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Vortex optics

Post by Fiesaqa » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:45 am

Got a question about Vortex optics. Have any of you used them? What is your opinion on them? I shoot a .22-250 at coyotes. Looking to upgrade the scope on it. I had asked a question earlier this year but never got around to buying one and changing it, so I am going to wait until next year to mount it, sight it in, etc, etc. The particular model I am looking at is the Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x50. Just wondering if any of you have used this particular model or any of the Vortex brand scopes and what is your opinion on them. If you have used them and don't like them, why and what you recommend for somebody?

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Re: Vortex optics

Post by boskone » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:17 am

I've liked the 2 scopes and 1 RDS from Vortex I've had, though the RDS ended up being a casualty of a corroded battery.

I might dial down your magnification a bit; 4x, in my opinion at least, was a bit much for shots under 100-150 yards. I might get a 1-6 or 2-7 optic instead. One rule of thumb I read somewhere, which was pretty accurate in my experience (and preferences) is 1x per hundred yards for hunting, 0.5x per hundred yards for target shooting.

You might look into an optic with an illuminated reticle. At least around where I grew up coyote shooting was mostly an evening activity, and sometimes the reticle would get "shadowed out"; an illuminated dot helps with that. Vortex sells some illuminated reticles, and I have a Primary Arms that's nice.

(Primary Arms is a company I've dealt with several times; their scopes don't have all the bells and whistles of higher-end brands but the built quality has been solid, the prices reasonable, and the customer service spectacular.)

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Re: Vortex optics

Post by Zed Hunter » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:53 pm

My buddy, a former sniper, really likes the Vortex optics. He even recommends them over Red Field.

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Re: Vortex optics

Post by RonnyRonin » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:12 pm

the few vortex optics I have used have massively underwhelmed me on optical clarity and light transmission, mostly they were just a lot less bright and clear then other scopes. If the warranty is the first thing people mention when lauding a product, I take that as a bad sign. Supposedly the higher end Vortex scopes are much better, but I'm leery.

Really the single best thing you can do is go to a larger sporting goods store and look through every scope in your price range. while absolute clarity is hard to determine inside a store, relative clarity is. I find I can pretty quickly narrow my options down to just a few scopes or binos after one trip if I do my part.

I will second the Primary Arms recommendation, my brother has one and my brief inspection lead me to believe the optical clarity was on par with much higher end scopes.
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Re: Vortex optics

Post by Dabster » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:15 pm

I have a Vortex Viper 6-24x50. I've had it for about three years. It replaced a ~15 year old Springfield Armory scope. Nothing has broken. I have heard mixed things about Vortex scopes but I love mine. The glass is a lot more clear and bright. the reticle is great. The controls are easy to see and use. It does everything I need. Sadly I bought it towards the end of the Gen1 scopes and it has the older reticle. I'd like the newer one but not enough to trade.
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Re: Vortex optics

Post by the_alias » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:56 pm

Big fan of my UH-1 "EOtech" beater from Vortex. It's heavy but feels robust and survived some drops.

I like the reticle - donut of death, 2moa dot and a close range triangle (don't need it but doesn't distract)
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Re: Vortex optics

Post by gary83 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:54 am

I have the Vortex viper pst ffp. Its clarity is impressive.

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