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Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

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Know Your Scope

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

  1. Objective Lens
  2. Windage Adjustment (opposite side of scope)
  3. Elevation Adjustment
  4. Power Selector Ring
  5. Eyepiece Lock Ring
  6. Ocular Lens
  7. Eyepiece
  8. Side Focus Adjustment

Always check and be certain that the firearm is unloaded before working on it.

Installing the base, rings, and scope

Please refer to the instructions included with the base and rings for proper installation.

Missing proper tool to mount your riflescope?

Leupold Torx Driver


For safety, Leupold strongly recommends that you mount your scope as far forward as possible. Beyond that, follow these steps:

  1. With the scope mounted as far forward as possible, hold the rifle in your normal shooting position. (Variable power scopes should be set at the highest magnification for this process.)
  2. Slowly move the scope to the rear until you can see a full field of view.
  3. Position your scope here for maximum eye relief.


  1. Without disturbing the optimal eye relief position, rotate the scope until the elevation adjustment dial is at the top of the scope.
  2. From a firing position, check to be sure that the vertical hair of the reticle aligns with the vertical axis of the firearm. Use of a leveling kit is highly recommended.
  3. Tighten the ring screws evenly and securely.

To help you level the reticle - check out this tool!

Wheeler Professional Reticle Leveling System


Secure the scope and firearm in a firm rest. Safely point the scope at a light colored background.

  1. If the eyepiece has a lockring, grasp the eyepiece with your hand and rotate counterclockwise until the lock is loose.
  2. Look through the scope while pointed at a light colored background. Look away every so often to relax your eye between focus checks. Rotate the eyepiece and recheck focus until the reticle is sharp.
  3. If your eyepiece has a lockring, retighten the lockring against the eyepiece.


Begin by bore-sighting your firearm. Then head to the range for final sight-in on a target. To ensure reliable results, always fire from a rested position when performing these steps.

NOTE: Bore-sighting alone is not sufficient to sight-in a scope. You must make final adjustments by shooting the firearm using the same ammunition you use in the field.

Need help with zeroing your riflescope? Watch the video below.

How to Bore-Sight

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

  1. Establish your sight-in distance.
  2. Fire a three-shot group to identify your shot pattern.
  3. If you are off center of the target, make your elevation and windage corrections based on your scopes MIL or MOA adjustments.
  4. Fire another three-shot group to confirm.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as necessary

Bore Sights

Making Precise Windage And Elevation Adjustments

The style of elevation and windage adjustments on Leupold riflescopes vary between models. Each adjustment style is clearly marked in easy-to-read increments.

The letters found on the windage and elevation dials refer to the direction that the point-of-impact of the bullet will move when an adjustment is made.


Select Leupold CDS Target and Competition scopes have micrometer-target style windage and elevation adjustments. A click for each adjustment division can be both heard and felt so adjustments to the scope can be made without looking at the dials. Indicators on the micrometer portion of the dial show how many 360˚ rotations have been made.

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual


Leupold CDS dials move point of impact 1/4-MOA or 1 cm per click based on the model, but the custom dial is marked in distances that are keyed to your particular load. If you need to take a shot at 350 yards, you simply dial the elevation adjustment to 3.5 (the yardage ÷ 100). The elevation correction is now complete. If a wind hold is required, please refer to the Custom Wind Chart that was included with the custom dial.


All Leupold scopes feature adjustment dials that can be repositioned to align the marked zero of the dial with the position indicator. This allows the shooter to know the original zero of the rifle in the event that further adjustments are made in the field.

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Most Leupold scope models have an indicator ring that can be moved independently to align with the zero on the adjustment dial. To reposition the indicator ring, simply rotate it until the position indicator notch/pointer is aligned with the zero of the adjustment dial.

To reposition the finger-click dials on VX-6 models, simply grasp the dial firmly around the edges and pull straight up until you hear an audible click. Rotate the dial until the zero on the dial is aligned with the witness mark on the maintube. To lock the dial into position, push down until you hear an audible click.

To reposition the dials and the zero stop on the VX-6 CDS Target adjustments:

  1. Loosen the set screws on top of the dial until it moves freely.
  2. Rotate the dial until the -0- on the indicator ring/zero stop aligns with the bottom of the dial.
  3. Tighten the set screws until the dial is secure.
  4. Each number on the indicator ring equals one complete revolution of the adjustment dial.

