Re: Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams
Good article, I have to agree with 95% of the article being very true. There are some things I (my opinion) that would have to re-judge or do myself. First off, I've owned 1 3x9 Crossfire and 2 of the Viper 6.5-20x50 BDC scopes and they just don't do it for me. The first one was a defect from the get go..I mean so sensitive to eye postion that after 12x you couldn't hardly get a sight picture and had a bad halo effect in it (this was verified by 2 other gentlemen that I used as test rats and didn't give them any clue what I was doing, and they had the same remarks about that scope!) 2nd scope was very clear when testing it, have had no problems with it at all except, that the glass isn't worth a darn, also the edge to edge is horrible and when looking through, you get that cheap scope sensation like looking in a fish bowl....got rid of it too!!!
Maybe I got 2 bad scopes and thats enough for me, I've lost my share of money in them, But I will say that the Vortex Crossfires are a pretty good buy, heck there just as clear and sharp as the Vipers. Also for the Vortex BDC reticles, they are very thick like Bushnell Elite 4200 / Nikons reticles, and they do cover over much of the targets. I called Vortex myself and they said that the scopes were never meant to be used as target scopes but as big game scopes (thats from the turkey's mouth) They said they would look into finer x-hairs in the future..(Good news)
I hope the people who have got them also will leave their remarks/ opinions here too. I'm sorry if I sounded like a Vortex scope basher, but these are my opinion b/c I have owned 3 of there products and feel like I have a decent grasp of what there product line quality is, and no I'm not trying to sound like a pro either, But I have owned and or handled some of the best scopes there is (NXS, S&B, IOR, Leupold LPS) and I'm just trying to help others out if they are looking for ratings and or opinions about this line of scopes and further help with there decision making.
Troy, thanks for taking the time to do the scope evaluation, I hope that I wans't to much outta line with the posting. I know it doesn't do alot with your evaluation of that specific scope, but I wanted to let others know what others are seeing.
Last edited by tbeasley; 11-17-2009 at 09:22 PM.