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Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

 
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:23 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

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Back to the Vortex....Anyone have an opinion regarding the Viper series vs. Nikon Monarchs... in particular the Viper 4-12x40 PA vs. the Monarch 3-12x 42 SF?

Or Viper 6.5-20x44 PA vs the Monarch 5-20x44 SF?

Anyone have a feel of how the Viper PA, Viper PST, Viper HS, compare with the various lines of Monarchs?
I have the Viper 6.5-20x44 PA on my RRA. It is my opinion that money spend on vortex optics (the viper in particular) is money well spent. My only complaint ( and a minor one) is that cranked up to 20 power, the eye relief is kind of short. That is to be expected on a scope that cost less than 5 bills. The turrets are solid and accurate. the glass isn't the best but its much better than what I expected for a scope in this price range. Unless you need the the feature set of the PST line, (at twice the price) I think the viper is the best variable powered optic with a three digit price tag.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:09 AM
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Re: Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

I topped a Bell and Carlson stocked Remington 700 SPS .204 with a Viper PST 4-14x44 in a DNZ low one piece mount. I love the fact that's it's got a playings card's clearance between objective bell and barrel. The problem is the darn near 90 degree bolt turn of the Remington puts the handle too close to the scope's large ocular end. I'm NOT going to a higher mount. I'll fork up the cash to get the stock bolt handle or a custom handle welded onto the bolt. That super low optic to bore centerline is too good to give up.
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Re: Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

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This is a thread for discussion of the article, Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review , By Troy Adams. Here you can ask questions or make comments about the article.
Have a 3x9 vortex on my 375,very good optics-adj work when needed/has been thru alot of recoils/weather & travels hard to beat for the $
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Re: Vortex Viper 4-12x40 Scope Review By Troy Adams

I have gone through the review and i must say its amazing. The points mentioned seems correct about the Vortex Viper 4-12x40 in the document. There are plenty of dealer who offers rifle scopes & one can buy online too. Vortex Viper HS Rifle Scopes and Vortex Viper PST Rifle Scope are another pretty impressive scopes for your rifle.




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Old 11-17-2014, 10:50 PM
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I own a 6.5-20x50 viper vortex. I really liked the optics (other than at full power), but seemed clear and bright. Problem, I have now had two of them that won't hold zero( 8 months apart). Me and the gun smith tried everything to get good grouping with my 26" barreled AR-15 (5-6" at 100 yds)...... but everything seemed to fail. SO, two days ago we threw a Nikon Monarch on, (for testing) and now I have 1/2 " grouping at 100 yds, and 1 - 1 1/4 at 200 yds.

Customer service from them was great, exchanged the scope with very few questions ...... but I think they may have some quality control issues.

Until recently, I had a Vortex Viper HS LR 6-24x50 FFP scope on my Weatherby Mark V .300 Mag. Long story short, the scope had a major malfunction while afield and cost me an opportunity at a Large Bull Elk. The scope cross hairs would rotate when the magnification was increased or decreased and the FFP / magnification failed to adjust as well. According to Vortex Customer Service, "this is not a durability issue but a major manufacturing defect..."

Vortex is taking care of the issue by sending me a new scope however, the "VIP Warranty" did me no good when the scope failed while on an expensive, out-of-state hunt... I don't mean to come off as bashing the company. I know they have a good reputation which is why I purchased a Vortex scope. I agree with the quoted post that it seems they have some underlying Quality Control Issues!!

I will be selling the replacement scope and purchasing a Leupold or possibly the NF SHV unit.

I was until recently, a very big fan of Vortex and their optics. However, after this one had a major malfunction while on a hunt, I won't be putting a Vortex scope BACK on anything I own....

Hope this info helps inform anyone considering a Vortex optic.

Good luck
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