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#5691202 - 04/08/15 10:18 PM vortex viper pst 6x24FFP vs Nightforce SHV 5x20
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Need some input. Ive got a Vortex Viper PST 6x24FFP EBR1 MRAD. Its the only scope ive owned in the 1000$ range. Its not a bad scope and works well with what I use it for, which is predator hunting. With a lightforce spotlight it's not uncommon to kill a coyote at 250 to 300 yards at night. With most kills being under 100 yards. I just added a heavy barrel 243 to my toy box and need another scope. How does the nightforce shv 5x20 compare to a vortex viper pst? The one positive I see on the shv is the capped turrets. Hunting in the high rack at night climbing in and out of the truck with the rifle sometimes my vortex turrets will inadvertently get moved.
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#5691367 - 04/09/15 06:06 AM Re: vortex viper pst 6x24FFP vs Nightforce SHV 5x20 [Re: dogdown23]
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The glass will be a large step up.
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#5691402 - 04/09/15 06:44 AM Re: vortex viper pst 6x24FFP vs Nightforce SHV 5x20 [Re: dogdown23]
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For a dedicated coyote rig, I don't think I would want exposed turrets for the reason you said. Especially if your shots are mostly under 300 yards. I'd rather zero at 200 and hold over for 300 I think.
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#5691422 - 04/09/15 07:03 AM Re: vortex viper pst 6x24FFP vs Nightforce SHV 5x20 [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
For a dedicated coyote rig, I don't think I would want exposed turrets for the reason you said. Especially if your shots are mostly under 300 yards. I'd rather zero at 200 and hold over for 300 I think.


I have never had a issue with exposed turrets turning in the field. That being said my experience is with NightForce and now a Vortex Razor.
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#5692830 - 04/09/15 07:28 PM Re: vortex viper pst 6x24FFP vs Nightforce SHV 5x20 [Re: dogdown23]
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I have a SHV and the glass is amazing. But it is SFP if that makes a difference to you.

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#5692859 - 04/09/15 07:47 PM Re: vortex viper pst 6x24FFP vs Nightforce SHV 5x20 [Re: dogdown23]
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No sir sfp and ffp makes no difference.
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#5692919 - 04/09/15 08:13 PM Re: vortex viper pst 6x24FFP vs Nightforce SHV 5x20 [Re: dogdown23]
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Originally Posted By: dogdown23
No sir sfp and ffp makes no difference.


I'm appalled!!!!
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#5692924 - 04/09/15 08:19 PM Re: vortex viper pst 6x24FFP vs Nightforce SHV 5x20 [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: dogdown23
No sir sfp and ffp makes no difference.


I'm appalled!!!!


I thought that would get JG's blood pressure to spike! flame

I would imagine the OP will also use the scope for daytime long range, otherwise, that power range seems like overkill to me.
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#5693031 - 04/09/15 09:13 PM Re: vortex viper pst 6x24FFP vs Nightforce SHV 5x20 [Re: dogdown23]
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The 6x24FFP is an overkill on my 223. Max distance I'll shoot at a coyote is 400 yards. Past that it just loses to much energy. Its nice to zoom in on them and id rather have to much of a scope than not enough. I agree the FFP is nice but for no farther than I shoot its not necessary. Mainly looking for input on an equivalent scope to put on a 243 that'll reach out a little farther during day hunting. FiremanJG ive noticed you're the long range and scope go to on here. I want to try something other than a vortex, has to be illuminated. Besides the nightforce shv do u have any suggestions?
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#5693038 - 04/09/15 09:16 PM Re: vortex viper pst 6x24FFP vs Nightforce SHV 5x20 [Re: dogdown23]
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SS 3-9X, 5-20X (both of these in the HD line)

Bushnell Elite Tactical has tons of options, as well.
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#5693043 - 04/09/15 09:17 PM Re: vortex viper pst 6x24FFP vs Nightforce SHV 5x20 [Re: dogdown23]
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And im guessing you're going to suggest an SWFA SS? If so which do u think is better, shv or swfa ss?
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#5693044 - 04/09/15 09:18 PM Re: vortex viper pst 6x24FFP vs Nightforce SHV 5x20 [Re: dogdown23]
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Ha you beat me to it
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