Vortex Crossfire II 3-9X40 Review – A 2022 Overview

| Last Updated: June 2, 2021

If you wanted a Vortex Crossfire II riflescope but didn’t need the 12x magnification, then you’re in luck. Vortex makes the Crossfire II 3 9x40, which gives you 9x magnification through the reticle, giving you a clear vision for short to medium-range shots.

Everything you’ve ever needed to know about the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 will be found in this review.

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  • 3-9x scope with dead-hold-BDC/V-Plex reticle options
  • Long eye relief, fast-focus eyepiece & coated lens
  • Resettable capped MOA turrets & solid construction
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Vortex Crossfire II 3-9x40mm

Pros

  • Eye relief feels appropriate
  • Three different reticle options
  • 60 MOA for windage and elevation
  • Windage and elevation adjustability clicks at ¼ MOA

Cons

  • Poor performance in low light or nighttime conditions if not using the Vortex V-Brite illuminated reticle

Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 Specs

  • Eye Relief: 3.8 to 4.4 inches

  • Adjustment Options: ¼ MOA per click

  • Parallax: 100 yards

  • Windage: 60 MOA

  • Elevation: 60 MOA

  • Type of Reticle: Dead-Hold BDC reticle, V-Brite Illuminated reticle, or V-Plex reticle

  • Dead-Hold BDC Reticle:
  • V-Brite Illuminated Reticle:
  • V-Plex Reticle:
  • Magnification: 3-9x

  • Focal Plane: Second focal plane

  • Objective Lens: 40mm

  • Field of View: Linear at 34.1 feet (3x magnification) to 12.6 feet (9x magnification) at 100 yards

Pros

Below are the main pros:

Three Different Reticle Options

With the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40, you can choose the type of reticle you want; Dead-Hold BDC, V-Brite Illuminated, or V-Plex. Each reticle has its advantages.

The Dead-Hold BDC reticle has hash marks that make it easy to determine yardage distances according to the firearm class you are using. This makes it quick and easy to adjust your MOA according to your distance.

The V-Brite Illuminated reticle allows you to shoot in low light conditions and has a red dot reticle that is easy to see.

The V-Plex reticle is a standard duplex reticle with horizontal and vertical lines wide at the edge of the circle and becomes narrower. They are near the center of the circle, with the lines intersecting to make crosshairs to determine the target.

Eye Relief

Another positive feature of the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 is eye relief. It has an eye relief between 3.8 and 4.4 inches.

Eye relief is determined by how far away your eye can be from the ocular lens while still obtaining a clear view through the scope. The closer your eye is to the ocular lens, the more likely the scope will hit your eye or head during the recoil.

A lengthy eye relief will allow you to keep your eye safely away from the ocular lens while maintaining a clear view of your target.

60 MOA for Windage and Elevation

When making adjustments for windage and elevation, the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 rifle scope allows you to make adjustments up to 60 minutes of angle. This means you can ultimately take a longer shot with more accuracy while correctly calculating the adjustments you need to make for elevation and windage.

Windage and Elevation Adjustability Clicks at ¼ MOA

Each click on the windage and elevation dial accounts for ¼ of a minute of angle. This is ideal for those times when you don’t need to make a full minute of angle adjustment.

Your adjustment may often be a distance that requires ½ or ¼ of a minute of angle adjustment. With the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 rifle scope, you can make those exact adjustments, making a more precise shot.

Cons

Below are the main cons:

Poor Performance in Low Light or Nighttime Conditions if Not Using the Vortex V-Brite Illuminated Reticle

The Vortex V-Plex and Dead-Hold BDC reticles are best for daylight conditions, so if you think you may take a shot during low light conditions, such as dawn or dusk, you won’t be able to see as well as you would in daytime conditions.

Fortunately, you can compensate for this issue by choosing the V-Brite Illuminated reticle when purchasing your Crossfire II 3 9x40.

Best Uses For the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9X40

Hunters and marksmen who will be taking short to medium-range shots are best to use the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40.

How Does Magnification Play a Role in Using the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40?

The standard magnification of the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 is 3x, while the maximum magnification of the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 is 9x.

The 9x magnification is ideal for most medium-range shots. Any shot that requires more than 9x magnification may not give you a precise shot to take.

What is Yardage and How Does it Play a Role in Using the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40?

To understand the yardage of your scope, you have to understand at what point you need to make adjustments and how many adjustments those need to be.

For every 100 yards, the distance between your reticle and the barrel of your gun will be 1 inch apart. This is because the bullet slows down as it flies through the air; meaning, the farther your bullet flies, the slower it becomes, and a slow bullet will drop at a faster rate of speed.

