Leupold VX-R Patrol 1.25-4x20 Review

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Leupold VX-R Patrol 1.25-4x20 Review

Postby jfwright1955 » Sun 11 Sep 2016 4:07 pm

As posted in a previous thread, after returning two EOTech holographic sights for a refund I bought two Leupold VX-R Patrols, one for an M&P AR15 and the other for its little brother the M&P AR15-22. As promised I said I’d write a review after I'd had the scopes for awhile. Well, here it is...

Right out of the box the scopes ooze Leupold's trademark high quality including the feel of the dials and magnification ring, the crystal clear optics, and impressive overall fit and finish. When you turn on the firedot you see a nice, small, crisp, well formed red dot in the center of the crosshairs. Without even thinking I hear myself whisper, "wow, that's cool!"

AR Leupold Scope Firedot.jpg
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The brightness of the firedot is controlled by a button on the left side of the scope. The same button also turns off the firedot if you want. Given the scope automatically shuts off the firedot after 5 minutes of inactivity to conserve energy and turns itself back on when motion’s detected I don't really see a need to manually turn it off. The only reason might be if you didn't want to see the firedot at all for whatever reason. Folks have reported 2-3 year battery life by leaving it on and letting the scope put itself to sleep.

While mounting the scopes and their integrated mounting systems I opted to install Truglo 1/2” low profile risers. While most folks won’t have to do this I do because of my large head -- most likely to accommodate my high capacity brain :lolbang: -- so as to maintain good eye alignment to the scope while maintaining optimum stock cheek weld. I have to do this for all my scoped rifles.

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After mounting the scopes I used laser bore sights to get the scopes roughly dialed in on both AR’s to 25 yards. Once accomplished it was off to the range to complete the process. I started out with targets at 25 yards to tweak the scopes. Magnification was set at 1.25x. I then continued to step the targets out to 50, then 75, and finally 100 yards, which is the distance I like to zero my AR’s. As I worked out to the longer distances I increased the scopes’ magnification through its range out to 4x at 100 yards. At full magnification there is no distortion nor dimming in brightness. Very impressive!

Once I achieved the desired POI I zeroed the elevation and windage dials on both the AR15 and AR15-22 and called it a day.

On the next trip to the range I was interested to see if the POA / POI had remained the same as the previous visit. That was my pet peeve with the EOTech’s not holding zero, especially in temperature extremes. Every trip out with the EOTech’s I’d need to tweak the POI ever so slightly. I set both AR’s up on their bipods, aimed the Leupold’s at the bullseye at 100 yards, slowly pulled the trigger and, BOOM, right on target. Nice! I experienced the same level of pleasure on subsequent trips to the range regardless of ambient temperature or running the rifles hot or cold. Sweet!

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Now I’d got the scopes dialed in I decided to get a Custom Dial System (CDS) dial for the AR15. When you buy a Leupold scope you get the custom dial free. You provide them the distance at which you’ve zeroed the scope, your specific ballistic information for the round you most often use, the typical ambient temperature, the elevation of where you most often shoot, your preference of yards or meters, and the center-to-center distance between the bore and the scope, which for me was 3 inches. With that information they laser etch your custom dial to match those parameters. If you look closely at the top of the elevation dial in the picture you may be able to make out the “223 REM 55 FMJ 3250FPS 4250FT 80F YDS 1/4 MOA” around the circumference of the dial. That’s the information I provided them.

While I personally haven’t tried my CDS dial at long distances I’ve seen reports from others that have. They seem to confirm the CDS dials do a great job of bullet drop compensation and folks report target hits where they expected them to be.

For me, when the CDS dial is set to 1 it means 100 yards, 2 for 200 yards, 3 for 300 yards and so on out to 600 yards. It has incremental markings in between the major distances. Now I just need to plan on a trip to the Lee Kay range so I can take the scope out to at least 300 yards to see how well they do. When I do that I’ll update this review and let you know.

Needless to say I’m very happy with the performance of the Leupold VX-R Patrol scopes and would very much recommend them. I’ve found I can acquire the target every bit as quickly with the Patrols as I could with the EOTech’s: I bring the AR up into position and the firedot is right there on target. Can't ask for much better than that. :thumbsup:
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