By Jeff Johnston, FE Hunting & Shooting Editor

This new optic from EOTECH might be the most feature-filled, do-all riflescope around for under $800, a mark that’s surprising when you consider the original Vudu costs over twice that.  

Zeiss did it about 15 years ago; that is, realizing everyone wants a scope with that neat white Z on it, but that there were relatively very few people who were actually willing to pay the 2 grand or more needed to own one. So Zeiss began producing multiple product lines to hit various price points to appeal to a broader market. Of course the lower lines, by necessity, could not be made in Germany like the flagship due to the cost of labor there, but overall the venture worked because most of us can’t discern enough difference between $2,000 and $1,000 glass to warrant the extra grand. EOTECH has recently done something similar with the introduction of its Vudu X line. These scopes are made in the Philippines under the Michigan company’s design specs and supervision, and after testing it for a couple months, I think EOTECH pulled it off.  

In a nutshell, the 2-12x40mm illuminated reticle model is my idea of the perfect all-around hunting scope. To me, a 30mm main tube and 40mm objective is ideal because the scope can be mounted low to the bore while maintaining brightness and a good adjustment range of 80 MOA. Then there is the 6x magnification range—something very rare for a scope of this price: At 2 power with the IR turned on, it’s ideal from running hogs at night; At 12 power it’s adequate for the longest shooting I wish to attempt on game. A removable throw lever helps crank the power up or down on an otherwise stiff adjustment ring. It has two reticle options (both in the second focal plane); I prefer the BD1 model that features windage ticks and holdover points, because I’m a holdover guy.  

In terms of design, I like that the illumination rheostat is placed inside the larger focus wheel on the left side of the tube—a design I’ve only seen in the highest-end scopes. Adjustments are simple; hand-turnable windage and elevation knobs low-profile, covered and also feature zero resets so you can find your way back to your original zero if you decide to dial. Both these features are musts for me and not much to ask these days. 

As for internals, including the erector assembly and glass, here’s where it gets more difficult to judge. I performed all the basic tests: drop testing for durability, water submersion for waterproofness, “shooting the square” to test the repeatability of its adjustments, and a low-light test. It passed all the pass-or-fail tests. For the low light test, I thought the Vudu X was slightly less bright than a couple of my $2,000 European-made scopes and a 44mm Leupold Mark 5, but nothing that wouldn’t prevent me from hammering a deer at 300 yards at dusk. It was brighter and clearer than my cheaper 40mm Bushnell, Vortex and Sig Sauer scopes, as it should be. 

Frankly, in the Vudu X’s price category and with its quality illumination system and giant magnification range, there are only a couple comparable scopes out there, period. I’ll take this one. 

Cost: $815 at Opticsplanet

Pros: Features typically found on $1,500-$3,000 scopes; great reticle, 6x adjustment range for versatility, perfect all-around rifle scope

Cons: stiff focus and magnification adjustment

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