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MSRP: $399.00
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Diamondback HP 3-12x42 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 74.
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Diamondback® HP 3-12x42 Riflescope

The Diamondback® HP (High Performance) riflescope offers a full-on array of features that discerning hunters are sure to appreciate. Optically, these scopes hit the proverbial mark. XD extra-low dispersion glass increases resolution and color fidelity while XR fully multi-coated lenses maximize every minute of shooting light. The side focus/parallax adjustment is easily accessible while keeping a trim profile and allowing optimal mounting height. And, with a 4x zoom range, the Diamondback® HP offers highly versatile magnification.

Dual use for Shooting Tactical / Hunting




VIP Warranty XD Lens Elements XR Coatings ArmorTek Argon Purged Waterproof
Magnification3-12 x
Objective Lens Diameter42 mm
Eye Relief4.0 inches
Field of View28.8-8.2 feet/100 yards
Tube Size1-inch
Turret StyleCapped
Adjustment Graduation1/4 MOA
Travel per Rotation15 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment90 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment90 MOA
Parallax Setting30 yards to infinity
Length12.5 inches
Weight18 ounces
Product Manual (PDF)Download
Included in the Box
  • 4-inch sunshade
  • Protective lens caps
  • Lens cloth

Optical Features

XD™ Lens Elements Extra-low dispersion (XD) glass increases resolution and color fidelity, resulting in crisp, sharp images.
XR™ Fully Multi-Coated Proprietary coatings increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Second Focal Plane Reticle Scale of reticle maintains the same ideally-sized appearance. Listed reticle subtensions used for estimating range, holdover and wind drift correction are accurate at the highest magnification.

Construction Features

Tube Size 1-inch diameter.
Single-Piece Tube Maximizes alignment for improved accuracy and optimum visual performance, as well as ensures strength and waterproofness.
Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Constructed from a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum for strength and rigidity.
Waterproof O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating the riflescope for reliable performance in all environments.
Fogproof Argon gas purging prevents internal fogging over a wide range of temperatures.
Shockproof Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
Hard Anodized Finish Highly durable low-glare matte finish helps camouflage the shooter's position.
Precision-Glide Erector System Uses premium components in the zoom lens mechanism to ensure smooth magnification changes under the harshest conditions.
Capped Reset Turrets Allow re-indexing of the turret to zero after sighting in the riflescope. Caps provide external protection for turret.
Side Focus Adjustment located on riflescope's left side and is easily accessible from shooting position. Provides optimal image focus and parallax removal.

Internal Mechanism Design Features

Precision-Glide Erector System Uses premium components in the zoom lens mechanism to ensure smooth magnification changes under the harshest conditions.

Convenience Features

Fast Focus Eyepiece Allows quick and easy reticle focusing.
Magnification3-12 x
Objective Lens Diameter42 mm
Eye Relief4.0 inches
Field of View28.8-8.2 feet/100 yards
Tube Size1-inch
Turret StyleCapped
Adjustment Graduation1/4 MOA
Travel per Rotation15 MOA
Max Elevation Adjustment90 MOA
Max Windage Adjustment90 MOA
Parallax Setting30 yards to infinity
Length12.5 inches
Weight18 ounces
Product Manual (PDF)Download

Diamondback HP 3-12x42 Dimensions

Lengths
L1 L2 L3 L4 L5 L6
12.5 1.9 1.9 5.2 3.7 3.6
Heights
H1 H2
2.0 1.69

Dimensions measured in inches.

V-Plex (MOA) Reticle

A popular all-purpose hunting reticle intended for a wide variety of hunting applications.

