New Vortex Optics Viper HD Series

Just released from Vortex Optics is the new hunting focused Viper HD series. Vortex are best know for offering an extensive range of optics for all budgets. Up until now the dedicated hunting option has mostly been filled by the Vortex Razor LHT 3-15×50. The majority of other Vortex optics used for hunting are hybrid style optics that are primarily target and long range optics that can also be used when hunting. The Crossfire line have served the rimfire crossover market well and the PST line have also been used for hunting in addition to the above mentioned Razor LHT.

Vortex Viper HD
Vortex Viper HD 5-25×50

Being hunting focused, there is an expectation that the scopes are up-to handling tough field conditions, from high heat to freezing cold. All the scopes on offer have a 30mm maintube to assist in durability. The Viper HD series is available in a wide range of magnifications from the smaller 2-10×42 to long range hunting focused 5-25×50. There are also a few different reticles on offer throughout the different variants.

An interesting feature of all the scopes in the new Viper HD series is that all models have illuminated reticles, a must have for low light hunting. There are three different reticles on offer across the range including the Dead-Hold BDC, VMR-3 and VMR-4. The BDC reticle, available in the lower magnification range options helps eliminate the guesswork on holdovers. The centre dot is illuminated in this reticle. The VMR-3 has an illuminated center dot and features hashmarks on the very idle and horizontal stadia line. The fine lines help aiming in low light conditions. The VMR-4 has a much larger illuminated cross plex reticle. This is a more traditional long distance shooting reticle that offers significant holdover capabilities. The reticle also features fine reticle lines.

Scope ModelReticle Types
2-10×42Dead-Hold® BDC, MOA
3-15×44Dead-Hold® BDC, VMR-3 MOA, VMR-3 MRAD

The majority of the optics have exposed ‘locking’ elevation turrets and capped windage, whats neat here is that changes are made by lifting the turret up, dialing and pushing it back down to lock in the change, similar to the Razor series. The 3-15×44 models also have a capped elevation option. The parallax settings go from 20yds out to infinity except for the 2-10×42 model. The higher magnification models also feature a zero stop.

One of the most important features in a hunting optic is the weight. Hunters need light but durable optics to help keep the rifle weight down whilst in the outdoors. The 3-15×44 models are 22oz/623g and the 5-25×50 versions come in at 25oz/708g.

ModelMagnification RangeWeight
VPR-210012-10×4219.9 oz.
VPR-315013-15×4421.5 oz.
VPR-315023-15×4422.5 oz.
VPR-315033-15×4422.5 oz.
VPR-525035-25×5025.0 oz.
VPR-525045-25×5025.0 oz.
VPR-525015-25×5025.0 oz.
VPR-525025-25×5025.0 oz.

In the box, you’ll find a neoprene cover, sunshade, lens cloth, and, depending on the model, accessories like a CR2032 battery and a custom turret tool. Whether it’s the 2-10×42 or the 5-25×50 each scope is fogproof, shockproof, and waterproof, along with Argon gas purging and Armortek coating. Vortex Optics’ Viper HD riflescopes are offer a good options for hunters seeking a budget friendly hunting scope for challenging conditions.

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