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Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i Riflescope Review | Optics Trade Reviews

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We're going to look at another Leica product, the Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i. As we all know, Leica is one of the best and most significant optical manufacturers in the world today.

Leica takes pride in its long history in the optics industry. In the field of sports optics, they made several significant milestones. The Leica business was formed in Wetzlar, Germany, in the mid-nineteenth century. Today, as we all know, Leica employs over 1600 individuals from all around the world. In the realm of sports optics, they are constantly on the lookout for fresh and inventive concepts.

Leica is a well-known maker of binoculars, rangefinders, and spotting scopes as well as optical equipment. They are best recognized for their cameras. They also provide ballistic tracking software. Other associated optical goods are also being created.

Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i
Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i riflescope

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The second generation of Leica Magnus i

The Leica Magnus i series is the second generation of the Magnus family. The rifle scopes in this series include previously unseen features. Essentially, with the Magnus i Series, Leica is putting more effort into little details, which were lacking in their previous Magnum series.

Watch our Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i Riflescope Review Below

Here are some of the notable enhancements on the Magnus i series:

  1. battery holder,
  2. illumination knob,
  3. the logo is different,
  4. optical and other physical properties, and
  5. illumination system
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Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i illumination knob and magnification ring

Physical Properties of Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i

The physical characteristics of this riflescope are outstanding. Leica Magnus 2.4.-16x56 i is made of the highest-quality materials. We can see that the turrets are quite delicate and well-engineered. The illumination knob is elegantly designed, and the diopter focus control is a nice touch. Other features are very innovative in this scope.

The Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i is a little over 360 millimeters long. It weighs 785 grams, which is reasonable for this class of riflescope. The riflescope features a very nice black finish. The tube diameter is 30 millimeters. This riflescope can also be ordered with a Zeiss ZM/VM rail.

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On the left turret, the scope has an adjustable parallax ranging from 50 meters to infinity.

Riflescope can withstand the recoil of any caliber without a problem. To prevent any internal foging at low temperatures the scopes are filled with dry nitrogen. The riflescope is also waterproof up to a depth of 4 meters.

Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i
Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i

Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i Reticle

The reticle is positioned in the second focal plane and is designed for hunting. The L4A reticle on this riflescope is quite thin.

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Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i L4A reticle at highest vs lowest magnification and illuminated central dot

The new and improved dot on the Magnus 2nd generation rifle scope is easier to use, covers more surface area, and is just as bright as the first version.

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Illumination System

With the L4A reticle, only the central dot is illuminated. Illumination is very finely adjustable. The illumination system of this rifle scope is unique and intelligent. Riflescope is usable both in the daytime and in low light conditions. This is very useful for a riflescope of this type. We can simply switch from daytime usability to night-time usability. 

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Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i illumination knob for daytime usability and night-time usability

The illumination turret knob is stiffer than on the riflescopes of the first generation. This helps by not turning the illumination on accidently. Illumination has 60 adjustable steps, which is very good because you can set the illumination intensity for a very specific situation and very specific conditions. 

You may alter the illumination intensity levels as well. If you push the minus button, you reduce the illumination. The light intensity is increased when you use the plus sign. Even with gloves on, the illumination knob is simple to operate.

Magnus 2.4.-16x56 i has an automatic turn-off system. If you place a riflescope in a vertical or a side position, illumination is automatically turned off. You can custom order your Leica Magnus i riflescope which doesn't have this option. But if you have a riflescope with this option, and you want it to turn off, you must send the riflescope back to the factory.  

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Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i illumination knob

How to install the battery? 

The battery holder mechanism of the Leica Magnus I 2.4-16x56 riflescope has been improved, as we previously stated. We can see that the battery holder mechanism is unique. It has a movable notch. To install the battery, you have to slide the notch down, take a CR 2032 battery, place it inside and close the notch again.