The Crossfire II 3 9x40 can adjust elevation and windage up to 60 MOA, and each click on the windage and elevation dial accounts for ¼ of a minute of angle.

Not every adjustment you make will equate to a full MOA. There may come a time when you need to make an adjustment to a shot that only requires ¼ of an MOA.

Is the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9X40 Hard to Use?

The Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 is relatively easy to use, especially if you understand the difference in the type of reticle you are using and how to calculate the MOA adjustment you need to make.

Each click on the windage and elevation dial accounts for ¼ of an MOA. Don’t think of an MOA adjustment on the dial as one click, as this will make your windage and elevation adjustment incorrect. Instead, make sure you know that each click accounts for ¼ of an MOA.

Is the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9X40 Compatible With Any Rifle?

The Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 is compatible with your rimfire or centerfire rifle. The rifle's magnification only goes up to 9x, so you may want to use this rifle scope for your rimfire or smaller centerfire rifles. It can still be used on centerfire rifles. It is just not recommended for long-range shots that you may otherwise take with your centerfire rifle.

What Do I Need to Know About Mounting the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9X40?

You will need to purchase one-inch mounting rings to securely and correctly attach the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 to the mount. It does not need a terribly tall mount at 40mm lens size, but low-pro rings will not do.

What Makes the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9X40 Stand Out From the Competition?

The Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 stands out from the competition because of its price point, features, and durability.

First, the price of the Vortex Crossfire II 9x40 is less than $200, whether you choose the pricier V-Brite Illuminated reticle option or, the more affordable V-Plex reticle option.

Next, you can choose the exact reticle of your choice. If you are shooting in low light conditions, such as dawn or dusk, you can choose to add the V-Brite Illuminated reticle option. If you plan on shooting in daytime conditions, you can choose the V-Plex or Dead-Hold BDC reticle to save a little money.

Finally, the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 rifle scope is durable yet lightweight. It is waterproof, fog-proof, and shock-proof. Because the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 is backed by their lifetime warranty, you can get a full repair or replacement on your rifle scope if it ever becomes inoperable due to a defect or damage.

Conclusion

The Vortex Crossfire II 9 3x40 is an affordable, durable, and versatile rifle scope you can add to any centerfire or rimfire rifle. The magnification begins at 3x when you look through the scope, and it maxes out at 9x magnification. This allows you to take a clear and accurate shot from a medium-range distance.

When mounting the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40, you will need to purchase a set of one-inch mounting rings to properly install the scope to the mount on the rifle.

People Also Ask

When it comes to the Vortex Crossfire 11 3 9x40, people also ask the following questions:

What Kind of Warranty Does the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9X40 Come With?

The Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 rifle scope comes with the Vortex lifetime VIP (very important promise) warranty. This warranty promises you that your Vortex product will be fully repaired or replaced if it becomes damaged or defective to the point of being inoperable.

How Much Does the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9X40 Weigh?

The Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 weighs 15 ounces, making it one of the lighter second focal plane scopes on the market today. Because it’s lightweight, you don’t have to worry about adding a significant amount of weight to your rifle, but it’s also not too lightweight that it is flimsy. It is made of aircraft-grade aluminum, which makes it shock-proof and resistant to scratches and breaking.

Can You Use Vortex Crossfire II 3 9X40 in Low Light?

If you choose the Vortex Crossfire II 3x90 V-Brite Illuminated reticle, you will be able to safely and accurately shoot in low light. The Vortex V-Brite Illuminated reticle allows you to control the brightness of the reticle and see the illuminated red dot when looking through the ocular lens.

Using the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 with a V-Plex or Dead-Hold BDC reticle will limit you from using the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40 in low light; they have no illumination or brightness capabilities. The Dead-Hold BDC reticle will have a coating on the lenses that will help adjust in low light conditions, but that’s where the low light capabilities of the Dead-Hold BDC reticle ends.

If you plan to shoot at dawn, dusk, or any other low light conditions, you will need to choose the Vortex V-Brite Illuminated reticle option when you purchase your rifle scope. Remember that this option will cost a little more than the Dead-Hold BDC and V-Plex reticle options.

How Long Does the Battery Last on the Vortex Crossfire II 3 9x40?

The only reticle on the Crossfire II 3 9x40 that uses a battery is the V-Brite Illuminated reticle. It uses a CR2032 battery that lasts approximately 150 hours per life cycle.



Josh Lewis the managing editor at Gun Mann and when he isn't writing about guns he is more than likely tinkering with them. He also enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors. As a lifelong gun owner he knows his stuff!