Choosing the Right Vortex Scope for Your Shooting Needs and Budget

Since deer season is upon us I realized that my current rifle scope is not very ideal for shooting the 300 to 500 yards behind my house. I have long been impressed with the Vortext “bear” warranty. That is to say they stand behind their products even if a bear chews on it or burns up in a house fire. First hand I saw this with my brother who had issues with his scope after tightening it too much in his scope mounts and they took it back and sent him a new one. So today I wondered which product line would work best for my Remington Model 760 Gamemaster chambered in 30-06? Below are the different lines I discovered they offer.

  1. Crossfire II

The Crossfire II is an excellent scope for beginner hunters or shooters on a tight budget. This scope is reliable, durable, and affordable. It has a fully multi-coated lens, making it clear and bright, even in low-light conditions. The Crossfire II also has a fast-focus eyepiece that allows you to quickly adjust the reticle for optimal focus. This is the line that my brother has which he has seemed fairly happy with other than his scope mount issue which was largely his fault.

  1. Diamondback HD

The Diamondback HD is an upgrade from the Crossfire II and is perfect for intermediate hunters or shooters. This scope has an impressive HD optical system that provides a crystal-clear view at any magnification level. The Diamondback HD also has a precision-glide erector system, which allows you to make precise adjustments, even in the field.

  1. Viper PST Gen II

The Viper PST Gen II is a top-of-the-line scope that is perfect for experienced hunters or shooters who demand the best. This scope is packed with features, including a tactical-style turrets system, a zero stop elevation, and a fiber optic rotation indicator. The Viper PST Gen II also has an illuminated reticle, making it easy to see in any lighting condition.

  1. Razor HD Gen II

The Razor HD Gen II is a military-grade scope designed for the most extreme outdoor conditions. This scope has an impressive high-density extra-low-dispersion glass that provides an ultra-clear and sharp image. The Razor HD Gen II also has a first focal plane reticle, which allows for accurate ranging and holdover at any magnification level.

  1. Strike Eagle

The Strike Eagle is designed specifically for tactical-style shooting and is perfect for shooters looking for a versatile and affordable option. This scope has a fast-focus eyepiece and a forgiving eye box, making it easy to get on target quickly. The Strike Eagle also has a true one-power magnification, which allows for fast, intuitive reflex shooting.

I’m leaning a bit towards the Strike Eagle 3-18X44 FFP which interestingly enough I found on amazon you can get the MRAD $100 cheaper then the MOA version. Mainly because it offers the 3x for hunting in the woods while giving the 18x for field hunting. The reticle as well looks pretty handy for being able to account for precise shifts of the aim point vs playing the guessing game that I do on my thick / thin reticle.

Now to justify how killing deer is worth the $649 on my budget…

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