I've just finished building a rifle for my wife for her birthday.
Rem 700 SA blueprinted, Timney Trigger, Lilja #5 contour 1-11 twist 3 groove, HS BDL W/cheekplate Red Spider on Black.
I'm hoping bitterrootbulls has some input on this and some of you other guys I see talking about Vortex, the only reason why I'm hesitant is I had two of the original Vipers and had nothing but problems with them, I got them that exact year they came out and I wasn't overly impressed and said I'd never buy another one of their scopes as long as I lived.
I've always installed Leupold Mark 4's on my custom builds, I'm not sure she'll use it as much as I would like and I'm starting to look at alternatives now. My question to those of you that have the Vortex models listed above, is how would they compare in optic quality, ruggedness, dependability, tracking etc to that of a Leupold MK4, I'm looking at the MOA models not the MRAD so any input would be helpful. I don't need a front focal plane scope, and I'm looking at the HST in a 4x14-44mm or the PST 4x16-50mm. I'm leaning more towards the HST due to weight that I can save and the fact I'd have to spend another $40 to get the right ring height for the 50mm. Or should I just dump the extra $200 and get the 4.5x14-50 MK4 with M1 turrets.