Yes, this is an excellent recommendation. A buddy of mine has one and these used to be the staple spotting scope at matches. Excellent overall package. And right in your budget.For ELR, you will appreciate the reticle.
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I'm wanting to get the same Mk4, but I'm hoping/waiting for a sale. The Mk4 is really nice and clear, and I like the reticle.The clarity difference up to 40x is not big. Above 40x, the MK4 has better resolution and is brighter. you could read the small words on the targets pretty easily where I couldn't read it on the Razor. If I were to give it a completely subjective score, I would give the MK4 a 7 and the Razor a 5 vs the Swaro I tried. (Can't remember the model but about $3500)
What about the Vortex Viper was not up to par? I was thinking of getting one.Far less experienced than many others here but I learned my lesson on spotting scopes
I think your budget is good, don't go lower. I did by a bit and regretted it (vortex viper).
I hear the vortex razor HD scopes are good, not looked through one myself but many here seem to swear on it.
Hard to put a name to it... I always felt like the clarity isnt the best... havent used it much. Had it set up next to me but ended up just using the NF NXS 8-32 on the rifle to look at my targets. Felt like i see a lot more and clearer through that. Maybe go a step up within vortex instead but its all personal preference. If you get the chance look through a couple of different ones and decide what feels best for you within the price range.What about the Vortex Viper was not up to par? I was thinking of getting one.