To reposition the dials on CDS or CDS Target models:

  1. Loosen the set screws that surround the top of the dial until the cylinder turns freely.
  2. Turn the cylinder dial by hand to align the zero with the witness mark at the base of the dial.
  3. Tighten the set screws until the dial is secure.
Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Variable Power Scopes

Leupold variable power scopes allow you to select from a range of magnifications to suit your particular rifle, cartridge, and shooting needs.

WARNING: Do not loosen the screw in the power selector ring. Doing so will release the internal gas that keeps the scope fog free. Loosening the screw will also disconnect a pin that controls the internal operations, causing other problems that would require factory repairs. Do not lubricate the power selector ring; doing so is unnecessary.

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual


Any fixed focus optical system can be adjusted to be parallax free at only one distance. Most Leupold scopes are parallax free at 150 yards. However, there are exceptions:

  1. Leupold rimfire scopes are set to be parallax free at 60 yards.
  2. Leupold Shotgun/Muzzleloader scopes are set to be parallax free at 75 yards. UltimateSlam LR models are parallax free at 150 yards.
  3. Leupold Handgun and Ultralight 2.5x scopes are set to be parallax free at 100 yards.


  1. The reticle should be clear (focused) before adjusting the parallax. If it is not, follow the instructions under “Focusing the Reticle.”
  2. With the firearm in a stable position, look through the scope, concentrating on the center aiming point of the reticle.
  3. Move your head slightly up and down while turning the side parallax dial or adjustable objective ring until the reticle does not move in relation to the target.
Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

NOTE: Settings may vary slightly per individual preferences, air temperature, and atmospheric conditions.

NOTE: The side focus adjustment dial should not be used to focus the target image. If the reticle is first focused and the parallax properly set, the image should be clear.


Leupold Extended Focus Range (EFR) scopes can eliminate parallax for distances as short as 10 meters. Unlike conventional adjustable objective scopes, the focus ring on EFR models rotates more than 360°. It is important to pay special attention when adjusting these scopes.

  1. Turn the focus ring counterclockwise (when viewing through the eyepiece) until it stops.
  2. Turn the focus ring clockwise until the “10 m” mark aligns with the indicator mark on the bell of the scope.
  3. From this point, all readings of the focus ring are in numerical order when the ring is turned clockwise from the shooting position.
  4. Adjust the ring as you would a standard adjustable objective model.
Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Using the Illuminated Reticle

Leupold Illuminated Reticle scopes may be used in either the standard or the illuminated state. When not illuminated, the reticle performs the same as the reticle in a standard Leupold scope.

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual


To illuminate the reticle:

  1. Grasp the illumination dial located on top of the eyepiece.
  2. Turn the dial clockwise from the OFF position until the desired illumination intensity is reached.
  3. The first 4 settings are designed to be used in low light, while settings 5-8 are intended for use in brighter situations.
  4. For convenience, there is an OFF position located between each of the intensity settings, allowing you to preserve the battery and quickly return to your preferred illumination setting.


To illuminate the reticle:

  1. Press and release the button on the left side of the adjustment turret.
  2. To adjust the intensity of the aiming dot, press and release the button repeatedly. The aiming dot will flash 5 times when the brightest setting is reached, then begin decreasing each time the button is subsequently pressed. When the lowest setting is reached, the aiming dot will flash 5 times and begin increasing each time the button is subsequently pressed.
  3. To deactivate the illumination, press and hold the button for at least 3 seconds. When reactivated, the illumination will return to the last used setting.

Advanced Use: To change the direction of adjustment, e.g., change from increasing intensity to decreasing intensity, press and hold the button for 2 seconds and immediately release the button. Then continue pressing and releasing to change intensity.

Leupold third-generation illumination systems use a proprietary Motion Sensor Technology (MSTTM) to automatically preserve battery life. If the illumination is activated and the scope/rifle is left dormant for a period of five minutes, the illumination will automatically turn off but will immediately reactivate as soon as the scope/rifle is moved.

NOTE: VX-R and VX-6 scope models will begin a 10 sec. count down prior to the 5 minute timeout expiring. The reticle will flash 10 times before turning off.

