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Nikon Pro Staff 5 or Vortex HS for Antelope Hunt

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Printed Date: July/28/2017 at 03:48


Topic: Nikon Pro Staff 5 or Vortex HS for Antelope Hunt
Posted By: Whale
Subject: Nikon Pro Staff 5 or Vortex HS for Antelope Hunt
Date Posted: June/24/2017 at 18:45
Nephew needs a scope for his 25-06. Wanted me to purchase two Vortex Razor HD LH scopes. I purchased one for me. Told him maybe a Nikon Pro Staff 5 3.5-14x40 or a Vortex Viper HS 4-16x44 would be good. What does our esteemed panel say?



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Posted By: Snack_Attack
Date Posted: June/25/2017 at 12:11
For me, it would be the Viper HS. I like the reticle much more. I also tend to think you get a little more for the money with Vortex. Nothing wrong with the Nikon, but the Vortex would be my choice 10/10 times.

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Posted By: koshkin
Date Posted: June/25/2017 at 12:33
Both are pretty decent and roughly comparable.

Pick the one with the reticle you prefer.  Also, Burris Fullfield II 4.5-14x42 should probably be added to this list as well.

If you prefer a BDC reticle, I like Vortex's a little more.  Nikon's BDC is not my thing.  Generally, BDC reticles in SFP scopes are not my thing, but Vortex' version is workable.

If you like a plex reticle, then you need to do a little digging.  Nikon, in their infinite wisdom, wants their customers to use their Spot On ballistic calculator and does not list the actual dimensions of the reticle anywhere I can find (unless I am missing something).  There seems to be a prevalent theme among many sport optics manufacturers that their customers are all functionally retarded and can not be trusted with actual information.  They all started offering their "solvers" and I have yet to see one worth using. 

With that rant out of the way.

Vortex's V-plex is a pretty decent design with thick lines getting pretty close to the center, but from my vague recollection of the Nikoplex, it is somewhat similar.

I would have taken a good #4 over either one of these, but those are not offered.

ILya


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Posted By: Whale
Date Posted: June/25/2017 at 14:15
I will ask my nephew to check out the vortex at the local gun store. If not I will have one mailed to him. He can return it if he doesn't like it. Thank you everyone.



Posted By: Whale
Date Posted: June/25/2017 at 20:12
Purchased the Vortex HS with the V-Plex reticle this afternoon for my nephew. Thank you everyone for your input. It is always appreciated.
Charles




Posted By: cheaptrick
Date Posted: June/29/2017 at 17:40
Good shooting and do please report back. 

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Posted By: Whale
Date Posted: July/11/2017 at 15:27
Nephew returned the scope to me. He was not happy with the quality and it shouldn't adorn the top of his rifle. He wants a Leica ER5 or Swarovski Z5.


Posted By: koshkin
Date Posted: July/11/2017 at 17:04
While it is none of my business, I think it would be worthwhile for him to pay for the ER5 or Z5 out of his own pocket.

ILya


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Posted By: koshkin
Date Posted: July/11/2017 at 17:05
Oh, that having been said, I am testing the 2-10x50 ER5 and it is a pretty decent scope.

ILya


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Posted By: Urimaginaryfrnd
Date Posted: July/11/2017 at 19:52
Nikons tend to be not as much internal adjustment as similar other scopes I say go with the Viper, but since he didn't like that I'm thinking Tasco.

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Posted By: RifleDude
Date Posted: July/11/2017 at 20:58
Originally posted by Whale Whale wrote:

Nephew returned the scope to me. He was not happy with the quality and it shouldn't adorn the top of his rifle. He wants a Leica ER5 or Swarovski Z5.

Wow, I bet you were profoundly moved by his gratitude!

No good deed goes unpunished, eh?


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Posted By: Peddler
Date Posted: July/12/2017 at 04:30
I'm putting myself up for adoption.

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Posted By: Sparky
Date Posted: July/12/2017 at 14:05
Originally posted by Whale Whale wrote:

Nephew returned the scope to me. He was not happy with the quality and it shouldn't adorn the top of his rifle. He wants a Leica ER5 or Swarovski Z5.

So what rifle does he have that needs a Leica or a Swarovski?


Posted By: Boomholzer
Date Posted: July/12/2017 at 19:31
Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

Nikons tend to be not as much internal adjustment as similar other scopes I say go with the Viper, but since he didn't like that I'm thinking Tasco.


I still use two Tascos allot.. I think Barscavettas or Bvarcaskis are higher end.


Posted By: Whale
Date Posted: July/16/2017 at 14:53
As I am still on vacation, I haven't decided on the scope or how much he will pay. He did learn a small lesson when he purchased the gun off of Gunbroker. Things are always as described. Also, read all the small print and see if there is an inspection period or return policy. He did informed me before the auction that it needed a new barrel and I agreed to rebarrel the gun. The end result was a Remington 700 action blueprinted/trued, McMillan stock, Bartlein barrel, Timney trigger and all metal parts have a melonite finish.


Posted By: RifleDude
Date Posted: July/16/2017 at 18:14
McM, Bartlein, Timney, Melonited...very nice!!! I hope the kid learns to appreciate what a kind, generous uncle he has!!!

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