Weaver vs. Vortex opinions?

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Weaver vs. Vortex opinions?

#1 Post by Anntc » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:22 am

I've come into possession of a 1963 Marlin 336 R.C. in .30-.30 with a Weaver 63A base mount but no scope https://tacticsfaq.com/vortex-crossfire-vs-diamondback/ . I'm looking for opinions on the Weaver Classic V 2.5-7x32 and the Vortex 2-7x35 Diamondback scopes. While I know everyone has their favorite brands, these are the ONLY two scopes I'm looking for input on. So if you have first hand experience with either of these scopes, I would greatly appreciate any knowledge you would be willing to share. I see no need to replace the Weaver base but I am open to suggestions on brands and heights of rings for mounting either of these scopes. Thanks for any info!
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#2 Post by GunnyMack » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:50 am

Weaver is good stuff but I bet Sixgun has a few words about Vortex... Probably not kind words!
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#3 Post by jdad » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:21 am

Isn't that Weaver a rimfire scope (RV7)? The Vortex is a centerfire.

I have several of the newer, higher end, Vortex PST scopes on AR's and have no issues.

I have several centerfire and rimfire Weavers also. No problems with them also.
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#4 Post by horsesoldier2019 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:25 am

I have two Vortex 1-4x28 scopes. Both have the illuminated reticles. The glass is crystal clear and has never fogged even when getting out of a warm truck and going hunting in 20 F temps. I did send one of them back because the illumination knob was not illuminating in the proper position. It was promptly repaired and I had it back about 10 days from the day I sent it, fully covered by their warranty. I was very impressed. I have looked through several Weavers in the store and wasn't impressed enough to bite. No clue on their warranty.

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#5 Post by earlmck » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:47 am

Congrats on the fine new acquisition -- the absolutely perfect rifle for a reloader. I have no experience on those brands of scope but that is just the type scope I prefer for my hunting/plinking guns. I like to mount the scope as low as possible on these rifles that were built as iron-sighters. Around these parts if I want anything lower that "medium" I have to order it. All of my "low" rings are Weaver and I've never had a complaint.
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#6 Post by fordwannabe » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:03 pm

I am a self admitted ring and base snob. I highly recommend Warne medium rings a little more obtrusive but strong like bull. Keep in mind the only contact between whatever scope you pick and that rifle is the rings and bases. I have several 4-5 vortex scopes and am happy with them. I have never been really impressed with Weavers, after the all steel ones, but admittedly haven’t tried one in 15 years so unsure of the newer stuff.
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#7 Post by jkbrea » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:14 pm

Only had one Weaver and it was a cheaper one. I bought a used Vortex for long range shooting in a Ruger LRP. Amazing clarity. Made two consecutive shots at a little over a mile. Customer service is great. Mine took a fall and bent the turret. About a 10 day turnaround and made to look like new. I work at a gun club and have noticed Vortex is a very popular scope.

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#8 Post by Paladin » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:29 pm

Vortex would be my choice over Weaver. I have a few of them and one on my duty rifle.
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#9 Post by Rusty » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:54 pm

My only recent Weaver experience was when I saw some new K4s on sale so I bought 3 of them thinking it would be nice to go old school. When they got to me I found they were made in China and had nowhere near the clarity of the old K4s.
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#10 Post by piller » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:32 am

When I went hunting in Poland, the guide used Vortex with illuminated reticles and we hunted mostly at night. He claimed he could see better out of the Vortex than any other he has tried. I like Vortex for their clarity and ability to focus to my vision. Not everything focuses to my vision.
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#11 Post by t.r. » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:44 am

I bought a VORTEX scope in 2017 featuring 2-7X settings. Purchased from Optics Planet for less than $130. This scope is fitted to my Savage 99 in .308 with Weaver mounts. I really like the clarity and brightness of this scope!

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