Leapers UTG Accushot 2-7X44 Scout scope: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier

UTG 2-7X44 Scout SWAT scope
Leapers’ UTG Accushot 2-7X44 Scout Scope is a remarkable sight!

And now for something I really want to talk about – Leapers UTG Accushot 2-7X44 Scout SWAT scope. I’ve been watching this scope for a year, wondering how I could work it into the blog. Most air rifles have no need for a scout scope, so it was a challenge to find one that did. Finally, I quit wondering and decided this is such a fine scope that I’ll talk about it whether there’s a huge need for it or not.

What is a scout scope?
To understand the scout scope, you must first understand the scout rifle concept. A scout rifle is meant to be carried on long treks, away from normal transportation. In other words, a rifle you have to carry most of the time. Therefore, scout rifles are light weight — especially for their calibers, which are often large to take long-range shots or drop dangerous game.

Many scout rifles do not lend themselves to having scopes mounted at the conventional location, which is just above the action. They require the scope to be mounted further forward, either to clear the path of the ejected cartridge, such as on an M14, or to provide room for a straight bolt handle, like those found on Mausers and Mosin-Nagants.

UTG 2-7X44 Scout SWAT scope on Mosin Nagant
This image from the Leapers website shows the scope mounted on a Mosin-Nagant. The scout scope goes forward of the receiver, almost to the middle of the rifle.

What defines the scout scope is its longer eye relief (the distance from the sighting eye to the first lens in the scope). It’s usually in the range of 9-11 inches, where the eye relief of a conventional scope might be around 3 inches. Even a scope with long eye relief might only go out as far as 5 inches. So, the scout scope is definitely different.

As difficult as it is to imagine, when your head is in the correct position on the rifle (9 to 11 inches behind the scope), you actually see the fully magnified image, just as if your eye were close to a conventional scope. It appears as a bright, magnified picture of your target with the reticle superimposed over it. Until you experience it, this is a difficult thing to envision.

Because of the extended eye relief, scout scopes do not magnify as much as conventional scopes. This one goes from 2x to 7x magnification, which is actually very high for a scout scope.

This scope is one of the largest, if not the largest scopes in the scout scope market. Other companies make their scout scopes with smaller objective lenses of 28mm to 32mm, and this one dominates them all at 44mm. Of course, that and the 30mm scope tube do add weight to the instrument, so consider that when you shop. Also, think about the clearance of the objective lens over the barrel of whatever rifle you’re scoping.

Leapers packs a pair of medium-height Weaver rings with this scope, and I used those rings to mount the test scope on a Crosman MK-177 multi-pump pneumatic, which has a long, flat Picatinny rail. Mounted this way, the objective lens has clearance underneath and even clears the flip-up scope caps. Clearance over the gun should not be an issue unless there’s something sticking up in the way, like a sight or a handguard.

UTG 2-7X44 Scout SWAT scope on MK 177
Mounted on Crosman’s MK-177, the scout scope goes to almost the front of the rifle.

I hope this explanation plus the above photo have convinced you that there’s a need for a scout scope. Some airguns and firearms cannot use anything else! It isn’t the mainstream scope; but if you need one, nothing else will do.

Getting specific
Let’s take a look at this specific sight. Obviously, the power varies from 2x to 7x magnification. The scope tube is 30mm, which means the lenses in the package can be a little larger than if this was a one-inch scope. That — plus the emerald lens coatings Leapers scopes are famous for — are an aid to the transmission of light. I will say that with the scope farther from your eye, more light that’s not part of the sight picture can enter your eye, making the sight picture appear darker by comparison. But under most conditions, this scope is as bright as needed.

This scope has a range of eye relief from 9.5 to 11 inches. That’s almost the entire range in which scout scopes operate!

I found the thin reticle lines of this scope hard to pick up against a darker background, which is where the built-in illumination comes in handy. Just press one of the buttons atop the rear of the scope, and the reticle lights up. This scope gives you the possibility of 36 different colors and hues, so there’s always something that will work for your current situation. This scope has an etched-glass reticle, so the central reticle appears unconnected to the thicker lines on the edges of the duplex. And the central lines have mil-dots on both axes.

