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Congratulations on your Diamondback Riflescope!
At Vortex, your love for the outdoors is the driving force behind all we do. Our commitment to you, our
customers and dealers, is unmatched in the industry—and is the strength of our success. From impressive
images to durable construction, our carefully designed and field-tested optics are the culmination of
an unwavering dedication to deliver quality, reliability and superior performance to you, our valued
1. Reticle Focusing
Vortex Diamondback series riflescopes use the exclusive
Fast Focus ring to get a clear and sharp reticle image.
To focus the reticle, begin by allowing your eyes to focus on a
distant object for several moments—not looking through the
scope. Then, hold the scope up to the sky and quickly look
through it. Never look directly into the sun! Pay attention to the
sharpness of the reticle, and adjust the eyepiece focus until it is
as sharp as possible. The reticle image should be crisp and sharp
immediately when you look. Since your eyesight may change over
time, it’s a good idea to periodically re-check this adjustment.
Riflescopes are not intended for looking at the sun or any other intense light
source. Such use could damage the retina and cornea of your eyes—even to the
point of causing blindness.
2. Windage and Elevation Adjustment
Vortex Diamondback riflescopes incorporate adjustable elevation
and windage dials with audible clicks. Each audible click moves the
bullet’s point-of-impact a fraction of a minute of angle (MOA).
• 1/4 MOA closely corresponds to 1/4 inch at 100 yards, 1/2 inch
at 200 yards, 3/4 inch at 300 yards…taking four (4) clicks to move
the bullet’s point-of-impact one inch at 100 yards.
How to Adjust Windage and Elevation Settings
Begin adjusting the windage and elevation settings by first
removing the covers. Then, move the dials in the direction
you wish the bullet’s point-of-impact to change. To make the
adjustments, turn the adjustment dial in the appropriate direction
(up/down or left/right) as indicated by the arrows.
After sight-in, you can re-align the zero marks on the dials with
the reference dots if you wish (see page 15). Replace covers when
3. Variable Magnification Adjustments
To change the power, turn the magnification ring to the desired
level. Use lower powers (offering a
wider field of view) when you may
need to make a quick shot at closer
4. Parallax Adjustments
Parallax is a phenomenon that results when the target image does
not quite fall on the same optical plane as the reticle within the
scope. When the shooter’s eye is not precisely centered in the
eyepiece, there can be an apparent movement of the target in
relation to the reticle which can cause a small shift in the point of
aim. Parallax causes the greatest problem on small targets at high
magnification as with varmint and target shooting.
4. Parallax Adjustments
Some Diamondback riflescopes have an adjustable objective (AO)
lens. Most other models are set at the factory to be parallax-free at
100 yards; this is a setting that will work well for the majority of
shooting situations encountered in the field. A few models will be
parallax-free at 50 yards.
When shooting at distances other than 100 yards, simply pay attention to
good shooting form, keeping your eye centered in the scope, and you will
minimize any problems with parallax
Adjustable Objective Lens
Setting the adjustable objective lens
on the AO models is very easy.
A. Be sure that the reticle is properly
focused (see page 6).
B. Match the range number
on the objective lens barrel
(distance you are shooting) as closely as possible to the indicator
arrow on the riflescope body.
C. Check the setting by moving your head up/down and left/right
while looking through the scope. The setting is correct if there
is no apparent movement between the reticle and target. If
there is movement, continue adjusting the lens slightly until
the movement is eliminated.
To get the best results from your Diamondback riflescope, proper mounting is essential. Although not extremely difficult, the correct steps must
be followed. If you are unsure of your abilities, it would be best to use the services of a qualified gunsmith.
1. Centering the Reticle
Your Diamondback riflescope is pre-set at the factory with the
reticle centered in both adjustment ranges. This is the ideal
position to begin sight-in. If you have changed the settings and
wish to re-center the reticle, follow this procedure:
A. Turn either dial (windage or elevation) as far as you can in
one direction until it stops.
B. Turn the dial in the other direction until it stops, carefully
counting the audible clicks as you turn the dial.
C. Turn the dial back again to half the number of clicks counted
in Step B—the reticle will be centered for that adjustment only.
D. Repeat for the other adjustment so that the reticle is centered
in both the windage and elevation settings.
2. Mount As Low as Possible
Using high quality, appropriately sized rings* and bases matched
to your rifle, mount the scope as low as possible on the rifle. A
low mounting will help assure proper cheek weld and aid in a
solid shooting position and fast target acquisition. We recommend
using the lowest rings that will give complete clearance of scope
and rifle. Avoid contact with barrel, receiver, bolt handle, or any
other part of the rifle. Work the riflescope’s zoom ring and rifle’s
action to assure no contact. Be sure to follow the manufacturer
instructions supplied with the rings and mounting base.
*Standard Diamondback models use 1-inch rings.
3. Adjust for Maximum Eye Relief
Before the final tightening of the scope rings, adjust for maximum
eye relief in order to avoid injury from recoil.
A. With the riflescope set at the lowest magnification, slide
the scope as far forward as possible in the rings.
B. While viewing through the scope in the normal shooting position,
slowly slide the scope back towards you. When you feel you just hit
the full field of view, stop. Without disturbing the front-back
setting, slowly rotate the scope until the elevation dial is at the top
of the scope and the vertical crosshair of the reticle matches the
vertical axis of the rifle. Using a visual vertical reference such as the
edge of a building or telephone pole can help with this.
C. Tighten the rings per the manufacturer’s instructions.
4. Bore Sighting
Initial bore sighting of the scope at short range of 50 yards will
save time and money at the shooting range. This can be done using
a bore sighter, following the manufacturer’s instructions, or by
removing the bolt and sighting through the barrel on a bolt action
rifle. With the rifle placed solidly on a bench and the bolt removed,
sight through the bore and center the target inside the the barrel.
