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I have not heard much about this scope, but I am considering it for an F-class/target/long range deer scope for my 7mm-08.  Any opinions?  I will be using Burris Signature rings.  I would be interested in impressions of the 44mm and 50mm objective. 
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Our local guru and tester of things has just done a test report on the Vortex. He gives it a very good report with the usual predictive "the optics are clear" etc. He shot the famed box and the scope tracked well, coming back to zero. I have the article at home, so if you give me a day I will give you more about his write.
The bottom line is that he gives the scope the thumbs up.
I will post you again tomorrow South African time.
I would go for the 50mm objective if you do not mind the extra price. In overcast conditions it will give you the edge.
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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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