Our Rating: 7.9 / 10
Vortex wants to give their customers a solid middle-of-the-road scope. People loyal to Vortex will love it, people wanting a good precision scope will like it, and people who need to shoot in low-light situations will probably not like it. If you want a fantastic long-range scope and don’t think you need an illuminated reticle, then you may up loving it and should definitely go for it.
In an attempt to bridge the gap between their tactically-oriented PST line and their hunting-oriented HS line, Vortex has created a worthy middle-ground: the HST. The 6-24x50 offers several different levels of ranged precision, high-quality construction, and the revered Vortex VIP Warranty.
Linear FOV (low zoom)
17.8 ft/100 yd
Linear FOV (high zoom)
5.1 ft/100 yd
Eye Relief (low zoom)
Eye Relief (high zoom)
Elevation Adjustment (MOA)
Wind Adjustment (MOA)
$789.99 (Check Latest Price)
This scope is not for the everyman. In its attempt to bridge the tactical and hunting markets, it appeals to a certain niche. Nonetheless, it’s a fantastic scope for certain people, and a good scope for everybody else.
The best place to start is the optics. This scope offers absolutely incredible vision, with extremely crisp and defined vision up to 20x, and then getting ever-so-slightly fuzzy at 24x. The scope offers a worthy field of view at every magnification. Thanks to the coated lenses, the scope efficiently pushes through light and provides a brilliant picture in most light situations. The scope’s easy-to-use parallax dial makes the focal point of the lens even clearer. The scope is clear across its entire field of vision, all the way up to 800 yards.
The reticle is best described as familiar, borrowing some ubiquitous design aspects. This isn’t a bad thing, though; there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken. Instead, Vortex decided to improve upon it. The reticle markings are easy to read and are based in large units that make it easy to do on-the-fly math to adjust the scope as needed. It’s not all fun and games, though; the second focal point scope also doesn’t offer any illumination settings, which can make the thin reticle difficult to see during the first and last half-hour of light. The eye relief window is also fairly unforgiving, making it difficult to get and hold a full view. These are, however, some of the only negatives this scope has to offer.
An unexpected place to shine, the scope’s turrets are brilliant. Tactile and with an audible click, the turrets make it a breeze to zero in and adjust later. Additionally, the repeat zero setting comes to be extremely useful once you learn how to take advantage of it. The turrets move easily and the markings are easily visible and clear, and the radius bar assist helps you know exactly what you’re doing when you’re adjusting. The adjustments, thanks to the tactical design of the turret, can also be carried out without any tools; in other words, they can be carried out on the fly, as necessary.
Next, we hit the build quality. Vortex knows how to build a strong scope. However, they also know how to build a heavy scope, and that’s what they’ve done here. Of course, the scope’s format lends itself to be pretty bulky and large, so that’s not necessarily their fault. Besides, the scope itself is built beautifully, out of strong anodized aircraft-grade aluminum. The internals are built to be super durable, and hold up easily to sunlight. Their careful construction lends the scope to be shockproof, waterproof, dust-proof, and fog-proof. In other words, pretty much whatever you can throw at it, this scope will take. It’s also cleverly designed, making it super easy to mount.
It’s impossible to review a Vortex scope without mentioning their incredible VIP Warranty. The VIP Warranty promises replacement or repair of any component on the scope throughout its lifetime for any reason, no questions asked. The warranty is also freely transferable, so if you resell the scope later on, the buyer can rest assured knowing they get the same excellent coverage that you did. This helps make the high price of the Viper HST a little easier to swallow.
Taking everything into account, we think that if you’re in the right market for this scope, want something ideal for long-range precision, and don’t intend to shoot in many low-light situations, then Yes, you should buy. If you’re not in that market, then No, you should probably opt for something more tactically-oriented.
Vortex has - and not for no reason - a crowd of loyalists who will tell you, no matter what, that every Vortex product is worth a buy. I’m not one of those people. The simple truth is that Vortex just knows how to build a scope, and more importantly, how to build a scope well. Because of this, Vortex creates their loyal customers. This scope may or may not be one of those loyalist-churning machines. But one thing is certain: if you don’t need an illuminated scope and you’re needing a high-quality scope for precision shooting at range, then you can’t go wrong giving the Viper HST 6-24x50 a go.