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Old 12-02-2012, 12:42 PM
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Question Please Review: Vortex Crossfire II 6-18x44


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So I recently purchased said scope with the V-Brite reticule after much careful consideration. I read alot online and compared prices and reviews from retail websites and decided that this was the best scope for my money. I should mention that the scope I replaced was a Tasco 6-24x44 which has cost me about 5 boxes of handloads over the last year due to the constant need to re-zero it (I only go shooting about once or twice a month and shoot maybe 20 rounds). I have developed a great deal of disdain for it. The rifle it is mounted on is a Remington 700 chambered in .243 Winchester. I have barely any room in my budget, which is why I started with a second hand Tasco to begin with, so a $300.00 scope gives me alot of "buyers regret".

So if you have ever used this scope or any other Crossfire II please review it here for me. Hopefully you will put my mind at ease and I can lose the guilty conscience.

Points to consider:
*Tracking ability
*Clarity
*Ability to hold zero after a ride in the trunk in a cheap case on a dirt road
*Turrets range
*whatever else
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:50 PM
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120+ views and no replies? Not many people have used the Vortex I guess. So far I think it is a high quality scope. I will review it myself after I shoot it for the first time tomorrow.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:34 PM
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I guess you pretty much answered your own question. Practical experience with them, I have none. However I heard some things about the Crossfires that weren't to flattering. All I heard about the Diamondback and Viper has been positive.

Looking forward to reading your range report.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:38 AM
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I will also be interested in hearing/reading what your opinion is on the new scope. I am curious as to what type shooting you do with your rifle and if you plan on doing any hunting with it. Best of luck at the range!!
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:46 AM
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Kinda like Monty I haven't heard much about your particular scope, the Vortex and Diamondback I too have heard good things. I've also heard good things about their binoc's as well in the same line.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:29 PM
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Well I sighted it in yesterday. First thing I noticed was the eye relief was perfect until fully zoomed at which point I simply scooted a little closer - no big deal to me. I opted for the V-Brite reticule, as mentioned before, and I am glad I did because that little dot is easily placed in the center of the bulls-eye at any range out to 300 yards (that being the furthest I shot yesterday). The Tasco it replaced could be zeroed at 200 yards and be several inches to either side at 300 yards but this scope was right on after a 200 yard zero. It was very clear in the early morning as it is still quite dim between 6 and 7 am. I had no trouble picking out the bulls-eye at 300 yards in overcast skies when the sun wasn't up very high. I intend to go to the 500 range on Sunday, weather permitting, and see how its zero survived my ride home as well as to see how well it tracks back to my zero. The Tasco would shoot a 3 shot group at one POI and then shoot a different POI by as much as 4-6 inches at 500 yards without my changing position. The groups also varied greatly in size with some being around 2" at 500 and some being about 6" at 500. I am hoping for more consistency with the new scope and will update you after I shoot again.

TnHunter - I shoot mostly targets out to 500 yards but occasionally out to 1000~. I limited myself to 500 yards mostly due to the Tasco being unreliable. I got the rifle to serve both purposes: target and hunting. I like to hunt coyote and plan to hunt deer with it. I am still very new to the world of centerfires (i.e. "real" power) - I put some 800 rounds through my 17HMR last summer and decided that it was time to move on to a larger platform. I have been reloading for it also and hopefully I can tweak the load a little better with a more reliable scope.

MontyF - the Crossfire II (if you are unaware) was redesigned from the original Crossfire line to make improvements and is to my understanding very new. Maybe the "unflattering" things you heard were of the original Crossfire line (which was discontinued) hopefully...

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You are absolutely NOT the 1st Tasco owner to say something...like.. that
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You are absolutely NOT the 1st Tasco owner to say something...like.. that
There use to be a time when tasco was a quality optic. Back in late 1900's.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:50 PM
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Very happy with a Vortex Diamondback I just got. I think Vortex optics may be the new up and comer.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:13 PM
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Funny you should mention that - I just set up a reflective target at 330 yards and took the shot in the dark and with the only artificial lighting being the outside light at the mill 200 yards to my left. The scope was set at 6x and I used the illuminated dot on power 1. The cold barrel shot landed about 2" low and about 4" to the right out of a freshly cleaned barrel. I shot prone off a bi-pod with no rear sandbag.
The point is, I guess, that I made a hurried shot (I was cold) in very low light and had no trouble at all seeing the target. I could also easily see a lot of the surrounding area quite plainly. Could I have picked out a coyote? Maybe not, but probably if he ventured near the target. The clarity and light gathering ability of this scope beat the crap out of the Tasco. I could not pick out but the edges of the reflective target with the Tasco.
Also, the scopes zero obviously remained at least closely intact after the 9 mile ride home with no gun case and just laying across the kids' car seats. So far I am quite pleased with the scope.
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Rings and mounts

I have just purchased the crossfire II and am planning on putting it on my brand new remington 700 varmint sf ss in .308 Are there any suggestions on mounting hardware for this combination? Thanks in advance for any ideas or suggestions or just comments!
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