Vortex Optics has taken the outdoor world by storm because of their quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, durability and warranty on all the products they offer. They have a broad range of products and if it includes glass and involves shooting or hunting, you can count on the fact that they have one or a number of models to suit your needs.

The Viper HS LR rifle scope is one such product. The Viper HS is the model and the LR stands for “Long Range” which is a common term in today’s world of shooting. Good old Arkansas windage just won’t cut it for true long range shooting, if you plan on being consistent anyway.

This scope is built on an extremely strong, one piece 30mm machined aluminum tube. It is built with a first focal plane, which means that your subtension reticles are constant throughout the entire zoom range. You don’t have to be at the highest magnification level for the subtension to be accurate. The first focal plane scopes come in both 6-24X50 as well as 4-16X50. This scope comes with extra-low dispersion (XD) glass which increases resolution and color clarity all the way to the edges of the scope. Lenses are fully multi-coated with Vortex’s proprietary XR lens coating for increased light transmission and maximum brightness. The ArmorTek coating on all air-to-glass surfaces make those surfaces ultra-hard and virtually scratch resistant from oils and dirt. They are fully fog proof and waterproof. All lenses are locked in place fore and aft with machined locking rings to keep perfect alignment through years of heavy recoil and abuse. The hard anodized finish on the outer surface makes for a low-glare matte finish.

The exposed elevation turret provides 1/2 MOA clicks for adjustment with 24 minutes of angle for one full revolution on the turret and a maximum elevation adjustment of 65 MOA. The customizable rotational stop or CRS Zero Stop can be set once you have your gun zeroed. This insures that you never rotate your turret one full revolution past zero, which can cost you a trophy of a lifetime. Windage is adjusted with 1/4 MOA adjustment per click. Parallax adjustment on the left side of the scope allows you to gain perfect focus on your target at all distances. Once your gun has been sighted in and validated out to your maximum desired shooting range, a custom turret from Kenton Industries may be ordered and is highly recommended.

The Vortex Viper HS LR is a great scope for anyone looking to shoot longer ranges. It is backed by Vortex Optics V.I.P. Warranty which is truly the best in the business. If anything ever happens to your scope, no B.S., no warranty cards, no hassles, just a quick response from customer service to repair or replace your scope.

I’ve personally been shooting this scope on my H.S. Custom 6.5X.284 for over a year now and I will guarantee that it has a home for life on that gun.