Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 Riflescope EBR-1 SFP PST-624S1-A – Review

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Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 Riflescope EBR-1 MOA SFP PST-624S1-A comes with features that are found in top-tier scopes but are available at a street price under $1,000. It delivers the performance and features that tactical shooters and hunters look for but at an economical price point. This Precision Shooting Tactical (PST) riflescope has matching reticle (EBR-1 MOA) and turret measurements, helping shooters to get accurate and fast dialing of shots. EBR-1 MOA reticle is located at Second Focal Plane at Vortex PST-624S1-A Riflescope.

Other important features of this scope includes XD Lens Elements, XR Fully Multi-Coating, 30 mm diameter scope tube (providing ample windage and elevation adjustment), glass-etched reticle, ArmorTek ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating, exposed Tactical-Style Turrets, Side Focus (easy to adjust and located at left side of the scope), CRS Zero Stop, quick and easy reticle focusing Fast Focus Eyepiece, and many more. Vortex PST-624S1-A Viper PST 6-24×50 Riflescope is built from a single, solid block of aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum providing strength and rigidity.

Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 Riflescope EBR-1 MOA SFP PST-624S1-A is fitted with top-tier glass, reticle design, construction, and internal mechanism but comes with an economical price tag. That’s what makes it highly popular among tactical shooters.

Pros & Cons

Pros

Price – Provides tactical shooters and hunters the ability to experience features of a high-end optics at an economical price.

Reticle – EBR-I MOA reticle is best for long distance shooting and ranging. It’s illuminated and comes with 10 illumination settings.  

Side Focus – It’s present on the left-hand side of the scope, making it easy to access and adjust from shooting position.

Cons

Is there any? We didn’t find anything negative about this scope. Have you? Put your feedback in the comment section.

Low Light Performance of the Scope

Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 Riflescope EBR-1 MOA SFP PST-624S1-A has exceptionally good low light performance. It has become possible because –

  • This scope model is incorporated with an illuminated EBR-1 reticle, providing precise aiming under low-light conditions.
  • This Vortex Viper PST model has been incorporated with 10 different illumination intensities, providing you the option to adjust reticle illumination, suiting your needs as per light condition. This illumination adjustment setting knob is located at 45-degree angle to the left of the eyepiece, thereby keeping it apart from turrets and power settings.
  • Vortex has incorporated highly visible MAG-view fiber optic that helps in easy referencing during low light conditions.

Hunters prefer Vortex PST-624S1-A riflescope because it enables them to hunt during twilight and low light situations when animals are most active.

Reticle

  • Best For – EBR-1 MOA reticle at Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 Riflescope EBR-1 MOA SFP PST-624S1-A is designed to meet the needs of long-distance shooting as well as ranging abilities. You can use EBR-1 reticle to determine ranges, holdovers, windage corrections and moving target leads in an effective manner.
  • Illumination – This reticle is illuminated, helping in precise aiming under low-light conditions. There are 10 reticle illumination settings, helping you to adjust illumination in accordance with light availability.
  • Glass-Etched – Vortex Optics has used ultra precision laser etching technology to protect the reticle between two glass layers, for providing optimum durability and reliability. Glass-etched reticle makes it sure that MOA specifications are kept to the tightest possible tolerances. Even under heavy and repeated recoil, glass-etching ensures that the reticle doesn’t break.
  • Proper Balance – EBR-1 MOA reticle’s fine center crosshair subtensions are carefully chosen so that optimum balance can be provided between precision aiming and low light visibility.

Side Focus and Turrets

Parallax becomes an issue at Viper PST ranging capabilities. Vortex Optics has incorporated side focus for parallax correction. It’s located on the scope’s left side, which you can reach easily from your shooting position.

Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 Riflescope EBR-1 MOA SFP PST-624S1-A comes with exposed turrets that are resettable to zero. You can make scope adjustments of 1/4 MOA per click. The manufacturer has also recognized the field need of resetting to zero. That’s why they have introduced Customizable Rotational Stop (CRS) so that you can get back to original zero with easy zero-reset turrets.

