Re: Which one , Vortex Viper PST 4-16 x50or 6-24 x50
The 6-24 PST is one of my favorite scopes in this price range. Iíve had two 4-16ís that went down the road but I still have the 6-24. A large part of the reason for that is the glass in my 6-24 was dramatically better than the 4-16ís. For mainly LR use, the better glass and higher magnification simply made it much more enjoyable to use. Some have said the glass on the more recent 4-16ís is improved so I donít know how valid that comparison still is, but thatís all Iíve got at the moment.
I donít feel the 6-24 is that well suited to close range use. The eyebox is a bit picky on 6X, especially when mounted on a 20 MOA base, so if you hunt in the brush a lot the 4-16 is the smarter choice. Actually, for general all around use, especially for non-long range guys, especially if one isnít too picky about glass Iíd say the 4-16 is the smarter all around choice. For more open-country hunting, if you do a lot of long range stuff-or even a lot of paper punching at lesser ranges, my choice is easily the 6-24.
Now on the FFP/SFP thingÖas somebody who always uses the reticle, if you do intend to use itóeven just for wind holds (which I highly recommend)óthen I also highly recommend the FFP version. If the eyebox feels a bit tight for you on 24X, you can turn it down to 20X or whatever and concentrate on trying to actually judge the wind and hit your target instead of doing math in your head. Thereís really no reason anybody would want to try and read the subtensions of the reticle at 6X. The only time youíd use this scope on 6X is at really close range where it serves as nice duplexópoint and shoot. With the excellent illumination the reticle is always fast easy to see even in poor light conditions on 6X.