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Vortex Golden Eagle HD riflescopes | Optics Trade Debates

Hello and welcome to another episode of Optics Trade Debates. We are still debating over Vortex riflescopes, this time over the Golden Eagle HD riflescopes.

Golden Eagle was launched in 2017 and was Vortex's first major target scope. When they launched the series it was exciting to see that Vortex finally made something for target shooters, for F-class shooters, because the rest of their product line is tactical – this is the only F-class scope they have. It was instantly known that this scope would be a success due to the Vortex quality, the VIP warranty, and the good pricing.

The scope is a classic target scope; it has a second focal plane Fine Crosshair reticle, as well as an additional reticle with some hash marks (it is thin, so the majority of people opt for the Fine Crosshair reticle). It has precise 1/8 of MOA clicks (roughly 3.5 mm per 100 m). The magnification is extremely high (15-60), and the objective lens is 52 mm, which means that the scope is quite lightweight.

Similar scopes have already been produced by March – 10-60x52, as well as Nightforce – 15-55x52. All of them are extremely lightweight since lately, a lot of F-class rifles have been heavy. People try to save as much weight as possible on the scopes, the mounts, etc. so that the weight can go inside of the barrel which is thicker and heavier.

The price is interesting, as the cost is similar to the Sightron SIII scopes, which end at 1300 €, and lower than every other European manufacturer, for example, Kahles (10-50 for 2500 €), and Schmidt & Bender (12-52 for 2800 €). The Vortex Golden Eagle HD riflescopes are therefore in a sweet spot. In Europe, an F-class entry-level scope is Sightron SIII (roughly 1000 €). If you wish to have something a bit better, more lightweight, with a better magnification, this would be the correct choice (1700 €, 1800 €). The rest – the March, Kahles, Schmidt & Bender, IOR scopes – cost more than 2000 €, and the majority are much heavier.

If you are looking for a way to save money on a scope, this is the right way to go, as it offers everything. What should also be pointed out is that all the reticles are non-illuminated, so they are even thinner, and this does not pose a problem, as for F-class shooting, illumination is not needed. This is how they managed to nail the sweet spot for F-class shooters.

Even though it is a target scope, it does not have typical target turrets – it has open tactical ones with a turn indicator at the bottom. Having a target scope with open tactical turrets has been becoming more and more popular. This does not change anything because even if the turrets would be capped; when you come to the shooting range and start the competition, you just remove the caps and it works the same.

The parallax can be set with the side turret, all the way from 20 yards to infinity. The scopes are made in Japan and what is also very important is that you have a lot of travel for the parallax on the side focus – this is important if you are an F-class shooter because you need to minimize the parallax error completely, and having a lot of parallax on the side focus makes it easier. Also, everything from 20 to infinity is not marked, so you can set the focus yourself, by observing the image – this can be misleading for scopes that have normal yard or meter markings. That is because you can never be completely certain of the distance for the majority of targets. Also, the scope is fine mechanics, and it is difficult to fine-tune all the scopes that leave the factory. So Vortex did a good job by not putting markings on the side focus and doing it manually.

The scope is also filled with argon instead of nitrogen, so it is fog-proof, shock-proof, and you can mount it on any kind of rifle with any kind of caliber. You also get some nice additions along with it: metallic lens caps made out of aluminum which you can screw on, a filter that can be of help on a bright, sunny day; a sunshade, and a spare turret with different markings for the windage turret.

This is everything about the scope itself; there is also an instruction manual with reticle subtensions, which are not that important if you have a Fine Crosshair reticle – for F-class shooting, the most important thing is that the point of impact does not change and that the reticle is thin, so you are able to precisely place your shots.

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Products mentioned in the Vortex Golden Eagle HD riflescopes debate:

Vortex Golden Eagle riflescopes: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/manufacturer-vortex/riflescope_series-vortex_golden_eagle.html

Vortex Golden Eagle HD 15-60x52: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/vortex-golden-eagle-hd-15-60x52.html

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