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Old 05-23-2014, 11:49 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper

I would go with the 4-16 model. You may not need the extra magnification but it's nice to have.

I just picked up a new Tikka T3 Superlite in 7 mag and topped it with the regular Viper 6.5-20x44 with BDC reticle. I set it in some Talley lightweight rings and it sure beats packing my 15lb 260.


I don't know what features you were looking for but Camera Land has the Viper 6.5-20x44's on sale for 325 with free shipping.


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Old 05-24-2014, 09:06 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper

Another vote for the 4-16xHSLR FFP. I have two of them, having stepped up from the SFP model on two earlier rifles. If you are going to do much shooting that calls for measuring things (like antler spread or wind holds) The FFP reticle offers finer detail and accurate subtension regardless of magnification setting. The SFP reticle has 2moa intervals on the horizontal, which doesn't help precision in the wind correction- and the interval grows as you turn down the mag setting. Easy to overlook in the excitement of the moment. Either model works great when dialing range corrections, but if using holdovers, again the FFP reticle with its 1moa interval is better- and it also has the "Christmas tree" windage markings below center so you can hold elevation and wind at the same time without having to guess at one or the other. And unlike some FFP reticles that are a little thick at high mag and block the view of small targets, these have an open center to the cross with a 0.15moa dot right in the middle. I don't shoot at anything small enough to hide behind that.
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Old 05-24-2014, 03:46 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper

I recently sold my 4-16X50 PST to help pay for a nightforce. My PST was really good for the price. The turrets were consistent, and the glass was very clear, i have no complaints what-so-ever!!! It's hard to beat in the price range thats for sure
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:44 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper

I have the Viper Vortex PST 4-16x and I believe it was a huge mistake. The turret slipped on me and would not hold a zero, so I sent it back, twice before they replaced it only to have it slip on me again. Go with Leupold, a good warranty does not garauntee quality.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:22 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper

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I have the Viper Vortex PST 4-16x and I believe it was a huge mistake. The turret slipped on me and would not hold a zero, so I sent it back, twice before they replaced it only to have it slip on me again. Go with Leupold, a good warranty does not garauntee quality.
You're the first I've ever heard of with someone having a turrett or erector issue on a Vortex scope. Can you describe this "slipping" the turrets were doing?
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:45 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper

I dialed up 9.25 MOA to shoot at a pumpkin last fall, I shot, missed, by a lot. I thought maybe I had jerked so I shot again and hit in the same place, about 3 moa low. So I adjusted and shot again. Hit in the same place. After playing game for 5 more rounds, I dialed back to 0, and went back to zero it at 100. After making 2 full rotations downward(Well passed the original zero) I had it back on paper.
I took the scope off and sent it in, I got it back, they said it was tracking fine, so I took out again only have the same thing happen. So I sent it back, and THIS time someone actually looked at it and I got a replacement. This scope did great for about 100 rounds and then I had it slip twice but on a much lesser scale.
I've spent enough time behind a rifle to know it was not operator error and my advice would be to but a Leupold or just save your money.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:02 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper

I have a Vortex Viper HS 4-16x50 mounted on my Weatherby 25-06 and really like it. For the money you can't go wrong. I have no complaints with the scope as of yet and would be inclined to buy another if needed. This is my first Vortex. I usually shoot with Leupold scopes.
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