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Great Mil Dot Scope Value...!

7397 Views 40 Replies 13 Participants Last post by  owenslee
There has been a lot of discussion of late from members looking for a good but inexpensive optic for their rifles.

I would like to suggest the following from SWFA:




For those unfamiliar with Vortex Optics...they are a US company out of Wisconsin who have generated a reputation for making a good value scope. Their Viper line is considered to be one of the best you can buy for under $1,000. Their reviews on SWFA and other optic forums has been very positive.

SWFA is selling a discontinued model of their Crossfire line which had 1/8 MOA marked turrets installed instead of the correct 1/4 MOA turrets. As a result SWFA is closing this model out for...$99....!

The kicker is that Vortex has a unlimited , transferable, no questions asked LIFETIME warranty on all their optics. This particular model is 6-24x50 with Mil Dot reticle and Parallax adjustment down to 10 yds. This would make it a good choice for a .22 rim fire or .22 mag for punching paper. It also has a European style quick focus ring. The body is one piece 1" diameter 6061 T6 aluminum. The turrets can be zeroed using a small jewelers screwdriver.

NO...it's not the best scope you can buy. But I would contend that it is definitely the best $99 scope you can buy...and if anything does wrong with it...Vortex will repair or replace it free. The company has an excellent reputation for customer service.

For those wanting to learn Mil Dots with an affordable scope...here is your opportunity. Where else can you buy a full featured variable Mil Dot scope with a unconditional lifetime guarantee, backed by an American company....for $99?

As of 2:00pm this afternoon they had fewer than 45 left...

Surely some of our guys on a budget can take advantage of this opportunity. I bought four.


BTW, I have no connection to SWFA...other than as a frequent customer.
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I ordered the Vortex last night, and received a shipping notice this afternoon. I was considering the Simmons Whitetail Classic, and didn't know Vortex was available at this price range. I have a couple of the Philippine Simmons scopes, and while they are no match for Leo/Zeiss, they have held up well including one on my 30-06 Savage. If they are sold out, the Simmons might be a decent alternative:


For a mount, I'm planning on using a YHM extended rail and a pair of the assorted rings I have in my spare parts box.
Does it say where it's made?
The only marking on the scope says:

"Vortex Optics, USA"

The boxes and all literature only reference either Vortex Optics USA...or Vortex Optics, Middleton Wisc.

No made in China, Made in Philippines, or Made in Korea anywhere...

It arrived Today. There's a sticker on it that says Made in China. It's also more than 10 mils from post to post. I'm thinking I should have bought the Simmons instead.
With a caliper on the screen, it looks like it's 12 mils from post to post.

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