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kennymo
10-31-2014, 04:29 PM
So now that I've actually managed to get my fairly recently acquired 35 Whelen out, shooting and sighted in, it's become fairly clear to me that I'd like something a little better on top than the decades old 4x32 Bushnell Sportsman that it arrived with. I've been thinking I'd like to stick with a relatively low magnification as I don't anticipate any terribly long shots with this gun, and I actually prefer shooting at lower power settings anyways. I'd also like to keep the objective under 40mm so I don't need to go to higher rings, I kinda like the way things are set up now.
The last couple rifles got Bushnell Elites on top in a fairly standard 3-9x40 and I've been pretty happy with the results, but curiosity has me delving into other brands, mostly for the hell of it all. I'd been considering saving the pennies for a Zeiss Terra 2-7x32, which should suit my needs and the glass looks pretty good, but at over $400 it'll take awhile to acquire with my currently tight budget. Today I was quizzing the local gun counter on my dilemma and they produced a Vortex Crossfire II 1-4x. The look of the tube diameter objective kinda appeals to me, I like the option to go low, low, low with the magnification and it seems pretty crisp and bright in the store. The warranty is certainly appealing an I do like the Vortex binoculars I bought last year. Now it's $200 cheaper than the Zeiss, and I'll have it before Christmas if I want to.....anyone have some experience or wisdom to offer on these? And can the save up for the $1000 scope crap, it ain't happening anytime soon...

Swampdonkey
10-31-2014, 06:38 PM
Where's the parallax set?

kennymo
10-31-2014, 09:20 PM
Where's the parallax set?

100 yds according to their website.

JustBen
10-31-2014, 09:44 PM
I don't have a crossfire, but I do have the Zeiss terra in 2-7. It's an excellent scope for the money. I will buy another.

Drache
10-31-2014, 09:53 PM
The Crossfire II models are nothing like the Original crossfires sadly. That being said they are decent, cost wont break the bank, and still have the Vortex epic warranty.

FlyingHigh
11-01-2014, 03:30 PM
I had a Crossfire II on a .22WMR that wouldn't hold zero. Took it back to the shop and was handed a new one. It works perfectly. I love the vortex warranty.

Mark-II
11-02-2014, 10:45 PM
I just bought a crossfire II for my .300 blackout. It's my first one and I hope to get out to set it up this week.

road kill
11-03-2014, 08:51 PM
I just mounted a 6-18 crossfire II on my new CZ 527 17 hornet. Hopefully i'll get it sighted in tomorrow.

kennymo
11-03-2014, 09:41 PM
Looks like everyone's getting in on the game. Reviews please!

road kill
11-04-2014, 11:48 AM
My morning session didn't go well, during bore sighting it became to light that i didn't have enough horizontal adjustment. Nice group just 8" to the left and no more adjustment in the turrets. Will try another scope and see if it's the scope or rings which are Leupold.

Drache
11-04-2014, 11:54 AM
My morning session didn't go well, during bore sighting it became to light that i didn't have enough horizontal adjustment. Nice group just 8" to the left and no more adjustment in the turrets. Will try another scope and see if it's the scope or rings which are Leupold.

It might also be the bases! If the holes were drilled perfectly with the barrel it will cause the whole scope to be off to one side.

road kill
11-05-2014, 04:10 AM
The CZ527 has the bases machined into the top of the reciever, no holes to drill. Now if somebody had a bad day setting up the machines for cutting the grooves i have a big problem.

Jake
02-07-2015, 09:26 AM
Man I love both cards for Fight Night and Crossfire. The brand split looks good so far.

t_glover
02-07-2015, 10:37 AM
I have a Crossfire II on a Savage 11 Hunter .223.
It is clear well made and holds zero.
Good value for the money.

Terry

lone-wolf
02-07-2015, 10:49 AM
I don't know about the crossfire2, but the diamondback has way too short of eye relief.

kennymo
02-07-2015, 10:54 AM
The CZ527 has the bases machined into the top of the reciever, no holes to drill. Now if somebody had a bad day setting up the machines for cutting the grooves i have a big problem.

Hey, what ever happened with this?

superbrad
02-13-2015, 11:52 AM
I have a crossfire II on my backup deer rifle in 2-7.... nice scope, not too pricy.... That being said, If you can afford a bit more I much prefer the diamondback series... The glass is much clearer...

kennymo
02-13-2015, 11:59 AM
I have a crossfire II on my backup deer rifle in 2-7.... nice scope, not too pricy.... That being said, If you can afford a bit more I much prefer the diamondback series... The glass is much clearer...

