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Buying a Vortex PST...4-16 or 6-24??

 
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:34 AM
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Re: Buying a Vortex PST...4-16 or 6-24??

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I have both a 4-16 and a 6-24 scopes that are in SFP. And I really like them. I got the 4-16 last. After looking through it, i noticed that it is alittle clearer than the 6-24. I see the black shadow in the 6-24 when I'm not exactly centered in the scope with my eye. I have no problem with 4-16. Think I will call Vortex and see what they say about it. But then again, when I don't see the shadow my eye is right on center with the cross hairs.

Still would not trade them for anything.

Jason
The higher the magnification, the more critical the eye relief becomes. If the scope is rated at 4", lower magnification will be real forgiving but crank it up and 4" is it. I notice that the Vortex PST's are really tight on the high end, have a couple myself.

I'd trade them all for a March or S&B even up......
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Re: Buying a Vortex PST...4-16 or 6-24??

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Personally, I think you'd be better off getting an SFP and putting the extra money towards a good rangefinder. SFPs can be very effective when used to estimate range and holdover.
Completely agree. Plus the FFP retical will cover up more of your target compared to the really fine SFP retical when at full zoom. And if you are needing to range something far enough away to make scope adjustment, you are going to be at full zoom anyway and you could then use your SFP retical for ranging if you needed to.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:55 PM
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Re: Buying a Vortex PST...4-16 or 6-24??

This is my 4-16 PST BTW.

You can range, but it's cumbersome and not all that accurate. I used mine in NM in the fall on a Mule deer hunt and it works (only at maximum magnification because the subtension is aligned) but it is cumbersome especially when holding the rifle against a tree. Might work better on a bi-pod or shooting stick.

I compared the reading obtained to my laser rangefinder and it was close, within 25 yards give or take....

Also, keep in mind that because you must use maximum magnification, the eye box becomes critical as well. It takes a bit of concentration along with a steady hand on the turret so it's not the ideal tool.

IMO, it's nice if you forget the rangefinder or for some reason the rangefinder is inoperative but it certainly don't replace a rangefinder and the FFP scope ranges at all magnifications because the subtensions stay aligned, not so with the SFP.

Cost wise, not that much difference really. I prefer conventional lens placement myself and MOA versus MIL.

The 6-24 will be even more critical concerning the eye box at maximum magnification.....
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