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Hi guys;

Came across this scope on another forum.

http://swfa.com/Vortex-6-24x50-Crossfire-Rifle-Scope-P43585.aspx

It looks very interesting at that price point.

Can you give me opinions on Vortex scopes in general, and this one in particular?

This is not intended to be used as a SHTF scope, but I would expect at least decent glass.

My intended uses would be:

1. Fun long range scope at the range (who needs a spotting scope? :lol: )

2. As a tool to learn to use a mil-dot reticle.

3. An entry level scope for when I finally get that Remington 700.

Also please give me advice on mounting options. I would probaby be swapping this and my main optic. Do I need a $200 Larue mount to do that? Kind of rough for a $99 scope. Since this is just a toy, should I just sight it in every time and go with something else?

Thanks in advance.
 

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I agree, you get what you pay for. Cheap come out expensive. If you shoot long range you need to have a scope with excellent resolution which you will not get in a $99 scope. Start thinking $800 or more. If your seriuos about LR shooting you need to start looking a Leupy MK 4 at the lower end, then Nijghtforce, and on up or you'll probably be dissapointed.
 

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...lospico

...there are lot's of scopes out there to choose from...and not all of them will break the bank...however...Walmart is not the place to buy a scope...

...just saying

...IMO...a 3.5-10 or 4.5-14 is a "very flexable" power range and will serve you well...regardless of what rifle you mount it on...that said...here is a tread you might want to read if you haven't already done so...

... http://www.sigarms556.com/viewtopic.php?t=8471

...here's a copy and paste of sometiing i wrote earlier for someone...

...i would recomend a Leopold Vari X 3 in the power ranges i suggested...there are many to choose from...in most cases they will break your ~$500 budget...but you will have a true field grade scope with the best warrenty in the industry...

...is an illuminated reticle important to you ?...it can be a real asset in dim light and against certain background colors...would you like the tactical look ?...there is one that is reasonably priced without an illuminated reticle ...IMO...you do need finger adjustable windage and elevation adjustments...and a side focus is a plus...but not necessary...reticle selection is important too...depending upon the percision you desire...and it sounds like your 556 is very capable...

...there's just so many variables when it comes to scoping a rifle...and considerations...aside from the clarity of the glass and othe optical considerations...

...you need to consider a scopes round to round repeatability...it's adjustment repeatability...the amount of adjustment backlash...reticle displacement versus power change...and adjustment tracking and such...

...the Leupold Vari X 3 series...which are virtually the same as their tactical series...do extreamely well in all these areas...

...this is a nice scope...with the duplex reticle you can just dial in your elevation based on a specific trajectory...no guess work or BDC error considerations...

... http://swfa.com/Leupold-35-10x40-VX-3-R ... 12649.aspx

...the same scope with a 50 mm objective and an illuminated reticle...

... http://swfa.com/Leupold-35-10x50-VX-3-3 ... 45020.aspx

...these are the same except in 4.5-14...scopes generally greater than 10X have a paralax adjustment...either on the objective bell or what is referred to as side focus...when the adjustment is on the side of the scope...which is much easier to use...

... http://swfa.com/Leupold-45-14x40-VX-3-3 ... 12695.aspx

... http://swfa.com/Leupold-45-14x50-VX-3-3 ... 45029.aspx

...i know the last one is pricy...but has an illuminated retical and a 50mm objective bell giving you a slightly larger exit pupil at higher magnifications...exit pupil is the "usuable" objective lense diameter in millimeters divided by the power...ie...50 mm divided by 10 X equals an exit pupil of 5 mm...the larger the diameter of the exit pupil...the less critical eye position at greater magnification ranges and the brighter the image...all other things being equal...

... this scope is a tremendous value IMO...not illuminated...but a very very good scope...

... http://swfa.com/Leupold-45-14x40-Mark-4 ... P2550.aspx

...i recomend you spend some time reading the optics section...lot's of good information there about scopes and mounts...
 
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