Vortex Crossfire II Review: A Great Rifle Scope To Explore


If you are planning on buying a budget riflescope chances are you stumbled upon the Vortex crossfire ii riflescope. Chances are you are also confused why are there so many models, what is the main difference between them. We are here to answer all of that in our all in one Vortex crossfire ii review. So, sit tight and enjoy the read. 

First thing first let me just mention all the available models under the vortex crossfire ii series-

Vortex Crossfire II Review

By visiting our link you will find all these options currently available. Let me remind you that some of the mentioned model goes out of stock quite often beware of that. You can find these scopes have a reticle between-

  • V-Plex
  • Dead-Hold BDC
  • V-Brite Illuminate. 

Why Is It More Than Just A Budget Option?

First thing first have you seen any other company provide you with such a wide variety in a single model? I don’t think I have. The point is crossfire ii series is not just your go-to budget option. It provides so many options in so many price ranges it’s absurd. You can get one for as cheap as 130$! They go as high as 300$. 

Let’s not forget just how much the riflescope technology improved over the decades. A 150$ scope from today can go to toe to toe or beat a 500$ scope from 15-20 years ago. 

We are going to take the Vortex Crossfire 2 3-9×40 Plex (MOA) as our core product –

Vortex Crossfire II 3-9x40 Plex (MOA) Rifle Scope


Vortex Crossfire II 3-9x40 Plex (MOA) Specs

Topic Value
Objective Lens Diameter 40 mm
Magnification 3 - 9x
Reticle V-Plex
Tube Diameter 1 in
Reticle Focal Plane Second Focal Plane (SFP)
Exit Pupil 4.4 - 13.3 mm
Battery Type CR2032
Field of View, Linear 12.6 - 34.1 ft @100 Yards
Eye Relief 3.8 - 4.4 in
Color Black
Fabric/Material Aircraft Grade Aluminum
Length 12 in
Width 3.5 in
Height 1.84 in
Illumination Type LED
Adjustment Click Value 0.25 MOA
Parallax 100 yds
Illumination Color None
Focus Range 100 Yards to Infinity
Lens Material Glass
Optical Coating Fully Multi-Coated
Battery Life 150 hours
Attachment/Mount Type Ring
Finish Hard Anodized
Waterproof Yes
Fogproof Yes
Shockproof Yes
W/E Travel at 100 Yards 60 MOA
Weight 15 Oz

Optics Quality Of Crossfire Series

The lenses of Vortex crossfire ii 3-9×40 is fully multi-coated. The lenses went through multiple different kinds of coating. All to ensure that the scope gathers enough light to provide clear images. Which it does tremendously well. Forgive me for reminding you about the price of the scope every once in a while. Because keeping the budget in mind you can’t nitpick everything. 

That aside the lenses actually performs quite good. But on max zoom, as we expected it lacks clarity and focus. The distortion sometimes becomes unbearable. But the image still stays pretty sharp and accurate. 

Elevation & Windage Turrets

All of 3 optics in the crossfire ii series has capped, low profile, and finger adjustable turrets. All of them also have the zero-reset feature. The dials of crossfire ii turrets are mushy, not clicky at all. You almost can’t hear them locking in. 

While performance testing the scope performed quite well. I didn’t expect from the scope to be accurate at 12x and I was right. If you want a long-range scope that is accurate crossfire ii won’t cut the deal. But if you want a scope that will perform good in mid-range it will nail the coffin just right. 

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Reticles Of Vortex Crossfire II

Earlier we said the scope can have any of the 3 mentioned reticle. Our one had a Plex (MOA) reticle. Which I should add that I loved very much. You will find a suitable reticle among them. For a better understanding, we will attach pictures of the reticle. 

We should add that choosing the pattern should be up to you. No one can determine your choice. If you don’t feel comfortable with Plex go for BDC no pressure. But satisfy your needs. That is the priority here. 

All of the reticle are in the second focal plane (SFP). What can we say, we didn’t expect it to have a First focal plane (FFP) to begin with.

Vortex Crossfire II's Parallax

All 3 optics have a fixed parallax of 100 yards. All of them are also second focal plane scope. You can adjust the objective and parallax on these models. 

  • 3-12×56 AO, 30mm tube
  • 4-12×40 AO
  • 4-12×50 AO
  • 4-16X50 AO
  • 6-18×44 AO 
  • 6-24×50 AO, 30mm tube

100 yards of parallax is plenty enough if you don’t shoot at long-range. But if you want a changeable objective then you can opt for any version that we mentioned above. 


  • Affordable.
  • 3 reticles to choose from.
  • Zero resettable turrets.
  • Vortex's lifetime warranty.
  • Capped turrets.
  • Fully weatherproof.
  • Fast focus eyepiece.


  • The lenses don't hold in high magnification.
  • Low light performance is not that good.
  • Turrets almost have no audible clicky sound.

Final Verdict

The variety of this scope is out of charts. There is one version that suits a certain kind of person. Hunters and range shooters alike everyone has their preference and Vortex got them all covered. If you are under the 300$ budget Vortex crossfire ii is an excellent choice.

In this Vortex crossfire ii review we found that the differences between them are not that much. All features the same technical specifications. Except they vary in sizes depending on the model and vary on objective lens diameter. 

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