During a 1,000 yard match in 2011, my spotter (Jim H.) was using my Razor with the 30x WA eyepiece. After the 5-shots were sent down range for record score, he was able to see .264 diameter bullet holes on paper at 1000 yards. Yes, the atmospheric conditions were great, but nonetheless, how often do you have good enough glass to see that? Jim was definitely impressed. When I was not shooting, several guys asked if they could use the Vortex. Everyone who used it was impressed.
When I am in the field, whether hunting or competing, I do not try to baby my gear, and I had no concerns about the durability of the Razor. I do not intentionally try to tear things up, but my gear will get its bumps and scratches over time with use.
At first, you could only purchase the spotting scope with the angled eyepiece, and I used an angled eyepiece Razor HD for a couple of years. Even after the time spent with the angled design, I still prefer the straight. The Razor I have now has the straight eyepiece. This is not a matter of right or wrong, but rather one of preference and use. I have purchased the Vortex Razor HD Digital Adapter, but have not yet taken the time to use it.
For mountain hunting, the Razor HD is not a small or light spotting scope (Just under 66 ounces in weight and just under 16 inches long, with an objective lens of 85mm), but if you are one who spends hours glassing, it is worth it. If I canít see it, I canít find it. If I canít find it, I canít stalk it. I like to put as many things as I can in my favor when I spend limited time in the hills. For me, the weight and the size are worth it. I really like this spotting scope. It is the most money I have ever spent on a spotting scope and I do not regret it. It is the only spotting scope I own.
Here is a link to the Vortex Razor HD spotting scope on Vortexís website. The folks at Vortex are good people. They are making good products at fair price. I also own the 5-20x50 Razor HD riflescope with the EBR-1 MOA reticle. Another great piece of glass, if you asked me. Next time you are looking for some good glass give Vortex a try. I sure have been pleased with their products.
Ernie Bishop resides in Gillette, Wyoming, where he serves as a preacher. He enjoys long range hunting for varmints and big game with handguns. Ernie also uses his specialty handguns in tactical style matches and in 1,000 yard competitions once or twice a year.
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