Vortex Optics Crossfire II Review: All-Purpose Hunting Rifle Scope

Vortex Optics Crossfire II Review

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What We Like

  • Completely, water, fog and shockproof
  • Solid and durable materials
  • Good enough eye relief
  • Fast and more effortless focusing
  • Easily adjustable turrets
  • Allows for forward scope mounting

What We Don’t Like

  • Poor low light performance as it is not illuminated
  • Can be a little blurry at high magnification settings

Bottom Line

With the V-plex reticle, the Vortex Optics Crossfire II riflescope is meant for multipurpose use and will work well for most hunting rifles out there.


A good rifle scope should not be restrictive or limit you to using it on just a few rifles. Hence, the fact that the Vortex Optics Crossfire II is a versatile and multipurpose scope means it will make a good buy for any hunter out there.

This scope is also made to last with a solid one-piece aluminum housing and will also deliver a superior image quality. With the fully multicoated reticle, decent magnification range, and an excellent reticle, it has everything you need to make highly accurate shots.

Vortex Optics Crossfire II Review

Vortex Optics Crossfire II

Photo: Vortex

Clarity: Superior Optics for a Bright and Clear Sight Picture

The optics on the Vortex Optics Crossfire II are one of its strong points and one of the elements that will make this such an amazing model that will increase the likelihood of getting a kill.

Like many other high-quality scopes, it uses fully-multicoated lenses that are also designed to be anti-reflective to ensure you will always get a clear and bright enough sight picture.

This scope provides a 2-7x magnification range that will make it ideal for big game hunting from short to medium ranges.

But because the magnification is adjustable, this will be a more versatile scope for different uses. Better yet, you can also easily adjust the magnification to suit your hunting conditions using the power ring.

And while still not the best, the field of views that you will get with this scope is still quite generous. It will range between 18.3 and 5.2 feet at 100 yards and for most hunters, it should be good enough to ensure they will not miss anything when lining up for a shot. Hence, besides getting a clear sight picture, the view that you get is also quite decent.

The optics will also include a second focal plane reticle that will ensure that the reticle maintains the same appearance even when you change the magnification settings. But while this reticle does a fantastic job, the images still seem a little blurry in the edges on the higher magnification settings.

Primary Use: Multipurpose Hunting Scope

Because the Vortex Optics Crossfire II is not illuminated and will also not include night vision, its primary use will be for hunting during the day. Also, this scope seems to provide the best sight picture when the sun is at its brightest point in the day.

That said, you can use this scope effectively from dawn to dusk. However, the sight picture might not be the best at the end of the day as the sun goes down as the low light performance from this scope is not very impressive.

But, what this scope lacks in usability in different lighting conditions, it makes up for it by being ideal for use on a wide variety of hunting rifles. With the special V-plex reticle, this will be an all-purpose scope that can be effective enough for use on almost any hunting rifle.

Construction & Build Quality: Solid One-Piece Construction

Vortex Optics Crossfire II is built to deliver an exceptional service for a long time with some highly durable materials that can take a beating and a lot of abuse when out hunting.

The scope has a 1-inch diameter tube that will ensure hunters can use it for a wide variety of applications as it accommodates enough internal adjustments while also keeping the size and weight small enough for different rifles.

This tube is also one-piece, which helps to maximize alignment for improved visual performance and also to make the scope more accurate. Also, this one-piece design makes the tube strong and waterproof.

For the material, Vortex uses aircraft-grade aluminum to give the scopes superior strength and rigidity to ensure it lasts a long time. And with the hard-anodized finish, this scope will provide minimal glare and will also be effective at camouflaging the hunter.

Besides the one-piece construction that makes this Vortex scope waterproof, it will also include O-ring seals that make it even more waterproof. These seals will not only keep moisture out of the scope but also ensure debris and dust don't get in to ensure you get exceptional performance in all environments.

The rugged overall construction of this scope will ensure that it can withstand impact and recoil, while the nitrogen-purging will ensure it will not fog so that you maintain a clear sight picture in all temperatures.

Adjustments & Set-up: Effortless Adjustments

You can be confident that you will have an easy time setting up this scope and making any adjustments that you need as you line up for your shots. For the setup, you will only need a few tools like gunsmith screwdriver and good mount rings.

With the generous 9.45 inches eye relief that this scope will provide, you will not be restricted to back mounting only as there is enough relief to also allow for forward mounting if you want to or your rifle requires it. And no matter where you mount the scope, you can be confident you will still be able to shot comfortably as it has a generous eye box.

For the adjustments, the magnification power ring will make altering the magnification fast, easy, and more precise, and any hunter that has used a scope before will have an easy time figuring things out.

This scope will also include capped reset turrets, which are finger adjustable and with audible MOA clicks. They will provide 0.25 MOA adjustment click value to ensure maximum adjustment precision. And they can also be reset to zero after sighting in which makes them even more convenient.

Besides making the adjustments easier, the caps on the turrets will also provide some external protection for your turret to ensure maximum durability.

Price: Budget-Friendly Scope

Vortex Optics Crossfire II is a more affordable hunting scope that has been built for the many hunters out there looking for something affordable but still effective for their rifle.

Despite being a budget-friendly model, this scope will still deliver an amazing sight picture that is bright and clear enough and is also made from high-quality materials for a superior and long-lasting performance.

Hence, given the quality and performance of this hinting scope, it will be hard to get a better deal than this one for under $200.


Multipurpose hunting scope that works well on a wide variety of rifles and will provide some high-quality optics and is well-built with high-quality materials.

If you are a regular hunter that wants a scope that can deliver the excellent image quality and is also made to work well in different environments, the Vortex Optics Crossfire II is perfect. It has a durable aircraft-grade aluminum material, fully-multicoated optics, generous eye relief, and some nice capped turrets for easy adjustment.


  • Product Name: Vortex Optics Crossfire II
  • Product Brand: Vortex
  • Main Tube Material: Aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Magnification: 2-7x
  • Field of View: 18.3 to 5.2 feet at 100 yards
  • Eye Relief: 9.45 inches
  • Length: 10.5 inches

Key Features

  • Aircraft-grade aluminum tube for maximum durability
  • 9.45 inches eye relief is generous enough for different rifles
  • Capped reset turrets make adjustments easy
  • Fully multi-coated lenses deliver and excellent view
  • Second focal plane reticle maintains the same appearance in any magnification
  • Fast focus eyepiece makes target acquisition quick and easy
  • Hard anodized finish helps minimize glare
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