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Joined: March/23/2009
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After about 2 weeks of research, reading, trips to several local militia stores, ect....I decided to gamble a bit. My Vortex DB scope (2-7x35) has arrived. I was on about a $300 budget for a scope to start with, not counting shipping, rings, and ammo for the range. I almost went with the Viper, but made the decision to stretch it a little and not go for broke right now. So let's get to it.

First thing noticed was the weight, which to me was not that bad, but nevertheless it has some buff. It came with instruction book, scope covers, soft lens cloth, and a tack button pin for hats, or whatever. Overall, an impressive package!
 First thing I adjusted the eyepiece, which was kinda weird. I wear contacts, not that it matters but when I was adjusting, the reticule seemed to appear the same. Ok, maybe a hair better screwed all the way in, so I left it at that.
 Next was looking through it, while adjusting magnification. The adjuster takes some hand and finger muscles to turn...kinda tight. I knew 2-7 power was going to be the best for my application, but while looking through the scope on low power, the "WOW" factor kicked in. I picked out two reference points roughly 100yds in the sight picture on low power, then took a tape measure between them as accurately as I could. I came up with 68' 7"....vs the 64.3 that it claims. Very pleased with that! Same thing was done on full power....and came up with 22' 9"...vs the claim of 19.3.Excellent
Eye relief was accurate...around 3.3 give or take.
Eye position for me was no sweat. As long as your relief is on par, you have some room (not alot) but some forgivness before the edges start to turn black.
Turrents are silver colored and finger adjustable with audible clicks. They kinda look like miniture target turrets with numbers and dashes. Pretty cool!
I had just finished up my twilight test before I began typing this. Again the WOW factor kicked in. For me, I could see and pick out various objects with the clarity that I'm comfortable with....and that's really all that matters. I will feel very comfortable with this scope come November!
While I've had the chance to hold and observe some Sightrons and Weavers, I'd stand this scope up right beside them as far as build quality is concerned...field test pending. I got my hands on a Weaver Grand Slam 3-10x40 a few days ago and was extremely impressed. Only thing that stopped me was not enough cash in my pocket. But as of now, I think my pick was justified and I'm happy to see, test, and review a good product.
This scope will be going on an H&R New England Survivor, single shot 308. Will mount it next week, and zeroing will be coming the week after next. Can't make it to range next week...too busy. So, after my range trip, I will come back and update. Sharp Shooter

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/03/2009 at 20:34
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Sounds good.. look forward to update
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/04/2009 at 07:31
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  From the reviews I've been reading it seems Vortex is comin on strong! Thanks 82nd Vet.
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Good prelim review.  Looking forward to field results.
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