Vortex vs Meopta

nksmfamjp

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Vortex Viper PST Gen ii 3-15x44 7c reticle MRAD vs Meopta Optika6 3-18x50 MRAD reticle

if both were the same price, which would you prefer for 0-800 yd deer/elk hunting in dryer part of Montana.

if not those two, what else in the $700-$900 price point?
 

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Have you looked at the Athlon Ares BTR 2.5-15x50 ? Available in both MOA or MIL, on sale, reduced from $799.99 to only $549.99

FEATURES
  • HD Glass: HD Glass gives you better light transmission, brighter, and sharper image.
  • Illuminated Reticle: The illuminated reticle provides greater visibility during dusk and dawn and other low ambient light environment.
  • First Focal Plane Reticle: First focal plane reticle stays valid at all power settings allowing you to fully utilize the specially designed reticle that shrinks or grows along with your target as you zoom in or out. The reticle offers quick target engagement at low power while offering precise holdover positions with finer details.
  • Etched Glass Reticle: Reticle etched on the glass that provides excellent backing support for complex reticle design and offers great durability and much higher shock resistance to recoil
  • Advanced Fully Multicoated: Fully Multicoated optics effectively reduces reflected light and increases the transmission of light giving you a brighter image than normal single coated lenses
  • XPL Coating: XPL Coating gives you an extra protection on the exterior lenses from dirt, oil and scratches or anything else mother nature can throw at you.
  • Precision Zero Stop System: The system allows you to lock down your zero position and dial back to it with a sharp and precise stop right at your zero mark even you are turning it in pitch-dark or blinded folded.
  • High Precision Erector System: The high precision erector system processed by high precision CNC machine with +/- 0.0001mm tolerance level to provide you the most accurate power settings and smoothest magnification change
  • 6061 T6 Aluminum: The 6061T6 aircraft grade aluminum tube that has exceptional strength and superior mechanical integrity will protect these world class optics no matter what punishment you throw at it.
  • Exposed Tactical Direct Dial: Exposed Direct Dial Turrets for elevation and windage allow you to quickly make adjustment as you needed and engage your target within a blink of your eyes
  • One Piece Tube Construction: Heat treated one piece tube gives the scope extra strength over multi-piece tubes. A one piece tube also is better at keeping moisture out thus keeping your scope fog proof for the life of the product
  • Waterproof: Waterproof to protect the scope in the harshest weather conditions or if accidently submerged underwater
  • Fog proof: Fog proof to allow you to immediately engage your target when you take your rifle to cold ambient temperature from warm inside
  • Shockproof: Robust mechanical system with special designs on both control and erector system that give you the ultimate recoil resistance to withstand 1000G recoil for 1000 times.
  • Argon Purged: Argon Purging uses the inertia gas with bigger size molecules to purge any moisture out of the tube giving you better waterproofing and thermal stability .
 

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Leupold VX-3i LRP. I have several in 4.5-14x50 and 6.5-20x50 and have not had a single issue. The 4.5-14 is lighter over a half pound lighter than the Vortex or Meopta models mentioned.
 

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I wouldn't put either of the scopes mentioned above on a hunting rifle. They are great scopes but too heavy for hunting purposes IMHO. Vortex RZR LHT 3-15x42 is only 18oz.
 

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I have the Meopta in the MOA version. It is very heavy but I am happy with it, other than the center dot is a little big. I like Meopta and their customer service is great. Vortex is a good company but too many of my friends have had to send scopes back to them. Their customer service is great as well.
 

nksmfamjp

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This is hilarious. First, I was hoping to hear more from folks who have had both in front of their eye. Not sure I have heard that.

I have good experience with the Vortex 5-25x and I really like it.

I have no experience with the Meopta, but I really like the reticle and many sing the praises of the optic.

In a long range hunting forum, I often get told I need the 46 oz optic! Today, we have the lightweight guys logged in.

I should be just under 10lbs with this optic. I don’t think I’ll hit more with it at 9lbs.

thanks.
 

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As mentioned above the Center dot aiming point was WAY to big on my Meopta. Was the MOA reticle. I also had to send it back for a full refund. Scope wouldn’t track. Not a bash on the scope at all. Man made and sometimes things fail. Glass seemed good when I compared to a friend’s PST Gen 2. I think meopta could slim down the scope a bit. Magnification ring is very large and a lower profile turret would be nice as well.
 

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Have you looked at the Athlon Ares BTR 2.5-15x50 ? Available in both MOA or MIL, on sale, reduced from $799.99 to only $549.99

FEATURES
  • HD Glass: HD Glass gives you better light transmission, brighter, and sharper image.
  • Illuminated Reticle: The illuminated reticle provides greater visibility during dusk and dawn and other low ambient light environment.
  • First Focal Plane Reticle: First focal plane reticle stays valid at all power settings allowing you to fully utilize the specially designed reticle that shrinks or grows along with your target as you zoom in or out. The reticle offers quick target engagement at low power while offering precise holdover positions with finer details.
  • Etched Glass Reticle: Reticle etched on the glass that provides excellent backing support for complex reticle design and offers great durability and much higher shock resistance to recoil
  • Advanced Fully Multicoated: Fully Multicoated optics effectively reduces reflected light and increases the transmission of light giving you a brighter image than normal single coated lenses
  • XPL Coating: XPL Coating gives you an extra protection on the exterior lenses from dirt, oil and scratches or anything else mother nature can throw at you.
  • Precision Zero Stop System: The system allows you to lock down your zero position and dial back to it with a sharp and precise stop right at your zero mark even you are turning it in pitch-dark or blinded folded.
  • High Precision Erector System: The high precision erector system processed by high precision CNC machine with +/- 0.0001mm tolerance level to provide you the most accurate power settings and smoothest magnification change
  • 6061 T6 Aluminum: The 6061T6 aircraft grade aluminum tube that has exceptional strength and superior mechanical integrity will protect these world class optics no matter what punishment you throw at it.
  • Exposed Tactical Direct Dial: Exposed Direct Dial Turrets for elevation and windage allow you to quickly make adjustment as you needed and engage your target within a blink of your eyes
  • One Piece Tube Construction: Heat treated one piece tube gives the scope extra strength over multi-piece tubes. A one piece tube also is better at keeping moisture out thus keeping your scope fog proof for the life of the product
  • Waterproof: Waterproof to protect the scope in the harshest weather conditions or if accidently submerged underwater
  • Fog proof: Fog proof to allow you to immediately engage your target when you take your rifle to cold ambient temperature from warm inside
  • Shockproof: Robust mechanical system with special designs on both control and erector system that give you the ultimate recoil resistance to withstand 1000G recoil for 1000 times.
  • Argon Purged: Argon Purging uses the inertia gas with bigger size molecules to purge any moisture out of the tube giving you better waterproofing and thermal stability .
 

nksmfamjp

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I definitely looked at the Athlon and it is a close contender. It seems quite similar to the Vortex. I wish I had both to look at side by side.....to really know.
 

nksmfamjp

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Left 1 part out of description heavy as hell
27.3oz is heavy for a long range hunting scope?

I get that 0-300 yards that there are a lot of single zero optics at 20oz or less.

When I think about a scope with reliable turrets, hunting appropirate glass and reticle, it seems like all those are 25oz through 32 oz. What am I missing? I’m thinking about putting the Athlon on a different rifle!

Are there a bunch of 20oz ffp 3-15x scopes with good turrets, zero stop, clear glass and a Christmas tree reticle?
 

nksmfamjp

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I picked up both in the end for two different rifles. So, I’ll have a couple others to sell off.
 

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