Sneak Peek: The Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-12x Scope Pre-Production Review

In this episode of TFBTV, James gets a look at a pre-production version of the Vortex Diamondback Tactical. The DBT is going to be released in March 2017 with an MSRP of around $400 and a street price around $300. This is a very reasonably priced 4-12x magnification optic and features exposed turrets with marked MOA adjustments, 40mm objective, adjustable zero markers, rev markers, and a host of other features. Sure, it’s cheap, but how does it perform for a $300 piece of glass from the Philippines? Check out this episode of TFBTV to find out.

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  • jay

    No parallax correction…no thanks. Athlon in that price range is a better buy.

    • mazkact

      Sticking with my SWFA SS fixed power but this scope is tempting for some builds.

  • The_Champ

    I’ve found with some cheaper ballistic turret scopes, when you crank windage and/or elevation a bunch, and then go to return to zero, the scope does not return to zero properly.

    Plenty of companies make ballistic turrets that can be added on to scopes after the fact, but the scope itself might not be up to snuff. I wanted to add ballisitic turrets to an otherwise solid, and reasonably priced Nikon optic, but the scope just wouldn’t return to zero properly so I ended up paying the price for a higher end optic which hasn’t let me down.

    Consider testing this on your future optic reviews.

    By the way, those 300 yards groups you were shooting were pretty damn solid.

    • Keiichi

      Vortex scopes have a great reputation as a “budget” optic brand. I love my PST 4-16×50, and if this meets that quality standard, it’ll be a winner.

      • Amanofdragons

        Depends on your definition of budget. While the pst, is a lot of scope for the money, it’s still pushing 800 plus depending on exact model. The Hst is more of a budget option.

        • Keiichi

          “Budget”, to me, is anything between $400 and $1000. I use that range because, from my research this past year, that’s generally the range where there’s really good value for the cost, with anything below that being “cheap” (aka lacking acceptable features, quality, warranty, etc.), and anything above that having features or functionality that I can’t really take advantage of with my rifle or current skills.

          It’ll always boil down to what you need, what you’d like to have, and what you can afford – to that extent, I don’t disagree with you.

      • The_Champ

        Yes I’ve heard lots of good things about Vortex optics.

        But that doesn’t really answer my question. Will they properly return to zero after cranking the dials a bunch?

        • Keiichi

          In my admittedly limited experience, yes they will.

          What do you consider an acceptable deviation?

          All production scopes will have some amount of zero creep, simply because the manufacturing precision of the erector assembly will never be perfect. To get near perfect return to zero, plan to spend several thousand dollars.

          I haven’t actually measured the deviation present in my PST, but it’s certainly not significant enough to notice in normal use out to 600 yds (which is as far as I’ve stretched it so far).

  • stu reder

    I ah, don’t mean to be mean but I do mean to say that you are quite correct about rectical being second focal plane rather than first focal plane. You got it quite correct but backwards! It is the FFP scope which keeps the cross hairs the same size regardless of magnification. Either that or I am wrong.

    • Amanofdragons

      Ffp, the relationship between the reticle and the target stays the same throughout the magnification range. As you zoom in, your cross hairs get bigger. It allows you to range and have the subtentions be accurate regardless of magnification. On a sfp they’re only accurate at max magnification.

    • iksnilol

      No, FFP scopes vary size of reticle on different magnification.

      This means that the reticle markings are the same size throughout the magnification range.

  • 22winmag

    It’s not exactly a Leupold, but nice scope.

  • valorius

    $300 seems like a very reasonable price- especially since i was expecting to open this article and see a $1000+ price tag cause it says “tactical” on it.

  • USMC03Vet

    Vortex has a great Warranty too!

  • faxification

    Cool build!
    What is handguard?

    • James Reeves

      It’s the RRA Half Quad. A little heavy, but I love it.

  • Dusty

    Looked through some Diamondback scopes. Eye relief is short, eyebox is finicky, and the clarity suffers at max power. I’ll stick to the VX-2 for this price range. It looks simple, but is vastly superior with the features you notice during use.