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Whats the deal with Vortex riflescopes?  As far a I can tell, they are an American company, but does anybody know where they are made, where the glass comes from and does anybody have any experience with them that would make you want to buy one instead of a tried and proven brand, of which there are multiple in that price range?
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Search is your friend.

Here is the latest, but there were quite a few discussion on this in the past as well:
http://opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=9969&KW=vortex

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They are a Wisconsin company........ I recently bought a Diamondback 4-12X40 for my kids .22-250.  The eye relief is pretty short and non-forgiving.  The glass seems decent, but I'm not an expert at judging glass by a long shot!  I decided to give it a try because of the price..... $189.95 for a 12x and it did NOT have AO or side focus.   It was easy to sight-in and the adjustments seemed to be right on.
 
We'll have to see how it performs in a hunting scenario, which will either be this spring/summer on P-Dogs or next winter on Coyotes. 
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I've got a 2-7x35 diamondback on its way,  will let you know how it goes
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I haven't ever seen the scopes in person.  They are reportedly made in the Phillipines, and there is some conjecture that they may be produced in the same facility as the Nikon Monarch.
 
I can tell you that Vortex is out of Middleton, Wisconsin, and they seem to be a well-run, honorable company with a reputation of treating customers well.  I have their 8X42 Razor binocular, which is a fantastic roof prism binocular!  All of their products have a lifetime warranty.  While Vortex is a new brand, the company has been producing optics for many years under the Eagle brand name, so the company itself isn't new.
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Not really a conjecture any more.  One of the people at Vortex confirmed that Viper scopes are made in the same plant as the Monarch.

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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

I haven't ever seen the scopes in person.  They are reportedly made in the Phillipines, and there is some conjecture that they may be produced in the same facility as the Nikon Monarch.
 
I can tell you that Vortex is out of Middleton, Wisconsin, and they seem to be a well-run, honorable company with a reputation of treating customers well.  I have their 8X42 Razor binocular, which is a fantastic roof prism binocular!  All of their products have a lifetime warranty.  While Vortex is a new brand, the company has been producing optics for many years under the Eagle brand name, so the company itself isn't new.
 
 I have heard bits and pieces but this is the first I've heard of the Middleton, Wisconsin connection.  This is very interesting to me, as  Middleton is where I attended High School, and is only 45 minutes from where I live now.
 I'll see if I can find out anything about them!
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Originally posted by RONK RONK wrote:

 I have heard bits and pieces but this is the first I've heard of the Middleton, Wisconsin connection.  This is very interesting to me, as  Middleton is where I attended High School, and is only 45 minutes from where I live now.
 I'll see if I can find out anything about them!
 
2120 West Greenview Dr., Middleton, WI 53562, 800-426-0048
 
I've talked to a couple of their people on several occasions, and they seem like really nice folks!  They were very helpful in answering my questions when I was considering buying the Razor binocular (which is the only Vortex product I own).  If you happen to run into Tim Austin, tell him I said hello.
 
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Originally posted by RONK RONK wrote:

 I have heard bits and pieces but this is the first I've heard of the Middleton, Wisconsin connection.  This is very interesting to me, as  Middleton is where I attended High School, and is only 45 minutes from where I live now.
 I'll see if I can find out anything about them!
 
2120 West Greenview Dr., Middleton, WI 53562, 800-426-0048
 
I've talked to a couple of their people on several occasions, and they seem like really nice folks!  They were very helpful in answering my questions when I was considering buying the Razor binocular (which is the only Vortex product I own).  If you happen to run into Tim Austin, tell him I said hello.
 
 Apparently they have a showroom.  I'll have to make a it point to check it out one of these days. 
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Most impressive, Ron.
You are at the Vortex of the optics universe. You are the inside man! Hopefully they will let you get past the showroom. Let them know that you belong to O.T., and I bet they will!
I have recently had some good experience with their Razor 8x42 binoculars. I very much look forward to your report.

Thanks,
Doug


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 Well, I really don't know when I'll be able to get over there. I'll let you know as soon as I do, though!
 Stand by ready to send Lawyers, Guns and MONEY!
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ask them to put a little more eye relief in their Diamondback line!  Please.
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Thanks guys.
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