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Vortex Razor HD Gen II Review – Precision Scope for the Expert Shooter

Vortex expanded its line of next-generation Razor Gen 2 HD riflescopes with the introduction of the Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56 and the Vortex Razor HD Gen II 3-18×50 models.

Vortex Razor HD Gen II Rifle Scopes Review

These high-end scopes are designed for precision long-range shooting. Vortex over the years has expanded the Viper series and added a number of new and updated scopes that are designed for tactical use, hunting, and long-range competition shooting.

Overall, you can currently get:

  • Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56 FFP
  • Vortex Razor HD Gen II 3-18×50 FFP
  • Vortex Razor HD Gen II-E 1-6×24 SFP
  • Vortex Razor HD Gen III 1-10×24 FFP
  • Vortex Razor HD Gen AMG 6-24×50 FFP

Remember, none of these are cheap scopes. They are all top-of-the-line precision rifle scopes that can compete with any of the best scopes out there on the market!

All of the Razor scopes are first focal plane scopes with the exception of the Razor Gen II-E 1-6×24 which is a second focal plane scope. Most long-range shooters do prefer first focal plane scopes as the holdover points shrink and grow in relation to the magnification.

Vortex Razor HD Gen II Technical Specification Comparison

This review concentrates on the Gen II scopes (4.5-27×56 and 3-18×50). Let’s have a closer look at the technical specifications of the Gen II scopes:

Razor HD Gen II 3-18×50 MOA Razor HD Gen II 3-18×50 MIL Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56 MOA Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56 MIL
Magnification3-18x3-18x4.5-27x 4.5-27x
Tube Diameter34 mm34 mm34 mm34 mm
Objective Lens Diameter50 mm 50 mm 56 mm 56 mm
Field of View37.8-6.25 ft @100 yds 37.8-6.25 ft @100 yds25.3-4.4 ft @100 yds 25.3-4.4 ft @100 yds
Eye Relief3.7 inches 3.7 inches 3.7 inches 3.7 inches
Click Value1/4 MOA0.1 MRAD 1/4 MOA 0.1 MRAD
Travel per Rotation25 MOA10 MRAD25 MOA10 MRAD
Elevation Adjustment71 MOA28.5 MRAD113.5 MOA33 MRAD
Windage Adjustment34 MOA10 MRAD48 MOA14 MRAD
Parallax Setting25 yards to infinity25 yards to infinity32 yards to infinity 32 yards to infinity

The Razor Gen II scopes are built for long-range shots and offer unprecedented accuracy. They provide the new L-Tec Turret System which has a built-in locking mechanism to prevent accidental elevation adjustments. The turrets have clear markings which make it easy to read the elevation and windage adjustments.

The adjustments on the Vortex Razor HD Gen II scopes provide infinite position settings to allow zero to be set between clicks. This provides optimal accuracy and precision. A hard stop is provided through the zero stop mechanism which allows returning to the accurate position after dialing temporary elevation changes. The turrets offer visual as well as tactile rotation indicators which help the shooter to keep track of the turns easily.

Razor HD Gen II Reticles

We only compared the different scopes with the EBR-7C reticle. You can also get the Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27 with a Horux H59 or a Horus Tremor3 reticle. Both of the Horus reticles are only available for an MRAD scope.

Vortex Optics EBR-7C Reticle
Vortex Optics Horus H59 Reticle
Horus H59
Vortex Optics Horus Tremor3 Reticle
Horus Tremor3
Vortex Optics Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 First Focal Plane Riflescope
Vortex Optics Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56 First Focal Plane Riflescope

Scope Tube and Measurements

All Razor HD Gen II scopes are machined from a single solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum. The newly announced scopes offer a scope tube diameter of 34 mm.

The objective lens is up to 56 mm in diameter which provides a large area for light to fall in to enhance the image which is required for high-quality long-range precision scopes as these are. The lens system is based on the Vortex APO (apochromatic) system which uses lenses that are index-matched for color correction throughout the visible spectrum.

Lenses and Coatings

The glass used for the lenses is premium high-density (HD) glass with extremely low dispersion. This results in the best available resolution and color fidelity providing an impeccable image to the shooter.

The lenses are coated with Vortex’ XRPlus proprietary coatings. This delivers outstanding levels of light transmission for optimum brightness. The outside glasses of the lens system are also coated with multiple anti-reflective layers.

The scope uses O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, or any other environmental hazards to penetrate into the tube and optical system. This ensures reliable performance in all weather conditions. The scope is also purged with Argon gas to prevent fogging throughout a wide range of temperatures.

The two additional Vortex Razor HD Gen II riflescopes are available since the Summer of 2014. They are outstanding long-range scopes for the professional shooter and certainly worth every penny!

Check out our other rifle scope reviews in case you don’t want to wait until the new Vortex scopes are available.

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