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#5857250 - 07/31/15 02:35 PM Vortex Viper HS-T
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Any one have any experience of thoughts on these? I wanna get this for the wife's hunting rifle. The whole "looks right" for a hunting rifle doesn't bother me. More interested in terms of functionality, clarity and reliablity.

http://swfa.com/Vortex-4-16x44-Viper-HS-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P48286.aspx

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#5857276 - 07/31/15 02:45 PM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Spend a little more money and get a Viper PST. Could save some and go second focal plane.
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#5857287 - 07/31/15 02:57 PM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Would be the difference that would be be worth $140?
Also, would and equivalent PST be better than a Bushnell Elite 6500?

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#5857313 - 07/31/15 03:09 PM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Korean Redneck]
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I got the PST version, it's nice. Turrets are better, reticle is better, and
it's illuminated but weighs the same. I also got it for $430 shipped since
it was a demo unit.

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#5857383 - 07/31/15 04:12 PM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Originally Posted By: Korean Redneck
Would be the difference that would be be worth $140?
Also, would and equivalent PST be better than a Bushnell Elite 6500?


The Viper PST comes with a nice Mil based reticle. BDC type reticles suck.

The Elite 6500 is not in the same class as the Viper PST as far as features, you would have to get into a different line of Bushnell. I don't know about glass quality comparisons between the 6500 and the Viper PST. Also, Vortex has a great tract record of customer service when repairs are needed. Bushnell, not so much.
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#5857702 - 07/31/15 08:05 PM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Korean Redneck]
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What will ya'lls longest shot be while hunting KR?
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#5858095 - 08/01/15 12:21 AM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Korean Redneck]
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If your going to zero at 200, then calculate say the first hash mark, say around 300y depending
on the caliber. You can get away with that scope as a great hunter and never have to touch the
turrets out at 300y and less. If the animal is past 200y, make sure the scope is at 10x if
she plans on using the hash mark.

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#5863081 - 08/04/15 03:02 PM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Spend a little more money and get a Viper PST. Could save some and go second focal plane.


You could save a hair more by going with the HST which is essentially the PST sans illuminated reticle. smile

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#5863397 - 08/04/15 06:03 PM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Strongbad]
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And sans a Mil reticle and exposed turrets. Instead it has a BDC type reticle and those are crap.
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#5864414 - 08/05/15 11:35 AM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Well the woman likes BDC type systems. I generally let her decide these types of things. She doesn't like to make it too complicated. I just give here the calculated range for each line at a given magnification. Then she deals with it in a way that makes sense to her.

Is it true that the hs-t would have the same glass clarity as the PST? That really should have been my first question.

Not to throw another into the mix but now I'm leaning toward a Ziess Conquest HD5 3-15x42 with the rapid z 600 reticle.

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#5864472 - 08/05/15 12:18 PM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Korean Redneck]
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And sans a Mil reticle and exposed turrets. Instead it has a BDC type reticle and those are crap.


FJG you need to check your Viper models again. I believe you're confusing the HST with the HS. HST has everything the PST has, including your prized MRAD reticle. Just no illumination. HS is the hunter style scope with the BDC reticle.

Korean Redneck, as for the glass... that's a question for Vortex. However I'd be willing to bet that they're internally exactly the same... just no red light. smile

Need to be clear on what we're talking about though as the subject is HS-T, but your link was for the HS. Completely different animals.


Edited by Strongbad (08/05/15 12:20 PM)

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#5864504 - 08/05/15 12:38 PM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Strongbad]
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Yes, evidently I was speaking of the HS.

BDC is still a joke, so avoid it.
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#5864639 - 08/05/15 02:16 PM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Definitely asking about the HS-T models. My bad about the link.


Edited by Korean Redneck (08/05/15 02:16 PM)

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#5867945 - 08/07/15 11:53 AM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Korean Redneck]
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I got the 4-16x50 HS LR with elevation exposed elevation turret but the wind age turret is capped with the dead hold bdc. The glass is phenomenal to me for the price. Got it from Doug at cameraland on eBay for a pretty good price.

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#5895129 - 08/25/15 10:56 AM Re: Vortex Viper HS-T [Re: Korean Redneck]
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The HS-T is a great little scope. I use one on my AR since I often shoot it at 200 yards and less. It will do great. Glass is good and clarity is good and will grow if she wants to learn the the MIL system to get better at adjusting her distances on the fly for making longer shots.
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