The windage and elevation adjustments are both quarter-minute clicks, which means they move the strike of the round by approximately 1/4-inch at 100 yards. Both knobs have locking rings at their base that allow you to sight-in the scope and then lock it down so no one can mess with your zero.

The combination of thin reticle lines and illumination give you the best of both worlds — a scope that can be very precise on a paper bullseye in bright light, plus a reticle you can pick up fast in a darker woods setting.

The proof is in the testing, so that’s what will happen next. I’ll back up to 25 yards and shoot the MK-177 with this scope as my sighting tool.

But I’ve already made up my mind about this scope. I like it so much that I’m going to look for a firearm on which to mount it, just so I can have it in my collection. Unless something odd happens during the accuracy test, this scope is a winner!

70 thoughts on “Leapers UTG Accushot 2-7X44 Scout scope: Part 1

  1. BB
    Is the left knob the parallax adjustment?

    And I know you said the scope has the locking rings so the adjustments can be locked after you zero the scope. But looking at the picture I believe that you can loosen the allen screw in the top of the knob and set them on zero and lock them both back down . I really like scopes that have that feature. Depending on the condition for a day shooting you might want to put a couple of clicks in for certain reasons. Then when your done and want to go back to your normal setting you just un do the lock ring and go back to zero and lock the ring.

    And if that is a side parallax scope and the knobs will set to zero that is 2 things that will make me consider this scope. Well and the cost. I don’t think you mentioned it.


    • Ok never mind about the cost thing. I just clicked on the link above. Sounds like a fair price to me for the scope. I would like to get a look through one.


      • I should of looked at the link some more before commenting. The adjusting knobs will set to zero and it is a side parallax scope.

        Sounds like some good competition for the Hawke scopes. And maybe this UTG scope has the one up on some of the Hawke scopes with its long eye relief. Hmm. Interesting.


        • Slow down, sip some coffee and take a breath.

          I have one of these without the lighted reticle.

          http://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Leapers_3_12X44_AO_SWAT_Compact_Accushot_Rifle_Scope_EZ_TAP_Illuminated_Mil_Dot_Reticle_1_4_MOA_30mm_Tube_See_Thru_Weaver_Rings/3429

          My experience with it is that though it does not have as clear of an image as the longer model, it does just fine. Leapers scopes will also stand up to powerful sproingers if you get good mounts that can hang on. You can get better, but you are likely going to pay a lot more and very likely, beyond a certain point it is just bragging rights.

          If you want a scout scope, buy it. If you don’t like it, let me know and we will work out something.


          • RR
            I don’t know if I could get use to the long eye relief of the scope. But again I’m talking with out having one in my hand to try and see for myself. I’m kind of picky about how my scopes work also though. But I’m sure there will be people that will be most happy that the scope is available now.


            • I like a long relief! It makes me feel more relaxed, it seems the closer I have to pull the scope back, the tenser my hold gets. This is definitely a no-no with a springer, although my Red Ryder is the only one I currently own, however, I’m considering scoping it.


              • Reb I try to set my scopes up so when I shoulder my gun it just automatically locks in my line of sight to the scope.

                I keep repeating picking the gun up off a table and shouldering the gun then setting it back down on the table over and over till I have the scope in the right place to where it locks in to my vision everytime.

                And yes I know what you mean about eye relief. Even on springer’s. My oldest daughter got a bit of a black eye I think when she was 12 years old from a Gamo Whisper when we was shooting out at my brothers house. She started shooting when she was around 7 so she knew about that because I warned her and well my younger daughter also. But it got her one day.

                So yes I know the long eye relief is a benefit. And I bet it could be a good scope for a pistol also.


                • It was sitting on the counter above the handguns. I’m still weighing options for my 392,I’m hitting a 2″ target @ 60 yards with open sights, right now, 5 for 5 the other day and I think with a scope I might be able to shrink that to 1.5″. the mount I’m considering is $40+scope= another gun!


