Vortex Crossfire II 1-4x24mm Riflescope Review

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This little munker is the stuff grown-up folks need to feel like kids again.

This offering of the Crossfire II is quick to use, acquires the target smoothly, small so that it will be at home damn near anywhere on any size long-gun.

If you can't tell already, I kind of like it.

The Crossfire II is perhaps the best bridge from tactical to hunting I have used—an excellent choice for a close to mid-range scope.

We shot this strapped to the top of an AR15 shooting the 7.62x39 round.  Good thing that ammo is cheap, back when you could find ammo on the shelf, but that is another story.

OK, for a little fanboy action about Vortex, they have been making modern optics in Wisconsin since 2002, and before that, the owners had an optics shop, then decided to make their own from scratch.  Vortex is very happy to have anyone stop by the sales floor lobby and look at all they have to offer, and you will need some time, it's a long walk.

On their 50 and 100 yard indoor ranges, they offer police training to the departments in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, and I am sure plenty of time has been spent looking through this optic by many of the officers training there.

OK, now onto some time spent in the desert, and breathing a bit of dust from a sudden wind storm that I have some feeble and colorful language to describe, with that I will keep that part of the day to myself.

Some identifying features

What style of a rifle will this scope work best on? The AR platform seems to be a perfect fit. The guide guns, heavy, large-caliber lever action guns that Alaskan guides carry as bear-repellent, would be a great fit as well. I have seen pictures of this scope on a crossbow, now that is something to think about. All caliber will benefit from this scope, with this Crossfire II offering magnification at 1x up to 4x power, I believe this scope on a world-class 22 Magnum bolt action would be a devastation to the squirrel world.

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On a rifle that can keep flat out to 400 meters, this scope will work like a charm. My Marlin lever gun in .444 Marlin may have to bounce a few times to make 400 meters, launching a massive chunk of lead downrange, but a 200-meter shot will nearly vaporize a target, and this scope would make that happen quickly.

Along with many Vortex offerings, the price tag for this scope is reached easily by most shooters. Coming in around 300 bucks or less on average, check out the links in this article, and you will see for yourself.

Have a look at the construction of this scope

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With the 30mm tube, this scope picks up the target downrange quickly.  Made out of Aircraft Grade Aluminum throughout, it is tough and sleek.  This scope is on the small side, working great for applications like these, at 9.6" long and weighing in at 14.8 ounces.

The main body is O-ring sealed and filled with Nitrogen to keep varying temperatures from fogging up the works and creating an air and watertight scope.  Any weather is good weather for this little wonder.  Hell, it is not even afraid of the dark.

There is nothing listed by Vortex for a shock testing "G" rating.  However, many guides sporting the 45-70 shoulder bender have said it holds up fine to that level of shock, so what else can you ask for in shockproof testing.

I can tell you first-hand that a sand storm in the Reno desert makes it dirty, but does not stop its smooth function.

The sand (or dirt) does not affect the smoothness of its operation. You may want to make sure you have the lens cloth handy. Along with one of those air puffer things from a camera kit (next time we visit the dust zone anyways)

Optics breakdown

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For mounting on a lever gun, the 4" eye relief is excellent, for a flat top AR or other battle rifle platforms, with the cantilever mounts available from Vortex as well, and you have it made.

The field of view is fantastic for a scope with only a 24mm objective lens at 96.1' – 24.1' at 100 yards.  The zoom is 4x, making the sight picture very clear.  

The reticle is available in MOA.  The reticle is located in the Second Focal Plane and Illuminated with the V-Brite or V-Plex.  For those that don't know, it is very much like a duplex crosshair, but instead of the thin cross, it illuminated a tiny red dot in its place.  Making it a pinpoint capable reticle.  In the sunshine, however, that little small dot is nearly impossible to see, and for my aging eyeballs, it was a no show.  But, for a CQB kind of application, that will be a different story, I am sure.

The V-Plex reticle is fantastic for big and medium game.  I can't get behind it for small game or varmint, like prairie dogs due to the red spot not showing up very well and those critters are little, when close, so 100 meters away it may be a good betting game to see who can make the shot.

For a tactical application, this unit will be excellent, for those able to shoot with both eyes open, the V-plex reticle will make target acquisition very quick.

The parallax is fixed, but the fast focus eyepiece works well and makes shooting easy on the eyes, right off the bat.  

The glass is Vortex HD glass, made for clarity, and at this offerings low level of magnification, we never found it to distort in any way.  The lenses are coated anywhere the lenses touch air with the multicoating of anti-reflective.


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Now for the twisty bits, the Turrets

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The turrets are standard capped hunting style, with dot-to-dot alignment to return to zero.  The turrets are smooth to adjust, and have audible clicks, and are set for re-zero with a flat head screwdriver at the range.

The turrets adjust 100 MOA for elevation and windage.  Each click is ½ MOA.

We performed a tracking test after we got home (because we forgot and were spitting dust at the range), so at 25 yards, the tracking was good, but with the tiny red dot during the day, my eyeballs had a hard time to see the exactness of tracking.

This is not a precision shooter kind of scope, so the turrets are not the high-speed variety, but it is made to shoot close and fast.

Conclusion by the numbers


Very useable, the reason it did not rank higher on this subject is the red dot not showing well in sunlight, and that s the whole point of an illuminated reticle.  My other hesitation on this is as both open eyes idea; this scope is significant. It's a real live scope after all, but if you are not focused on looking through the scope, it is kind of in the way.

Glass Quality

As with anything made by Vortex, the glass is impressive.  We could not find any issues with that; however, we were not shooting at the 400-meter distance to stretch it and see if any image issues appeared.

Durability / Construction

Aircraft Grade Aluminum and Nitrogen purged, what else is there to say?  The tube is straight.  Make sure to use high-quality mounts, and you will never have an issue.

Tracking / Repeatability

As I stated above, as good as we could see, the tracking is very well done, and you will not have an issue using the turrets if that is what you need to do in your shooting.

Warranty and Support

Vortex has a lifetime.  If it is broken, Vortex will fix it, warranty. Don't hesitate to use that battle rifle like it was made for, and let Vortex have your back.

Overall Rating

As usual, I include feedback I find around the interweb in my overall rating, how can a zillion shooters be wrong, and it is more field research to have for everyone.  It seems everyone rates this scope about the same, and I can see why they are amazing.

Summary, who needs this scope

If you have a rifle or other long gun that needs a quick and easy to use scope, this one needs to be on that gun.  If you shoot in the bright sun and shoot at tiny little things, maybe look for another offering that does not have the illuminated V=Plex, more like a true duplex, and you will have no problems at all.

On another note, one that we did not think to try out at the time, but a competition shooter, like a run-and-gun shooter, this may be a fantastic optic, depending on if a magnified optic is allowed, of course.  Having a magnification range that starts at 1x and moves to 4x should do it all, and with the V plex reticle, fast shooting with practice will make your shooting improve on the gear side of thing.

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