What are the Major Features of Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 Riflescope PST-624S1-A?

SFP Scope – EBR-1 MOA reticle is located at Second Focal Plane, which is ideal for long-range shooters as well as short range hunters. Most second focal plane riflescopes come with the advantage of accurate scale at their highest power. Benchrest long-range shooters tend to choose an SFP scope and EBR-1 MOA reticle is perfect for the purpose.

Fast Focus Eyepiece – Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 Riflescope EBR-1 MOA SFP PST-624S1-A is equipped with fast focus eyepiece that helps in fast target acquisition.

Glass-etched Reticle – Vortex EBR-1 MOA ballistic reticle is a glass-etched one that is protected within two XR fully multi-coated lenses, helping in reticle reliability and durability.

XD Glass – Vortex Optics has incorporated extra-low dispersion (XD) glass that helps increasing resolution as well as color fidelity. Therefore, you get crisp and sharp images always.

ArmorTek Coating – Ultra-hard, scratch-resistant ArmorTek coating protects exterior scope lens from scratches, oil, and dirt.

Rugged Construction – This scope is waterproof, fogproof, and shock-proof, enabled by the rugged construction of single piece tube, Argon gas, and O ring seals.

Turrets and Scope Setting – Scope adjustments come with 1/4 MOA positive clicks, resettable to zero, and exposed tactical-style turrets (helps in fast, accurate and easy elevation and windage adjustment reading).

CRS ZeroStop – Manufacturer has incorporated CRS (Customizable Rotational Stop) with elevation turrets so that shooters on-field can easily get back to zero after dialing temporary elevation correction.

Precision-Glide Erector System – Even in the harshest conditions, you can smoothly change magnification as Vortex PST-624S1-A has been incorporated with Precision-Glide Erector System.

MAG-View Fiber Optic – Magnification setting is now easy with MAG-View Fiber Optic.

VIP Warranty – Vortex provides customers with VIP (Very Important Promise) Warranty for a lifetime on all damaged or defective Vortex Optics products.

Specifications

Parameter

Value

Magnification Range

6-24x

Objective Lens Diameter

50 mm

Tube Size

30 mm

Parallax Adjustment

50 yards – infinity

Reticle Name

EBR-1 MOA

Reticle Position

Second Focal Plane

Reticle Illumination

Yes

Parallax Adjustment

50 yards – infinity

Field of View

17.8 – 5.1 feet / 100 yards

Eye Relief

4.0 inches

Max Elevation/Windage Adjustment

65 MOA

Adjustment Graduation

¼ MOA

Travel Per Rotation

12 MOA

Turret Style

Tactical CRS Zero Stop

Length

15.5 inches

Weight

23.4 oz

Compatible Accessories

Accessory Name

MPN

UPC

Vortex Precision Matched 30mm Scope Rings PMR-30-126

PMR-30-126

875874002937

CLICK HERE

Vortex Precision Matched Rings (Set of 2) for 30 mm (.97 Inch / 24.64 mm) PMR-30-97

PMR-30-97

875874002920

CLICK HERE

Vortex Precision Matched Rings (Set of 2) for 30 mm (.87 Inch / 22.1 mm) PMR-30-87

PMR-30-87

875874002913

CLICK HERE

Vortex Switchview Throw Lever SV-2

SV-2

875874004993

CLICK HERE

Vortex Bubble Level for 30mm Riflescope Tube BL30

BL30

875874002432

CLICK HERE

Vortex Sure Fit Riflescope Cover X-Large MPN SF-XL

SF-XL

875874007277

CLICK HERE

Vortex Defender Flip Cap Eyepiece (40-46mm) E-10

E-10

875874005877

CLICK HERE

Vortex Defender Flip Cap Objective Lens 50 (55-59mm) O-50

O-50

875874005891

CLICK HERE

Vortex flip cap cover size 7 FC-7

FC-7

875874003859

CLICK HERE

Vortex flip cap cover size 5 FC-5

FC-5

875874003835

CLICK HERE

Vortex Battery Holder for CR 2032 Battery: Razor HD, Viper, Crossfire II, SPARC MPN BH-2032