With the bulls-eye centered in the bore, make windage and elevation
adjustments until the reticle crosshair is also centered over the bullseye.
If possible, make initial windage adjustments using the mounting
base rather than the riflescope’s windage dial.
Riflescope Installation continued.
5. Base Adjustments and Shimming
Vortex riflescopes come centered from the factory, but you will
need to make some adjustments when initially sighting in your
scope. Many ring and base setups allow you to adjust windage
at the base mount. If possible, use these adjustments for initial
windage change. Though not usually necessary, you can correct
the elevation adjustments using shims under the base mount.
Assuming typical ring spacing of 3.25”, a shim of .001”
will yield 1” at 100 yards, 2” at 200 yards, and so on.
Shim under the front base for more down adjustability and
under the rear base (nearest shooter) for more up adjustability.
If large windage/elevation corrections have been made using bases or shims, it
will be necessary to have the rings lapped. Consult a qualifi ed gunsmith if you’re
unsure of this procedure.
6. The Final Range Sight-In
Final sight-in should be done at the range using the exact
ammunition you expect to hunt or shoot with. Set the parallax
adjustment on AO models to match the distance being used for
sight-in. After the scope has been bore-sighted:
A. Fire a shot or two to check that you’re roughly on target. If necessary,
adjust the reticle to put you near the center of the target (see page 7).
B. Next, fire a three-shot group as precisely as possible. Using the center
of this group as a reference, make any necessary correction adjustments
for windage and elevation. Adjust the dials in the direction you wish the
group to move.
C. Fire a final three-shot group to confirm your adjustment and repeat
until you achieve satisfactory results.
7. Resetting Adjustment Dials with Zero Reset
Diamondback riflescopes feature windage/elevation dials that
will allow you to re-index the zero indicator after sight-in without
disturbing your settings. This allows you to quickly return to your
original zero if temporary corrections are used in the field.
Steps for resetting the dials
A. Remove outer cap and carefully loosen the central slot head screw
(A1) using a coin or screwdriver while fi rmly holding the silver
numbered turret (A2) to prevent any rotation.
B. Once the screw has been removed, lift the silver turret straight up and
off the scope (B1), again being very careful to prevent any rotation.
C. Position the turret so that the zero mark matches the indicator line
on the base (C1) and carefully push it back down on the base. Replace
and tighten the central screw while firmly holding the turret to
D. Replace outer cap and repeat as needed for both dials.
Your Diamondback riflescope will require very little routine maintenance other than periodically cleaning the exterior lenses. All components of Vortex riflescopes are permanently lubricated so no additional lubricant should be applied.
When cleaning the lenses, be sure to use products such as the
Vortex Lens Pen or the Fog Free lens cleaning kits that are
designed for use on coated optical lenses. Be sure to blow away
any dust or grit on the lenses prior to wiping the surfaces. Using
your breath, a very small amount of water, or pure alcohol can
help remove oil and dried water spots.
Riflescope Body Care
Clean the exterior of the riflescope by wiping with the soft, dry
cleaning cloth provided with the Diamondback riflescope.
Avoid storage in direct sunlight or hot locations since high temperatures
can adversely affect internal lubricants. Do not attempt to disassemble any
components of your rifl escope.
Please check the following before returning a riflescope for service.
Many times, problems thought to be with the riflescope are actually with the
1. Be sure the mounts are tight to the rifle and that the scope is
secure in the rings; you should not be able to twist or move
the scope in the rings.
2. Insufficient windage or elevation adjustment range can
indicate alignment problems with base mount holes drilled in
the rifle’s receiver or riflescope base; this may also indicate
alignment problems with barrel and receiver. Re-center the reticle
(see page 10) and then check the bore sight. If the reticle is way
off while centered, base adjustment or shimming may be needed.
Consult a qualified gunsmith if unsure of correct procedure.
3. If a rifle fails to group well, be sure the rifle’s action is bedded
correctly and that all mounting screws are properly tightened.
The rifle’s barrel and action must be clean and free of excessive
oil or copper fouling. Be sure the ammunition works well with
the rifle—try a type known to have grouped well in the rifle.
Vortex makes optics, not just riflescopes!
See our complete line of binoculars, spotting scopes, tripods,
and accessories at your nearest Vortex dealer.
The VIP Warranty
This Vortex riflescope is built with
our commitment to your absolute
satisfaction; it is engineered to last and
is unconditionally guaranteed. Vortex
pledges this Very Important Promise to
you, a Very Important Person—and that’s why we call it the
In the event that your Diamondback riflescope requires service,
no matter the cause*, Vortex Optics will repair or replace
(at our discretion) the riflescope at no charge to you. What’s
more, there is no time limit on our promise.
*The VIP warranty does not include loss, theft, deliberate damage, or damage
because of unauthorized repair, modification, or disassembly. Vortex Optics
reserves the right to replace warranted product with a product of similar value
and/or with similar specifications in the event that the original product is no
longer manufactured or has been discontinued. With no warranty card to fill out,
the VIP warranty is completely transferable.
Vortex Optics Technical Service
If your scope requires warranty service, please follow these
practical instructions before shipping:
1. Remove the rings and any other accessories from the scope.
2. Include a note with your name, shipping address, daytime
phone, e-mail, and a description of the problem.
3. Add padding around the riflescope, then pack inside a shipping
carton to avoid damage during the shipping process.
Send all service repairs to:
2120 West Greenview Drive
Middleton, WI 53562
For technical service questions, call the Vortex Optics Technical
Service telephone number at (800) 426-0048 or send an e-mail
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