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The Vortex line of scopes has only just enetered the South African market. Two hunting magazines have tested the scopes:
Mag 1: Vortex 4-12X42 (They do not say which model - Vortex has the Viper and Diamondback)
They mounted it on a 243 Sako, placed it in a gunbag and it travelled on the back of a pickup to the farm. It held zero. They then moved the dials around, shooting a pattern and it returned to zero. They then slammed the but into ground a couple of times, it still held zero. They then hit the scope with a rubber hammer, it still held zero. They then did a side by side test with a well known brand, the picture of the Vortex was clear and they could not detect any diffrence. Edges were clear and no distortion visible. No distortion when zooming in and out.
The farmer liked the scope so much he refused to give it back and bought it.
The scope is American, made in the Philipines.
 
Mag 2:3-9X40 Vortex Viper:  Multicoated with XR coating which permits 95% light. Finger adjustable dials with a zero setting. The scopes only offer duplex reticules.
The clarity is impressive and better then what is needed for sunny South Africa. He also looked into the late afternoon sun and saw no internal reflections. It is not a Swarovski, but it scores high marks, the tester felt.
He found the eye relief at 3 inches a bit short. He found the adjustments to be good and repeatable. The last shots after firing a box ended back on the first shots. The zooming in and out also did not effect POI. He cannot speak for long term durability. They have an unconditional warranty.
In South Africa the retail for about $540. A similiar Leupold VX111 is about $625.
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Thanks 8, I appreciate the info brother.
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Thanks for the information and the local price comparison. Excellent
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Thanks for the information and the local price comparison. Excellent
 
April 2008 prices:
VX11 3-9X40  Leupold = $462
VX1113,5-10x40=$625
Swarovski AV 3-10x42 = $1625
Swarovski Z6 1.7-10x42 = $2060
Zeis Z-plex 3-9 x 40 = $625
Zeis Z plex 3.5-10x44 = $750
Lynx 3-10x40 Professional = $438
Ultra-Optec 3-9X40= $138
Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9X40 = $410
Bushnell Elite 4200 3-9X40 = $534
 
Out of interest, will some-one please pop in your average US prices?


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April 2008 prices:                                         SWFA April 2008 Prices:           

VX11 3-9X40  Leupold = $462                       $299.95

VX1113,5-10x40=$625                                 $479.95

Swarovski AV 3-10x42 = $1625                     $968.95

Swarovski Z6 1.7-10x42 = $2060                  $1668.95

Zeis Z-plex 3-9 x 40 = $625                          $449.95

Zeis Z plex 3.5-10x44 = $750                        $599.95

Lynx 3-10x40 Professional = $438                 not available

Ultra-Optec 3-9X40= $138                             not available

Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9X40 = $410                $174.95

Bushnell Elite 4200 3-9X40 = $534                $249.95

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Tahqua, I see now why every one punts the Bushnell as good value in the USA. $249, dang!
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Are you sure mag 1's was a 4-12X42?  SWFA shows a 4-12X40 in both the Viper and Diamondback, but no 42s.  I have the Diamondback version and the eye relief is short!  I mounted on my kids .22-250 and have only been able to shoot a few rounds sighting in.  BTW, the Viper comes with Side Focus, Diamondback does not.  Viper is $429.95 and Diamondback is $189.95 from SWFA.

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Originally posted by Tip69 Tip69 wrote:

Are you sure mag 1's was a 4-12X42?  SWFA shows a 4-12X40 in both the Viper and Diamondback, but no 42s.  I have the Diamondback version and the eye relief is short!  I mounted on my kids .22-250 and have only been able to shoot a few rounds sighting in.  BTW, the Viper comes with Side Focus, Diamondback does not.  Viper is $429.95 and Diamondback is $189.95 from SWFA.

 
I re-checked the mag- the writer definately says 42mm.
Mag 2 gives the following models (which I did not list) 3-9x40  4-12x40  6,5-20x44 and 6,5-20x50.
So mag 1 probably made an error.
 
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