Vortex Viper scopes

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by rrafan, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. rrafan

    rrafan New Member

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    I am looking at putting a scope on a savage model 10 LE rifle in 308. I have came upon vortex scopes. They look nice and I have saw some reviews also that say they are good. I am looking at the one thats like 3.5-10 or 4.5-14/16. Could any one give me any pros or cons on these scopes

    Thanks
    zac
     
  2. darkbarrel

    darkbarrel New Member

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    My friend has the viper 6.5-20x44 on his remington 700 .308. He loves the scope. I've tried it out for a few rounds, and I'm going to get the same scope for my 700 also.

    The vipers are very good scopes for their price bracket.
     

  3. TCH2FLY

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    Vortex has been in the optics biz for a while and recently entered the rifle scope market and as prevously mentioned they are a good value in any of their products that range anywhere from $50 to $2100.

    They have had some issues with the new PST line, from long wait times to some initial problems when they did ship but they have a great warranty and stand behind the product.

    I don't currently have a Vortex scope but I do own some of their binos and I am very impressed with the price, fit, finish and optical clarity.
     
  4. HKSlinger

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    Just can't get on board with, MADE IN CHINA.
     
  5. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Well you better because everything is being made there just about anymore.

    That FANCY computer your making that idiotic post on where do you think 99.9999% of the parts are made? That flashy new cell phone you have yup MADE IN CHINA.

    Face it the Chinese are very good and making items and making them for a low cost.

    I have a lower end Vortex 4-12x40mm Corssfire. Of the sub $200 scopes I have it OUT SHINES them all. Tracking is great, brightness and clarity are what you would expect out of a scope costing 2 to 3 times as much. Plus if you ever have a problem with a vortex scope they will repair or replace FREE of charge for the life of the scope. It doesn't matter if you are the first or 50th owner of the scope. When was the last time you got that from a $150 scope?

    I sure would prefer to buy american first. I did once I bought a Leupold VX-II 6-18x40mm for my 700 VLS. That scope SUCKED to me it was nothing more than junk. Not as clear or bright as my Bushnell 4200 The eye relief move almost 5" from 6-18x. I ended up trading it for a 6.5-20x42mm Nikon Monarch and I am super happy with that trade. The way I hunt I keep the scope turned down to 6 or 6.5x then if I have time to turn it up I turn it up to the power I need to make the shot. I don't have time to be figuring out where to put my face when I am facing down a charging horde of zombie Ground hogs. I need to be on target now and be able to throw the rifle to my shoulder and make the shot.
     
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  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I've got a vortex 6-24x50 mil dot on my AR and absolutely love it. The price was great and it's been a great scope.
     
  7. Gatoragn

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    Make sure you check out the new Redfield products first, they are made by Leupold. Also, Burris produces good optics and they have several tactical options. Redfield may be slighly lower in cost than Vortex, Burris may be slightly higher.
     
  8. cpttango30

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    The bad thing about redfield scopes is that they are a two piece tube from what I heard.

    I do believe they are made in china as well.....
     
  9. darkbarrel

    darkbarrel New Member

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    Unless I am wrong, only their cheap Diamondback scopes are China. The rest are from Japan.
     
  10. Gatoragn

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    Redfield website says they are "built in the USA right here in Oregon". That may mean like most other factories, there are foreign made components assembled in the USA. Still appears to be a good scope for the money.
     
  11. Olympus

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    I put the Vortex Viper 6.5-20x44 with a 30mm tube on my .25-06. I went with the target dot reticle that has since been discontinued and it is hands down the best scope in its price category.

    SWFA website puts out a yearly ranking of the different scopes and they have a set of criteria that they grade all the scopes on. Vortex scopes are almost always ranked higher than you'd think. I plan on buying more of them!
     
  12. fixxer

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    Depends on how cheap of a Vortex you are planning to buy. I just ordered the Viper PST 4-16X50 with MOA reticle and front focal plane. There aren't a lot of choices for FFP and MOA. It was put on backorder almost immediately. They emailed me and said orders were all expected to be filled early to mid March. This is going to be mounted on my Rem 700 SPS tactical w/20moa mount and heavy rings. BTW, the PST line is NOT "Made in China". I'm sure their entry level stuff is though. Everyones entry level junk seems to be or MiM. :-( If this scope is what they advertise, I'm going to be ordering the 1-4X PST on my flat, Hbar AR.
     
  13. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Vortex Viper

    The tag on the Vortex scope on my AR states it was "made in Philippines".
     
  14. fixxer

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    Yep. That would be consistant with Vortex's build specs. Their glass and components are made in Japan. They are put together in the Philippines. I defy someone to put up a Vortex with HD glass against the Leupold at the same price range. Being that I own both, I'll know right away when they are full of ****. Dont get me wrong, I like my Leupold but they are very limited right now in options like FFP and or MOA Reticles. That being said, don't waste your money trying to put cheap entry level crap on a 10FP. There are plenty of sub $1K optics out there that will provide you great use. There are no new sub $200 variable power optics worth fittting to that action. Enjoy that thing.