Vortex Optics Diamondback Second Focal Plane Riflescopes

Last updated date: July 26, 2019

DWYM Score
9.2

Vortex Optics Diamondback Second Focal Plane Riflescopes

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 84 expert reviews, the Vortex Optics Vortex Optics Diamondback Second Focal Plane Riflescopes placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.7
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
677 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Design eliminates concerns about holdover when shooting at different distances. Made of aircraft-quality aluminum. Waterproof and fog-proof. Good price for the quality.
- BestReviews
March 1, 2019 | Full review
Vortex always uses high density, low dispersion glass in their scopes, so the image clarity is top notch. Additionally, the lenses are coated with Vortex’s proprietary full multi-coating for maximum light transmission. Even in bad light, the Diamondback still produces a bright, high definition image.
- Minute Man Review
February 14, 2019 | Full review
At an affordable price, this is one of the better scopes available on the market, today. The no fog feature is an excellent option to have in the elements, which will ensure accuracy, every time.
- The Gear Hunt
This scope, in particular, is a simple one, void of superfluous gadgets. Instead of attempting to impress you with a novel-length list of average features, Vortex put their focus into performance and reliability. This scope doesn’t hold your hand through the hunt – it just excels at what it’s designed to do.
- Scope Reviews
The Vortex Diamondback 4-12×40 riflescope has great quality and very durable. The scope is solid and is highly resistant regardless of an unsteady weather. It is surprisingly lightweight and easy to mount and set up. It has excellent clarity. The scope is sharp and crisp and has a large field of view. Waterproof and fog-proof, a feature any hunter would require so as not to disrupt them from hitting their targets.
- Shooting And Safety
February 28, 2019 | Full review
The dead-hold, BDC reticle uses a custom dot-design to compensate for wind corrections and holdover, making it a good choice when hunting at varying ranges. The scope utilizes argon for waterproofing, which also makes it fog-proof. The optics are multi-coated so that the view is exceptionally clear and sharp, even in the harshest of weather conditions.
- 10 Hunt
January 12, 2017 | Full review
You get an amazing reticle when working with this model. It is one of the best and should easily work for various applications that you might have. The reticle sub tensions are seen to be helpful for you to estimate the range of your target. You can also deal with wind correction and holdover. You should have better accuracy when using this type of model.
- Huntingz
March 3, 2019 | Full review
FOV is measured in feet at 100 yards and is amount of view you see through your scope from right to left at that distance. FOV is a function of the shape and contouring of the glass inside the scope rather than the size of the objective lens.
- Cali Gunner
Constructed in the highest quality aircraft grade aluminum, this Vortex Diamondback is incredibly durable, waterproof, shockproof and, thanks to its argon purged tube, fog resistant.
- Top X Perfect
What experts didn't like
Image may lose sharpness when shooting while making use of magnifications. Lens may create some glare.
- BestReviews
March 1, 2019 | Full review
Hazy in low light
- The Gear Hunt
One of the only common complaints about this scope is that the parallax is not great after 50 yards.
- Scope Reviews
Adjusting the reset turrets may take more time than normal. This fact, however, does not apply to all types of rifles and does not make the Vortex Diamondback 4-12×40 riflescope any less good that others in the market.
- Shooting And Safety
February 28, 2019 | Full review
Not as clear and crisp as more expensive scopes
- 10 Hunt
January 12, 2017 | Full review
Short eye relief
- Huntingz
March 3, 2019 | Full review
The scope at 12X magnification sometimes has a little issue with glare compared to higher end scopes with better lens coatings. This was only noticeable when the sun was lower on the horizon, it wasn’t bad, but noticeable at times.
- Cali Gunner

From The Manufacturer

The Diamondback (high performance) riflescope offers a full-on array of features that discerning hunters are sure to appreciate. Optically, these scopes hit the proverbial mark. Xd extra-low dispersion glass increases resolution and color fidelity while XR fully multi-coated lenses maximize every minute of shooting light. The side focus/Parallax adjustment is easily accessible while keeping a trim profile and allowing optimal mounting height. And, with a 4x zoom range, the Diamondback offers highly versatile magnification.

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