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Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

 
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:36 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

I have the 6.5-20 Viper PA with the Dead Hold. I never really looked at the dots because I always use the turrets. We have a late season rifle doe season here in Iowa and I have been really impressed with this scope shooting all the way out to 600 yards (hard to find open ground farther than that in Iowa).
Anyway, I'll take the scope outside at dusk tonight and take a look and hit you back.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:52 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

Using a timberline of dark-brown to black trees at 800 yards (no color, no vegitation...just dark color trees) I felt comfortable seeing the dots at 20 minutes after sun down. At 25 minutes I was sure that I wasn't comfortable anymore. However, if you are hunting elk, the slightly lighter brown color of their hide would probably get you feeling pretty comfortable right up to 30 minutes after sun down. Up against the gray skyline I could see the dots just fine at 30 minutes after sun down. Real impressed with the Viper glass.
Hope that helps.
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:32 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

Thanks for the assistance. It really helped. I was originally going to buy the 6x20-50 Viper PA
until I noticed the eye relief is 3 inches with the HS having a 4 inch relief. I am afraid the 3 inch on the PA might not be enough on my Weatherby 300 magnum. What caliber do you shoot with the PA scope?
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:31 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

If you like Butler Creek flip up scope covers, it's probably a good idea to go with the scope that has better eye relief. I have noticed that on 20x I have to snug in a little closer, yet without any scope covers, I have never once scoped myself. When I put the butler creek scope covers on, the red button (that releases the lid to flip open) would get me in the upper nose about 1 out of every 5 shots.
So what I did was get rid of the flip up scope covers and got a scope coat instead. When I am ready to shoot, I just pull off the coat and fire, and I have had no problems with the eye relief or with getting hit with the scope.
I shoot a 7 Rem Mag. So not as much kick as the 300 Win.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:36 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

I have been scoped twice over the many years of hunting and will order the HS long rifle scope tomorrow. Thanks again for your help.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:14 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

Thanks Troy for your review of this scope you touched on some of my questions i had on Vortex scopes as i ordered a Vortex Viper HS LR 4-16x44 and i to wonder if i had made a good choice. I got this scope to put on my DPMS LR-308 24" BBL to shoot at steel plates out to 700 yrds at my local range. This set up may also get used for Elk this year or maybe next year. I really like alot of the features of these scopes and the price is one i can work with don't get me wrong i'd love to own a Nightforce or Sightron but there just way out of my price range. So its good to know that simular grade scopes can be had at 1/3 the price thanks again for your review.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:34 PM
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Re: Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

Just stumbled on this discussion; thought I'd throw in my two cents. First of all; the SIII seris that many people are comparing to the Vortex is an $800.00 scope. Apples to oranges. I have a Viper and (for the price); it's a good scope. It's not my favorite, and I have some dislikes, but I'm not going to compare it to a more expensive scope. Just my opinion.
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