Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x44
When looking for a new scope I usually opt for cheaper branded glass with a focus on features, but for this gun I wanted to try something a little higher quality and the Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x44 seemed to fit the bill. The specification is pretty standard for the price point, but the Crossfire II has hidden depths that really made it stand out for me.
Out of the box the build quality of this optic is excellent, a clean finish and sturdy one piece construction. Looking through the lenses the clarity and light transmission seem right up there and are matched with an eye relief that I found quite comfortable even through my glasses. I mounted this scope on a 17HMR rifle, something I wanted to use in daylight and up until dusk for hunting small pests. The magnification range works well for me, 4x giving a great field of view when monitoring for activity, and being able to easily zoom up to 12x for better precision. I've had varying experiences with scope zoom, some of them altering the point of impact, some being far too stiff to use while preparing for a shot, the Crossfire II has a smooth confident feel to it, and i didn't notice any shift of impact when used. The 44mm objective lens allows the scope to be mounted close to the bore of this flat shooting little round while still allowing in plenty of light for evening stalks, an optimal size for my application.
Its turrets are underneath protective caps, but once revealed they are re-settable target style turrets. Having set the zero at 100 yards you are able to simply unscrew the adjuster using a coin and set it back to zero, tool free and easy to do in the field or at the range. From here with a bit of ballistics software I am able to easily dial the turrets (they measure in Minutes Of Angle) to adjust for target range, and then return them back to my hundred yard zero when done. I've tested this and they work very well, applying the correct adjustments to the bullet, and just as importantly returning back to the same zero on return. Equally if you don't have time or don't want the fuss of dialling in adjustments you can simply leave the turret covers on keeping the clean lines of the scope, and hold over for range. Holding over like this is helped a lot by knowing your ballistics and what the ranges are for the marks on the Crossfires BDC reticle.
I've got to mention the scopes build quality again, I've been using it for two months now on a weekly basis, it's been carried about on a shoulder, in a rifle bag, car boot, back seat and not once has the zero shifted, Each time i do a check zero group, it holds true.
The last feature I can't ignore is the Vortex VIP warranty, it's as simple as it gets, if your scope stops working, for almost any reason, they'll fix it. While I hope I never have to test this, it's reassuring to know it's there. Not many companies stand behind their products and customers like this anymore, after a recent experience with the after sales team of another leading scope brand, the Vortex VIP warranty was a major factor in choosing this scope.
To sum up, I'm getting on really well with this scope, it suits my shooting style, the rifle I've paired it with and for what it cost I think I’ve got a winning combination. I hope as the days get longer and the wind steadier I can get plenty more use out of it!