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#6784887 - 06/05/17 10:50 PM Vortex Crossfire II
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So Cabelas has the Vortex Crossfire II 6-18x44 on sale for 129.99 and i am wanting to put a new scope on my 22-250 and was wondering if anyone has any experience with this scope both good and bad? want to know if its gonna be better than the nikon buckmasters 3-9x40 i have had on it now.

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#6785665 - 06/06/17 06:06 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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I was waiting for someone with that exact model to reply, but it's slow in here.

I only have 1 Crossfire II, and it's a 2-7 power. It sits on my truck gun. It's a nice scope for price. I like the finger adjustments instead of using a coin or a tool to adjust the reticle. The glass is as good as any other $150ish scope I've had. The warranty is superior. I sold a Bushnell Trophy and a Nikon Prostaff, but kept the Crossfire.
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#6785697 - 06/06/17 06:33 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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Of the two crossfire I've had neither one would track right or hold zero. I'd go something different but most of the cheaper scopes are mediocre at best.

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#6785906 - 06/06/17 09:38 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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I have one new in box that I have never even mounted. I'll sell it for $100 plus shipping.

I bought with the intention of mounting on .308, but not sure what I want now.

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#6785997 - 06/07/17 01:32 AM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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I personally would keep the Buckmaster scope on it. IMO the Buckmaster is a better scope. Cabela's's sells a ton of Crossfire scopes. I mounted many of them. The eye relief on them is the shortest of ANY scope I've ever mounted. The glass isn't any thing to write home about. This is based on my limited experience but you can get a serviceable 3-9 scope for $200.00 and under. You will have to spend much more to get a decent 6-18 scope.
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#6786407 - 06/07/17 12:45 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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You may also want to look into a Vortex Diamondback - you can find them for just a bit more than the crossfire, if you look around.
Cameraland NY has a 4x12x40 for $160. I have that on a couple rifles and like it.
Cslate - I had the same scope you have (Buckmaster) and upgraded to the VD 4x12x40 and feel it was a big improvement.

good luck!
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#6786557 - 06/07/17 03:21 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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Thanks for all the replies. I know cheaper scopes are not gonna be the eww and all factor type scopes that most people want haha. I would really like to put a Swarovski or a Zeiss but I'm on a teachers salary and had twins in December to add to 2 other kids haha...so for right now it's really all about putting a serviceable scope on my gun so maybe I can kill a deer or two to get some cheap meat in the fridge so as we are gonna have to make cuts in places to afford 1200 dollars in daycare a month when school starts back

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#6787063 - 06/08/17 03:49 AM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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These two scopes in my opinion are as good as a VX-2. Many others sing their praises too. Free shipping and no tax. If you don't like it you can return it as long as it hasn't been mounted. I like these Minox scopes better than any other scope under 350.00.

From Camera Land:

Minox ZV 3 3-9x40. $84.99

Minox ZV 3 4.5-14x44. $109.99
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#6789603 - 06/10/17 06:53 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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I'd have to agree on the minox stuff. Some of the better for the money in my experience. Also consider the sig scopes as they are pretty impressive as well.

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#6789731 - 06/10/17 09:45 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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Never heard a thing about minox...have actually thought about dog scopes... problem I'm having is basically for the price range I'm gonna give something up either magnification or objective size. Gonna mostly be hunting white tails in central Texas in which 100-150 yard shot is the norm and then varmints and predators day and night mostly in central Texas with the occasional trip to the panhandle and north Texas...so what would you guys do

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#6790024 - 06/11/17 10:13 AM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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I've shot 3-9x40 out to 400 without issue but you know your eyesight better than we do. 100-150 I don't feel the need to have high magnification.

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#6790804 - 06/12/17 08:52 AM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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I have two rifles I hunt coyotes with. One wears a 3-9 Conquest, the other a 2-7 VX-R and I wear trifocals. To each his own but in that general class of Crossfire II, ProStaff, Fullfield II, etc. I feel the Crossfire is by far the worst scope anyway you want to measure it. I've mounted at least a hundred of them.

Is your Buckmaster the original model or a Buckmaster II? The original is a better scope than the II. My first choice would still be the Minox, second - Fullfield II, third - Vortex Diamondback. The glass on the Diamondback and Fullfield II are pretty much equal in good light but to my eyes the Burris is better in low light. YMMV.
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#6807499 - 06/28/17 09:06 PM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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The glass in the VT Diamondback HD is an upgrade and the same grade as used in the Vortex Viper HS series & has 4" eye relief instead of the standard D'Back's 3.3" or 3.5" , for not much more $$'s & IMO well worth the small $'s more too.

I really like my Minox ZV3 4.5x14 SF, and paid more than the price posted earlier...but my Minox ZV5 HD 2-10x50 30mm tube is the best hunting scope I ever owned, out of mebbe 50+ scopes over the years. Talk to Neil or Doug at CLNY....super guys who'll take the time to answer whatever you want to know. Best buy for the dime from them is the CLNY exclusive from Meopro in a 1" tube 3.5x10x? that uses the same german schott glass as Zeiss. CLNY has them made for them with some downgraded features at waaaay less $'s than the regular line of Meopta's.

I've run lots of the Burris FF II's when I got tired of paying Leupold prices 20-30 years ago and never had a problem with them, but IMO the FF II's technology is a little outdated. Great customer service too & fast turnaround.
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Edited by WileyCoyote (06/28/17 09:23 PM)
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#6807617 - 06/29/17 04:05 AM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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Camera Land doesn't have the MeoPro 3.5-10x44 anymore. It is now being sold by Optics Planet.
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#6807692 - 06/29/17 07:30 AM Re: Vortex Crossfire II [Re: Cslate]
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Originally Posted By: Cslate
Never heard a thing about minox...have actually thought about dog scopes... problem I'm having is basically for the price range I'm gonna give something up either magnification or objective size. Gonna mostly be hunting white tails in central Texas in which 100-150 yard shot is the norm and then varmints and predators day and night mostly in central Texas with the occasional trip to the panhandle and north Texas...so what would you guys do


That would be easy for me, I'd give up objective size. Big objectives are seriously overrated in my book.
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