                • I also set mine as close as possible to “perfect via his routine, however,on a pumper one must conform with the necessities of loading and pumping. Does this make me a dedicated pumper? I guess so, at least until I get another spinger, or finish project X.


          • Oh and I did have one bad experience with the etched glass reticle (ain’t going to say no names; ain’t bashing no certain brand here).

            But the more I turned the power of the scope up and It was a bright day outside. I could see little black pepper speckles all over the lens like the protective tape or what ever they use to mask off the recticle was lifting off the glass lens. It looks like it got speckled by the sand or what ever they use when they were etching the reticle.

            That makes me stay away from them scopes now.


  2. BB,

    I have been looking at this thing for some time now. I have been wanting a low power scope with side parallax. Like I was telling GF1, I have the “regular” version of this scope and though it is “compact”, this thing is huge for your typical scout scope. The scope companies have all been chasing after the Mattelomatic crowd and it is really quite difficult to find a low power scope where you can see anything closer than 100 yards through it.

    Maybe you can put a bug in Leapers’ ear that there is a market for a truly compact, fixed low power scope with side parallax. If they could lose that big front bell and do it, that would be sweet!


  3. Besides a lack of guns that will accept the long eye relief, which should even be that big of a margin if you consider you can get 9+ inches out of most any length rail with a more set back, relaxed hold. I see the need for 2-7 in every hunting scenario, and if you can stretch out for the eye relief this would be happily attached to anything I shoot. I have a special feeling for the 2-7x magnification as a hunting set, I see it having all useful hunting ranges covered. Even 3-9x stays a little further out then necessary, I might stumble on a rabbit that can often be just FEW yards from you, and 3 times can still be a little unwieldy. Where 9x is good for what 50 to 100 yards? That’s a little further than I’ve ever actually needed in the field. Especially when getting close is the game. Just my thoughts, might need this scope is another thought Im having!


    • RDNA
      There is a bunch of different ways to use a scope. Search up some of the blogs BB has done about scopes/optics. I know there has been a few in the recent past that had a lot of good info but I don’t remember them by name off the top of my head. But its amazing what can be done with scopes the deeper you dig into them.


      • Yeah, Im just starting to get into optics, budget finally has a little flexibility (be it imaginary as it may be) and I always liked my irons, but right now I have the bushnell 1.5-4.5x, the fixed 4x that came with my ruger, and my first mil-dot that came with the benji, not to impressed with the mil-dots, the scope is great, but the mil-dots are not very distinguished so its barely different then the duplexs.


        • RDNA
          I’m betting the scope is a Center Point scope. They tend to come on the Benjamin/Crosman guns. Do you know what magnification it is. And if the Parallax focus for different yardage is adjustable.

          And here is what may help you out with seeing the mil dots a little better (maybe I’m thinking you mean something else about the mil dots though). But is the eye piece where you look into the scope adjustable. Some times they look like they are not. But if it does turn that’s got to be adjusted first. When you look through the scope get the reticle or mil dots focused sharp. Don’t worry yet about the focus of your target.

          After that is done then comes the target. If you have the adjustable parallax on the front of the scope or on the left side of the scope turn it till you find your best focus of your target. And try to have the magnification set on around 10 x for the magnification power. And that’s if the magnification is adjustable.

          If the scope doesn’t have adjustable parallax I turn the magnification down until the target gets sharp.

          And I know you probably already know stuff about scopes but I figured I would just give some info if anybody else was interested. And that’s the way I adjust my scopes. So maybe other people adjust there’s different than I do.

          And I myself like 1/2 mil dot scopes for air guns. You can get more precise that way than just mil dot scopes. They break down the reticle to finer increments. You will have your dots but also dashes at the half way point between each dot.

          Here is something that I use and other people here say they use also. Its called Chair Gun Pro and its a ballistic calculator that is a free down load on the Hawke scope website. Its right in the middle of the Hawke home page. You can plug in all your data from scope to barrel center line height to weight and type of pellet, and magnification that your using on your scope. And the range of distances you shoot at. And also the kill zone that you want to stay in (like say 1 inch for squirrels). It will then map out your mil dot reticle and give you your mil dot to hold for a given range. And show a trajectory chart. That’s what I use to do and print it out and tape it to my flip up lens cover (the mil dot reticle map).

