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Old 08-21-2011, 11:12 AM
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Vortex Viper vs. Night Force NXS?

What do yal think of these 2 scopes? The right ups on both are good but the price diffrence is huge. I will soon be putting a new long range scope on my 25-06 to be shifted to a 300 win mag at a later date and am hunting a suitable scope. Thank's, Brad
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:25 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper vs. Night Force NXS?

Which viper are you refering to? Standard, hs, hslr, or pst?

The hslr and pst make great longrange scopes on a budget. I don't think anything comes close to the value they offer. However the nxs is a step above and the only competitive vortex woould be the razor hd.
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Old 08-21-2011, 04:00 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper vs. Night Force NXS?

I have a Vortex and 2 Nightforces, the Vortex is an awesome scope but is no comparison to the Nightforce, as mentioned the Razors may be closer but I haven't tried one. A good compromise is the Sightron SIII 8-32x50 or 56 can be had for just under 800 bucks and that'll be the closest you get to a Nightforce for less than a grand.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:00 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper vs. Night Force NXS?

The Vortex Razor is better IMO, than the nxs. The PST vortex is close but no cigar on glass. Nice reticle selection on it tho. There's a reason the NF is over 1100, as is the Vortex Razor. They are higher end scopes period. If it's a Viper, or viper HS that you are speaking of, then no, it's not in the same class as the Nightforce.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:02 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper vs. Night Force NXS?

To me its a no brainer. Go with the NSK and don't look back. They are great scopes. Awesome glass built to the point that you can use it as a hammer in an emergency;) they come with an illuminated reticle standard and made in the USA. As I said no brainer. Before people jump all over me perhaps the vortex has some of these but not all in my opinion. I don't have a razor I do have other vortex scopes though that I can make the comparison.
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Old 08-22-2011, 08:45 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper vs. Night Force NXS?

I shot a Vortex PST 4-14 and an NXS 5.5-20 last Friday, side by side, at 800+ yards. As much as I like the Vortex price, their great reticle design and other functions, I do not think the two scopes are comparable, the NF is simply that much better. I even made the comment to my shooting buddy that we should just sell everything we got, keep have two rifles and two NF scopes and be done with the rest!
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:45 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper vs. Night Force NXS?

The Vortex Viper is a good starter scope if that is all you can afford. The Night Force is a very good scope with good glass & great mechanics. For a GREAT scope prices jump over $3,000. The issue is knowing what you can afford, knowing what features matter for your application, and finding the best scope FOR YOU. The tendency is to believe that we all need "the best there is", which is why so many of us (myself included) overspend. Figure out what YOU need, want, can justify, and can pay for then go get it.
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