BH-2032

875874002852

CLICK HERE

Vortex Fog Free Lens Cleaning Kit FFLCK-2

FFLCK-2

875874000568

CLICK HERE

Vortex Fog Free Lens Cleaning Field Kit LC-1

LC-1

875874005976

CLICK HERE

Vortex Cantilever Ring Mount for 30mm Tube (2-Inch Offset) CM-202

CM-202

875874004702

CLICK HERE

Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 Riflescope PST-624S1-A VS. Zeiss Conquest V4 6-24X50 Riflescope 522955-9993-080

Zeiss Conquest V4 6-24X50 Riflescope 522955-9993-080 comes with 24x magnification along with adjustable parallax compensation. This scope has illuminated ZMOA-1 reticle located at Second Focal Plane, multi-turn elevation turret with Ballistic Stop, large elevation/windage adjustment range, side parallax, and many more. Zeiss Conquest V4 6-24X50 Riflescope can be used with a wide array of firearms such as Classic, Varmint, MSR, Long Range Hunting, Long Range Target, and Specialty rifles. Use this scope for target usage applications including Predator, Varmint, long/short range hunting or shooting, target shooting, and Safari Plains Game shooting.

Vortex VIPER PST 6-24X50 Riflescope PST-624S1-A comes with the same magnification range and objective diameter as Zeiss Conquest V4 6-24X50 522955-9993-080. Both are top-tier riflescopes but the Vortex scope is available at a street price under $1,000. Vortex PST-624S1-A features matching reticle and turret measurements, allowing accurate, fast dialing of shots. This scope has tactical style turrets, side focus, 30mm tube, XR Fully Multi-Coating, XD Lens Elements, illuminated glass-etched reticle, and more. Viper PST scopes deliver amazing performance as well as features that are most suitable for tactical shooters.

Comparison –

  • Purpose of Use – While Zeiss Conquest V4 6-24X50 Riflescope 522955-9993-080 is more suitable for target shooting and versatile hunting, Vortex VIPER PST 6-24X50 Riflescope PST-624S1-A is meant for the tactical shooters. Both are top-tier scopes but have a different set of target audiences.
  • Price –Vortex PST-624S1-A riflescope is more economical, making it a highly sought after riflescope among tactical shooters. The Vortex Viper PST scope is significantly more affordable than Zeiss Conquest V4 scope.

Which Scope Should You Buy?

As the purpose of use is significantly different for both the scopes, it’s not possible to put one scope over the other. If the price is considered as the main parameter, Vortex Viper PST PST-624S1-A is surely the winner.

Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 Riflescope PST-624S1-A VS. Leupold Mark 4 ERT 6-5-20X50 Riflescope 110076

Leupold Mark 4 ERT 6.5-20×50 Rifle Scope 30mm Tube M5 Front Focal TMR 110076 and Vortex Viper PST 6-24×50 Riflescope EBR-1 SFP PST-624S1-A are both top-tier scopes, meant for long range shooters, especially tactical community.

Leupold Mark 4 ERT 6.5-20×50 Scope 110076 is a tactical riflescope that comes with an adjustable turret as well as ranging reticle (TMR reticle located at First Focal Plane). The FFP reticle definitely provides more tactical value to the precision shooters as the reticle size appears to vary with the range of magnification. Therefore, the precision shooters can calculate range at any magnification better than the second focal plane scopes. However, the Leupold Mark4 ER/T scopes don’t come with illumination, which is definitely a lacking feature in this robust and rugged scope. TMR or Tactical Milling Reticle comes with large hash marks at .1 MRAD and small hash marks at .5 MRADs, making them perfect ranging reticles. Leupold Optics has incorporated M5 turrets in Leupold 110076 scope. M5 is a tall turret, providing .1 MRAD elevation as well as windage.