          Anyway here is the link to the Hawke home page if your interested.
          http://www.hawkeoptics.com/


          • It doesn’t help that my sighting eye is the blurry one, but the scope is exactly the one you’ve described. Thanks for the tip on the focus adjustment because with that being my weaker eye I always assumed that adjusted the focus for sight picture! That’s what happens when you don’t ever read instructions, the scope manual says, “focus adjustment, with the scope 3-5 inches from your eye the reticle should appear sharp and crisp; if it does not, it is necessary to adjust the focus by means of the eyepeice….” I can’t remember the last time I read the instructions for a scope! Feel pretty stupid. But anyway the NP is the NP limited edition that is the NPS in a fury/phantom stock. My guess is it was limited because someone thought that was a good idea than got one in their hands… Stop! Quick! These don’t go together! Too bad too because the gun itself is spot on, obviously if its worth the trouble of fixing/replacing the stock. It is shootable and I COULD get used to it but it takes a seriously modified hold and then there’s my stubborn pride…


            • RDNA
              I was hoping that would help. I think once you give the gun a chance to break-in I think you will start to like that mil dot scope.

              Now that you got that eyepiece adjustment out of the way. Try looking at some different objects through the scope like a tree branch or something. Then use your parallax to get the branch to focus in. And try to keep the scope at a set magnification at first. Because that will make things more confusing when your finding out how a new scope is working. Then look at the parallax adjustment and see what yard it says. That will give you an approximate idea of how far away that object is.

              When you get use to doing that then you can go to the Chair Gun Pro calculator and punch in info about your scope and what range you have the scope zeroed at and the intended range that you will most likely be shooting at. Like 15 yards to 40 yards just as a example. The calculator will then give yards or distance next to a mil dot to represent where it should be placed on your target at that range. And remember range finding like that with the parallax adjustment is just a estimate to get you in the ball park. There is so many variables involved like wind, temperature, and how well your gun groups and so on.

              And some people just think that we are shooting toy bb guns. Only if they really knew what is involved.


              • Yeah no kidding, I’ve been at this awhile and just really getting deep into the finer points. I can only keep learning though and it just keeps getting more exciting everytime I get a new tool in the brain box. Thanks to you guys here on the blog its a whole different learning curve. Being connected to this wealth of information keeps the lessons coming just about daily.


                • RDNA
                  Let me know what you think about that gun (and scope) after you get some more shooting time with it. Darn now you got to find the right pellet for it. Well at least its still shooting time. Even when your testing. :)


  4. WoooHooo, I am so excited that I’m sure I can be heard all across this great country from my Central Kansas home base.
    I got notification last night that my 2nd TX200 is on the road and heading my way.
    I stepped up and bought the 1st one last year (.177 walnut), this one is a .22 walnut.
    I need to thank BB for the reviews that he published and everyone else for reaffirming how amazing this gun is.
    It has been on back order so long that I was getting nervous that it would never clear customs.
    The grain in the stock of my .177 is modest but beautiful, I can’t wait to see it’s big brother.

    Randy


    • I’d be interested in you writing back and letting us know about how you feel about the guns once you have a chance to shoot them side by side. Compare them, tell us which you prefer. I’m leaning toward the .22, but you could talk me out of it.
      Thanks!


  5. I have a Beeman Blue Ribbon 2-7X32 scope Model 66-R that is mounted on my HW77-K under lever air rifle. They were purchased at the same time from Beeman around 1982. I would have swapped it out for a more powerful scope for possible FT use, but the optics are extremely clear. Does anyone know anything about it?


    • Jerry,

      Beeman 66-R scopes were very clear. I have owned a couple. They fall into the same category as the famous Leupold M8 4X scope that is water-clear.

      Part of the reason they are so clear is the lower power. But the optics are also very good.

