Re: Vortex Viper PST, the scope that never was?
We thought about that when doing the test and concluded that it would be unfair to the less expensive variables. OK, so we expected the Swaro and the SB to clear the tables - we hadn't forgotten just how much more expensive they are.
Essentially we set the variables to mag 8, deciding it was the fairest setting (object lenses being considered). This left the only 'fly in the ointment' being the Falcon menace which is a set power at 10.
A last comment about costs. The Vortex Viper PST Scope with 30mm Tube 4-16x 50mm Side Focus Illuminated EBR-1 Reticle Matte is currently being sold in the UK, by Midway UK for £785 sterling ($1251 US dollars). That puts it in the neighbourhood of some very stiff competition:
Docter Optics Classic Illuminated 3-12x56 IR Rifle Scope - £820
Zeiss Classic Diatal 8x56 T* IR Rifle Scope - £840
Zeiss Duralyt 3-12x50 Rifle Scope - £699
Zeiss Classic Diavari 3-12x56 T* Rifle Scope - £840
Schmidt and Bender Classic Fixed Power (Hungarian) 8x56 30mm Rifle Scope - £600
Schmidt and Bender Classic Fixed Power (Hungarian) 8x56 30mm Rifle Scope - £830
Swarovski Z3 3-10x42 Rifle Scope - £890
Leupold VX-3 3.5-10x50 IR Long Range Rifle Scope - £790
Leupold VX-3 4.5-14x50 Long Range Rifle Scope - £750
Leupold VX-3 6.5-20x50 Long Range Rifle Scope - £820
Leupold VX-III 4.5-14x40 Long Range Rifle Scope - £580
MEOPTA R1r 3-12X56 RD RET 4K - £840.00
I could go on and list examples from kahles, etc but ultimately i fear odd in Europe are stacked against the Vortex scopes finacially. They are just too over-priced. Financially and optically, if i was searching for a quality variable scope for a hunting rifles then i would choose a Doctor, Meopta, Pentax, Kahles or even a Leupold. Same price as the Vortex but proven optical quality.
Last edited by scotsgun; 10-11-2010 at 07:44 AM.