Re: Vortex Viper PST, the scope that never was?
At the risk of upsetting some, i really don't know what the hype is about these scopes. A mate recently bought one from Midway UK who were offering a deal. He bought it due to the specs, magnification range and the hype on a few of the shooting forums.
He brought it over and we tested it against some other comparable scopes where it rated OK at best. Essentially we mounted an average sized roe deer target, made from brown corrugated cardboard on a post 100yds away, under a tree. We lined up the scopes below on a table and continually checked the scope picture until it was no longer possible to distinguish a 'shootable target.'
Hawke Frontier 6-16x42
Falcon Menace 10x42
Votex Viper 6.5-20x50
Zeiss Duralyt (UK version of conquest) 3-12x50
Bushnell Elite 3200 5-15x40
Bushnell Elite 6500 2.5-16x50
Schmidt & Bender (8x56 Hungarian)
Swarovski Habicht 3-10x50
The time at which the target was no longer shootable was logged for each scope in minutes after dusk:
Hawke Frontier 6-16x42 +17mins
Falcon Menace 10x42 +21mins
Votex Viper 6.5-20x50 +23mins
Zeiss Duralyt (UK version of conquest) 3-12x50 +37mins
Bushnell Elite 3200 5-15x40 +28mins
Bushnell Elite 6500 2.5-16x50 +33mins
Schmidt & Bender (8x56 Hungarian) +45mins
Swarovski Habicht 3-10x50 +43
OK, so i freely admit that the amount of cloud cover, shadow, etc will all effect the results to a degree but when i'm stalking deer at dawn & dusk, the viper is not the scope i'd wish on my rifle.