      There was a time 10 years ago when an old 66-R commanded a real premium. I think those days are over, but people still like the clear optics.

      B.B.


    • I purchased the same rifle/scope combination as used a few years ago. The rifle (Beeman HW77K – .20 caliber) was made in 1990-91 and did not have any open sights included. I was told by the original purchaser that the rifle came with the Beeman Blue Ribbon 66R 2-7x-32mm scope when he purchased it new. I have read that the scope was made in Japan. The scope is exceptionally clear and has a adjustable front objective (i.e. parallax from 10 yd/10m+) which works well for all of my target and pest control shooting. The scope seems to be highly regarded by many shooters and priced appropriately on the used airgun equipment market.


  6. I just looked at this scope yesterday, at a local firearms dealer! The compact size is what caught my eye. The next thing I noticed was,that,looking through it,while still packaged, I could clearly see the holes in the pegboard 3 feet on the other side, then I picked it up and noticed I could see through it @ arm’s length! I knew it had to be too expensive for me,at least now, I’m still trying to build pellet inventory.


  7. Well, That’s why I didn’t even look at the price. I’ve been looking for an A/O scope, as an upgrade to the 15 year old Tasco 4X32.It looks like it’s gonna be hard to beat the price on the 3-9X50 A/O MDIR, that Centerpoint has out, at least on price.


  8. A friend of mine has been looking at this for his Ruger 10-22 takedown…definitely will have to pass this on to him.
    I for one am surprised at the quality of the Leapers scopes considering their price point.
    My Savage has a Hawke Sidewinder Tactical ($500 w/mounts). My sons two Marlins each have a 4-16×50 Leapers that came in at $150 ea with mounts, a third of the Hawke.
    I love the Hawke, truth be told…but when I compare it to the Leapers the only difference that truly stands out is the etched reticle, which should mean a bit better reliability.
    But in field use (and we shoot nearly every weekend and have had the scopes for two years now) the Leapers a what I consider to be excellent value.


  9. B.B.,

    Shopping for a gun to fit a scope?

    You’re now officially deemed to be out of control. Edith needs to take away your credit cards.

    kevin



    • Kevin,

      Yes, I plan to go. Maybe not have a table, but to be there on Friday. I will also go to the Flag City show in Ohio on April 12 and have to make several other stops along the way, so that will be longer than a week on the road.

      We also will have an airgun show here in Ft. Worth this year in September. I am still working with the gun club that wants to host it, so I can’t give specifics out yet, but I hope to have lots of new dealers, several ranges including big bore ranges and the American Airgunner TV show there.

      B.B.




      • BB that’s good info about that show. That sounds like that should be a good time of the year for us to come down and visit my wife’s brother. I could get some shooting in with him and make a stop at the show.



          • We try to make it down to her brothers once a year. We live in Illinois and the kids are in school at that time so I don’t know if that’s going to work out. We usually come down during the summer when the kids are out of school on summer vacation. But I’m going to keep it in my mind and see if I can make it work out.


        • I should say a good time of the year because of the weather. It should be pretty nice that time of the year I suppose.


  10. Has anyone here ever been deep into a scope? I have a little 3-9×15 wide view I’d like to get going, I found it in a box I got from a moving sale, so it’s no big loss if I wreck it and I’d be interested in knowing the internals. Who knows? I could start a scope cleaning service.


  11. That scoped Mosin looks pretty cool. Now everyone can have their own Mosin sniper rifle by buying this scope and lightening the trigger. Not hard to do with an $80 drop in trigger I bought that requires no modification.

    This post makes me wonder about the Scout rifle concept in new ways. I remember it as having a long-eye relief scope, but I think in the original conception of inventor, Jeff Cooper, the Scout rifle is a bolt-action (for reliability). Straight handled bolt actions are the exception, not the rule. The M14 is also an exception for being long and heavy and a semi-auto. Besides, they seem to have come up with with good mounting solutions for the scope in a conventional place on that rifle. So, the action type can’t be the determining reason.

