Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 Review

Posted by Cedric Jansen van Vuuren on
This Vortex Scope is a Vortex Viper PST Riflescope. It’s a 6-24×50, first focal plane, milliradian-based reticle and turret, tactical or long ranged-scope. It’s an excellent piece of glass. Let’s take a closer look.

Features of the Viper PST 6-24x50 Vortex Scopes

Let’s talk about some of the basic features of this riflescope. Vortex Scopes have been making scopes for quite along now and they’re really getting a foothold in the market, and for good reasons. It’s a high quality scope, easy to use, good lenses, and a really nice turret system. Overall, one couldn’t be happier with them. Let’s take a look at some of the options and some of the features of this optic.

What is great about the turrets on these Vortex Scopes are that the turrets match the reticles making zeroing the scope and adjusting for elevation and windage is easier than ever.

Viper PST 6-24x50 Glass Quality

They feature the XD, extra-low dispersion glass. Now, this basically increases the resolution and gives you better colors on the scope. You get really nice crisp, clear images with this. They do their XR fully-coated glass. That’s another coating that increases your light transmission, so you have a very bright piece of glass. It’s really nice because this glass, when you have it outside and looking through it, you have great clarity, great resolution, definition, and good vibrant realistic colors.

With a variable power of 6x to 24x you have a lot of flexibility. You can very easily tell what magnification you are at by looking at the adjustment rings markings. The fiber optic indicator is as clear as day. Whats more, the scopes first focal plane allows you to range for distance and perform hold overs at any magnification. A must for long range shooting.

Vortex Scopes Construction

The scope is also fully argon gas purged. The nice thing about argon is that it’s a very large molecule. It doesn’t seep through the O-rings. This is a very fog-proof piece of glass. I really like it. In conjunction with the argon gas purging, it’s also shock-proof. You don’t have to worry about banging it or bumping around, it’s going to handle it.

Construction wise, it’s a solid one-piece 30-mm tube that gives you greater exit light, greater range of adjustment for your turrets, and overall 30-mil tubes are taken over the mark. Scope is finished with a hard anodized matte finish. It’s got a nice, this is very scratch-resistant. As for the reticle goes, it is …

Variable Power Adjustments

One of the features I like most about the scope is the power adjustment ring. You’re provided with a little piece of fiber-optic light pipe that tells you the angle towards your power magnification, what power of your setting you are on. This is really nice when you’re down behind the gun because it’s easy to see.

Being a first focal plane optic, the reticle is going to change size in relation to the powers. That way your reticle relation to the real world and subtension relation is always going to be the same. You can do your ranging at any magnification. Another nice feature.

The turrets feature a good solid positive feel and an audible click. It also comes with a CRS Zero Stop where you can take the top turret off and add several shims that’ll give you your actual Zero Stop.


Another nice feature of this rifle scope is the parallax adjustment. You can really fine-tune exactly what you’re seeing. It gives you the best image quality and it allows you to adjust for parallax.

This Vortex Scope is mounted to a Remington model 700 SPS The scope is attached to the rifle with 30mm rings and an EGW 20 MOA aluminum base. This setup works very very well.

Inside the box of the Viper PST, you’re going to receive a nice Vortex lens cloth, the bikini style lens covers. Zero Stop shims, and of course a full instruction manual, really good setup.

The large 50mm objective lens will give you maximum light transmission and clarity even in low light conditions and the parallax adjustment allows you to get the reticle and image in the same focal plane eliminating parallax error.

Matching Reticles & Turrets

The PST series covers many rifle scopes from Vortex. They also make this Vortex scope in a 4 to 16 model and an excellent 1 to 5 model for the AR platforms. The rifle scopes are available in either MilRad or MOA based reticles and turrets.

That is one thing you will really do like, is the fact that they matched the turrets to the reticles. You always know, whenever you’re milling inside, your adjustment is equal outside on the turret. As far as durability goes, these scopes have been excellent. We have seen these scopes being used on 338 Lapua and thier owners were very very pleased with the durability of the Vortex scopes.

The Vortex VIP Warranty

You do have Vortex’s unlimited, unconditional lifetime warranty. It doesn’t matter what you do to it or how you break it, they’ll either fix it or replace it. As simple as that. For the budget-minded long-range or a precision shooter, hunter or tactical shooter, this could be an excellent option for you.

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