Vortex Crossfire ii 3-9×40 Review: Should you buy this budget scope?
ReticleThe certain V-Plex reticle used in the scope comes in use whether you want to hunt something super small to something super big. The eye-relief is such that if your prey is fast enough to run away from and play hide-and-seek with you, you can easily lock the target (thanks to the eyebox too). But that means it allows you to be fast enough too. Focusing on using the reticle has never been this easy!
Eye-relief and eye boxAnd since we are on eye-relief, it falls under the natural range. If you did not know what eye-relief means, well, it actually means how far your eye should be from the lens of the scope to let you see the target with ease. When you are magnifying at power 3, your eyes should be less than four inches away. And when you are at nine, the max for long-range shooting, you will be less than four and a half inches away. Your eye will be, that is.
LensAlso, what you would obviously want from the lens, for it to be anti-reflective, is what you get; along with multiple layers of coating for extra protection and accuracy. Brighter images must mean better lenses and that is exactly what they are trying to provide. And you know the reputation of Vortex when it comes to optics, don’t you? For the best understanding, it lets you see well even in the dark, thanks to the multi-coating we spoke of earlier. This also prevents the annoying field curvature and other distortions in the image quality and color. While experts prefer multi-coating, there are other scopes in the same line that comes with a single coating, if multiple layers are too much to handle for you. For some quick information, it has a 3-9 magnification power, objective on 40 and can shoot across short, medium and long ranges.
DurabilityAs we test it, it seems okay with rugged ventures and is even shock-safe. So whether or not it is durable falls out of the question. The construction is sturdy too, we must say. Do you know the type of anodized alum they use to make airplanes? Yes, that goes into making the 3-9×40. The color of the solid billet is jet black. So another plus point on how it can camouflage well with the environment, if that is what you want.
Fog PreventionNothing is more disturbing than finding your lens objective getting all foggy in the middle of a hunt. Well, there may be other disturbing things, but is just really a common complaint. The 3-9×40 saves you from that trouble by acting as a fog proof scope. Nitrogen or the heavily inert, argon gas is jam-packed in the scope to prevent this fog formation disaster to succeed. And it isn’t that the scope will be filled with both of them, it could be any two. But just don’t think that Argon being more expensive will mean the better.
OthersWith a pupil range a little less than 7 mm, which obviously can be adjusted according to the comfort you seek, you are good to go. Again, the aluminum turret caps are a blessing for a better grip on them. However, the focus rings take more force than you would need to apply on similar other scopes. Otherwise, it will be difficult to rotate the piece. Again, you have to be a little careful about not over-adjusting the elevated adjusters, to remove errors while shooting. So, summing up, here are what we liked and disliked about the scope:
- excellent quality maintained in material selection
- durability of construction
- waterproof and fog proof
- it can be adjusted to get the right magnification and reticle focusing
- easily controllable adjusters
- great scope for hunting.
- maybe a little too large for petite shooters
- a little heavy
- not for too fast shooting purposes.
FAQsHere are the answers to the most frequently asked questions that we get from the buyers of the scope:
- Is it worth the money?
- Which shooters can use it?
- What type of gun should it be used with?
- Can it work with scout-style rifles?
- Does it come with flip covers?
ConclusionThis seems to be a perfect purchase for anyone looking for the right scopes to buy on a budget while maintaining quality. For advanced shooters, maybe not so much. But either way, you can purchase and give the popular scope a shooting trial! If you read my vortex crossfire ii 3-9×40 review, comment here your valuable questions.
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