    I believe that the long-eye relief scope was chosen for more versatility in that you could use it for long-range work and up close. 7X is adequate for long-range for anything short of sniping or precision shooting. I still have questions of how a scope would work if something popped up right in front of your face. I guess that by being able to look around the scope in a forward position and by having the scope dialed into a reduced power like 2X, you could get it to work. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the test.

    Matt61


  12. I have a Burris Scout Scope mounted on a Sheridan “C”. The forward mount keeps the scope clear of the receiver making it easier to pump and load. It works great.

    BTW, the Barn Pigeons don’t like this setup at all.

    Mike


    • I have stopped pumping my 392 by the pistol grip & slid the rear sight up to 7.25″ in front of the receiver. This helped tremendously in acquiring instant sight picture! I also now have room for both optics and iron sights & choice of mounting positions. At least I think?
      anyone ever hear of someone running both on a Benji or Dan?


  13. Got the new NP, besides the stock having a Monte Carlo style grip with a trigger placed for a pistol grip, its great. The action is smooth, powerful, only kicks like the .177, first thing I did was take the trigger out an thin the blade on the grinding wheel, helps make up for it being about an inch or more to far forward. Anyone know which pistol grip stocks will fit the NPS? I knew for the price what the stock was. Didn’t think it was a complete miss match though.




        • Not really that confident in bending it, just shaped it down cause it was a serious box shape, the problem is the grip is FAT, and the trigger is way forward in the guard. I sent crosman a request for information on stocks that will fit, if anything need so shrink the grip. I will be finding a different stock, but shaping the trigger has it usable but not good enough for my tastes, you’d hafta be a bigfoot for this setup to be comfortable in your hand. Otherwise though I love the nitro in twentytwo, its going to be a sweet hunter.



            • Ive never worked metal with heat, I think its aluminum, its not magnetic and too light to be stainless, but it might be. I would break it tryin to bend with my luck. What does cast do just crack 2right away?


              • Die -cast, depending on alloy percentages, has a melting point @ about the same as lead, about he time you reach a workable temp it’s time to pour it and it sounds like that might be what you have so I wouldn’t try it.



    • RDNA
      Most of the stocks that I have seen on the Crosman/Benjamin break barrel guns don’t have removable grips. If your sure they do I wonder if they resemble or if they are the type they use on their 1377,2240′s and so on.

      You said you got that Benjamin nps right? Did it end up being the one with the carbon-fiber stock? If so maybe they done something different than normal with that stock. That is kind of a rare stock to me anyway.

      Is this the one you got? If so I don’t believe the grips I just said will work.
      http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Benjamin_NPS_Air_Rifle/2055#


  14. B.B.

    Thanks for today’s blog topic. I’m really eager to read your shooting results. I would also like to suggest testing this scope on the Winchester MP4 CO2 pellet rifle. I realize that the MK-177 and MP4 are very similar rifles, but you have me wondering if the Accushot Scout Scope might be better on the MP4 than the Leapers Golden Image 4×32 Rifle Scope, Mil-Dot Reticle, 1/4 MOA, 1″ Tube that I currently have mounted on my MP4.


  15. BB,
    Do you have any idea if this scope will fit the FWB 600 series SSPs? I do not have one. I am wondering if this scout is mounted in front of the loading gate if it will still be usable?


  16. B.B., when I was on the road,circa 1990, the army had a marksmanship challenge 10M pole barn set up, they would give you 5 pellets and walk you back where they would hang your target and load your first pellet while teaching you proper operation of the gun.
    The gun was huge, a sidelever springer but solid and smoothe, my shots were gone in about a minute so I took my target back for evaluation, apparently no’one ever shot this gun that fast, judging from the look I got.When I showed him the 1/2″ group, he immediately went into recruiter mode! All I could do was finish the pullups and try to get back to work. Do you have any Idea what gun this was? I sure would like to have one but something tells me it’s a $400-$500 gun. This was my first all out springer, and it was nirvana!


  17. will that scope work on my Schmidt-ruben straight pull? it loads like a carcano . if it does it would help me use all that fine sweedish rifles potential


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