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vortex scope

PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:11 pm
by sidog
Anyone try a Vortex scope? I'm a leupold guy and have not had much luck with low end optics but I've read lots of good reviews on Vortex and they have a lifetime warranty. I have a 222 I want to put a bigger scope on and was thinking about trying a 4 x 12 x 40mm? Any thoughts about these scopes?

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:42 pm
by gtk
i shot with a guy Sunday afternoon.. He had one on his son's 7 mag.. 403 yards & he was nailing a 12" steel plate every time.. I was impressed , but don't know if i'd want all those knobs on my scope..

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:48 pm
by hubtech
You shot him?

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:23 am
by gtk
grammer police :D

I should have said... "I went shooting COMMA with a guy......."

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:59 pm
by sidog
I bought the Vortex and it's clear enough but I had to order taller mounts for my old Sako because the bolt touched the eye piece ? It's an early 1960s Vixen .222 . Oh well if the vortex does'nt suit me I have a 3x9x50mm leupold that will work with the taller mounts.

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:50 pm
by jbullard1
So you have a 222 I have something you may need

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:07 pm
by sidog
Talk to me Jbullard!

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:29 pm
by jbullard1
check your messages

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:52 pm
by RoadRanger
jbullard1 wrote:check your messages


secrets don't make friends..... :W:

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:49 pm
by jbullard1
I have just ordered a 6.5 x 20 Vortex to go on my new build

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:56 pm
by sidog
My sako tall mounts arrived today. I will be mounting scope tonight. I can't wait to shoot .

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:33 am
by chadbragg
Since this thread i have bought several vortex products. The vortex viper gen ii is absolutely awesome glass, as well as the venom and strikefire are great sights too!


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Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:31 am
by gtk
i have recently bought two vortex scopes that I don't need :)

i have a vortex diamond back 4-12x40 and a Crossfire II 3-9x40.

I picked both up at such a good price that I couldn't pass up.

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:22 am
by jbullard1
I have several Vortex scopes and a pair of binoculars, all are excellent.
I kave a 6x20x50 Viper, 4x16x40 Viper, 3x9x40 diamondback and 4 of the Strikefire/Spitfire sights, Best optics I have ever had,

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:02 pm
by gtk
also, i bought a set of 10-42 vortex talon HD binoculars last year for elk hunting.. love them !

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:25 pm
by stickers
I like them other than the fact they have a torque rating of only 18lbs on the rings which is less than any scope I have ever mounted. And trust me if you torque them to the normal rating of most scopes (around 25lbs) they will break. Dont ask me how I know this :oops: . And I am telling you I dont feel that comfortable with just 18lbs. Like GTK, I have a pair of 10x42 Viper binos and they are the best binoculars I have looked thru that are less than $1k. I can look thru them for hours with no fatigue whatsoever.

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:30 am
by jbullard1
I've never had an issue torquing the screws.

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:41 pm
by stickers
Torquing the screws was not an issue at all. However, the over torquing of them according to their specs was. Caused my zero reset turrets to not adjust whatsoever. Broke both windage and elevation. When I called them the first thing they asked was how many lbs did I torque them to. I should have read the torquing specs before I installed scope but I never dreamed it was that light and just 7lbs over would break the turrets.

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:49 pm
by stickers
This is what they say about it.

A common misconception is the need to really crank ring screws to ensure the scope doesn’t slip under recoil. Over torqueing can lead to tracking issues due to flexing of the outer scope tube, which impedes functioning of the internal erector tube (the part that moves when adjusting your turrets). Crimped scope tubes can also result, which is an unfortunate and permanent issue. Ring halves are not supposed to touch. Once tightened in an alternating fashion, much like you would tighten the lug nuts on a tire, there should be equal spacing/gap between the top half and bottom half of the rings (applies to horizontally split rings). As a general rule, 15 to 18 inch pounds on the rings is more than sufficient, even for magnum calibers. You can be slightly more aggressive with the ring to base connection with 25 to 35 inch pounds of torque.

They also will not warranty it if you happen to over torque.

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:15 pm
by gtk
add another one to "learned the hard way" when it comes to over-torquing ..

i need one of those torque screwdrivers that reads inches pounds and foot pounds.. i dont want to do math

Re: vortex scope

PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:29 pm
by stickers
gtk wrote:add another one to "learned the hard way" when it comes to over-torquing ..

i need one of those torque screwdrivers that reads inches pounds and foot pounds.. i dont want to do math


I got one you can use anytime. They are handy. Ha, I know about over torquing just never dreamed that their torque specs would be almost 30% (or more) less than any other manufacturer that I know of. I will read specs on every individual scope from now on, ha.