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Vortex vs Nikon

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Category: Scopes
Forum Name: Rifle Scopes
Forum Description: Centerfire long gun scopes
Printed Date: November/19/2018 at 07:56

Topic: Vortex vs Nikon
Posted By: Uncle Lawrence
Subject: Vortex vs Nikon
Date Posted: April/01/2014 at 13:06
Hi, have any of you had any experience with both or just the Vortex? I have experience with Nikon but it seems that both of these brands are about equal from my research. I have heard good things about Vortex and have not heard anything negative about them. Vortex is made in  Japan, Philippines, China and the United States. Nikon is made in the Philippines but is does seem to me that the Japanese quality is welded to these scopes. I have had no issues with Philippines made Nikon's.

Posted By: SVT_Tactical
Date Posted: April/01/2014 at 13:16
which models are you trying to compare?

"Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be" - Abraham Lincoln

Posted By: Skylar McMahon
Date Posted: April/01/2014 at 19:10

I have used both as well.

Amat Victoria Curam

Posted By: bugsNbows
Date Posted: April/02/2014 at 07:40
In general, Nikon's just don't do it for me. Specifically, comparing what to what (as stated above) would be desirable.

If we're not suppose to eat come they're made of meat?

Posted By: RifleDude
Date Posted: April/02/2014 at 08:50
Keep in mind that neither company actually manufactures any of their scopes. They design them and contract various optics manufacturers to build them to their specs. While country of origin can be a clue of product quality, to the extent it may be evidence of cost-cutting considerations to meet the optic's intended price target, it's the product design specs, materials used, and QC measures that ultimately determine quality, not mfg origin. Nikon and Vortex both use some of the same manufacturers for their scopes, such as Light Optical Works in Japan. I don't know for certain, but I suspect they use the same manufacturer in the Phillipines as well. These manufacturers can build low end, midrange, and pretty high end optics, all in the same facility, all depending on what the company whose brand is on the product spec'd out and paid for. It's what the brand company requested and paid to be built and how well that company backs up the products bearing their logo that really matters.


Money can't buy happiness... but it's much more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than on a bicycle.

Posted By: RifleDude
Date Posted: April/02/2014 at 08:57
Originally posted by Uncle Lawrence Uncle Lawrence wrote:

Vortex is made inĀ  Japan, Philippines, China and the United States.

Maybe some accessories are made in the U.S., I don't know, but to my knowledge, Vortex doesn't have any of their optics produced in the U.S., despite the company being based in Wisconsin.


Money can't buy happiness... but it's much more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than on a bicycle.

Posted By: Tip69
Date Posted: April/02/2014 at 11:33
Is your question just a general observation?   or are you thinking about a purchase?  I have products from both companies and I am satisfied with both.  I also plan on buying more products from both as needs and wants arise.
Hope this helps.

take em!

Posted By: JD548
Date Posted: April/03/2014 at 11:20
without a model of each to compare there is no way to make this work.

you have to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges.

a high end nikon is going to be better tan the bottom of the toteum pole vortex and the reverse is also going to be true.

most of the time i like vortex better. however i don't pass up many good deals on a monarch --soo--

if i see a deal on a monarch or a viper vortex i generally buy them--lol--

Posted By: Stephens
Date Posted: April/18/2014 at 20:04
I have both, nikon and vortex. My AR 15 has a M223 and the .270 is a Vortex Viper HS 6x24x50. Both are very sharp and clear.">

Posted By: Mike Robinson
Date Posted: July/23/2014 at 16:05
I don't know about Vortex, but I suspect that the quality of the Nikon scopes has decreased if their warranty is any indication.

The new warranty on - - has been changed for this year from prior years. One major value of the - - was its lifetime warranty to the original owner, and any subsequent owners. That is no longer the case. The older warranty stated "If this product is found to have defects in material or workmanship, - Inc will at its option and without charge, either repair or replace this product, even if you are not the original owner. No warranty card is required to obtain warranty service". The new warranty card states "This - product is warranted by - Inc. to be free from defects in material and workmanship for the lifetime of the product from the date of purchase by the original consumer purchaser. --- This warranty extends to the original consumer purchaser only and is not assignable or transferable.--- You must present this warranty form together with proof of purchase that includes date (Bill of Sale) to obtain warranty service". Save your proof of purchase, and don't buy used - - with the idea that they have a lifetime warranty!

Mike Robinson

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