Subtension detail for the the Diamondback HP 3-12x42 with V-Plex reticle. >

Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great piece of glass I put this scope on a custom built A.R for my now 11 year old daughter,which she used to take her first deer with last season.The clarity is phenomenal, the value I feel is the best on the market.Vortexes commitment to quality isworld class.We do an annual July 4th cookout and we all bring plenty of firearms,while we were shooting rifles,everybody wanted to use my daughters rifle when we were blowing up tannerite because of the amazing clarity this scope provides. I have a friend who pro staffs for a competitor and could have gotten me any piece of glass I want at his cost,only problem is,it isn't a Vortex !
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my kiddo... My son wanted me to talk to my friends at vortex to get him a scope for his 17HMR. I sent a few emails back and forth and at the recommendation of the staff I decided on this diamondback hp unit with the BDC reticle. Setting it up at zero was easy and with a small dope card in hand my son couldn't be happier with it. He has easily put a couple thousand rounds through his rifle with this scope and loves it. Now he wants another scope like it for his first AR. Kudos to the team at vortex for making a great product and for sending out some swag for my son for his first rifle. Well done!!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Zeiss Conquest at half of the price! Every bit as clear and bright as my Zeiss Conquest 3x9x50 at less than half of the price! I'm so glad I made this purchase. I already owned a Vortex Sparq that I loved, so when I started looking for a new riflescope including Vortex in my search was a no brainer. The scope is clear, bright and the colors are great. The best part for me has been the performance at dusk. The last few minutes of shooting light are often the most critical. That's where this scope really shines! I will purchase more and replace all of my Nikon scopes. There is no comparison!!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent choice for my Precision AR15 I use this scope on my precision AR and it's perfect for my setup. It has great eye relief and the glass is crystal clear making long shots easier in many different lighting situations. I have recommended this scope as well as this company to many of my friends as the biggest thing I love is the vortex no questions lifetime VIP warranty. It gives me peace of mind to use my rifle as it was intended without having to worry about babying my weapon or lose my mind if it takes the slightest fall. Thank you Vortex for a high quality optic which in my opinion blows the higher priced competition out of the water and a warranty that I am relieved to take my gun/scope out of the house.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy over and over again and recomand this product I use this product on my ar-15 for prairie dog and coyotes and bobcats and I can say they say zeroed no matter what. My diamondback scope has been through bumpy roads and cooled days here in Colorado and I can say they are tough I love them and the people at vortex are just amazing I have gone through a lot of scopes and until ,y buddy told me about vortex I tried them and fell In Love with them. It would be arame to win the binos and harness because I would put them to good use this rifle season here in Colorado on some big elk and deer
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Checked all the boxes This is the scope that had everything I was looking for: long eye relief, parallax adjustment, and a good range of magnification for all purposes. I regularly hunt in the pacific northwest where i'm often trudging through the deep brush, with 75 yards being the longest shot I've taken in that environment, but am also a 3 hour drive from open mule deer country. Having a scope that could be optimized for both short range hunting and med-long range hunting was a must for me, as I don't have a budget for both a blacktail rifle and a mule deer rifle. This is the scope that fit the bill, due mainly to the parallax adjustment and the 3X low end magnification -not a common combo. I do find the scope to be on the heavy side, but that comes with the versatile features.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vortex Diamindback Scopes-a sensible choice I have purchased several of these riflescopes for my sons rifles. It is important to me that they be durable and hold their zero as these boys move through their hunting grounds quickly and their rifles are heavily used. With my boys from a very early age when I first began purchasing Vortex products I have been impressed with their ease of use, quick focus, and yes durability. My boys from the beginning were expected to hunt and shoot on their own and these scopes have performed for them year after year and without fail.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Updating original rifle scope After missing a great buck last season, I decided to upgrade the 22 year old optics on my .30-06, both for the advancements in optic technology and for my confidence. I had my heart set on 3-9x40 Leupold until the old timer behind the counter said "Let me show you another manufacturer that has a great warranty." He grabbed the Vortex Diamondback 3-12x42 and let me tell you, the clarity and brightness was fantastic. I really liked the fact it had 3x and 42 wide lens for hunting the hardwoods where picking deer up quickly is a necessity. Plus it had the 12x power to take out West or poke a long shot over a bog. The quick focus knob really sharpens the crosshairs at 12x so it looks just like it does in focus at 3x. Amazing scope and haven't even sent one down range yet!
Date published: 2017-06-15
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What rings would you recommend for this scope and a Remington 7400 30-06?

Asked by: Krav
I recommend a 1 piece picatinny rail from www.egwguns.com and a set of our medium height 1 inch Pro Rings for your setup.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-12-04

Which mounting rings for the Diamond HP 3/12/42 on a Marlin 338 Marlin Express? It has a picatinny rail on it. Thanks

Asked by: ccetex
I recommend a set of our medium height 1 inch Pro Rings for your setup.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-11-13

I have a Diamondback HP 3-12x42 scope.  I want to put a sunshade on it, what do you recommend?

Asked by: MJ21
That optic comes with a sunshade. If for some reason you did not receive one in the box please give us a call at 800-426-0048.
Answered by: Jon S.
Date published: 2017-11-06

which is the proper throw ever size for this optic?

Asked by: rhinoel
We do not have a throw lever for the Diamondback HP, but you can get one at www.mkmachining.com.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-10-30

Which ring height would you recommend for your Diamondback HP 3-12X42 on a Browning X bolt 30.06?

Asked by: Phil
I recommend a 1 piece picatinny rail from www.egwguns.com and a set of our 1 inch medium height Pro Rings.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-09-29

Rcommend for a muzzleloader?

Asked by: Jcw1979
The Diamondback HP scopes would work great on a muzzleloader.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-09-20

How would you recommend mounting this optic to an ar for the best all round functionality?

Asked by: J.D.
I recommend using one of our 1 inch cantilever style mounts to get proper mounting height on your AR.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-11-27

Can this scope handle magnum recoil? I want to use it on my .300 win mag

Asked by: Thomps13
Yes, the Diamondback HP's will withstand the recoil of a .300 win mag.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-07-17
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