Like most avid rifle hunters and gun aficionados, when it comes to certain equipment I can be very biased. The bias is formed through hands-on experience in the field. With that experience there are some things a guy just doesnít like to mess with once he has found a system that works. One of those things would definitely be the scopes I place upon my main hunting rifles.
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I will admit I have been a die-hard Leupold fan for years. They may not be perfect for every situation, but there are usually acceptable under almost all circumstances. Mostly though, they have been very reliable for me. So needless to say I was somewhat hesitant to try a new or different scope. I mean if something isnít broke, then why fix it? However, I still try to give new products a fair chance every now and then. Most of the time I just re-learn what I already knew, and get reminded there was a reason I do not like to deviate very often.
Every now and then though, I get pleasantly surprised and find a piece of equipment that exceeds my expectations, and even more rarely, something that far exceeds my expectations. Such would be the case with my Vortex Viper 4-12x40 rifle scope.
Prior to testing this Vortex scope I knew very little about Vortex products. I was vaguely aware they existed. I had seen that a few places were advertising their products, but other than that I really didnít pay much attention. That is not until Len Backus, the owner of LongRangeHunting.com asked me if I would like to try one of their scopes and give it a good hard field test. Now before anyone thinks this was a freebie, let me assure you it was not. While I was able to get a little discount on the scope I still had to pay for it, and they are not overly cheap scopes. The suggested retail is $509.00. With that said I was really hoping it was money well spent and not hard earned cast wasted on a sub-par product.