Vortex Optics...

by rob @, Thursday, May 25, 2017, 14:26 (204 days ago)
edited by rob, Thursday, May 25, 2017, 14:29

I bought a Vortex PST 1-4X 30mm scope w/ illuminated reticle for one of my AR's a good while back. I've been very pleased with it so far. It's not great for shooting groups at 100+ yards but it works fine if I take my time and choose a proper target for the job. I didn't really buy it with the intention of shooting groups, though, so it does pretty good for my needs. Since that one worked out fine, I bought a Vortex Diamondback 2-8X32 with a side focus parallax adjustment probably a year or so ago because they were on clearance and the price was right. Had it on a former Mini-14 for a while (beginning to be convinced the Mini-14's are scope killers....this one is number two) and then a short time on an AR before it died...like less than a couple hundred rounds. I'd fire a shot and have to readjust the parallax to a closer range. Fire, readjust, repeat until it was only focused at 20 yards. I was also getting dual groups trying different loads for accuracy...probably from the parallax adjustment being off and straining in different positions to get a good sight picture before I realized what was happening. Anyhow, I sent it back to them and they said "No worries," and that they would take care of it...give them five to seven business days. They received it on a Thursday afternoon and had shipped me a brand new one back out by Monday morning. Got it via Fed-Ex (ugg...the competition:-| ) this morning. That's pretty darned good service. I called them and asked what they found and she said "a bent objective bell." I never saw a bent objective bell or anything else when I sent it in. She said, "No problem, we don't point fingers. We just fix it or replace it for you." Works for me:) I'm going to replace it with a VX-II 2-7 on that AR but I may mount it back on the rifle for load testing while I'm saving change for the Leupold. Then I guess it will go on a 22LR where the side focus parallax issue won't irritate me.

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by Slow Hand ⌂ @, Indiana, Friday, May 26, 2017, 18:01 (203 days ago) @ rob

I had a bad taste for them
For awhile. I had one of their AimPoint wannabes and after several hundred rounds on an AR, it had the nasty habit of randomly shutting off upon firing!!

I have had a few of their cheaper scopes and they have done OK. I finally bought a nice 4-16 Diamondback for my FN .308 and it's really nice! I also recently picked up a Savagae .223 with a 4-16 Viper and it seems very nice too. I have not had them side by side to see if thenpricier glass is that much better or not but I should do that soon!!

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by rob @, Friday, May 26, 2017, 18:15 (203 days ago) @ Slow Hand

I put this Diamondback scope they sent me back on this afternoon and took it out and sighted it in. So far it's working well and I like it except for the side focus parallax adjustment. It works...I just don't like it. I have this Diamondback, a Viper and a 1X Spitfire prism scope..the later two have illuminated reticles and all three have etched glass reticles. Not bad for the price. They are heavy compared to a comparable Leupold though.

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by Creeker @, Hardwoods, Friday, May 26, 2017, 19:07 (203 days ago) @ rob

Isn't the side focus easier to fool with rob?

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by rob @, Friday, May 26, 2017, 20:50 (203 days ago) @ Creeker

Over an adjustable objective, yes. I would just prefer it be non adjustable for simplicity.

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by Creeker @, Hardwoods, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 12:15 (199 days ago) @ rob

Adjustable is fine for the bench but I like a fixed objective on a field gun.

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by Slow Hand ⌂ @, Indiana, Friday, May 26, 2017, 19:22 (203 days ago) @ rob

I had a2-7x on a Savage Hog Hunter that I'm kind of kicking myself for selling now. It was a pretty decent scope and honestly for most practical purposes (not target or long range 'plinking') I think a 2-7 is about ideal!

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