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Old 01-07-2014, 10:59 AM
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Vortex viper pst or nightforce?

Looking at the nightforce nxs 5-22 and the viper pst 6-24 ffp. I will be shooting mainly 600m or less, with the very occasional 1000 yard shots. Which optic would you recommend. It will be going on a Remington sendero 2, 300 win Mag. Should I pay the extra money for the nightforce for that distance or just put the extra into ammo and reloading supplies?

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Old 01-07-2014, 11:07 AM
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Re: Vortex viper pst or nightforce?

If $ is not an object go NF. If you're on a budget go Vortex. Apples and oranges here.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:33 AM
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Re: Vortex viper pst or nightforce?

I have shot both of these scopes many times. Here is what I see as the main differences. The PST is a great scope for the money, but it in no way an equal to the NXS and price reflects this. My biggest complaint for the 24 x PST is that while on max power it has a very fussy eye box to get in. Meaning it is hard to get and maintain a full field of view no matter where you position the scope or set your cheek rest. So I find myself turning the power down to get easier access to the full view.

I also am not a fan of the tiny numbers on the power select ring. But that would not be as big of issue with younger eyes.

If you were to go to the range with the PST alone you would probably be fine with it. Again it is a good value. But if you ever shot an NXS I doubt you would still feel the PST joy and would be looking to move up.

The NXS is an investment and a safe one if you are serious about long range. You will not out grow it soon and if you decide to sell they hold their value used pretty darn well. I would look for a used NXS. Then I doubt you would loose many $ at all even after a few years of use.

So if the budget is there, I choose the NXS.

Jeff

PS: also be aware of the new offering from Nightforce for 2014. A 4~14 for around a grand. Might be just the ticket for your needs. I don't know as I have not seen one yet.

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Old 01-07-2014, 11:45 AM
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Re: Vortex viper pst or nightforce?

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I have shot both of these scopes many times. Here is what I see as the main differences. The PST is a great scope for the money, but it in no way an equal to the NXS and price reflects this. My biggest complaint for the 24 x PST is that while on max power it has a very fussy eye box to get in. Meaning it is hard to get and maintain a full field of view no matter where you position the scope or set your cheek rest. So I find myself turning the power down to get easier access to the full view.

I also am not a fan of the tiny numbers on the power select ring. But that would not be as big of issue with younger eyes.

If you were to go to the range with the PST alone you would probably be fine with it. Again it is a good value. But if you ever shot an NXS I doubt you would still feel the PST joy and would be looking to move up.

The NXS is an investment and a safe one if you are serious about long range. You will not out grow it soon and if you decide to sell they hold their value used pretty darn well. I would look for a used NXS. Then I doubt you would loose many $ at all even after a few years of use.

So if the budget is there, I choose the NXS.

Jeff

PS: also be aware of the new offering from Nightforce for 2014. A 4~14 for around a grand. Might be just the ticket for your needs. I don't know as I have not seen one yet.

Nightforce announces new lower priced 4-14x56 SHV riflescope


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That pretty much sums it up.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:55 AM
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Re: Vortex viper pst or nightforce?

plus one with Brozs reply. I have both and at the ranges you are shooting the PST is a great scope. But the NXS does outshine it but the price tag reflects it. You will be happy with either one but if the price tag does not scare you. Buy once and cry once.
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Re: Vortex viper pst or nightforce?

[QUOTE=MHO;902250]plus two with Brozs reply.......Buy once and cry once.[/QUOTE]


This is where it's at. I have a PST, it'll most likely be the last PST I own. It works, that's about all I have to say about it. My complaint is the glass, it doesn't even compare to my old bang-around Burris.

Broz, thanks for the new NightForce link, I had no idea... & I just happen to be in the market for a couple more scopes

A feller can regularly find a used NXS in the classifieds here from a reputable member. I'd happily go that route.


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I agree, apples vs oranges, especially since one is FFP and the other is SFP. For hunting scopes, I tend to weight optical performance as high as mechanical performance. Mechanically the scopes are more similar than they are different. Both scopes track well, hold point of aim, and have good warranties. Zoom rings and focus adjustments are smooth. The NXS is a bit heavier, as I recall. Optically, they are quite different, though.

The PST offers good features, but the optical design is not in the same class as the NXS. The PST uses a simple doublet objective lens. Resolution starts to degrade at about 25-30 MOA adjustment away from the mechanical zero. The PST has tunneling at the low end of magnification - the field of view stops growing below about 7X, as I recall. Glare is moderately high - the image contrast drops significantly above about about 18X. These are not serious flaws for a target scope. Given the large number of quality scopes in this price range, I would consider other options for a hunting scope.

The NXS uses a triplet objective lens, which has better resolution above 30 MOA of adjustment. There is no tunneling and the image contrast is higher at 22X than for the PST at 22X. Between the two, I would choose the NXS for hunting.
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