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Vortex Razor 20-60 or 16-48?

 
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:28 PM
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Vortex Razor 20-60 or 16-48?

Think I'm pretty well decided on going with the Vortex Razor but I'm torn between the 65mm and 85mm. Will be getting the straight model and it will be packed and used for backpack hunting. I'd also like something a spotter could use when shooting target or game at the 800-1500 yd marks.
Do you guys with the 60 power really get a bang for your buck and is it worth the extra weight to any of the backpack hunters?
What about you guys with 48 power, do you wish you would of gone for the 60 power and sucked up the extra weight and loss of space?
Thank you for any input!
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:18 PM
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Re: Vortex Razor 20-60 or 16-48?

Tagging in, i am interested to hear what comes up with this topic. I just got the 11-33 and like it, but am wondering about the others.
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Old 07-24-2014, 04:04 AM
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Re: Vortex Razor 20-60 or 16-48?

I have the 16-48 I use it for shooting long range and packing in the backwoods I am really glad I went with the 48 because it is quite a bit lighter and I can easily spot game/antlers a couple miles away then put hunts on them. The extra zoom is not worth the extra weight IMO
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:05 PM
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Re: Vortex Razor 20-60 or 16-48?

Thank you for the response! Leaning towards the 48x now! Anyone else want to weigh in?
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:40 PM
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Re: Vortex Razor 20-60 or 16-48?

I carried two scopes a minox md 50 16-30 and a ziess 85 20-75. This last season made me a believer in the big glass. The minox was handy but I can't tell if elk are true spikes (only thing legal here) at over 800 yards. Also I had a mule deer 2x2 I got to within in 900 yards of him but still wasn't sure. I came back the next day with the big eye ziess and he was a 2x2 but it would have been nice to know for sure since it's a 3 point minimum. Later in the season I spotted another buck at around 2000 yards. Using the ziess my buddy and I initially thought he a 2x2. Since there wasn't anything else I just kept watching him and he caught the right angle and I thought I made out a crab claw. We were just going to pass him but now that I thought I made out a third point he was the only legal buck we had seen in 3days we cut the distance down to 900 yards and it was easy to make the third point. We ended up taking him at 916. Later in the season we got on a small herd of elk in some trees below us from 400-500 yards After looking them over I made out a 1x2. It was hard to get a good look at him, I saw the fork side easily but getting a look at the other side took almost 20 minutes before I was sure he was legal. We took him at 409 yards. With a lesser scope I don't think I would have had the confidence to take the elk. So in just this season the big eye made a big difference.
So it's really up to you and what your needs are. For me I want all the image I can get. You might not be shooting a spike elk at 800 plus yards or trying to resolve small points way out. Some people aren't looking for just barely legal animals
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Old 08-03-2014, 10:49 PM
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Re: Vortex Razor 20-60 or 16-48?

I have the 20-60 and love the extra zoom. I will gladly pack around a few more ounces to be able to know exactly what I am looking at. For me there is nothing worse than being on a hunt and saying to myself, I wish I could zoom in a little closer to see...
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:57 AM
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Re: Vortex Razor 20-60 or 16-48?

Of course the 20-60x85mm is going to draw in more light, but the 16-48x65mm has a much wider field of view on all identical powers when compared to its bigger brother.

Just depends on your needs. Smaller model is lighter and steadier and can be used on smaller lighter weight tripods. You have to have a good quality heavy duty tripod if you want to effectively use big glass with high zoom.

So if packing into high country on your back, you will save weight on both the optic and the tripod with the smaller model.

But if using horses, motorized vehicles or even walking on flatter ground, the larger model may be better for extra zoom and low light capability
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