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Vortex crossfire - first impressions

Discussion in 'Airgun Reviews' started by Jed Clampit, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Jed Clampit

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    I've been shooting a springer recently, I 've had several over the last 12 months on loan. The latest is an HW98 that I used to own it and sold it to Jim last year. Jim's had a play and now I have it back.

    The 98. did have a hawke panorama 40mm with AO . I was getting some good results with the combo shooting a 51 at furnace. But I was never happy with the ret - I always thought It was I bit on the thick side much thicker than on my non AO panorama. I started the hunt for a small scope with a fine ret.
    on Saturday I went over to Darrin to have a look through some of his scopes - while I was there he showed my a Vortex Crossfire 2~7x32 with a BDC ret that he's just started to sell. I was a little concerned over the low mag - and that the parallax was set around 100 yds. But it had really clear glass a a nice fine ret. so I thought I'd give it a go because I like BDC ret - fine and uncluttered very similar to the Burris BDC.

    I stuck it on on Saturday evening and started to zero it in a gale and lost light before I finished. So took it to WAR on Sunday with the Intention of finishing it of - no such luck. The wind was even worse on Sunday morning so after a quick plink to guess the aim points - off I went on round of HFT.

    I am Really impressed! bearing mind I only had half an idea of the aim points and the the zeroing needs a bit of a fine tune I'm happy with the results. I scored a 45 in WAR winds with a springer - not an earth shattering score but the long shots were a joy the clarity more than made up for the low mag . The horizontal marks make it easier to judge the wind and though the aim points are quite sparse they seem to line up well with my scope height and pellet combo. I did find some of the smaller kills quite difficult but I'm hoping that's a combination of tuning the zero and learning more exactly where the aim points fall.

    I have high hopes for this little entry level scope, cheaper than a panorama, it's certainly worth consideration if you're in the market. I'm hoping the wind will be a little kinder this weekend so I can sort the zero and give it another go. I'm even thinking of parting with my Connect to put its big brother the diamond back on my other gun. If any one want a look, just come and find me at worcester. (XTX air can supply Vortex scopes)
     
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    pretty sure vortex set the parallax to 50 yards on the 2-7x35 scopes mate
     
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    They do a rimfire version that is parallaxed to 50yards.

    You managed to knock a few targets down that we missed with our PCPs!
     
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    I have a Vortex Viper 24 mag coming tomorrow. The paralax is set for 50 yards. I moaned a bit saying I couldn't use the full mag lower than 50 yards as it will be blurry. Well, you can unscrew the objective bell ring and screw the front lens in to lower the parallax down to 8 yards. This will effect the long range distance as it will be slightly blurred at full mag, so you will have to screw it in until you find a compromise.

    Matthew.
     
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    i don't the parallax it a problem on mine at 7 mag - I was shooting 15mm metal bunnies at 15yds on Sunday - a little blurred be very shoot- able.
     
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    Parallax error on a smaller and lower mag scope ought to be minimal anyway...

    I'm very interested in your findings - I understand the Crossfire range were recently updated. I briefly flirted with them beginning of last year and was unimpressed, but that was the typical 3-9x40 format.

    The Diamondback and higher models from Vortex are stunning.

    I wonder if they might be worth another sneaky peaky some time...
     
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    Yeah - if this is the budget model, the Diamond back and the Viper should be outstanding.
    i really need to get my Connect advertised so I can get a Diamondback for the 101.
     

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