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Best Rifle Scope of 2013: Vortex Razor HD GEN II 1–6x24mm


$1,899 (Vortexoptics.com) This year saw a slew (I believe that is the proper technical term) of excellent riflescopes ranging in price from above $2,000 down to just under $200. But somehow I just kept coming back to the new Vortex Razor Gen II. The scope is made from 30mm one-piece aircraft-aluminum tubing and fitted with high-density extra-low-dispersion glass -elements fully multi-coated to retard -reflected light, as well as a scratch- and dust-resistant exterior.

Most noticeable is the aggressive knurling on the turret caps—and on the -illumination dial, a just-this-side-of-chainsaw-​teeth violently aggressive knurling that can be felt through thick gloves. In a bow to This Is Spinal Tap, the dial goes to 11, turning off between increments. The second-focal-​plane illuminated reticle, which does not change size with magnification, includes reference marks matched to .223 and .308 ballistics but is easily adapted to almost any cartridge and bullet with the vortex online long range ballistic calculator. Essentially a medium-​range scope, the Razor Gen II would truly shine for hunting African dangerous game. —Tom McIntyre

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from DakotaMan wrote 37 weeks 1 day ago

Vortex is making some mighty fine contributions to the world of shooting. I finally broke down and ordered one (the 6.5-24x50 First Focal Plane Viper PST). Their Razors are top shelf for certain. Their little 1.75-5x32mm Diamondback at about $180 seems to be a mighty nice scope. I wonder if it would hold up to the second shot from a .458 Lott. My guess is that it would but I haven't tried it. I'd really like to know because they look VERY good and all-metal solid. Their products are all solid and well made with a WIDE field of view and great clarity. I'll soon be able to tell you if they are accurate but I suspect they are based on reviews.

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from DeadCenter1775 wrote 34 weeks 5 days ago

I own a Burris Four-X 1.5-6 x 40mm with 7.62 reticle. Same as the XTR just the European Version. This scope sells for about $800 and incorporates a ballistic illuminated reticle, has Burris' forever warranty and is $1000 less than what is suggested here. It's sad that Field and Stream would advocate a $1800 scope for mainstream readers. Is this their target audience? If so then the demographic is chasing me away. Most hunters that I know (and that is a multitude of people) would never spend that kind of money on a piece of glass. I am in no way selling Vortex short, they make some outstanding gear that is competitively priced and packed with features. For the "tactical short to mid range scope market though, Burris has them trumped." Just my $.02.

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from lofiegos wrote 32 weeks 5 days ago

You can definitely trust on Vortex in order to get the best gear for you rifle. Perhaps a little high priced item but it worths every penny for sure. You can also check some vortex scopes reviews at www.bestar15scope.org

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from Mr_Hunter wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

That's a nice piece of gear. I own several vortex scopes and none of them have let me down. And yep it's a bit pricey at $1800 but you get what you pay for. My mantra when buying a scope is to spend the MOST you can afford and then spend $200 more (and hide the receipt from your wife!). I'll add this scope to my to be reviewed scopes on www.bestriflescopereview.net as soon as I get my hands on one. Thanks field and stream

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from Mr_Hunter wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

That's a nice piece of gear. I own several vortex scopes and none of them have let me down. And yep it's a bit pricey at $1800 but you get what you pay for. My mantra when buying a scope is to spend the MOST you can afford and then spend $200 more (and hide the receipt from your wife!). I'll add this scope to my to be reviewed scopes on www.bestriflescopereview.net as soon as I get my hands on one. Thanks field and stream

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from DakotaMan wrote 37 weeks 1 day ago

Vortex is making some mighty fine contributions to the world of shooting. I finally broke down and ordered one (the 6.5-24x50 First Focal Plane Viper PST). Their Razors are top shelf for certain. Their little 1.75-5x32mm Diamondback at about $180 seems to be a mighty nice scope. I wonder if it would hold up to the second shot from a .458 Lott. My guess is that it would but I haven't tried it. I'd really like to know because they look VERY good and all-metal solid. Their products are all solid and well made with a WIDE field of view and great clarity. I'll soon be able to tell you if they are accurate but I suspect they are based on reviews.

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from DeadCenter1775 wrote 34 weeks 5 days ago

I own a Burris Four-X 1.5-6 x 40mm with 7.62 reticle. Same as the XTR just the European Version. This scope sells for about $800 and incorporates a ballistic illuminated reticle, has Burris' forever warranty and is $1000 less than what is suggested here. It's sad that Field and Stream would advocate a $1800 scope for mainstream readers. Is this their target audience? If so then the demographic is chasing me away. Most hunters that I know (and that is a multitude of people) would never spend that kind of money on a piece of glass. I am in no way selling Vortex short, they make some outstanding gear that is competitively priced and packed with features. For the "tactical short to mid range scope market though, Burris has them trumped." Just my $.02.

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from lofiegos wrote 32 weeks 5 days ago

You can definitely trust on Vortex in order to get the best gear for you rifle. Perhaps a little high priced item but it worths every penny for sure. You can also check some vortex scopes reviews at www.bestar15scope.org

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