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Vortex Viper VS Weaver Grand Slam

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Category: Scopes
Forum Name: Rifle Scopes
Forum Description: Centerfire long gun scopes
Printed Date: December/11/2018 at 07:41

Topic: Vortex Viper VS Weaver Grand Slam
Posted By: feklar
Subject: Vortex Viper VS Weaver Grand Slam
Date Posted: November/02/2010 at 18:42
I wanted to post my unscientific apples to oranges scope comparison.
Used Weaver Grand Slam 4.5-14 X 40 VS New Vortex Viper 6-24 X 50.  The WGS seems to be about a $380 dollar scope while the Vortex was avertised at $99.95 while on sale at 70% off.

I went to sight in my rifle at the range where I shoot 100 yards.  I put my target on the backboard. I use the Redfield Precision sight-in targets with the red diamonds. and numbers & letters on the side(1U, 2U, 1D, 2D ETC).  It was a clear sunny day out with minimal mirage.

 I sighted my rifle in.  It has a 4.5-14X40 Weaver Grand Slam scope.  When I was done I compared the new Vortex side by side with the Weaver Grand slam.

I was able to read the numbers on the side of the target with the Weaver at 14 power.

With the Vortex I could not read the numbers at  14 power.  The Vortex seemed blurry and not very crisp.  I checked all adjustments and nothing seemed to enable me to read the numbers like I could with the WGS.  I was resting the Vortex so my "wiggle" was not the problem.  I also tried the Vortex at any power and never could read the numbers on the right side of the target.


Posted By: feklar
Date Posted: November/02/2010 at 19:03
Sorry guys, my bad, Vortex CROSSFIRE

Posted By: lucytuma
Date Posted: November/02/2010 at 19:17
I think a better comparison would be with the Viper.

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Posted By: saitotiktmdog
Date Posted: November/03/2010 at 07:21
Weaver better than crossfire.  If it were a Vortex Viper it would be a more apples to apples comparison like Lucytuma said.

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Posted By: feklar
Date Posted: November/03/2010 at 08:12
Part of the reason I compared crossfire to the grand slam was my fuzzy math said the Crossfire was about a 300 dollar scope and the GS was about a 380 dollar scope.

Posted By: 300S&W
Date Posted: November/03/2010 at 08:52
 I've got both (1 Viper,2 GS's).  GOOD scopes but I like the Viper better due to it's MUCH BETTER eye relief and the GS's,although not a problem,give a whiteness to the image in low light.

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Posted By: TruthNtime
Date Posted: November/03/2010 at 09:57
What about Viper against the weaver/nitrex superslam 3-15x42mm???
all these comparisons are makeing me crazyLoco

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Posted By: SVT_Tactical
Date Posted: November/03/2010 at 10:29
I had a viper 6.5-20x44 and now have a viper 4-12x40.  I also have a Nitrex TR2 3-15x50.  Optically I'd say they are pretty close to on par.  The Nitrex does seem to have a "cleaner" sight picture but I think thats because of the added objective size.  As far as edge to edge clarity from all my test so far they look to be very similar.  Both have nice turret sytems but i prefer teh Nitrex over the viper as of now, it "locks' down very nicely.  For price, viper around $220 and Nitrex (after rebate) around the same it would be a toss up.  The one thing that I do like about the viper better is the amount of internal adjustment it has.  Nitrex is holding around 56MOA by my calculations and the viper around 70MOA.  That could be phantom clicks being i havent rung it out that far but knowing the limitations for these two is nice

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