We’ve spend several hours working on this Vortex Crossfire Red Dot review. The crossfire is a great delight for long trek hunters. With a second to none compactness and lightness, you can bet on the Vortex Crossfire for your close-range hunting needs. Yet, you can adjust it for more precise medium- and long-range situations. What’s ironical is that the scope can handle a highly-recoiling caliber very well.
Rarely can you find a scope with excellent optics, versatility, durability and weather resistance at its price range. No need to worry about fogging up of optics. Nor do you need to worry about painting targets in any light condition. Making compensations for wind drifts, bullet drop and parallax can put off hunters if it isn’t straightforward; not so with the scope.
Vortex Crossfire Red Dot Review
As a long trek hunter, you’ll be delighted by an ultralight addition to your hunting gear. Nearly negligible a weight as 5.2-ounces (147.4g), the red dot scope won’t slow you down.
And best of all, measuring 2.5-inches (6.25cm) across, it’s super-compact, making it easy for you to handle.
When it comes to magnification power, the objective lens offers you none (1x). And that’s a good thing. The lowest possible magnification power provides you with the widest field of view, giving you unbelievable awareness of targets around you at close-range distances, suitably between 25 and 50-yards.
Nevertheless, Crossfire Red Dot is very versatile in that you can use adjust it to suit your close-, medium- and long-range needs, although precision would vary. But for a devastatingly dead-on precision at close ranges, you can count on the red dot sight big-time.
Interestingly, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to own the scope. For a top-of-the-range optic, its price is just too good to be true. If you’re looking for a truly best deal, the red dot scope won’t shortchange you.
Rarely do you come across high-quality optics in this price range. With multiple layers of coatings covering the surfaces of the glass optics, light transmission is maximum. No need to worry about irritating light glares or reflections.
In addition, O-ring seals around the lenses and turrets prevent dust, debris and moisture from entering inside the main tube.
Inside the main tube is a purging of nitrogen. Thus, you can move across variable temperature conditions and your lenses won’t fog up.
Aluminum material makeup of the main tube is tough and durable. Vortex anodized the material composition, giving it a matte look.
Whether your firearm is a light AR15 rifle, a pistol or a shotgun, it must have a picatinny or weaver rail onto which you’ll attach the skeletonized mount of the scope.
Fortunately, you can adjust height of your mount in two ways: high and low. The lower profile – 1/3 Co-Witness – is suitable for AR15 rifle platforms.
Not just that, but, with a single dot reticle whose size is 2-MOA at the center of field of view, you can acquire targets much faster and more stress-freely, as you don’t need to make lots of bothersome parallax adjustments.
More amazingly, eye relief has no limit. Hence, whatever distance you position your eye from the ocular lens, images behind the red dot reticle would remain clear, crispy and bright.
However, we don’t recommend you place your eye too close or in contact with the ocular lens, as in the case of binoculars. Just look for a reasonable and comfortable distance to avoid a recoiling caliber from injuring your eyes.
Battery life is awesome. When you set power for moderate brightness, your CR2032 battery, whose model is lithium coin, will last for 7000 hours. Of course, higher brightness would reduce its lifetime.
More than that, there are 11 ways, which you can adjust the brightness of the dot for different light conditions. Change in brightness is noticeable with each click of adjustment of the knob!
However, you can’t rotate the knob around fully either way. If you rotate to maximum brightness (11), you’ve have to go back to minimum (0) in the opposite direction. In connection to that, the scope doesn’t shut itself automatically, setting up the battery for wastage.
You’ve freedom to make corrections for wind drifts and holdovers. On top of the main tube, a windage adjustment turret is present. A turret for bullet-drop compensation is on one side of the main tube. But the turret cap doesn’t give you as great a deal at this price range.
Also, in this Vortex Crossfire Red Dot review we want to show you how to maintain the scope.
How to Zero Vortex Crossfire Red Dot
See Through the Bore of the Barrel First…
After you mount your scope onto a rifle rail, base or platform, it’s time to sight in.
But first, you must look through the bore of your rifle’s barrel. Use bore sighters to determine the maximum distance you wish to take down your targets.
Vortex has a manual for bore sighting. Alternatively, you can remove a bolt, so you can see through the barrel.
Follow the steps below when seeing through your rifle’s barrel:
- Remove a bolt from your rifle. For steadiness sake, we recommend placing your rifle on a rest.
- As you set your eyes to look through the bore of the barrel, position bullseye inside the barrel.
- Once you center the bullseye inside the bore, make corrections for wind drifts and holdovers until the reticle dot aligns with the bullseye.
Sight in Your Scope at the Maximum Shooting Distance and Cartridge of Your Choice
By the time you complete bore sighting, you’ll have chosen the maximum shooting or hunting distance and the cartridge. Follow the steps below to zero your scope at the chosen distance:
- Place a shot at the sight-in distance you chose to verify whether it’s precise. If the shot isn’t precise, make corrections for holdovers and wind drifts such that the red dot reticle is at or near the bullseye.
- Place three shots at the bullseye and determine the center of the grouping.
- Repeat making compensations for elevation and windage based on the center of the groupingPlace three shots once more to verify precision. If you’re unsatisfied, repeat the adjustment process until you achieve precision.
How to Make Compensations for Bullet Drop and Wind Drifts
When you sight in or zero your scope for a 25-yard distance, as you rotate the dial of a turret in the direction you wish to change the point of impact of a bullet, you’ll hear a click sound.
That means the dial has rotated by ¼-inches. And so, the point of impact has moved by ¼-inches toward the bullseye.
Hence, for you to move the point of impact by 1-inch toward within the bullseye when zeroing your scope, you’ll have to hear the click sound 4 times.
If the point of impact is above the bullseye by 1-inch, you’ll have to lower the profile by the same margin.
Rotate the dial of the elevation turret clockwise to lower the elevation. If the point of impact is below the target by the same margin, rotate the dial anticlockwise to raise the elevation.
When making compensations for a bullet drop, if the point of impact of the bullet is to the right of the bullseye, rotate dial of the windage turret clockwise to bring the point of impact to the left.
Turn the dial in the opposite direction if the point of impact of the bullet is positioned to the left of the bullseye by the same margin.
It’s important to take note that, as the distance increases, so is the point of impact margin from the bullseye by the same ratio. As in, when you zero your scope at 50-yards, the point of impact margin would double to ½-inches.
For a 100-yard distance, the point of impact margin would increase to 1-inch, and so on.
In this Vortex Crossfire Red Dot review, you’ve learned that a top-of-the-range riflescope doesn’t have to be costly. More than that, for a hunter who has to carry and hold weapons for a long time, you won’t tear your muscles and tendons with a useful addition to your hunting gear whose weight is nearly negligible.
Zeroing or sighting in the scope to your firearm, whether it be a pistol, an AR15 rifle or a shotgun, is straightforward. As long as your firearm’s rail has a picatinny or weaver platform, you can attach the skeletonized mount. After you mount, you can zero your weapon. Bore sighting can help you determine the maximum distance and cartridge. As you sight in, make the most out of the groupings for a more precise shot at the chosen distance.