Leupold VX-HOG 1-4x20mm Riflescope Review
Check Today's Price
- Pig Plex reticle is ideal for framing up fast-moving wild boar
- Illuminated reticle
- Perfect for use in all weather conditions
- Extremely wide field of view
- “PIG PLEX” writing on reticle is annoying
- No scope rings included
- Limited magnification range
Hi there, and welcome to my review of the Leupold VX-HOG 1–4x20mm Riflescope. This scope is designed primarily for hunting wild boar, so it might be classified as a single-purpose accessory. That’s not entirely true, but just about everything about this scope does limit its usefulness outside of boar hunting. Is it worth the expense to buy a scope that’s mainly good just for hunting one type of target? Let’s check it out, and see for ourselves.
What Are the Scope’s Dimensions?
With short-range shooting in mind, Leupold has built this scope around a 19mm objective lens. Small and compact, this scope measures 9.5 inches long and weighs a mere 8.1 ounces. You won’t be adding a scope that bogs you down here, folks.
The scope’s eye relief is a comfortable 3.8 to 4.2 inches, allowing you plenty of space between the eyepiece and your face.
How Much Magnification Do I Get From This Glass?
With an advertised magnification of 1X to 4X, you’ll be happy to hear that the truth is somewhat better. Actual magnification is 1.4X to 4X, and the image quality is pristine throughout the entire range of power. The three C’s, crispness, clarity, and contrast are all top notch here.
How is the Optics Quality on the Riflescope?
Leupold has fully multicoated the optics, and the glass is lead-free for much better optical clarity. The generous eyebox makes it faster and easier to get your eye behind the scope while still allowing you to have a full, clear sight picture. When you’re taking on dangerous prey like wild boar, this can be a matter of life and death, so take full advantage of it by setting your eye relief properly.
My biggest complaint about this scope is an annoyance: unnecessary writing in the accessory’s reticle. I really don’t need to see “PIG PLEX” flanking my crosshair, but I guess it serves as a reminder that this scope is designed for hunting a particular variety of prey.
What’s the Light Gathering Capability Like on the Scope?
Even though this scope has a tiny 19mm objective lens, the fully multicoated optics allow it to maximize transmittance for those low-light conditions when the boar are most active. The illuminated FireDot PIG-PLEX reticle makes target acquisition even easier.
How Wide is the Field of View?
You’ll love the field of view here, folks: 29.8 to 74.7 feet from 100 yards. When you’re dealing with fast-moving critters like wild boar, this is a vitally important characteristic that can shift your hunt from frustrating to celebratory.
How Easy is the Scope to Mount?
If you’ve never done it before, mounting your scope can be a bit frightening, but it shouldn’t be. Especially with this model, scopes are usually pretty easy to attach to a firearm. Just insert the maintube into the rings and then attach the setup to your weapon’s rail. The only drawback with most of Leupold’s scopes, including this model, is the fact that you don’t get rings included. Buy a pair of one-inch rings when you order your scope, or you’ll be let down when you try mounting your new optics system.
Any Tricks or Tips About Mounting the Scope?
Nothing special here, my friend. Just mount the scope and you’re ready to go.
How Easy is the Leupold Rifleman 3–9x50mm Riflescope to Sight In?
Sighting in your scope is important to be done right, and Leupold makes it easy. The windage and elevation controls have an adjustment range of 125 MOA, so it’ll be easy to get your groupings nice and tight. Adjustments can be fine-tuned in one-quarter MOA increments, which is pretty standard. Just make sure you start with a laser bore-sighting tool, or you’ll end up spending a lot more time than you need to, not to mention ammunition.
How Durable is the Scope?
The optics chamber on this scope is nitrogen-purged, and the lenses are O-ring sealed, giving you an accessory that is both waterproof and fogproof. On top of that, the 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum is durable enough to really take a beating.