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#6386082 - 07/28/16 03:39 PM Vortex Crossfire 2?
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Registered: 07/13/09
Posts: 1519
Loc: Allen, Tx
I purchased a Vortex cross fire 3x9 - 50 today without researching ahead of time. I was in the store and just wanted to buy something. I have been a huge nikon prostaff fan and figured I would try this one out.

Can any of you give me your opinions or feedback on this scope? Initial thoughts are that it is a good scope for the price and having the 50mm objective diameter would take in more light.

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#6386259 - 07/28/16 06:07 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire 2? [Re: ijohnston]
ImTheReasonDovesMourn Offline
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Loc: Greenville, TX
That's my favorite cheap scope. I put one on my son's 300blk and I have the 2-7 on my 300blk. Either one is great for a hunting rifle. If I was looking at all of the scopes in that price range and everything was equal, I'd pick the Vortex just for the finger adjustments and the warrany. You did good.
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#6386260 - 07/28/16 06:08 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire 2? [Re: ijohnston]
WileyCoyote Offline
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Registered: 09/01/04
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Loc: The Dogwood Capital of Texas
ij...everything you said plus it has a lifetime no fault replacement warranty. Does it have the very best glass and mechanicals on the market?..No, not at the price..but it's a good buy that you should enjoy for a long time.
Ron
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#6387110 - 07/29/16 11:43 AM Re: Vortex Crossfire 2? [Re: ijohnston]
ijohnston Offline


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That is good to know

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#6389954 - 07/31/16 10:55 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire 2? [Re: ijohnston]
booradley Offline
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Registered: 01/20/11
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Loc: Justin, TX
I think the Prostaff is a better scope. Contrary to popular belief the 50MM objective doesn't gain you much for low light.
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#6391077 - 08/01/16 09:24 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire 2? [Re: ijohnston]
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Well my crossfire 2 is being sent back for the second time not holding zero they fixed somethings the first time we will see what they do this time
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#6391080 - 08/01/16 09:25 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire 2? [Re: ijohnston]
WileyCoyote Offline
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Registered: 09/01/04
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Boo...back in the day, I heard a well known optics rep ( that you probably know, a tall blond guy from one fo the small towns just north east of Garland) expound on his line of US made scopes at a dealer one time and touched on the issue of objective bell size and pros/cons of plus 40mm in a 1" scope. Seems like past about 44mm the rate of more light being gatherd drops off to about 2-% at 50mm and less than that at 56mm. And thats wjhy his vendor did not offer as much in the way of product selection as some of the Euro brand did. Understand this was before I left the Carrollton dist that stocked & sold his product.This had to be some time in the early/mid '80's. Coatings, glass upgrades& 30mm tubes can help enormously, but physical size up front still controls how much light actually gets into the body of the scope IMO. My Minox ZA5 HD 2-10x50 30mm is waaay better at target acquisition in low light than anyhting else I found at that time in it's price range when I bought it about 18 months ago.

I've acquired a couple 50mm objective bells scopes, and can say that better glass as well as a bigger 30mm tube + the biger front end can all add up to more light to use at the end of the day.

As far as CF II's I'm still getting used to a 4x12x50 1" tube AO, but can tell enough difference from the older Buckmasters I had used for years to look at picking up another CF II in a 4x12x44 1" tube, without the A/O for a deep woods thumper.

Having been away from Nikon's for a long time, I get confused on the Prostaff designation differences from scope to scope. So far I'm satisfied with the lower end Vortex scopes... but then I'm not shooting very far either. I really like the Viper glass upgrade in the Diamondback HP over the CF II, but prolly won't buy anther 4x16x42, and drop to the 3x12x42 instead as both are SF, and mount very low to the barrel in Warne mediums.

Drug out a 10+ year old 3x9x40 Sightron S1 to mount on a Beater consignment gun this morning...still clear as a bell and controls work smoothly with solid feeling metallic clicks bore sighting it. If the Beater don't sell the S1 will go back on a 22lr.
Ron


Edited by WileyCoyote (08/01/16 09:35 PM)
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... we must hang together, or we will ALL hang seperately, Ben Franklin..

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#6391192 - 08/01/16 10:48 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire 2? [Re: ijohnston]
booradley Offline
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Registered: 01/20/11
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Loc: Justin, TX
I'll stick to my guns. I've got 40mm objective scopes that blow 50mm scopes out of the water in low light. The difference? Glass. The only Vortex scope I've got left is a Crossfire Rimfire scope on a Marlin Model 60. For what it is used for it works fine. I'm just not a fan of Vortex glass until you get to the Razor line. And since I strictly hunt I don't have much need for a Razor. This is for my eyes only. YMMV.

I actually see better out of Vortex glass than Nikon as a rule. I still think the Prostaff is a better made scope than a Crossfire, and a Fullfield II is better quality than a Prostaff. I've changed my mind on quite a few things in the two years I've been selling scopes.
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