Opinoin of Vortex Optics

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Hicks, Jun 11, 2019.


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  1. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    I have two PST and one HST. All get the job done. Glass is not the best, but very good in the price range.
    I did a tall target test on the HST a few days ago. It tracked perfectly vertical and had a total dialing error of .3% across 21 MOA of vertical. That is like 1/16" of error at 21 MOA. It is basically error free. I then used the HST at 700 and 800 yards (only 17 MOA needed) and it dialed perfectly and returned to zero.
    The two PSTs work just as well. One is on a 300 RUM and the other on a 300 WSM with lots of rounds down range on both of them.
    The the PST glass is better than the Viper HST glass. I find the HST glass a bit irritating, but it works great at 800 yards, so I am happy for the price.
    Never had to use the warranty and one of the scopes is 7 years old. They've all seen quite a few rounds as I like to shoot some year round.
    they are not a Nightforce or S&B for for their price point, they are very good.
     
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  2. 416Taylor

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    I have only used the Gen II 4.5X27 scope. I have 2. One on a 6.5X47 Lapua and one on a 300WM I use for PRS. Both have been great. Tracking is good. That said, I put a Khales on my new 338 Lapua. Noticed the difference in quality and price!!
     
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  3. Tommo64

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    Had a Crossfire II for about 2 1/2 years now. Spent the first 12 months on my 223 bolt rifle before I upgraded it. Not that there was anything wrong with it, just wanted something with a bit more magnification. It now sits on my 308, which has shot around 100 rounds so far, all at the range, without any dramas. Will be taking it on its first field trip next month, so we'll see how well it stands up to the rigours of the Victorian Alps mid-winter. Watch this space.
     
  4. FIGJAM

    FIGJAM Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Well said. I had an hslr on a 270wsm - i was an idiot and had it balanced all funky on my gun rest on the counter. One of my kids bumped it and it took a 5ft fall onto the tile landing right on the bell of the scope. I have never been so excited to take a rifle to the range - i don’t purposely abuse my stuff, but I use the hell out of them and expect them to hold up to the punishment. That stupid hslr put 5 shots in the bullseye at 200 yds where I have it zeroed. I haven’t messed with any of Vortex super cheap stuff like the crossfires - only ever had one diamondback hp on my daughters 243 and it does fine, all viper and some razor stuff. . I must be a pretty lucky vortex owner as well.

    Also, the new Viper HD spotter is stupid good for the money. I had it out next to my buddies gen 1 razor spotter and we couldn’t tell a different in low light.
     
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  5. Tree Farmer

    Tree Farmer Active Member

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    Compared my Viper 10x50 binocs with Swaro binocs on a hunting trip. Clarity and resolution were comparable to my eyes (65 yrs+), proving either Vortex is excellent or quality glass is wasted on me. Have been hunting with a Diamondback 4x16 for several years, no issues. Just mounted a Viper PST GEN II on a new rifle. Again, looks good through my eyes, but jury is still out on performance. As with others, these choices were budget driven. Also have Leupold and Zeiss, but nothing over $1K and they all will let me hammer deer at dusk.
     
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  6. Remmy700

    Remmy700 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Viper binos towards swaro are close! Come on man that is not even a fair comparison.
     
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  7. Remmy700

    Remmy700 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I know glass and there ain’t nothing vortex offers that can compete with swaro or Leica. It’s one thing to be brand loyal which I respect brother but u have to be realistic. Not same caliber of glass!
     
  8. 300whisper

    300whisper Well-Known Member

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    Lol....
     
  9. Remmy700

    Remmy700 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Shut it down @300whisper lol
     
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  10. Tree Farmer

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    Sorry to disappoint, but they looked the same to me. Keep in mind that was midday with the sun shining. Not exactly a rigorous review. And since I don't own top end glass, I probably can't discern the difference. Only point is Vortex is certainly sufficient for a lot of hunters/shooters.
     
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  11. Remmy700

    Remmy700 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Sir with all due respect I appreciate your review however, I respectfully say there is no way a set of viper binos contest with a pair of swaro binos it don’t happen here on this plant called earth. There is a reason they cost more and it ain’t import taxes.
     
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  12. Remmy700

    Remmy700 Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I look thru some razor binos along side leicas for about an hour and it’s not even close let alone a set of vipers
     
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  13. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    Wait till you are looking thru them with 65 year old eyes and then give us an update. :)
     
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  14. FIGJAM

    FIGJAM Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Optics are so subjective - everybody always talks about how good the “glass” is. There were probably big gaps in quality 20 years ago, but Japan, the Philippines and even china can put together some high quality glass that is just as good as the euro stuff. Then it comes down to proprietary coatings from the company. The most important thing in my opinion is the mechanics - does it hold zero, does it track, and does it do both of those things reliably.

    The most mechanically sound scope out there is Tangent Theta - there scope error is something stupid like .002, and its always the same with every tangent theta scope tested - .002. They are as consistent as hell. I don’t have $4700 To scope all of my rifles, so the nightforce, leupold and vortex are adequate for most of my needs. They hold zero, take a beating, track well, and do those things well enough for my shooting needs.
     
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