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Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56 Review

What’s new in Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56? In this Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56 review we will explore the important features and provide a glimpse to the specifications for the Gen II Vortex Razor scopes. These are endowed with EBR-2C MRAD Reticle, which combines a high-transmission lens system and weather-sealed 34mm main-tube to create a versatile optic for mid to long-range targeting. Additionally the Vortex Optics have used a panchromatic objective lens and optically indexed Extra-low Dispersion (HD) glass elements to maximize the light gathering ability to ensure brighter and sharper images throughout the zoom range.

Vortex-Razor-HD-Gen-II-4.5-27x56What’s in the box?

Let’s begin from the beginning. When you open the packaging, these are what you will get:

Vortex Optics Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56 Riflescope with EBR-2C MRAD Reticle

  • 4″ Sunshade
  • 2mm Hex Wrench
  • CR2032 Battery
  • Lens Cloth
  • Vortex Optics Lifetime Warranty
    Instruction booklet


What’s new in Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56scopes?

Since it is the Gen II scopes, these are packed with some new features. Besides an awesome glass quality, these have a magnification range of 27x, 56mm objective lens, and 34mm main tube. It also has the following new features:


  • Locking elevation and windage turrets w/zero stop on the elevation turret
  • Lower profile turrets
  • Illumination control has been integrated into the parallax turret
  • EBR-2C or EBR-1C in MRAD and EBR-2C in MOA reticles
  • 2nd and 3rd revolution indicator
  • Custom tool to loosen windage and elevation knobs, and adjust zero

The main tube is made from a single piece of aluminum. It is anodized with a corrosion-resistant matte-black finish and filled with argon gas to ensure fogproof and waterproof performance.

The scope main-tube is machined from a single piece of aluminum, anodized with a corrosion-resistant matte-black finish and filled with argon gas to ensure fogproof and waterproof performance. Exposed lens surfaces are protected with Vortex Optics’s proprietary ArmorTek scratch-resistant coating that also repels moisture and dirt.


What is EBR-2C MRAD Reticle?

The EBR-2C is basically the EBR-2B reticle from the Gen I Razor thinned down. Instead of making changes for the sake of making changes, Vortex gave a lot of end users what they have been wanting- a thinner version of their reticles.
This Razor HD scope is configured with a EBR-2C MRAD reticle in the second focal plane (SFP). The EBR-2C MRAD pattern is an illuminated duplex-style variant with medium-weight posts at three, six and nine o’clock that taper to a fine crosshair. Stadia lines on the horizontal and vertical crosshairs aid in ranging, calculating hold-over and ballistic-drop compensation. The reticle illumination is controlled using a click-stop wheel on the side focus turret. The illuminator has eleven brightness settings and an off position between each setting allows the shooter to quickly return to their previously-used level of illumination without cycling through other settings.


Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 EBR-2C RiflescopeSpecifications:

  • Magnification: 4.5 – 27x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 56mm / 2.20″
  • Main-Tube Diameter: 34 mm
  • Reticle: Illuminated EBR-2C MRAD, second focal plane
  • Field of View: 25.3 – 4.4′ at 100 yd (8.4 – 1.5 m at 100 m)
  • Parallax Setting: 32 yards to infinity
  • Turret Style: L-Tec
  • Eye Relief: 3.7″ (9.4 cm)
  • Impact Point Correction: .1 MRAD
  • Travel per Rotation: 10 MRAD
  • Maximum Windage/Elevation Adjustment
  •     Windage: 13 MRAD
  •     Elevation: 33 MRAD
  • Battery: 1 x CR2032
  • Weatherproofing: Argon-filled, water and fogproof
  • Length: 14.4″ (36.57 cm)
  • Weight: 48.5 Oz (1375 g)


Besides these, there are other notable features in this scope which this Vortex Razor HD review would like to put forward:



Ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating protects exterior lenses from scratches, oil and dirt.


L-Tec Turrets

Integrated locking mechanism prevents accidental adjustments. Turrets provide fast, accurate, easily read elevation and windage adjustments.


External Rotation Indicator

Provides quick visual and tactile reference of elevation turret’s rotational position.


Side Focus

Adjustment located on the left side of turret housing is easily accessible from shooting position. Provides optimal image focus and parallax removal.


L-Tec Zero Stop

Prevents elevation turret from dialing below sight in range using rugged steel components. Internal mechanisms stay free of sand, dirt, dust, moisture and other foreign materials-even when setting the zero-stop position.


Micro Adjust Zero Setting

Infinite zero setting positions allow zero to be set between clicks for optimal accuracy.


Turret Screws

Provides low-friction, wear-resistant performance: precision-machined from a silicon-brass alloy and treated with an advanced dry-film lubricant. Turret screw threads are precision machined to sub-2 micron tolerances (less than 78-millionths of an inch). Ultra-smooth operation and adjustments.


Erector Tube System

Precision-machined from premium brass alloy with anti-galling properties for strength and durability. The chromium vanadium erector spring withstands compression, has high fatigue resistance and is tumble-polished to a mirror finish for micro-precise elevation and windage adjustments.

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About Mark Griffin

Hi, This is Mark Griffin, a professional camp instructor, a passionate hunter and wildlife enthusiast. I like to travel & participate in hunting events across the country and abroad. I have been reloading, shooting and hunting for over 15 years now. Beside, a professional Camp Instructor, I am an avid blogger and freelance writer. Plenty of my blogs/articles have been featured on popular hunting forums and web magazines. When not hunting, photographing, writing, or spending time with my 'kiddos', I usually try to master wildlife painting!
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