move on to the reticles of Magnus 1-6.3x24i riflescope. The reticle is positioned in the second focal plane (SFP riflescope).

There are two reticles available for this rifle scope: 

  • L-3D reticle and
  • L-4A reticle. 
Leica Magnus 1-6.3x24 i - Reticle Subtensions
Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i -L-3D reticle at lowest vs highest magnification and with illuminated central dot

L-3D reticle have a central dot and circle illuminated, while L-4A only has central dot illuminated. The illumination dot is more finely usable and covers a greater surface area than the Magnus 1st generation rifle scopes, although the intensity of the dot is still strong.

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Illumination System

The illumination system in the Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 riflescope is rather unique and advanced. It’s capable of working in bright light and low light situations. You have the option to change between daytime and low-light settings.

Turning the illumination knob on the left side sets the illumination to the daytime setting and turning the illumination knob on the right side sets the illumination to the low light setting. If we place the illumination knob on zero, the illumination is turned off.

Its brightness can be modified in 60 steps, which is fantastic. These settings are changed by clicking or tapping the left or right sides of the illumination knob. You decrease the lighting intensity level by pressing the minus sign. As previously stated, pressing the plus sign increases the brightness intensity level. Clicks of changing the illumination have a distinct feel to them.

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Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i illumination knob

The illumination has a position sensor, which means it automatically shuts off if you set the riflescope vertical or on the side. It’s quite economical since you can save a lot of battery power like that.

This riflescope’s illumination system is quite impressive. It can be utilized in even the brightest of daytime situations, as well as the darkest of night-time ones. Furthermore, this rather big illumination knob may also be operated with gloves on. So, there is no issue there at all.

The illumination knob on previous versions of Magnus rifle scopes had identical functions. You could turn it easily even by mistake. However, with this one, the operation of this knob is more firmly established, resulting in a more pleasant experience using it. There is also a lot less chances to move it unintentionally.

Replacing the battery

Changing, removing, or reinstalling the battery is a very simple process. To begin, you must remove the illumination knob. After that, simply insert the battery by sliding the distinctive notch over it and securing it in place.

This is one of the features that Leica improved with the Magnus i series. This is a very interesting design. The battery in previous Magnus versions simply flew away when you opened the knob. This new method for containing the battery is quite intelligent and elegant.

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Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i – how to replace the battery

Turrets and clicks

Next, we’ll talk about turrets. Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i riflescope has capped, hunting turrets with 1 centimeter on 100-meter clicks, with a multiple number of turns (MT). However, turrets have no turn indicator. Turrets have approximately 10 millimeters or 1/3 MOA on 100 meters clicks.

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Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i capped turrets

By pressing the turret down, you can simply reset the turret. This is another innovation in Magnus i riflescopes that were introduced with the second generation. This is a fantastic function. We realize that prior versions necessitated the use of the Hex key to unlock and reset the turrets. You had to remove the turrets to reset them, which was time-consuming. This is a really practical method to operate the turrets.

The turrets have no locking function and do not require one because they of  hunting, capped type of turrets. As a result, there is no requirement for a locking mechanism.

The turrets are also quite well-audible, to say the least. Every click feels highly crisp and very precisely defined. In addition, they’re simple to manage and operate. There is no distinction between the turrets at all. The quality of the turrets is without a doubt outstanding.

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Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i turrets

Mounting of the Magnus i scope

You can mount Magnus 1-6.3×24 i riflescope with any 30-millimeter rings because the tube diameter is 30 millimeters. Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i scope can also be ordered with a Zeiss ZM/VM rail which adds to the robustness of the riflescope. 

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Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i with ZM/VM rail

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Optical Performance of Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i

Let’s talk about Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i riflescopes’ optical properties now. The magnification range of the riflescope is 1-6.3x. It has a great 6.3x zoom ratio. The objective lens diameter is 24 millimeters.

Riflescope also has a high light transmission of 91.1 percent, which is excellent. This is one of the best light transmission rifle scopes on the market right now.

This Leica riflescope is designed with an outstanding field of view, which is 6.5 meters on 100 meters at 6.3x magnification and 43.2 meters on 100 meters at 1x magnification. This is an amazing feature. And from our experience, one of the best there is.  

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Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i objective lens

Eye relief is also very encouraging with 90 millimeters, which means that you can use this riflescope on heavier caliber rifles unafraid of the recoil of the rifle.

There is no tunnel effect at any of the magnification ranges. This rifle scope’s optical quality is excellent and undeniable, right down to the last detail. This product also features one of the best eye boxes in the world in the field of sports optics. Both eyes open use is easy and intuitive.

Riflescope is also shockproof, fog proof, and waterproof. It’s also submersible to a depth of 4 meters. Leica uses aqua-dura lens coating, which means the lenses will not fog even in extremely cold climates.

Leica Magnus 16-.3×24 i Price and Warranty

Leica offers 10 years of warranty for Magnus 1-6.3×24 i riflescope and all other corresponding products from Leica. The scope is made in Germany and costs 2265 €. If you want to purchase the model with the ZM/VM rail, add 80 € to the price.

Scope of delivery

Leica Magnus 16-.3×24 i riflescope includes:

  1. CR 2032 battery,
  2. lens caps,
  3. lens covers,
  4. inspection certificate,
  5. warranty card, and
  6. Magnus i instruction manual.
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Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i: What’s in the box?

You may also purchase the following accessories for this riflescope:


Leica made a lot of improvements and put in a lot of effort to enhance every aspect of this second generation of Magnus i rifle scopes. We believe that this is one of the most ergonomic rifle scopes on the market today.

It has a fantastic eye box and superior optical quality. The turrets on this riflescope are handy. An improved illumination system works incredibly well. Another notable feature is that you can customize your scope with Zeiss ZMVM rail, which is another nice touch. The scope features one of the widest field of view at 1x magnification.

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Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i riflescope

Pros summary:

  1. Extremely wide FOV
  2. The turrets are easy to operate
  3. The quality of the turrets is excellent
  4. The optical performance is outstanding
  5. Great illumination system
  6. The eye relief is very good
  7. Zeiss ZM/VM rail


There are no drawbacks to this riflescope. The only thing I could think of is the cost of the riflescope, which is a little steep. But this is a high-end class riflescope, so the price makes sense.

Cons summary:

  • The price is quite high

Final thoughts on Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i

We are at the conclusion of our review. There are no significant flaws to mention. Everything is of tremendously high quality, and Leica went above and beyond to improve tiny elements on this second generation of Magnus i riflescopes.

Leica Magnus 1-6.3×24 i may very well be the most ergonomic rifle scope ever made. It has great optical quality, an outstanding field of view, and very good illumination system. This is an excellent riflescope and would be a great choice for anyone looking for a top-quality scope for a driven hunt that works great in daytime and low-light situations. Even though this is a wide-angle riflescope it features high magnification. As a result, you may easily use this riflescope also for medium-range shooting.

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