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Thread: Viper PST vs. Nightforce for my purposes?

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    Viper PST vs. Nightforce for my purposes?

    I am looking to upgrade the scope on my recce from a Vortex Diamondback, and am considering the Vortex Viper PST 2.5-10 vs. the Nightforce NXS 2.5-10. I want to upgrade for better resolution at distances and better performance in lower light. The illumination is an attractive feature too.

    I will have the money for the PST within the next few weeks, but the Nightforce would really stretch me at the moment. My question is whether people with more experience think I should continue saving for the Nightforce or just get the PST now. I have read multiple threads at Sniper's Hide and elsewhere, and keep going back and forth.

    I will be using it to shoot 5.56 up to ~400 yards at the moment on a static range, and also plan to use it for varmints and coyotes. It will not be used in any professional capacity.
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    I have had one of the Vortex PST 1-4x for a few months. I really like it. For the cost you get some great features and great glass. I really like Vortex scopes, I have 2. Are there better scopes out there,yes, but at its price point, I think the viper line of scopes is Top. I think the PST would do you very well. You just need to ask yourself if you want to spend the extra coin to get the little nicer scope?

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    I had to decide between the same two scopes a while back, but when it came down to it, I went with the Nightforce for its velocity reticle and easy of use at different ranges. I also knew that by going that route I wasn't going to break the bank either. What you might want to consider is how much and often you'll use your setup. Then judge whether the price difference is really worth it to you. Everyone is different on their needs, and even if you go with the nightforce, you might always wonder if the the pst would have been good enough, or if you should have saved for something better. Either scope would be perfect in my opinion. Good luck choosing.

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    If you're not going to be running around in sand, and need your rifle to work when you want it to or else you're risking your life, I'd go with the Vortex. The PST's I've seen have great glass and the build quality isn't too bad either. Have you also looked at the SWFA 3-9x?

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    I own a NightForce with the FC-2 reticle and I love it. It's fast and the scope is as it should be for a upper tier scope. The one thing that is true about this scope is that the Illuminated riticle is almost useless in bright sun. It doesn't bother me because I can see the black reticle fine but others have complained.

    I shot a 3 gun match with it and it served me well.
    Tzoid

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    There are very few reviews on the PST 2.5-10, so I hope you get one and put it to the test.

    I have the PST 1-4 on a carbine and the NF 2.5-10x32 on an SPRish rifle. Different uses and no real comparisons can be made between the two, IMO.

    The clarity (relative to precision shooting) on the NF is considerably better as one would expect, but again you cannot compare the two. I run the NF out to 700 meters with good results where the PST 1-4 excels at very close range and works pretty well at mid ranges.

    My NF is not subject to be replaced, but if I were going to buy a second 2.5-10 right now, I would lean toward the PST 2.5-10. Would prefer to compare both side-by-side first, but so far that's not been possible.

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    Thanks for the kind words guys. I was getting all set to order the PST when I came across this today:

    http://opticsthoughts.com/index.php?...views&Itemid=4

    Most of the glowing reviews that I read were related to the 1-4 and 6-24. I guess I'll keep saving my pennies or decide whether I want to sacrifice something else...

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