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The Rifle Scope Store

All about the new Leupold VX-Freedom Rifle Scopes

Posted by Scott Mokoski on

For 2018 Leupold discontinued the VX-2 and VX-1 line of rifle scopes and replaced both with the VX-Freedom.  The VX-Freedom has better glass than the VX-2 at price of a VX-1.   That's incredible value. 

The new VX-Freedom defines what a rifle scope should be: reliable, accurate, and extremely clear and bright. Leupold has taken decades of American manufacturing combined with unbeatable optical performance and rolled it in to a scope that is guaranteed to get the job done every time.

The VX-Freedom comes in the standard "rifle" configuration as well as several rimfire and one muzzleloader / shotgun variants.

All VX-Freedom feature:

1/4 MOA precision finger click adjustments for windage and elevation offer absolute repeatability and dependability over a lifetime of extreme use.

A versatile 3:1 zoom ratio erector system that is ideal for virtually any situation.

Twilight Light Management System

Absolute waterproof and fogproof integrity: ready for a lifetime in the field, in all conditions.

Outer lens surfaces are scratch resistant to military standard extreme abrasion specification.

Crafted from 6061-T6 aircraft quality aluminum.

Durable and compact, the one-inch main tube is lightweight and fits more legacy rings.

Here are the different VX-Freedom models:

Leupold 174179 VX-Freedom Rimfire 2-7x33, Duplex Reticle, Matte. Price: $179.99 Buy Here

Leupold 174181 VX-Freedom Rimfire 3-9x40, Rimfire MOA Reticle, Matte. Price: $199.99 Buy Here

Leupold 174177 VX-Freedom 1.5-4x20, Pig Plex Reticle, Matte. Price: $199.99 Buy Here

Leupold 174176 VX-Freedom 1.5-4x20, Duplex Reticle, Matte. Price: $199.99 Buy Here

Leupold 174178 VX-Freedom 2-7x33, Duplex Reticle, Matte. Price: $199.99 Buy Here

Leupold 174180 VX-Freedom 3-9x40, Duplex Reticle, Matte. Price: $199.99 Buy Here

Leupold 174183 VX-Freedom 3-9x40, TRI-MOA Reticle, Matte. Price: $219.99 Buy Here

Leupold 174184 VX-Freedom 3-9x40mm Muzzleloader / Shotgun Scope, Sabot Ballistics Reticle, Matte. Price: $249.99 Buy Here

Leupold 174185 VX-Freedom 3-9x50, Duplex Reticle, Matte. Price: $249.99 Buy Here

Leupold 174665 VX-Freedom 4-12x40, TRI-MOA Reticle, Matte.  Price: $299.99 Buy Here


VX-Freedom Model Details:


Leupold 174179 VX-Freedom Rimfire 2-7x33, Duplex Reticle

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60 yard parallax - Better focus at rimfire ranges 

 The Rimfire MOA reticle provides:

  • Proprietary Leupold Design
  • Based of the T-MOA reticle
  • Provided hash-marks in 1 MOA increments
  • Features 25 MOA of measurement
  • 5 MOA hash is wider for quick reference
  • Thinner hash-marks for rimfire specific targets
  • Non-caliber specific


Leupold 174181 VX-Freedom Rimfire 3-9x40, Rimfire MOA Reticle


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60 yard parallax - Better focus at rimfire ranges

The Rimfire MOA reticle provides:

  • Proprietary Leupold Design
  • Based of the T-MOA reticle
  • Provided hash-marks in 1 MOA increments
  • Features 25 MOA of measurement
  • 5 MOA hash is wider for quick reference
  • Thinner hash-marks for rimfire specific targets
  • Non-caliber specific

Leupold 174177 VX-Freedom 1.5-4x20, Pig Plex Reticle


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This simplified version of the original Pig-Plex is specifically designed for hog hunting. It utilizes a 200 or 300 yard zero, depending on ammunition and has holdover points out to 600 yards. The centralized circle provides quick target acquisition on fast moving targets.

Leupold 174176 VX-Freedom 1.5-4x20, Duplex Reticle


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Excellent for up close and fast shooting, especially on moving targets.

Leupold 174178 VX-Freedom 2-7x33, Duplex Reticle  


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Use for close to intermediate ranges for large game.  Light weight and low profile - great for carry all day in the woods.

Leupold 174180 VX-Freedom 3-9x40, Duplex Reticle, Matte


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Terrific all around scope.  Close to moderately long range on large game.

Leupold 174183 VX-Freedom 3-9x40, TRI-MOA Reticle


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Tri-MOA reticle enhances long range accuracy. 

  • Proprietary Leupold Design
  • Based off the T-MOA reticle
  • Provided hash-marks in 1 MOA increments
  • Features 10 MOA of measurment in each direction
  • 5 MOA hash is wider for quick reference
  • Upper portion is left open for easier spotting
  • Non-caliber specific

Leupold 174184 VX-Freedom 3-9x40mm Muzzleloader / Shotgun Scope, Sabot Ballistics Reticle


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 Sabot ballistics reticle:

  • Builds on the Leupold designed Duplex Reticle
  • Tailored specifically to muzzleloaders and shotguns
  • Utilizes a 100 yard zero
  • Accurate aiming points out to 300 yards
  • Marks on the power selector help users tune the reticle for their specific load
  • Intended to be used on highest magnification in a rear or 2nd focal plane scope
  • Non-caliber specific

Leupold 174185 VX-Freedom 3-9x50, Duplex Reticle


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For those who want a slightly brighter sight picture at 9x in low light conditions.

Leupold 174665 VX-Freedom 4-12x40, TRI-MOA Reticle, Matte

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For intermediate to long range.

Tri-MOA reticle enhances long range accuracy.

  • Proprietary Leupold Design
  • Based off the T-MOA reticle
  • Provided hash-marks in 1 MOA increments
  • Features 10 MOA of measurment in each direction
  • 5 MOA hash is wider for quick reference
  • Upper portion is left open for easier spotting
  • Non-caliber specific
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