Similar as its slightly smaller cousin with the 44mm lens, this scope is also perfect for hunters. Light, compact and durable, it is a scope that will withstand anything while out hunting. The minimum magnification is set at 4x and the maximum at 16x, which provides for versatility in use. The possibility of relatively low magnification makes it a decent scope even for shooting on the move or stalking your prey in hunting. Maximum magnification is still high enough to be able to pull of long range shots with ease, with the subtensions of the reticle true at 16x, to help with quick shot correction. The reticle, which is placed at SFP, can come in two variants, either the V-Plex or the Dead-Hold BDC.
The 50mm lens lets in even more light which will surely help for a clearer image and easier shooting at lower lights. Due to the size of the lens, it also has a forgiving eye-box that allows for some comfort when choosing a shooting position.
The tube is machined out of a single piece of aircraft grade aluminum, sealed with o-rings and hard anodized. This will make it durable at any conditions, and will protect it from damp, sunlight, strikes and scratches. The scope is also water-tight and shock proof. The XD, low light dispersion lenses will provide a clear image and are coated with ArmotTek coating to prevent stains, scratches and to repel water, dust, oil and fingerprints. The scope is also Argon purged to prevent internal fogging.
The Viper HS series of scopes does not come with reticle illumination. The large lenses will make up for that to some point, but due to the thin reticle crosses, these are less useful at night or dim light. Nonetheless, this will make them easier to use at long ranges.
This turrets are capped for extra protection. They are easily usable, and allow for easy re-indexing as they can be reset without any tools. The side focus turret allows for parallax setting, and the quick-focus eyepiece allows for fast reticle focusing.
The scope comes with the V-Plex or the Dead-Hold BDC reticle. The V-Plex is an all-purpose, easy to use reticle perfect for hunting, while the Dead-Hold has an integrated BDC system which helps with shot placement at longer ranges. Both are set in MOA with adjustment graduation of ¼ MOA per click.
Like all Viper HS models, it has increased elevation and windage travel of 50 MOA, for easy and versatile adjustment possibilities.
All Vortex scopes come with a VIP warranty, which means that if anything goes wrong the Company will cover your scope. Your scope will be either repaired or replaced if it becomes defective, without any costs for you. You can also read more about our warranty policy here.
The Vortex Viper HS in 4-16x50 has a 30mm central tube and need appropriate rings for mounting.
(Posted on 30/03/2017)