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Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6×24 Review

Vortex Optics is one of the top brands in the world of optics. The company has been around a little over a decade now and it has made a name for itself. It has made premium scopes just to meet the needs of various shooters.

That being said, the Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6×24 scope is one of its bestselling scopes.

The scope is designed with the shooter experience in the mind. It gives you get the right balance between the novice and experienced shooters. It is the reason you will find it equally loved by both.

So, what is this that makes it so popular? Below are some important features of the model.

Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6x24 Second Focal Plane Riflescope - AR-BDC Reticle (MOA)

Our Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)


Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6×24 Features

The Optics

So, you just decided that is it time to get a new scope. One of the things you might have to consider when picking the scope should be the optics. You always have to think in the line of better image quality and clarity.

That is not a problem with this model. It comes with fully multi-coated optic system. The coating has special chemical that helps in reducing the glare, reflection and thus enhance light transmission. For such a model, you get up to 98 percent light transmission. This is good for any scope.

Thanks to the air to glass surface coatings, you will always have clear and bright images even when you use the model in different light conditions.

Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6x24 Second Focal Plane Riflescope - AR-BDC Reticle (MOA) review

Eye relief, length, and weight

The eye relief of a scope if often going to determine the use of a scope over time. You want a comfortable scope and that means more eye relief. For this model, you get 3.5 inches as eye relief. This is often enough to cushion your eye socket from the serious recoils.

The length and weight often go together. If a model is too long, then the weight increases. This model comes with a length of 10.5 inches and 17.6 ounces for the weight. These two are within what you can take as acceptable. The scope is not too heavy to feel that it will add more weight to your rifle.


The Reticle

The reticle is your friend as without it, you may not have a functioning scope. The manufacturer understood this when making the scope. It is for this reason you get this scope having a second focal plane reticle.

For several scope models, you might find they only have the front focal plane. The limitations of this focal plane are corrected by the second focal plane. This second focal plane remains the same size even with the change in magnification. This is crucial for ensuring you still get the right readings even at higher magnifications. The wind drift correction and holdover features are also maintained.

Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6x24 Reviews
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The reticle of this scope still has some interesting features. It comes with a glass-etched reticle. Such type of reticle is protected between two glass layers. This means that you get a reticle that lasts for years without fading and thus reliable.

The best part is that the reticle is illuminated. This is something many would to see as it makes precise aiming possible even in low-light conditions. You will always love to use such a model in low light in the morning or evening.

Construction

The construction of a scope is another crucial factor many people will be willing to consider. The manufacturer understood this when designing the model as it is one of the best in durability.

The manufacturer has used a 30mm diameter tube for the construction of the model. Such a size is important when it comes to performance. You will not have to worry about mounting it on your rifle. It is the right size so that the accuracy is also not affected.

Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6x24

The manufacturer has also utilized the single-piece tube construction. It is nothing new, but still worth discussing. Such a construction technique is important for improving the model’s accuracy and optimum visual performance. You need to have the best visuals when working with a scope.

The single-piece tube is also known for enhancing strength and waterproofness of the scope. There are no welds needed so the strength is from a single tube.

Construction is as good as the material used to make the scope. For this model, the manufacturer has used aluminum for construction. The aircraft-grade aluminum boasts of having the best strength and rigidity. You always end up with a strong model that lasts for years.


Waterproof, Fog Proof, and Shockproof

With the various outdoor conditions, it would be absurd to have a scope that is not waterproof. This is something many shooters need to see in a scope. Not to worry as this model is waterproof.

Vortex had to use O-ring seals to help with sealing the scope. They are crucial for keeping the moisture, water, and debris from getting into the scope. This is something that further drives more people to pick it. The waterproof feature without a doubt makes the model reliable and be used in all environments.

To make it even better, the model is still fog proof. You can always end up using it early in the morning or foggy places, but it will remain clear. This is achieved by purging the scope with nitrogen gas to keep it from fogging.

To complete the circle, the manufacturer still made the model shockproof. This is important for those looking for a rugged construction in a scope. Well, you will get one with this model. Its rugged construction makes it easily withstand the continuous recoil that come with shooting a rifle. It can also withstand dropping from a considerable height.

The Finish

The finish is just as good as the construction of the model. Vortex made the model to have a hard anodized finish. What this does it to keep the model looking and feeling sturdy for the outdoor conditions. It is still good for camouflage. This is mainly because it does not shine or offer glare, which might give away your position.

Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6x24 review

Turrets

The model comes with capped reset turrets. We all know how it is important to have the best turrets when it comes to a scope. Well, these ones will make your work using the scope easy than the other models you have used before.

These capped reset turrets will allow for fast re-indexing the turret to zero after you are done with sighting the riflescope. The caps still have an additional benefit such as providing the external protection needed for the turret.

Convenience feature

Under this part we have the fast focus eyepiece. You will get to use this option if you need quick and easy focusing of the reticle. Not many scopes on the market have this feature, but you will be happy at least this one has it.

The battery life

For the illumination of the reticle, you can see that the model needs a battery. The design allows for the of a CR 2032 watch battery. This battery easily tucks in neatly in the left-hand side turret when looking through the scope from behind.

You have to insert the battery with the writing facing outwards. The advantage of this scope if that you can have the spare battery stored in the windage adjustment turret. You can always change the battery when the need arises.

This type of battery can provide the user with 10000 hours of illumination. That is quite a lot of time before you have to change it.

Who is this scope for?

You will find that this scope works for almost every type of shooter. The model is not only affordable, but it is highly versatile. It can meet the needs of several shooters who might want to use it for hunting or other applications.

The model can be good for novice shooters who want to switch up things from reflexive shooting to long range shooting. There is no doubt that you will now get to enjoy your AR-15 rifle with such a scope.

If you are an experienced shooter, then you can use it for as a three-gun competition scope. It will perform just as well as other high end models from Nikon or Leupold. If you find yourself straining to buy a $1000 scope, then you can settle for this one on the lower end.

As for the type of gun, this scope will work well with the AR platform. The BDC reticle and many other important features will make it possible to fully utilize the rifle. You can use it for other rifles if you find that it works for you too.


Pros

  • It is affordable
  • High quality construction
  • Illuminated reticle
  • Fast focus eye piece
  • Waterproof, shockproof, and fog proof

Cons

  • The zoom right is too tight
  • Lacks mounting hardware

Conclusion

The Vortex Optics Strike Eagle scope is one of the best scopes you can buy today while on a budget. Just because it is affordable does not mean it will not work great. As explained in the various features it has, the model can easily work for both novice and experienced users.

The rugged nature makes it durable and suitable for various outdoor conditions. It can survive the drops, liquids, and even when mounted on powerful AR rifles. The next time you need a model that works great and delivers on your expectations, always keep this one in mind.

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