Leupold VX-R Patrol vs Vortex Viper PST Gen II

When it comes to selecting a rifle scope, you end up getting tangled in a jungle of technical jargon followed by tons of information that just add to the confusion. The bottom line in selecting the rifle scope you prefer is to compare them in action on the range.

With this in mind, I have been surprised finding two rifle scopes that are so similar in the comfort of use and reliability that I could only state that the choice would be down to personal preference and nothing else.

So which one to choose? Well, that’s up to you, I like both of them, so I have one of each.

I will start by presenting both of the scopes and then provide the pros of each one. Just remember, this is a personal review, I have tested both, and have also read a lot of reviews on both, and this is one of those instances when reality and virtuality coexist in harmony.

List of Top Rated

PhotoProductEye Relief MagnificationDetails
Vortex Optics PST-1605 Vortex Optics PST-16053.8"1-6xView on OpticsPlanet
Leupold VX-R Patrol Riflescope Leupold VX-R Patrol Riflescope4.17" to 3.74"1.25-4xView on OpticsPlanet

A Comparison Between The Leupold Vx R Patrol vs Vortex Viper Pst

Vortex Optics PST-1605

Vortex Optics PST-1605


The Viper PST Gen II is quality machined and assembled scope which is to be expected from Vortex. This model provides close quarters to long-range shots. To make life easier on the shooter, the illumination dial is set on the opposite side to the windage knob; this makes it more efficient.

You also get an intuitively designed reticle with detailed hold points, add to this the 10 levels of intensity including off and you have a perfect sighting solution.

Vortex Optics PST-1605

This model comes with XD™ Lens Elements Extra-low dispersion (XD) glass. This increases both the overall resolution and the color fidelity. The XR™ Fully Multi-Coated Proprietary coatings improve all light transmission surfaces.

It comes with an optimized Second Focal Plane Reticle that gives an ideal Scale of reticle appearance, together with the illuminated reticle, you get perfect all day and night coverage.

The PST Gen II maintains the aluminum alloy Tube Size of 30 mm diameter and is a single piece which provides structural integrity. The tube is sealed with waterproofing O-rings and purged using Argon.

The outer surface is anodized with an extra-hard coating, and the lenses come with ArmorTek ® Ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating.

Vortex Optics PST-1605

Inside the mechanism is a Precision-Force Spring System to ensure constant repeatability and easy adjustments. This is compounded with the Precision-Glide Erector System that makes the transition smooth.

What I liked the most were the Fast Focus Eyepiece and their Built-In Accuracy Features Matching (MRAD or MOA) turrets and reticles. Vortex provides you with a patented fiber optic Radius Bar that assists with visual tracking turret rotations. This model comes with a VMR-2 (MOA).


After using the original Viper PST, I was happy to experience a more streamlined model in Gen II. This model takes the illumination knob from the eyepiece and places it at the adjustment knob. The other great thing is the tactical size and scalability, and you can wear thick snow gloves and still perform adjustments with ease.

Vortex Optics PST-1605

Another great innovation is their viewing experience, and the Gen II gives us an XD optical system that comes with a full multi-coating finish that delivers both color and sharp definition, now add to this their EBR-2C reticle and you get “awesome”.

The front focal plane reticle maintains proportional scalability, and this is evident in close range low mag targets when the subtensions don’t interfere. In long-range, the subtensions come into play. These subtensions are MRAD or MOA, so you have the advantage of both.

Vortex Optics PST-1605

Another fine upgrade is the RZR Zero Stop mechanism located on the elevation turret. This upgrade uses three lock screws to set the zero stop, which is an improvement on the old shim system.

What also stands out is the blind rotation that returns you back to your original setting. At night or in low light, the fiber optic radius bar on the elevation knob gives you easy alignment solutions.

When it comes to illumination (no not minions) the 10 illumination levels are all flanked by the off switch, so if you decide to turn off the illumination level, it will turn on at the last setting you made.

Leupold VX-R Patrol Riflescope

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The Leupold VX-R Patrol Riflescope is a great riflescope that provides a slightly different feel than the Viper Gen II, but it delivers the same impact in a different way.

The VX-R Patrol® riflescope uses an illuminated FireDot reticle that comes with eight settings and provides an aiming point in all light conditions.

Leupold VX-R Patrol Riflescope

When it comes to the lenses, the VX-R comes with DiamondCoat 2 coating, and this is an ion-assist lens coating surfaced over the exterior side and delivers higher light transmission.

It is also an extremely tough coating that is highly abrasive resistant. With this, you retain all the brightness, clarity and contrast of the surround.

The eye box is also generous and enables you to engage a sighting with speed. This is accompanied by the longer eye relief that delivers an optimized head position latitude for full clear sight and edge to edge clarity and brightness.

Leupold VX-R Patrol Riflescope

An interesting component is the Motion Sensor Technology (MST) which provides an extension to your battery. This happens by deactivating the power after 5 inactive minutes; once movement occurs, the power is reactivated.

This models body is a single piece of 6061-T6 Aluminum sealed and coated for hard resistance. Obviously, this is a waterproof and fog proof body.

Leupold VX-R Patrol Riflescope

The Twilight Light Management System provides you with an extra 10 minutes of shooting light and reduces up to 80 percent of the stray light glare.


Leupold still remains a family-owned business, so it maintains certain levels of quality that most competitors cannot circumvent. In the case of the VX-R, this is seen obviously in the design and construction of their scopes.

The one-piece tube purged with Argon and fully waterproofed used index-matched lenses with DiamondCoat external lens coatings lenses to provide a perfect sighting solution.

Leupold VX-R Patrol Riflescope

Add to this illuminated reticle with lead and arsenic-free glass, pop into the mix fingertip click adjustments and you have the ultimate sighting solution in one scope.

The FireDot illuminated reticle is an amazing feat of machinery. This system is easy to activate, and you can work it with gloved hands in both hot and cold climates with similar results. The built-in motion sensor extends battery life, and this is a very important feature.

In fact, this doesn’t appear in any other scopes or is just entering the market, so you can sit inactively, the scope will power down, the moment something comes in sight of the motions sensor, bang the scope lights up, and you get a sighting.

Leupold VX-R Patrol Riflescope

What I found to be really exciting were the close eye tolerance and substantial eye relief. This varies by only half an inch within the zoom range. Another keen aspect is the windage and elevation adjustments that are fingertipped easy and comes with a smooth power ring.


When comparing the two, I would have to say that the Gen II is robust, the optical clarity is exceptional, and the reticle is really a standout feature. Against this comes the Leupold illuminated dot which is awesome and the control on both is highly effective in all weather conditions.

Both provide exceptional eye relief, so you can actually spend hours peering through your scope, and you will not get tired.

The bottom line is that you can look through both without straining your eyes, and the motion sensor power saver on the Leupold is actually a scale tipper for twilight hunters.

Both come with similar body builds, using a one-piece aluminum body purged with Argon and sealed to provide excellent waterproof and fog proof qualities.

So, which one to choose? Either, it is down to personal taste, do you like the reticle or the dot, do you like automated power control? How does the control handle for you personally? The only way to find out is to stop reading articles and reviews and going down to the range and testing both.

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