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#7027039 - 01/06/18 08:04 AM Are Vortex scopes any good?
scottfromdallas Offline
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Seems like they were very popular but now have fallen out of favor with many posting bad experiences with them.

Is it a case of them becoming so popular that failure % may be small but you hear about them because there are so many out in people hands?

Or, do they have legitimate quality issues?
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#7027060 - 01/06/18 08:26 AM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Iíve got vortex stuff ranging from low end, to upper mid range. Never had a problem with any of it . Keep saying Iím gonna buy some of the razor2, but I donít hunt much during daylight so hard to justify. I donít know anybody personally thatís had bad to say about it

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#7027064 - 01/06/18 08:28 AM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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barf

but that's just me

I do own their Talon Binos which I will admit are VERY good and may be for sale after my last hunt this year
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#7027103 - 01/06/18 09:20 AM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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They do make good products, and yes those products have had to be sent in. I've owned 2 Vortex optics, and both had to be sent in. Everybody touts their warranty, and almost everybody has had to use it. There are some items that Vortex is the best option.

I'm sure there are plenty of customers that have never had a Vortex failure. I like tough and reliable, and Vortex is not what I think of in that department.
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#7027385 - 01/06/18 02:20 PM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
They do make good products, and yes those products have had to be sent in. I've owned 2 Vortex optics, and both had to be sent in. Everybody touts their warranty, and almost everybody has had to use it. There are some items that Vortex is the best option.

I'm sure there are plenty of customers that have never had a Vortex failure. I like tough and reliable, and Vortex is not what I think of in that department.


Pretty much.

I have to send in my PST. The reticle is crooked. Iím confident that theyíll take care of it, but now my confidence is lowered in a scope Iíve never abused. The glass quality is also lacking in that price range. I have several Vortex products that Iíll continue to use, and Iím not unhappy with Vortex, in general. But, moving forward, Iíll probably pursue other options that I feel offer advantages over them.
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#7027752 - 01/06/18 08:40 PM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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I have Vortex and love it. I have never had to send anything in, but it's nice to know that if I do, it will be taken care of.

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#7027875 - 01/06/18 10:58 PM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Iíve had a PST and an HST. Wouldnít have another if they were free. My son has a plastic pair of binoculars from a Chick Fil A kids meal with clearer glass.
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#7036793 - 01/13/18 11:28 AM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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I have a Viper PST on a Ruger precision 308 with 528 rounds under it. Taken it to a grand and back numerous times with no issue. It's been a good scope for the money.
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#7037091 - 01/13/18 04:36 PM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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I have one, I had to send it in for a repiar. The scope was gone for 6 days total, that's great but I have many other brands and with the exception of a couple older bushnell banners none have ever needed repiar.
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#7038107 - 01/14/18 01:38 PM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Their marketing is second to none. They were early-adopters of ďstealthĒ marketing, the ďno faultĒ warranty, and other aggressive marketing strategies.

Thatís not entirely a compliment, because all that means IMO is they have convinced many to buy largely mediocre products.
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#7038497 - 01/14/18 08:02 PM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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I have a Razor HD Gen 2 (3-18x) and a Razor Light Hunter. Both are quality scopes although very different. I haven't bothered with any of their popularly priced models.
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#7038628 - 01/14/18 11:19 PM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: syncerus]
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Originally Posted By: syncerus
I have a Razor HD Gen 2 (3-18x) and a Razor Light Hunter. Both are quality scopes although very different. I haven't bothered with any of their popularly priced models.


I have at least one Gen1 Razor, Razor LH, Gen2 Razor, Gen1 PST, Gen2 PST, Viper LH, Diamondback, Crossfire II, Sparc AR, and I've had many more. I've had to send 2 scopes back for warranty work and both were diagnosed with crushed tubes from previous owners. Vortex replaced both scopes (both Gen1 PSTs) with no questions asked. One of them was the exact scope that JG mentioned. It was the old style Gen1 PST with the rubber magnification ring. I got it in a trade from another THF member. Vortex sent me a brand new, updated model, even though it had seen at least 3 different owners.

I've owned one Nightforce scope and as luck would have it, it had to go back for repairs. That's a small sample size, but it proves that nobody's perfect.

While I'll agree that warranty is not the first quality I look for in a scope, it's nice to know that if I buy a used scope and the previous owner didn't own a torque driver, or they used it to club a possum on their porch, I'll be covered 100%, and not only will they fix it, they'll send me a new one without any drama. To me, there's no such thing as a "used" Vortex scope.

And there's no way in hell I'd ever trade my Gen2 Razor for an ATACR. They're even-steven as far as I'm concerened.
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#7038633 - 01/14/18 11:36 PM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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You guys are goofballs. If Vortex sucked as bad as all of you bandwagon guys say they were then they wouldn't be ranked in the top 3 in PRS. And if any of you rejects has anymore input other than what I just said then you better be a ranked shooter of some sort.
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#7038647 - 01/15/18 12:16 AM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: CharlieSierraDelta]
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Originally Posted By: CharlieSierraDelta
You guys are goofballs. If Vortex sucked as bad as all of you bandwagon guys say they were then they wouldn't be ranked in the top 3 in PRS. And if any of you rejects has anymore input other than what I just said then you better be a ranked shooter of some sort.


So, the fact that weíve had issues with then means nothing? Speaking of bandwagons.....
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#7038648 - 01/15/18 12:22 AM Re: Are Vortex scopes any good? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Yeah. Exactly.

Anything mechanical has the possibility of breaking. H

I am not married to any manufacturer, but like I said before, there is a reason they are in the top 3 of Pro level optics.

Goofball. Hint
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