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#7073598 - 02/10/18 04:59 PM Nikon or vortex
Coogs2013 Offline
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Registered: 12/21/13
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I’m building a 6.5 Grendel and have been looking at which scopes I want for it. I would like to shoot as far as 500 yds maybe more if given the chance. I also don’t wanna break the bank on the first scope for this rifle so I was looking at the Vortex Crossfire II 6-18x44 or the Nikon PROSTAFF 5 4.5-18x40. I would like to stay under $400 so if you have any other suggestions or thoughts on these scopes it’ll be greatly appreciated.

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#7073623 - 02/10/18 05:28 PM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
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Buy a scope made in Japan or Phillipines at a minimum.

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#7073648 - 02/10/18 05:47 PM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
Opening Day Offline
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I have 3 Nikon scopes and I am very pleased with how they perform.

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#7073695 - 02/10/18 06:36 PM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
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There are many who love their Crossfires. I think they suck regarding eye relief, eye box and glass but other than that believe them to be outstanding scopes.

I also believe you aren’t going to find a decent 18x scope in the price range you are looking at, but you could get a nice 3-9x40.
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#7073725 - 02/10/18 07:03 PM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
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I just this week handled a crossfire and was not very impressed at all. The prostaff 5 I have no experience with but the original prostaff 3-9x40 was a very solid scope and comes in cheap at $125-130 last time I saw them.

Depending on your intended use I would stay away from a scope that will only dial down to 6. Target only 6 is fine but add almost any kind of hunting and it can become problematic.

After rereading you post a good 3-12 or 4-12 will easily get you solid hits at 500 if the rifle is up to it. I agree with the post above stating the more magnification without changing the price range the lower the quality of the scope. Often I’ve saw quality 12x scopes with more clarity on target at range than lesser 20x scopes. Specifically a good bushnell vs a vortex mid grade. The bushnell blew it away.


Edited by wp75169 (02/10/18 07:09 PM)

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#7073775 - 02/10/18 07:39 PM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
Coogs2013 Offline
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Registered: 12/21/13
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The gun it will be on will be for target shooting only.

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#7073833 - 02/10/18 08:26 PM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
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If you're target shooting, check out SWFA fixed 6x, 10x, or 12x.

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#7073856 - 02/10/18 08:45 PM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
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IMO the best buy in the Vortex line in that4x12 power ranges is in the Diamondback HD....has 4" Eye Relief too. The upgrade from there is a Viper HS at mo money, an I really like my Viper HS 30mm 4x16x44 SF and the same thing in a 2x10x44 w/out the SF I bought on a Cabelas' deal w/ free Warne rings last year.

Can't say nuthin'about the Nikons...I got lost during the name changover to Prostaff ??? what number means what in features couple years back...and moved into Minox where I could (not quite as good as MeoPro but cheaper) and Vortex.
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#7073945 - 02/10/18 09:46 PM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
chital_shikari Offline
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I have experience with both the Crossfire II and Prostaff 5.

Nikon over that particular Vortex any day of the week. Better clarity/glass and eye relief for me.

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#7073976 - 02/10/18 10:34 PM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
llbts1 Offline
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I have had good luck and like my Crossfire II, 2 of them. I don't have the Nikon so I can't compare. Another to consider that comes recommended is the Burris Fullfield II. If you look, you can find some deals on the net.

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#7074046 - 02/11/18 03:04 AM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
booradley Offline
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The Fullfield II is head and shoulders above a Crossfire II and IMO better than any ProStaff. They are hunting scopes though and aren’t set up to dial for elevation.
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#7074078 - 02/11/18 05:48 AM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
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I have a hard time believing the Crossfire could compete with the Nikon Prostaff 5 optically. I had a Gen 1 diamondback (1 level above the crossfire line), and I was a bit disappointed in the optical quality honestly. Maybe the gen 2 are better, but I still think I'd go with the Nikon.

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#7074095 - 02/11/18 06:09 AM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
copperhead Offline
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I just put a Prostaff 5, 4.5-18x40 on my Browning .300 WM. Haven't shot it yet but hopefully I will next week.

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#7074185 - 02/11/18 07:57 AM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
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A vortex crossfire and diamondback are not very good.

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#7074207 - 02/11/18 08:09 AM Re: Nikon or vortex [Re: Coogs2013]
clark3 Offline
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Registered: 01/04/12
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Loc: Fort Worth, TX
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