To preserve the life of the battery, always remember to turn the illumination off when the scope is not in use.

For prolonged storage, remove the battery.

WARNING: Always check to ensure that the firearm is unloaded before changing the battery in the scope.

Low Battery Indicator: For convenience, there is a low battery indicator feature, which will cause the reticle to flash upon activation. To check the status of your battery, simply turn the illumination off, then back on. If the reticle flashes, you will soon need to replace the battery.

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Changing the Battery

If the reticle fails to illuminate or appears dim even on the highest illumination setting, try changing the battery.

Leupold third-generation Illuminated Reticle scopes use a CR2032 lithium coin-cell battery.

In need of a CR2032 battery?

Panasonic CR2032

To change the battery:

  1. Twist the cover counterclockwise.
  2. Remove the old battery from its position in the center of the dial/button.
  3. Insert the new battery, positive (+) side up.
  4. Replace the battery cover on the illumination dial and turn it clockwise until it is secure.
Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

Leupold Rifle Scopes Instruction Manual

The battery for Illuminated Reticle scopes is located inside the control dial or Push Button and can be changed without tools.

Leupold Means Minimal Maintenance


To clean lenses, begin by using a lens brush to remove dust. Then use a cotton swab and pure alcohol, highgrade glass cleaner, or pure water to wipe the lens clean.

Don't have any lens cleaning supplies?

Cleaning Solutions


These adjustments are permanently lubricated. There is no need to lubricate them. Keep the adjustment covers on, except when adjusting, to keep out dust and dirt.

NOTE: that, unlike competitive brands, Leupold scopes are waterproof even without the covers in place.


These adjustments are permanently lubricated and there is no need to lubricate them. The eyepiece can be rotated as far as it will go in either direction. It will not detach from the scope as there is an internal lockring.


No maintenance of any kind is required; simply wipe off any dirt or fingerprints that accumulate with a clean, dry cloth.

Want to properly protect your riflescope?

Leupold Scope Cover


Before you ship a scope back to the factory for service or repair, please check the following items.

  1. Check the mount. Make sure the scope is mounted securely to the rifle. With bare hands only, gently twist the scope in the rings or see if anything moves when you jiggle it. If there is any movement, retighten the mounting system according to mounting instructions.
  2. Make sure the action of your rifle is properly bedded in the stock and that all receiver screws are tight and have been tightened in the sequence recommended by the manufacturer. A loosely fitted stock can cause changes to the point-of-impact.
  3. When test firing a rifle be sure to fire from a solid bench with sandbags supporting the forearm and buttstock.
  4. Be sure to use factory-loaded ammunition of the same bullet type, weight, and preferably, lot number. If one type of ammunition does not shoot well, try another brand or bullet weight.
  5. Be certain that both the barrel and chamber are clean. Heavy factory grease or copper fouling can diminish the accuracy of the firearm.

Leupold Product Service

If your Leupold Gold Ring scope fails to perform in any way, you may return it directly to the factory (or one of our international service centers) for service. We recommend contacting Leupold Technical Service at 1-800-Leupold (538-7653) and following these shipping instructions:

Register your product at:

  1. Remove the rings and any other accessories from the scope.
  2. Record the serial number of the scope and keep it for your records.
  3. Include a note with your name, address, telephone number, E-mail address, and a description of the problem.
  4. Pack the scope in its original box (if you have it), as this is the safest shipping container. Wrap the package securely using filament strapping tape on the outside.
  5. Ship the scope by parcel or mail service (insured, if possible) to one of the following addresses:

Parcel or Mail Service:
Leupold Product Service
14400 NW Greenbrier Parkway
Beaverton, OR 97006-5790 USA
Our Product Service telephone numbers are:
(503) 526-1400
Toll-Free 1(800) LEUPOLD (538-7653)
Fax (503) 352-7621



Korth Group Ltd., 64186- 393 Loop East,
Okotoks, AB T1S 0L1, Canada


Nioa, PO Box 191,
Pinkenba, Qld 4008 Australia (for items originating from Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Japan)

South Africa:

Formalito, 1019 Pretorius Ave.
Lyttelton Manor, 0157, South Africa


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