cabelas and vortex team up

Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by Axis II, May 4, 2017.

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  1. Axis II

    Axis II Member

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    I was at cabelas tonight looking for a 22 scope and noticed a vortex sign in the cabelas brand scope case and the guy said vortex now makes cabelas scopes. Vortex must be hard up going that route cause every pre vortex cabelas scope I've looked through was like looking through a glass coke bottle. I didn't get a chance to look at one but they definitely still look like the old cabelas scopes.

    anyone here this too?
     
  2. Haxby

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    Cabela's doesn't make scopes. They get other guys to make them and put their name on them. From what I've read, LOW and Meopta are among the companies that have made Cabela's scopes.
    Vortex makes one scope model. They get other guys to make the other 99 models they sell. From what I've read, LOW and Kenko are among the companies that have made Vortex scopes.
    I don't know the names of any of the Chinese manufacturers.
    Looking at the cheap models doesn't tell you anything about the good models.
     
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    Then you haven't looked through all of the Cabela's brand scopes. The Instinct Euro is made by Meopta, it says Meopta on the scope and the box. They are excellent scopes. With the other scopes the employees didn't have a clue who made them. This deal with Vortex is something of a departure for Cabela's because it looks like they are co-marketing it with Vortex. I don't believe Vortex is hard up. They and Cabela's are pretty tight, probably because Cabela's is Vortex' largest customer. If you are a Cabela's employee you can buy eight Vortex optics a year for 60% off MSRP. I'd say that is a pretty close relationship.

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  4. Axis II

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    I might have to get a part time job at Cabelas then. :)
     
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    no thanks, eastbank.
     
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    I worked the Gun Counter part time for two years to take advantage of the dealer programs which for optics are pretty similar to Vortex.

    I bought Leupold, Meopta and Burris. Swarovski, Zeiss, Steiner, Nikon and Bushnell were available as of 11/2016 when I left. I also purchased Weatherby, Franchi, and Benelli through the programs. There are several other firearm brands available.

    I learned a lot while I was there:
    How ignorant and potentially dangerous customers can be.

    How ignorant and potentially dangerous many firearms salesmen can be.

    When I was at work I was the primary optics mounter. I learned so much because you never knew what kind of rifle you would be mounting a scope on and just about all of them came through the door, many with issues. I found I really don't like mounting scopes on pre-angle eject Winchester 94's.
     
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    Interesting. I shopped at Cabelas before Christmas to get my wife a mid-priced set of binoculars for her bird watching. They had several makes to choose from. I liked a set of Leupolds, but the sales lady pushed a set of Vortex's pretty hard. Optics were comparable (at least inside the store) and I took her "advice" and bought the Vortex's.
     
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    I prefer Leupold scopes over Vortex and Vortex binoculars over Leupold.
     
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    I have no idea who makes Cabelas scopes but since you mentioned Vortex and are looking for a 22 scope then check out a Vortex Crossfire II rimfire scope. Picked one up back in January and I'm real happy with it. Got the 2-7x 32mm model and the dealer had a demo one they put on an empty rifle stock so you could take it outside and play with it, look through it, etc. in an outdoor setting under natural light, AKA "real world conditions", as opposed to indoors under fluorescent lights. I was impressed with it even though I had been thinking of a 2-7x Leupold rimfire scope. Most (but not all) of my riflescopes are Leupolds but after playing with the Vortex I decided to save money and get the Vortex which saved me a good chunk of money. I forgot what the Leupold was priced at but it may have been about 75 bucks more IIRC. So the Vortex is now on my CZ-455; it's only 4 months old with no problems yet and if it continues to keep me happy I might even consider some other Vortex product in the future, even though plans are to keep using Leupolds on all my "serious" hunting and target rifles. The Vortex rimfire scope seems to suit me just fine for a casual plinker/ squirrel gun.
     
  10. Axis II

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    thanks for the info. I have 2-crossfires on 2-223rems. vortex crossfire 4-12-44 and 6-18-44. both are woodchuck/coyote/target guns. I own several Nikon prostaffs and the vortex clarity blows them away. I played with the 2-7 rimfire in cabelas the other night and liked it. I was concerned the 7x wouldn't be good but I was able to pickout small targets in the store 50yards away just fine. I checked out the Nikon rimfire and it had a better FOV I thought but more $ and bdc which I don't like.
     
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