[Shot Show 2016] Vortex Enters F-Class with Golden Eagle Scope

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Vortex has been showing a lot of love to the tactical shooting market over the past few years. The high end Razor family has expanded, there are new red-dot revisions every year, and their prismatic AR scopes are coming along. But that’s left some of the traditional shooting sports out in the cold.

Vortex is looking to fix that with the addition of the Golden Eagle scopes. These are true bench-rest scopes made for NRA matches and F-class shooting. Previously, the strongest magnification in a Vortex rifle scope was the 27x found in a Gen II Razor. The Golden Eagle more than doubles that, with a 15x-60x magnification range.


There are two versions of the Golden Eagle,  one with a windage and elevation marked reticle, and one with an ultra simple, ultra fine crosshair. The scope is built off a 30mm body with target turrets using 1/8th MOA adjustments. This allows for 55 MOA worth of elevation and 45 MOA worth of windage. Vortex is promising 4″ of eye relief even at the highest magnification, and from what I could determine on the show floor: they’ve hit that.

With a 52mm objective on the front, the optic weighs in at almost 30 ounces. Not that F-class shooters are particularly renowned for light weight builds and long hikes with their rifles.

MSRP is set at $1900 USD, and they’re expected to be on store shelves in early Spring.



Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


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  • Mike N.

    Light weight is important for F-TR shooters, who are limited to 8.25kg/18.19lb, including the bipod. Weight saved on the scope can be used in the barrel, especially since many people run 32″ or longer barrels to reach competitive velocities.

    Weight is important with long range bench rest too, where the weight limit for a light gun is 17lbs.

    • Julio

      How does 30 oz compare to what F-TR and BR shooters are using right now?

      • G

        March’s 10-60×52 scope weighs 25 oz (710g). Nightforce’s 15-55×52 scope weighs 27.9 oz (790g).