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Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 MOA EBR-2C Rifle Scope Review

Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 MOA EBR-2C Rifle Scope:

I have been shooting guns all my life. I started shooting at the young age of 5 years old using a Rugar 10/22 to shoot pop cans and prairie dogs. As a young child the type of scope I used didn’t matter. I just needed to be able to see the retical and see the object I was wanting to shoot.

Well, a lot has changed since I was that young, none picky little boy. Now, I demand high quality, rugged and clear optics ( at a reasonable price) for my rifles. That is exactly what I have found with the Viper line-up from Vortex Optics. 

I currently own two Vortex Viper rifle scopes and the Vortex Viper 10×42 binoculars. All are wonderful pieces of glass. Today I am going to be talking about the Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 rifle scope. So, let’s begin.  

1st impressions: 

When I received the scope ( which came remarkably fast) Euro Optic’s free shipping is super fast. Anyway, when I received the package it was packaged very neatly, all boxes were in good shape and no sign of damage.

Inside the box the scope was tightly secured, in a heavy duty plastic bag, sun shade was wrapped in paper and secured well too. No complaints on packaging. The scope its self was in perfect condition ( as you would expect from a new scope).

The finish of the scope was well done, dials moved easily, focus rings moved smoothly, the glass was clear and the retical was easy to see. I had no doubt that this scope will preform as I needed it to. 

Cost:

Good quality glass can cost a lot of money – really when it comes to scopes you can spend as much as you want or as little as you want. The old saying of “you get what you pay for” is true in most scenarios. From my experience with Vortex they have always provided superior quality for a reasonable price. So Vortex kind of threw that old saying out the window. With their products you actually get more than what you pay for.

Now…Is there better glass out there than the Vortex Viper? Yes, to be 100% honest there is.  The question is – is it worth the $1000-$2500 more? To me, No! It doesn’t make sense (at least for me) to spend that extra money. When you can buy a great scope that can compete with the top of the line glass for a fraction of the cost. Hell, you can buy another rifle with the money you save!! 

Anyway…The Vortex Viper (Generation 1) PST cost me $449.00 from EuroOptic. The MSRP on this scope when it first came out in 2019 was $949.00 (sometimes it pays to wait.) Even though the price dropped the quality is still the same and scope is still new (not used). Even at full price you get a hell of a nice scope for the money. 

Clarity: 

After getting the scope mounted to the 6.5 Creedmoor- I took it to the range to get things dialed in. It was a really hot sunny day and we didn’t have any shade. So, the sunshade and the XR fully multi-coated anti-reflective lenses on the scope came in very handy and helped block out a lot of the sun. 

The glass was clean, crisp and clear. It does get a little grainy at max power but I can’t say a whole lot about that until I am able to test it at 500+ yards. We were only shooting 100 yards that day. It also could have been from the heat vapors due to being 92 degrees. 

Even with the little drop in clarity the target was still clearly viewable and I could see my bullet holes on target at 100 yards without any eye straining. Over all the clarity of the glass is outstanding especially for the cost.

Functionality:

While sighting in the scope one of the best features for me was the exposed turrets. The turrets adjust at 1/4 MOA per/click and they are easy to turn. This made sighting in super quick and easy. They also provide quick wind adjustment capabilities if needed. Which comes in very handy for those long range shots. The reticule showed clear and visible on low magnification and on high magnification. So that made things easy as well.

A few other cool and useful features are the illuminated retical and the side focus knob. The illuminated retical has 10 different brightness stages so it will fit any scenario. The side focus knob is extremely easy to turn and is exposed just like the other turrets so accessibility is very easy. 

Durability: 

The Vortex Viper PST is well built and I know that it will last me for many years. The lenses are coated with ArmorTek Scratch resistant exterior lens coating. That will reduce unintentional scratches and scuffs. The scope is waterproof, shock proof and fog proof. With these features you don’t have to worry about those cold or wet mornings in the woods, you will be able to see your target with no problem. 

 While shooting, the 6.5 Creedmoor the scope held up well-it sighted in easily and held zero once sighted.  I have no doubt that this scope will hold up to tough back county hunts, hold zero even if it gets banged around a little and of course it’s backed by the Vortex VIP Warranty. So you will be covered no matter what. 

Conclusion:

All-in-all this is a great scope. The only issue that I found is it gets a little grainy at max power. Again, this was not unbearable. I honestly can’t think of many situations that I would need to put the scope on full power anyway. For the features and workmanship this scope provides for the price point is amazing.  To me, purchasing this scope is a no brainer. I am happy with my purchase and I know this scope will last me a lifetime and be pasted down to my son one day. 

If you haven’t done so already, go and check out the Vortex line up and when you are ready to purchase one for yourself check out my friends at Euro Optic you will not be disappointed. Click the link below to go straight to EuroOptics website. Happy Hunting! 

https://www.avantlink.com/click.php?tt=cl&merchant_id=ff9af6fd-7a8c-4a4a-91a6-ea4f01435e58&website_id=4c965d6b-54fb-4bf1-bb46-d23ad3b150e2&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eurooptic.com

Happy Hunting! 

Paul Rhoades

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