Originally Posted by BlackSS
The Nikon is leading the pack in my eyes.
The Vortex may be great, and they may have great customer service and the warranty looks great. But... they are a newer and definitely a smaller company, who knows if they will survive long enough to honor a warranty 10 years from now.
Given the impact that they have had on the shooting market over the past two years, I would say that they are on the fast track to stardom. I own a Nikon Monarch, Nikon digital cameras and lenses too. I am not against Nikon, just see the benefit of a great young company like Vortex that is doing everything right and reaping the rewards of their efforts
If the PST is half the scope that their Viper is, it will be a very tough act for any company to over take in these price ranges. Good luck what ever you decide.
Look around these forums at what people are using. Look at the Sniper's Hide forums and other professional forums. Small niche companies dominate for a reason. They offer superior performance, operation and build quality for the dollars spent. Vortex is not a flash in the pan optics company. They are well ran, great market strategy and they are listening to their customer desires.