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Leupold VX-5HD 3-15X 44mm CDS-ZL2 Riflescope

Leupold VX-5HD 3-15X 44mm CDS-ZL2 Riflescope
Photo by Michael Anschuetz.

The Leupold VX-5HD 3-15X 44mm CDS-ZL2 riflescope is packed with great features, including a 30mm tube, a fast-focus eyepiece, and a zoom ratio of 5:1.

The lenses wear a Guard-Ion lens coating that sheds dirt and water to provide clear, crisp images. The scope has ergonomically enhanced controls with tactile, audible click adjustments; large numbers; and a “high-speed” throw lever.

The scope’s CDS (Custom Dial System) elevation dial provides fast elevation adjustments to different ranges with a custom dial matched to the user’s specific ballistic information. The scope comes with an MOA-scale dial to get you on target while you wait for your free custom laser-marked dial from Leupold’s Custom Shop with your exact ballistics information.

The ZL2 push-button ZeroLock system provides two revolutions of adjustment. This scope also has a side-focus parallax adjustment.


The VX-5HD 3-15X 44mm scope comes with Leupold’s “absolute waterproof and fogproof integrity.” Like all Leupold scopes, it is designed to survive 5,000 impacts on Leupold’s recoil-simulation machine, with each impact force being three times the recoil of a .308 Winchester rifle.


This lightweight but rugged scope is offered with Leupold’s Duplex, HTMR, FireDot Duplex, Impact-29 MOA, and Boone and Crockett reticles located in the rear focal plane. The scope is 13.5 inches long, weighs 19.7 ounces, and wears a matte black finish. Eye relief is from 3.7 inches to 3.8 inches, exit pupil is 2.9mm, and field of view ranges from 38.3 feet (3X) to 7.9 feet (15X) at 100 yards. This model has 75 MOA of elevation adjustment and 75 MOA of windage adjustment.

MSRP: $1,234.99 to $1,559.99 depending on the reticle; leupold.com

Leupold VX-5HD 3-15X 44mm CDS-ZL2 Riflescope Specs

  • Manufacturer: Leupold
  • Magnification: 3X to 15X
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 44mm
  • Tube Diameter: 30mm
  • Eye Relief: 3.7 to 3.8 in.
  • Field of View: 38.3 ft. (3X) to 7.9 ft. (15X) @ 100 yds.
  • Elevation Range: 75 MOA
  • Windage Range: 75 MOA
  • Length: 13.5 in.
  • Weight: 19.7 oz.
  • Finish: Matte black
  • MSRP: $1,234.99 to $1,559.99

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