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Vortex Hunting Rifle Scopes

Vortex Optics is an American company that was founded in 2003 by the Hamilton family as a subsidiary of Sheltered Wings, Inc. In addition to hunting rifle scopes, Vortex Optics also produces binoculars, spotting scopes, red dots, and other riflescope accessories. Learn more about the available selection of Vortex hunting rifle scopes through the following questions and answers.

What are riflescope specifications?

Rifle scope specifications, like those found on the Vortex Viper, are the numbers engraved on the outside of the tube. They include magnification and brightness.

  • The magnification is the power of the rifle scope to enlarge the image of a distant object as seen through the reticle. A rifle scope marked 4x makes distant images look four times bigger. If you view a target 100 yards away with a 4-power scope, it will appear to be 25 yards away.
  • A rifle scope marked 4-10x makes distant images look four times bigger and closer through the reticle, and the image can be increased to 10 times larger.
  • The second number is the size of the front or objective lens in millimeters. This relates directly to the rifle scope's ability to use the available light.
  • A 50mm lens will show clearer, brighter images, than a 30mm lens.
What types of reticles are there?

Vortex produces scopes with BDC, crosshairs, duplex, illuminated, mil dot, and plex reticles.

What is the difference between fixed and variable power scopes?

Fixed power scopes use only one specific power that cannot be changed. A variable power scope has various power settings that it can be used to change the magnification.

What do the letters FFP mean on a scope?

Hunting scopes are often marked FFP for the first focal place. This means that the reticle aiming point is placed in front of the magnifying lens. As you adjust the magnification upward, the image gets bigger along with the reticle aiming point.

How do you clean and maintain rifle scopes?

Over time, dust and dirt accumulate on the lenses which causes deflection of sunlight and affecting the sights, especially in the low light hours of dusk and dawn. To remove them, perform the following steps:

  • Dust and dirt should be removed with a dry, soft bristle brush that is completely free of oil.
  • Stubborn smudges, such as dried raindrops, may be removed in a circular pattern with cotton swabs and lens cleaning solution.
  • Use a soft dry cotton cleaning cloth to dry the lens thoroughly.
  • The last step should involve a final polishing, using a circular motion with a soft, oil-free, chemical-free microfiber cloth. Unlike a cotton cloth, a microfiber cloth will leave no microscopic particles behind.
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