Vortex is an American optics company that produces scopes and optics for target shooting, hunting, bird watching, and other outdoor activities. Founded in 1989 in Wisconsin, they are popular in the United States for building high quality optics products at affordable prices, and for also being truly American made products.
Today, Vortex is widely considered to be one of the top optics and scopes manufacturers. They are specifically known for providing high contrast in their sight pictures, which makes it easier for you to discriminate between your target and the surrounding environment. This is absolutely necessary when it comes to hunting.
Furthermore, Vortex scopes come with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer for both repair and replacement services. They will replace any scope that sustains damage from regular use or that suffers manufacture defects.
Here are the greatest Vortex scopes of all time according to users:
The Crossfire II scope from Vortex is not only their highest selling scope, it’s also one of the highest selling scopes in the United States. The Crossfire II offers zoom levels from 6x to 18x depending on the model, and is designed primarily for hunting purposes.
The Crossfire II comes with a BDSC reticle that accommodates for bullet drop and will make it easier to land shots. It also has a durable waterproof and fog proof construction, with adjustable turrets that can be reset with your fingers rather than with tools, and with lenses that are multicoated. This means that the scope can be used in just about any kind of inclement weather.
Furthermore, the Crossfire II offers excellent eye relief for any magnification setting, and it’s very affordable. If you’re looking for a quality hunting scope on a budget, the Crossfire II from Vortex Optics is one of the best choices.
Another good budget scope series from Vortex is the Diamondback Tactical. This series of scopes offers you magnification settings from 6x to 24x. Whereas the Crossfire II is designed primarily for hunting use, the Diamondback Tactical is intended more for tactical use (hence Diamondback Tactical) but it can absolutely be used for hunting too if the user so desires.
The lenses of the Diamondback are built out of a very low dispersion glass and are multicoated for an improved sight picture. The tactical turrets and side parallax knob make the Diamondback very simple and easy for the user to adjust. Changing between the magnification settings is an absolute breeze.
The body of the scope itself is built out of aircraft grade aluminum, and is strong enough to resist both inclement weather and intense recoil from the rifle. The Diamondback is also both waterproof and fogproof. As with the Crossfire II as well, the Diamondback is designed to be an affordable and yet quality scope for the budget conscious.
The Vortex Optics Strike Eagle is a higher end scope from Vortex that is sold at a larger price point than their Crossfire II and Diamondback line up. These scopes are sold with magnification ranges from 4x to 24x, and with a 50mm objective lens. These scopes also come with a second focal plane reticle to make it easy to engage targets at both short ranges and long ranges. The reticle is also etched in glass and will stay clean regardless of the zoom level that you are in.
The lenses to the Strike Eagle come multi coated. The turrets are fully adjustable on the side, and the adjustment rotation indicators make it easy for you to ensure that each adjustment you make is 100% accurate. As with all Vortex scopes, the Strike Eagle is fogproof and waterproof.
There is also a special illumination control on the Strike Eagle that makes it easy for one to brighten the scope’s reticle between eleven different illumination settings. The adjustment turret is also very easy to use and clicks audibly.
The Vortex Optics Viper line of scope are great for rugged environments in low light conditions. Vortex guarantees 95% light transmission with the Viper from the factory. This simply provides you with incredible performance for target shooting or hunting in low light hours such as dawn or dusk. The lenses, of course, are also multi-coated.
The Viper is built to a solid construction and is Argon sealed as well. According to Vortex, the Viper can be dropped over a hard surface such as concrete and then picked up and it will continue functioning just as fine as it would out of the box. It’s also fully water resistant.
The Viper comes with more than 10x magnification power, and is intended for larger cartridges such as 6mm Creedmoor, .308 Winchester, and .30-06 Springfield.
If you’re looking for a really high end scope from Vortex that you are willing to spend literally one to two thousand dollars one, you’ll want to take a close look at the Vortex Optics Razor scope. This is an excellent quality scope that offers you some of the very best light transmission in the industry. This is from the air-to-glass coverings and excellent quality anti-reflective coatings over the lights of the article. If you’re looking for a scope that will absolutely excel in low light conditions, this could be the scope that you are looking for.
As you would expect from Vortex, the Razor HD is also highly durable and well made. It comes with high quality glass, an oversized objective, great optical coatings, and a very wide zoom range. It is a heavy scope and will add some weight to your rifle due to its larger size, so be aware of that.
The Spitfire Prism Red Dot Scope from Vortex Optics is designed to handle the biggest calibers, such as the .300 Blackout, .300 Win Mag, or .338 Win Mag calibers. This scope is also high impact and can survive being accidentally dropped over a hard surface such as concrete. The O-ring seals and nitrogen purged inside also ensure that his scope will be fully water and fog proof.
The clarity of the glass of the Spitfire Prism is absolutely something ot behold. The crosshairs are also engrained int the optic, meaning that even if the battery dies they will still be visible. The only downside to the Spitfire Prism is, as with the Razor HD, it is a bit on the heavier side.