What’s the Scope?
Vortex’s Strike Eagle line comes in 3 different strengths. Two are fairly similar, the 1-6x and the 1-8x, with one 4-24x option creating a very worthy alternative to the two.
|Linear FOV (low zoom)||116.5 ft/100 yd||116.6 ft/100 yd||26.2 ft/100 yd|
|Linear FOV (high zoom)||19.2 ft/100 yd||14.4 ft/100 yd||4.3 ft/100 yd|
|Eye Relief (low zoom)||3.5 in||3.5 in||3.5 in|
|Eye Relief (high zoom)||3.5 in||3.5 in||3.5 in|
|Elevation Adjustment (MOA)||140.00||100.00||80.00|
|Wind Adjustment (MOA)||140.00||100.00||80.00|
Our Rating: 7.9 / 10
- Accuracy: 8
- Features: 8
- Optics: 7.5
- Construction Quality: 8
- Value: 8
- Vortex’s warranty and customer service are second to none
- Vortex’s offering is, as usual, better than other optics in the same price range
- Highly variable illuminated brightness with clearly defined etched black reticle
- 1x scopes aren’t true 1x, hard to use with both eyes open
- Magnification rings are a little stiff
- Glass has slight fisheye effect
Vortex’s Strike Eagle line is a fairly good set of scopes. With Vortex Optics, you can normally expect a certain baseline of quality, and that remains true here. The Strike Eagle line has its ups and downs, but all in all, the quality is high across the board. We’re going to start with an overview of the entire line, then move into reviews of individual models.
So let’s start by taking a look at the glass. The glass on every one of the models is clear and bright. Vortex is renowned for cost-effective but high-quality glass with excellent light gathering, and this line is no exception. There’s very little glare in bright conditions, and it’s clear enough that regardless of the environment, you have an easy shot. It’s worth noting that on the models with 1x, it’s not quite a true 1x, which might make it hard to use with both eyes open. There’s also a slight fisheye effect to the glass, but nothing too egregious.
All of the scopes have nice illuminated reticles. Numerous brightness settings make it easy to make your reticle’s brightness work for the environment. If you decide you don’t want to run with an illuminated reticle, there’s also a black-etched reticle that is super visible in the daylight. It’s also worth noting that on the 1x scopes, the reticle on magnification works more or less like a red dot sight, making this a very adaptable unit.
The adjustments on all of the scopes are easy and accurate. No tools or coins necessary, just turn and go. Positive clicks will help you find your way and know exactly how much of an adjustment you’re making. The magnification rings are a little stiff, so be prepared for that, but all in all, it should be pretty much a walk in the park to make adjustments.
Construction on all of the scopes is well-done, with the body built competently and the detailing careful as ever. Mounting is a breeze as well, and zeroing is fast on all of the models. Really, all of these scopes are better than competitors in their price range, and are neck and neck with other similar competitors like Leupold and Primary Arms. This is all topped off with Vortex’s excellent customer service and the legendary Vortex VIP Warranty which covers any and all damage or defects to the optic over its lifetime – regardless of the owner, how long you’ve had it, or any other factors.
Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6×24 Review
This one is an excellent deal but not necessarily the best one you can get. Between the 1-6x and the 1-8x, you actually have something really rare: products where Vortex didn’t simply hit it out of the park. At any rate, the 1-6x is a well-handling scope, but the focus knob is a bit stiff, so just be aware of that. Everything else that we’ve said so far applies to this scope. The Strike Eagle isn’t a bad choice if you’re going to be mainly shooting at close quarters, but if you need to shoot farther than 300 yards, I would start looking at other options.
Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8×24 Review
The 1-8x came out a little bit later than the 1-6x did, and it’s also a little more expensive. However, in return for this, you get better edge to edge clarity than you do on the 1-6×24. There is a slight problem with the eyebox on the highest magnification: it’s really small. It can be hard to really get your eyes on the prize. Nonetheless, the quality at 8x is still great once you get focused in, and you’ll have easy vision both in close quarters and all the way out to 300 or 400 yards. The acquisition on this scope is super quick, and the BDC2 reticle is fantastic for both quick and flawless acquisition as well as tracking and on-the-fly adjustments for bullet drop.
Vortex Strike Eagle 4-24×50 Review
This is the option for those who want a scope with a little more hitting distance. You can easily see out as far as 600 or 700 yards with it. On the downside, it doesn’t come with a sunshade, and the eye relief is a little hard to use at high powers. Also, on 24x (and it seems only 24x), the vision starts to get a little blurry. On top of all of this, it’s simply a heavy scope. With all of that said, it’s still a really good scope, and you’ll probably like it a lot if you need mid-range shooting at a fairly accessible price point.
Also check out the Vortex Golden Eagle.
Should You Buy It?
All in all, while the 1x models leave a little bit to be desired, Yes, you should buy the 4-24×50. The 1x models aren’t awful, but it would definitely benefit you to do a little shopping around before you really dedicated to one.
In a Nutshell
Vortex’s Strike Eagle line isn’t as good as it really could be. Disappointing coming from them, but it’s still a really good line with a lot to be said for it.
Vortex’s Strike Eagle line is one of the few under-performers from a company that has a reputation of putting out amazing products. That’s not to say that it’s bad – it’s still well above the competition. However, it’s only on par with them, and falls behind even some of Vortex’s own products in the same price range.
Besides, you can also see how the Vortex Strike Eagle compares to the Primary Arms 1-6.