This is a significant improvement because the original design of these rifle scopes had a similar mechanism, but it proved to be quite, troublesome. Because when you tried to remove it, the battery simply flew out. This isn't the situation for second-generation scopes from Leica. This is an excellent upgrade.

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Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i battery holder


Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i riflescope feature capped, low-profile turrets. The scope can also be ordered with a ballistic turret that has a locking function.

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Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i turrets

Riflescope used in this review is designed with a low-profile, capped windage turret and a BDC elevation turret. The clicks on the windage turret are in MRAD. 1 click moves the point of impact for 1 cm on 100 m. The windage turret is of multi-turn type and has no turn indicator. The turn indicator is not even required. The windage turret is resettable by pressing the turret down. It's really simple to use. The windage turret also has no locking mechanism, as it does not require one. BDC elevation turret has a total of 95 clicks

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Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i turrets

How does the BDC turret work?

You set the BDC turret to 5, aim it at 500 meters and shoot. Your target should be hit. This normally only works as describer if the scope was zeroed and the corresponding BDC ring for the turret was installed. Leica produces 12 different BDC rings for their BDC turrets and you have to use their ballistic software to determine which one matches the ballistic curve of your ammunition.  

The BDC turret has a locking function. This is one of the best BDC turrets available. The clicks on the turret are clearly audible, and they are very distinct. Every click is clearly defined, and they correspond exactly to what they should be.

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Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i BDC turret

Optical Performance of Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i

Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i riflescope has a 2.4-16x zoom range with a 6x zoom factor. The magnification ratio of the Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i riflescope makes it ideal for hunting at medium and long distances

The lenses are 56 millimeters in diameter, which makes this riflescope very practical for low-light hunting because of its excellent light ratio of 91%. In reality this is one of the brightest scopes on the market.

At the lowest magnification, the field of view is 2.6 meters on 100 meters and 17 meters on 100 meters at the highest magnification. This riflescope has an eye relief of 90 millimeters.

There is no tunnel effect with the Magnus 2.4-16x56 riflescope. And if we speak about the eye box of this riflescope, this may be one of, if not the best eye boxes in the world. It also offers one of the widest fields of view of all riflescopes.

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Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i objective lens

Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i Price and Warranty

The Leica Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i scope has a ten-year warranty from Leica. The scope is made in Germany and costs 2880 €. If you want to purchase the model with Zeiss ZM/VM rail, the cost will be 90 € extra. The model with a BDC turret is 265 € more expensive.

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Scope of delivery

Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i scope includes:

  • Leica Magnus i manual examination certificate,
  • warranty card,
  • lens covers,
  • lens cleaning cloth,
  • Hex key, and
  • CR 2032 battery. 
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Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i scope of delivery

You may also purchase the following accessories for this riflescope:


We've come to the end of our review. Let's get started with the good aspects of the Magnus 2.4-16x56 i scope, which are, after all, numerous.

The eye box of this riflescope is almost legendary.  Overall optical and build quality of this riflescope is indisputable. The illumination system, which we previously mentioned has several advantages. The turrets are also excellent.

The BDC turret is one of the most advanced in the industry. This riflescope comes with a Zeiss ZM/VM rail as an option.

Pros summary:

  • great eye box
  • excellent optical and build quality
  • advanced BDC turret
  • Zeiss ZV/VM rail option
  • Low light performance
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Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i scope
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The disadvantages are as follows: Riflescope only has a 6x zoom factor. It cost more than some 8x zoom factor competitors. 

Cons summary:

  • only 6x zoom factor
  • price

Final Thoughts on Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i

If you're searching for a high-quality optical item, the Leica Magnus 2.4-16x56 i rifle scope is ideal. The Leica Magnus i is without a doubt of excellent quality, and it's also very practical. This riflescope has all of the features necessary for responsible and professional shooting. It's one of the most user-friendly riflescopes available on the market. This is without a doubt one of the best riflescopes on the market for low-light hunting.

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