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Which one , Vortex Viper PST 4-16 x50or 6-24 x50

 
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:30 PM
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Which one , Vortex Viper PST 4-16 x50or 6-24 x50

I have looked at scopes and read many forums for too long and I have decided on the vortex viper pst 4-16 or 6-24. I am not sure what I will use them for , since I just retired and have a lot of plans (dreams). I have done a lot of coyote hunting and some range shooting (under 500 yds).
So I would be interested in any owners of these scopes if they could share what they use them for and are you happy with it.

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Old 04-04-2013, 05:00 PM
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Re: Which one , Vortex Viper PST 4-16 x50or 6-24 x50

Unless you specifically need the under 6x magnification, I would get the 6-24. I have both and feel I would have done better not to get the 4-16 but get another 6-24 instead. A lot of the shorter range weapons we use to hunt deer (muzzle loader and rifled shot have 6x fixed magnification scopes on them and I have never thought I had too much magnification, even when I shot a doe at 10 yards.

With the FFP reticle in particular, it is too small to read at 4x whereas I can read mine at 6x. That may or may not be a factor for you. The reticle lines are also thinner on the 6x24 than on the 4-16 (only on the FFP scope).
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:59 PM
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Re: Which one , Vortex Viper PST 4-16 x50or 6-24 x50

I would tend to agree with westcliffe. If you are going to be doing more bench rest shooting, and extending your ranges past 500, then I think you are going to enjoy having a the 6x24. I have the 6x24 because i alpine hunt, and I will commonly have long distance shot opportunities, and like having the extra magnification. I however am one who likes SFP scopes. I either hunt with the scope cranked all the way up, or all the way down. If it is in a situation where the scope is all the way down, im not worried about ranging things, or a drastic point of impact change, because i am sneaking through the timber, and those things are up close and personal. I guess you have to really ask yourself what your expectations for the gun are. I think a 4x16 is a great choice for that +/- 500 yard hunting range, especially if you are going to be doing a bit of walking. If your style is to do a lot of glassing, and want to extend your bench rest range, go with the 6x24.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:27 PM
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Re: Which one , Vortex Viper PST 4-16 x50or 6-24 x50

I have installed a few of the PST 6-24's in SFP and worked with them trough sight in and drop tests. I like the scope but really have a hard time with the eye box on 24X. Crank it down below 20x and the problem goes away. For this reason I will recommend you go with a 4~16. The other day I had the pleasure of looking through a 6~24 PST FFP. I turned it down all the way to 6x. The reticle is very hard to see and using the sub-tensions would be impossible. So while looking through the scope on a bush a 100 or so yards away, I started cranking up the FFP magnification ring until I felt the reticle was at a usable size. Then I looked at the magnification selector and it was on 12 X. All I will say is you won't find me owning a 6-24 PST in FFP.

As for top end power needed, Well I just returned from shooting with MontanaMarine. He shot, and hit within 1/2 moa of center, a rock at 1721 yards. Since he is use to lower power scopes and like the added field of view, he made this shot on 12x on a 25 X SPF scope. I have shot to 1200 yards on many occasions with scopes 16 X and less. If more power is there I always use it, but for sure a 16x scope is not at a dis-advantage at these distances.

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Old 04-05-2013, 07:57 AM
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Re: Which one , Vortex Viper PST 4-16 x50or 6-24 x50

I don't know if you have already bought your scope, but you might want to look at the 4x16 viper hs with the xlr reticle or the 6-24 for that matter basically the same scope as the pst the only diffrences being a non-illuminated reticle and capped windage turret. The reticle is much finer than the pst reticle and works at all powers being usuable from 8-24. In my opionon the reticle is awesome for long range hunting and shooting.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:10 PM
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Re: Which one , Vortex Viper PST 4-16 x50or 6-24 x50

I would choose the 6-24x50.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:31 AM
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Re: Which one , Vortex Viper PST 4-16 x50or 6-24 x50

I have a 6-24, and it is a great scope. That said, If I was shooting strictly under 500 yards, I'd get a 4-16. When I'm shooting out past 500, especially when I shoot competition, that extra power is nice to have. However, as Broz mentioned, the eye-box at 24X is very finicky, it does take some practice getting used to it to the point where it is easy to get proper alignment.
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