Vortex Viper PST 6-24X50 Riflescope PST-624S1-A is also a high-end scope for the tactical shooters but is available at a street price below $1,000. Vortex PST-624S1-A comes with EBR-1 MOA reticle that helps in effective determination of ranges, holdovers, windage corrections and moving target leads. This is an illuminated reticle with 10 reticle illumination settings. This glass-etched reticle has carefully chosen fine center crosshair subtensions, providing optimum balance between precision aiming and low light visibility. However, this reticle is located at Second Focal Plane, which provides accurate scaling at their highest power. That’s why it’s ideal for long range shooting and short range hunting. 1/4 MOA positive clicks turret with CRS ZeroStop at Vortex Viper PST 6-24X50 Riflescope PST-624S1-A provides a tactical advantage to the shooters.

Comparison & Verdict –

  • Both the scopes are high-end scopes. However, Vortex VIPER PST 6-24X50 Riflescope PST-624S1-A comes at an economical price (well below $1,000). If the price is your sole concern, you should go with this scope over the Leupold one (its street price is well above $1,000). Price of Vortex PST-624S1-A is almost half of Leupold 110076.
  • While Leupold Mark 4 ERT 6.5-20×50 Scope 110076 has FFP reticle, Vortex Viper PST 6-24X50 Riflescope PST-624S1-A has SFP reticle. Most precision shooters prefer FFP scopes as the subtensions appear to be same throughout the magnification range. In case of SFP scopes provide accurate scaling only at their highest power. So, Leupold is a winner as it provides FFP scopes. In case, you have a fascination for Vortex scopes, you may go for Vortex PST-624F1-A, which has the same features as Vortex PST-624S1-A but with a First Focal Plane reticle location.
  • Leupold Mark 4 ER/T Scopes lack reticle illumination. In place, the Vortex scope here comes with reticle illumination (having 10 reticle illumination settings). In this regard too, Vortex PST-624S1-A is ahead of Leupold 110076.

Which Scope Should You Buy?

Overall, it’s a tie between the two scopes. If you’re looking for a price proposition along with quality, Vortex Viper PST 6-24X50 Riflescope PST-624S1-A is definitely the winner.

Verdict

You’ll hardly find another riflescope better than Vortex Viper PST 6-24X50 Riflescope PST-624S1-A for the money. You can get a similar optic only by spending $1,500 or more from other renowned brands such as Nightforce optics, Leupold, Schmidt Bender, and others. Vortex Optics has incorporated all the features to make this scope easy to adjust. You may also use Vortex SV-2 Throw Lever accessory with Vortex PST-624S1-A for making power adjustment easier.

Vortex PST-624S1-A Viper PST 6-24X50 is a tactical riflescope, which you can use for long range shooting and hunting. Vortex has incorporated the scope with Second Focal Plane reticle, making it extreme-long-distance hunter’s dream scope. It comes with glass-etched EBR-1 MOA reticle, helping in the effective determination of ranges, holdovers, windage corrections and moving target leads. The 10-level illumination setting helps you to aim target at all light condition, even in low light ones.

With this Viper PST 6-24X50 riflescope on your firearm, you’ll hardly need a spotting scope to spot the moving targets at extremely long ranges. If you’re an extreme long-range hunter and not a sniper, the upper magnification limit with adequate optical clarity in this Vortex scope is enough to spot the target and take a clean shot. You’ll not need a spotting scope for a clearer view as you already have that with your Vortex PST-624S1-A Riflescope.

The best aspect of this Vortex device is that its pricing is well under $1,000, making your device available at an affordable price. In the current market, pricing of such a high-end riflescope (having great optical clarity) is really unmatched. You can use it for benchrest competition shooting at an extremely long range. Available Vortex VIP Protection Warranty along with the high-end features of Vortex Viper PST 6-24X50 Riflescope PST-624S1-A makes the deal more worthy.

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