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I thought I would start a thread related to the Crossfire with the 1" tubes that are being offered for $99.  In June, they started to ship product that was on backorder.  I received my scope the second week of June along with my Burris Xtreme Tactical rings and flip up covers.  This was what I needed to complete my custom AR15 (.223) build for long range varmint shooting.  I completed the build with the scope mounted on the rifle and took it to the range with my reloads.  I am pleased to report that the optics are very clear for a scope of this price and magnification.  After zeroing the rifle, I went on to shoot 100 rounds at 200 meters (about 220 yards).  My groups were a consistent 1.5".  The scope held zero just fine.  The turrent clicks were a bit loose but not problematic and each mil yielded the proper difference in windage and elevation.  So at this point 110 rounds through the rifle and the scope is doing great.  Very pleased with the scope thus far.  Looking forward to posting more info on the scope and get it our to SD for a prairie dog shoot in August!  What are your experiences with this scope?  Post 'em!
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You get what you pay for.This scope is not clear on higher magnification the turrets seem too loose.I would spend the extra money and buy a 5-15x50 Bushnell Legend which is a very reliable and clear scope.I did notice that once it was getting dark you lost ability to see through the scope.Some of the cheaper scopes are brighter and clearer than the Crossfire.The scope works on a clear sunny day and hasn't lost zero yet mounted on a 22-250 T/C barrel.For the budget minded person this may be a good buy.I prefer a clear scope that is good in low light and the Crossfire just doesn't have any of those features. 

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The crossfire i had went 4 rounds on an m1a and the crosshairs began to rotate.
I upgraded to the viper model and love it.
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I placed a order back in May. just got my second backorder email from SWFA to see if i was still intreseted. so I canceld it. and ordered another model.
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Update.  Shot 500 rounds on a PD shoot in SD last week.  Scope did just fine and maintained zero throughout the two days.  I never had to touch the turrets and used the mildots to make my adjustments to windage and elevation.  Worked great on dogs out to 350 yds.  My only complaint is that at 24x it was fuzzy at the edges.  Was not an issue at 14x or lower.  My other scopes are all Leupold VariX scopes (all hunting configurations; 2-7, 3-9, etc) and they are much clearer accross the entire field of view (but 3 to 4 times more expensive and none are as high of magnification).  I did not shoot it in low light conditions since dog hunting is a high noon event so can't comment on the previous post by Randall.  Is holding up to the AR in .223 very well. 
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My first Crossfire showed up in June, mounted it on my Remington 788 in .243 and zeroed the scope.  Took it the range a half dozen times for practice, liked the set up and the clear glass.  I started to notice my groups were opening up a bit, and thought it was my handloads or me.  While at the range one day I noted the windage turret was moving a click this way and that under recoil. Vortex sent me a new Crossfire, no questions asked.

Set up the new one and got it zeroed just in time for a friendly match in the desert.  Cold bore shot was at a popper 200 yards distance, dialed in two minutes of elevation and whiffed the shot, figured it was me.  Next stage was a pool ball target shoot at 100 yards, dialed back to zero and fired five rounds, all landing on the next target seven inches to the right.  All this after the scope was zeroed the day before at 100 yards.  Sent this one back and accepted the kind deal they made on the Viper.

We'll see how the Vortex Viper 6.5-20x50 does.  I am hopeful.
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Originally posted by sideforce sideforce wrote:

My first Crossfire showed up in June, mounted it on my Remington 788 in .243 and zeroed the scope.  Took it the range a half dozen times for practice, liked the set up and the clear glass.  I started to notice my groups were opening up a bit, and thought it was my handloads or me.  While at the range one day I noted the windage turret was moving a click this way and that under recoil. Vortex sent me a new Crossfire, no questions asked.

Set up the new one and got it zeroed just in time for a friendly match in the desert.  Cold bore shot was at a popper 200 yards distance, dialed in two minutes of elevation and whiffed the shot, figured it was me.  Next stage was a pool ball target shoot at 100 yards, dialed back to zero and fired five rounds, all landing on the next target seven inches to the right.  All this after the scope was zeroed the day before at 100 yards.  Sent this one back and accepted the kind deal they made on the Viper.

We'll see how the Vortex Viper 6.5-20x50 does.  I am hopeful.


I had the same problem as above and Vortex offered me a deal to upgrade to the Viper PST.  Turns out it was just my rings!  I ended up buying a professional ring lapping kit and lapped the rings.  Then put a layer of GE Silicon II between the scope and the rings and voila, it now holds zero.  It was moving in the rings by half a hair causing zero to move with the recoil of my 7mm rem mag.
I thought it was the scope too cause I had all the screws tightened evenly and torqued right down.  Food for thought.  I am now qutie happy with my Crossfire.
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Originally posted by sideforce sideforce wrote:

My first Crossfire showed up in June, mounted it on my Remington 788 in .243 and zeroed the scope.  Took it the range a half dozen times for practice, liked the set up and the clear glass.  I started to notice my groups were opening up a bit, and thought it was my handloads or me.  While at the range one day I noted the windage turret was moving a click this way and that under recoil. Vortex sent me a new Crossfire, no questions asked.

Set up the new one and got it zeroed just in time for a friendly match in the desert.  Cold bore shot was at a popper 200 yards distance, dialed in two minutes of elevation and whiffed the shot, figured it was me.  Next stage was a pool ball target shoot at 100 yards, dialed back to zero and fired five rounds, all landing on the next target seven inches to the right.  All this after the scope was zeroed the day before at 100 yards.  Sent this one back and accepted the kind deal they made on the Viper.

We'll see how the Vortex Viper 6.5-20x50 does.  I am hopeful.
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