Ever use a Bushnell Elite 3200? I've been using a pair on my deer rifles for a good number of years now. I'm pretty happy with them, the Crossfire II glass I examined in store seemed close to on par with them except for around the edges. The Zeiss Terra was a notch above, as it should be for the extra $200...
This purchase is still pending due to current budget constraints. I did find some replacement rings and screws for the Browning mount (Leupold fit without much hassle). Now for Whelen reloading dies, factory ammo = $$$$ with this thing...

kennymo
02-13-2015, 12:07 PM
Oh, if I haven't posted about it on this forum, one of the screws on my rear mount broke while I was sighting the beast in for deer. I didn't notice right away, initially blaming the old Bushnell Sportsman for my adjustment woes. Managed a couple of 3" groups at 200 yards with a broken rear mount, gives me great hope for this rifle. Fingers crossed on this fall's moose hunt going through.

http://i1328.photobucket.com/albums/w534/kennymo81/Mobile%20Uploads/28A10981-4B29-4EBF-B19C-034622B238A2_zpsdb6ufecl.jpg (http://s1328.photobucket.com/user/kennymo81/media/Mobile%20Uploads/28A10981-4B29-4EBF-B19C-034622B238A2_zpsdb6ufecl.jpg.html)

kennymo
02-13-2015, 05:00 PM
Well, solved that dilemma.....
http://i1328.photobucket.com/albums/w534/kennymo81/Mobile%20Uploads/9659ED4C-27D5-4486-8C67-1FB5729BE959_zpsbnarajav.jpg (http://s1328.photobucket.com/user/kennymo81/media/Mobile%20Uploads/9659ED4C-27D5-4486-8C67-1FB5729BE959_zpsbnarajav.jpg.html)

Bushnell 2-7x Elite, 30% off regular price. The Crossfire II was on sale too, but already vanished. But, decent glass, I have two others (3-9x40's) and I know they hold zero well and stay bright until I really shouldn't be shooting at anything so I'm happy to get a deal. $195.

road kill
02-14-2015, 08:16 AM
Hey, what ever happened with this?

Sorry i missed the follow up till now. The Crossfire II got sold shortly after in a package deal with a friend. I installed an old Bushnell i had sitting around and got the 17 sighted in. Sadly weather hasn't allowed me time to do much more than sight it in. I have an older Diamondback on my 243 and have had no problems with it and have been looking at the Diamondback HP, more money that the regular one but it has target turrets and side parallax adjustment. Not sure if that is worth the increase or not.

Drache
02-14-2015, 08:20 AM
Sorry i missed the follow up till now. The Crossfire II got sold shortly after in a package deal with a friend. I installed an old Bushnell i had sittine around and got the 17 sighted in. Sadly weather hasn't allowed me time to do much more than sight it in. I have an older Diamondback on my 243 and have had no problems with it and have been looking at the Diamondback HP, more money that the regular one but it has target turrets and side parralx adjustment. Not sure if that is worth the increase or not.

Worth it!

http://i.imgur.com/TKJDKoV.jpg

road kill
02-14-2015, 08:25 AM
Well talk about a fast responce. I`ll be looking at them next trip to Saskatoon.

lone-wolf
02-14-2015, 08:28 AM
Hows the eye relief drache. Cause eye relief is all I ever ask about.
I read on the higher magnification you got to suck your eye in pretty close.

Drache
02-14-2015, 08:29 AM
Well talk about a fast responce. I`ll be looking at them next trip to Saskatoon.

The target turrets are really easy to operate, even with gloves and I swear by side mounted Parallax Adjustment.

The glass is improved on the HP models as well. More clear than the standard Diamondback models.

Drache
02-14-2015, 08:32 AM
Hows the eye relief drache. Cause eye relief is all I ever ask about.
I read on the higher magnification you got to suck your eye in pretty close.

Eye relief is 4 inches in the manual, I'd say that is about right, maybe a shade under. About the same as a Bushnell or Nightforce.

When I'm home from work I'll double check and let you know.

lone-wolf
02-14-2015, 08:36 AM
Worth it!

http://i.imgur.com/TKJDKoV.jpg

Finally I can show off my own xbolt again, and be somewhat relevant. Diamondback 2-7x, not the HP version. And you can see I had to mount it as far back as possible and it's still not ideal.

http://i767.photobucket.com/albums/xx313/redmudpei/random%20gun-bullet%20stuff/100_0363_zps987b4bdf.jpg

road kill
02-14-2015, 10:09 AM
I had no problem with eye relief on my Diamondback 3x9 on an old Rem 700. The Crossfire II was okay as well, just didn't get to try it much before i sold it.

JustBen
02-14-2015, 10:13 AM
Drache, what rings are those?

Drache
02-14-2015, 10:35 AM
Drache, what rings are those?

To tell you the truth I have no idea. I can't remember.

They appear to be Weavers but they aren't marked with a company name and the nuts don't match the ones Weaver comes with.