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Old 03-16-2017, 01:40 PM   #1
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A buddy and I have been working on a Tikka build in 6.5 Creedmoor and I'm looking for my first variable mil scope for it. I've never owned the scopes listed below except for a fixed 12x SWFA and only looked through the Vortex HS-T a buddy owned, but I like both of them. Currently I'm leaning towards the SWFA because of the price difference, but I would also really like the Vortex since I've looked through one. The rifle will more than likely become my primary hunting rifle. Of the 3 which one would you go with? Any other scope options in this price range y'all would recommend? I'm in the market for one right now, so if there is a used one, I'm all ears.

Vortex Viper HS-T 30mm 4-16x 44mm side focus 1/10 MIL Adjustment VMR-1 MRAD reticle - $569
Zero stop
2nd focal plane


Athlon Optics Midas BTR 30mm Tube 2.5-15x 50mm side focus Illuminated APMR1 reticle - $569 (could probably get it cheaper since a buddy is a reseller of Athlon)
No zero stop
2nd focal plane


SWFA SS 3-15x42 Tactical Rifle Scope Mil-Quad reticle - $449
Guessing it does NOT have zero stop
2nd focal plane
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Old 03-16-2017, 01:51 PM   #2
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I don't think the Vortex Viper has a real zero stop, you have to shim it. I had that exact scope on my Tikka 7mag and it was solid for the money. I'm not familiar with the other two..

I'm currently building a 6.5 Creedmoor as well and I'm leaning towards the new Gen 2 PST FFP.. Realized I'd rather just pay a little bit more and get every feature I want..
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:49 PM   #3
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For a sub $500 4-12 scope, check out Leupold's Mark AR Mod1. Mil-dot reticle with mil clicks, AO, and pretty solid glass. Honestly a zero stop isn't a huge deal with the flatter shooting rounds, I can dial out past 800 yards with a single turn. There is some information on adding a zero stop to those scopes, but it limits you to one turn.
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Old 03-16-2017, 09:45 PM   #4
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Keep leaning towards SWFA..
I have 3 never had an issue.
12x is ALOT of scope. I wouldn't get more then a 10. But that's me...
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Old 03-16-2017, 10:04 PM   #5
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So that SWFA is the SFP. I think that is the best choice. Love the 3-15's. The zero stope can be fixed. If your looking for one I will make you a deal on one.
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:27 PM   #6
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I have the Vortex HS-T 4-16 on my Ruger 6.5 Creedmoor and am really liking it so far. Seems to track well. And this may complicate your decision, but the HST is on DVOR.com right now for $455.
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:41 PM   #7
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I have a Vorex Diamondback on my AR and am really pleased with the clear optics.
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:41 PM   #8
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Out of those three, I would go with the Athlon. If it was me, I would save up more money for a better scope. I've heard good thing about the Athlon, it's probably the best in that price range.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:15 AM   #9
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QUOTE=gatorgrizz27;12284971]For a sub $500 4-12 scope, check out Leupold's Mark AR Mod1. Mil-dot reticle with mil clicks, AO, and pretty solid glass. Honestly a zero stop isn't a huge deal with the flatter shooting rounds, I can dial out past 800 yards with a single turn. There is some information on adding a zero stop to those scopes, but it limits you to one turn.[/quote]

I hadn't thought of going that route, but will definitely look into them.


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So that SWFA is the SFP. I think that is the best choice. Love the 3-15's. The zero stope can be fixed. If your looking for one I will make you a deal on one.
PM sent last night sir!! Actually it was early this morning. Thank you!


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I have the Vortex HS-T 4-16 on my Ruger 6.5 Creedmoor and am really liking it so far. Seems to track well. And this may complicate your decision, but the HST is on DVOR.com right now for $455.
I'll go look real quick to see if they still have that up...

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I have a Vorex Diamondback on my AR and am really pleased with the clear optics.
I've heard good things also about that particular model, but looking for a scope with mil reticle and mil adjustments currently. Thank you though!

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Out of those three, I would go with the Athlon. If it was me, I would save up more money for a better scope. I've heard good thing about the Athlon, it's probably the best in that price range.
I guess I need to put my hands on one to look through it first... Thank you!
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:40 AM   #10
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try this from Camera land

Vortex Viper 6.5-20x50 PA - Mil Dot #VPR-M-06MD
Click HERE for Accessories
IN STOCK--READY TO SHIP

Classification: Tactical, Hunting
Magnification: 6.5-20x
Dimensions: 14.40"
Weight: 21.6 oz
reg $469.99
save $170.00
$299.99
More info
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:23 AM   #11
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try this from Camera land

Vortex Viper 6.5-20x50 PA - Mil Dot #VPR-M-06MD
Click HERE for Accessories
IN STOCK--READY TO SHIP

Classification: Tactical, Hunting
Magnification: 6.5-20x
Dimensions: 14.40"
Weight: 21.6 oz
reg $469.99
save $170.00
$299.99
More info
That's a dern good deal right there! But I just snagged a new SWFA 3-15 Mil-Quad reticle scope, sunshade with lens covers kit they have on sale right now.
Now I wonder how long it'll take to come in...
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That's a dern good deal right there! But I just snagged a new SWFA 3-15 Mil-Quad reticle scope, sunshade with lens covers kit they have on sale right now.
Now I wonder how long it'll take to come in...
I bet it will be on your porch by Friday. Everything I have bought has arrived very quickly.
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Old 03-22-2017, 03:25 PM   #13
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That's a dern good deal right there! But I just snagged a new SWFA 3-15 Mil-Quad reticle scope, sunshade with lens covers kit they have on sale right now.
Now I wonder how long it'll take to come in...
Where?
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Old 03-22-2017, 04:19 PM   #14
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Where?
SWFA.com

https://swfa.com/optics/browse/riflescopes.html
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:27 PM   #15
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Wow!! The scope was delivered at 5:24p this evening!! Talk about FAST!!

Is it normal that both turrets were maxed out at 5+ revolutions? I can't remember if the fixed power scopes were like that when I bought them..
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Old 03-24-2017, 01:41 AM   #16
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No just sit there and spin till the lossen up.
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Old 03-24-2017, 03:57 PM   #17
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No just sit there and spin till the lossen up.
Thank you for the info sir! i wasn't aware that I needed to "work them" to loosen them up. The windage turret is quite a bit harder to turn than the elevation one..
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