Vortex viper 4-16x or 6-24x

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by jtaustin, May 5, 2014.

  1. jtaustin

    jtaustin Member

    Mar 2, 2014
    I'll be medium to long range(only up to 600 yds) elk hunting with a 300 WM this fall. Not sure which power Vortex Viper PST scope. 4-16x or 6-24x? 1st focal plane or not? Any suggestions? Comments on Vortex Viper?
  2. snookntarpon

    snookntarpon Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2011

    have them both. out to 800 were good w the 16x
    and at 40 it works too!


  3. o2bwest

    o2bwest Well-Known Member

    Jul 25, 2012
    I say 4-16 for sure. I shot 1000 this evening with my 4-16, and it worked just fin. You don't need the extra weight and bulk of the 6-24 if you are not shooting past 6-800 often.
  4. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2006
    +1 for the two posts above! I have also had both.
  5. luke100

    luke100 New Member

    May 5, 2014
    I shoot with the 16x and had a 20x Viper before this one. I can tell you that the only time I want a 24 is to see my hits better on steel at 500 plus. The 16 is nice because it is shorter. If I had it to do over again I still would buy the 16x but to each his own.


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  6. NWmissouriman

    NWmissouriman Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    I too have had both the 4-16 and the 6-24 in FFP. I'd personally go with the 6-24 for out to 600 yards, but I prefer higher magnification. For under 100 yards the 6x might be a little much, but still manageable unless you have a fast moving target. I had the 4-16 on an AR for coyote calling and never had any intentions of shooting beyond 400 yards with it. You can always turn that 24x down to 16x:). I'd probably make my decision based off of how close your closest shot would most likely be instead of basing it off of your longest potential shot. If your closest shot will be under 75 yards, I'd certainly go for the 4-16, but that's just my .02.
  7. mountainman56

    mountainman56 Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2014
    I have two Vortex 4-16's and one 6-24. I would recommend the 4-16 for hunting. I shot a 1200 yard target with mine a few weeks ago..........it was a LARGE target though :D
  8. mmh

    mmh Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    FFP for sure.

    Size difference in scopes is insignificant. Both have a 50mm objective. The 4-16 is 13.7" & 22.4 oz. The 6-24 is 15.5" & 23.4 oz. So no real difference.

    Even at 400 yds. 6x magnification would typically not be too much. At 600 yds. would you want more than 16x? Below 150 yds. less than even 4x is sometimes too much, especially if in a heavily wooded area.

    If it were me & most of my hunting was beyond 400 yds., I would probably go for a 6-24. If most of my hunting were between 150 yds. 600 yds. then I would prefer a 4-16. For 200 yds. and less I use a 1-6 or 2-7.

    BTW, I have a 6-24 Viper PST w/ a FFP. I just got a 4-16 Viper PST but have not received it yet. My son and I will be hunting with these scopes at 600 yds. this September. I'll have a better side-by-side field comparison then.