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Vortex vs. Nightforce..... school me.

 
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:22 PM
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Re: Vortex vs. Nightforce..... school me.

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the guys over at snipers hide about half of them had some sort of issue with their scopes and had to send them back in. thats not too good if you ask me. but they all did seem very happy with the product and would buy again, despite having issues.
With which brand, Vortex or Nightforce?
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:10 PM
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Re: Vortex vs. Nightforce..... school me.

I own three NF FFPs and 3 Razor HDs. I have used both out to 1000yds, in mirage, low light, you name it. Both scopes have been punished in competition and in the field and through thousands of rounds in both 308 win, 338 WM and now 338 NM. Each are used on gas guns and bolts.

In summary, I will continue to buy both, in fact I have one of each on order as I type this. But....the Razor is superior optically and engineered a bit better. I consider both a tie as far as durability goes.

All of my Razors provide better resolution, color rendition and perform better around the edges, especially at the lower magnifications. I appreciate Vortex's attention to detail e.g. their adjustable illumination dial with alternating off positions, their non-rotating eyepiece (while adjusting magnification), and IMO their superior zero-stop.

Both manufacturer's MOA reticles are great although I lean towards Vortex's, but that's a personal preference. Finally, the Razor is about $300 cheaper.

So, why do I still buy NF if I sound like such a Razor fanboy. Size, weight and magnification range. While the NF is bulky, the Razor is even bigger. I sometimes prefer a little extra range on the low end, and look to save a few ounces on a given rifle. In these instances, I go with the NF.

The one downside is that I have to work with two reticles, but such is life.

As an aside, I have not used NFs customer service, but I have used Vortex's for an upgrade and for some zero-stop questions. Both, the manner in which I was handled and the turn around time was nothing short of stellar.

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Old 12-18-2011, 09:00 PM
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Re: Vortex vs. Nightforce..... school me.

One problem I have with the Viper PST is it only has 65 moa of travel. With my edge, this is not even close to being enough. NF has 100
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:03 PM
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Re: Vortex vs. Nightforce..... school me.

i shoot both the vortex pst line and nightforce. both are great scopes, but there are a couple of things to consider.

the vortex pst is more of an entry level tactical scope. you get a lot with the vortex, ffp, matching adjustments, illumination, a return to zero or zero stop feature, and the price point is good for new shooters. it's a great value for the price, but to say it does everything a nightforce will isn't true.

optically, the nightforce is a nicer scope, the zero stop on a nightforce is just that, a true zero stop, you set it to your preferred zero. the vortex pst uses a shim system, which is good, it'll help you find your zero, but it isn't exact like the nightforce. the nightforce is mechanically the most robust scope on the market, mechanically repeatable even after a lot of use. i have one on my rifle, it sits in the shop everyday people turn it all day long up and down, to the zero stop and back. i've never been off on elevation when i crank it back to the zero stop. now some joker turned my windage turret two rotations and set the cap back to zero, that made for an interesting day at the range :-).

now going to the razor, it's a high magnification, ffp scope, true zero stop, matching turrets and reticle. it's more comparable to the nightforce nxs line. my only issue is it's a 35mm tube and it's only 5-20.
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