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Just Released: New for 2020 Vortex Razor HD LHT Riflescope

New Vortex Razor HD LHT 3-15x42 riflescope released

The new Vortex Razor HD LHT line has just been released. All photo credits: Brady Miller

Every so often a new piece of hunting gear is built that just fits perfectly and solves a niche. Today, that product has finally been released. This new piece of gear is a riflescope made by Vortex and is their Razor HD LHT lineup. LHT stands for Light Hunter Tactical. Specifically, the model I'll be talking about here is their 3-15x42 version.

This riflescope is brand new to Vortex’s already impressive lineup of riflescopes. The new for 2020 Razor HD LHT is a true do-all-riflescope.

Vortex Razor HD LHT on javelina hunt in rain

2020 general season javelina I took with the new Vortex riflescope.

I was fortunate to have this riflescope in my hands since early February and already have a full month of use behind it. Instantly I mounted the scope, took it to the range, and that same day I was ringing steel at 630 yards. A few days later I was headed to Arizona and put the scope through some hard use on a cold and wet javelina hunt in Arizona. On the second day of the season, I was able to take a great boar in a complete downpour.

Razor HD LHT Highlights

  • Locking zero stop elevation turret
  • Illuminated center dot
  • HSR-5i reticle (MOA
  • 30mm tube

It’s also worth noting that this is a second focal plane riflescope.

Locking elevation turret

Locking elevation turret on Vortex Razor HD LHT riflescope

My favorite feature on this riflescope is the locking elevation turret with their RevStop Zero System. This will be extremely valuable when I want to lock things down, and I’ll have the confidence to know that my turret didn’t magically spin while pushing through brush.

Also, the capped windage turret is a small feature but has huge benefits. This is another item I no longer have to worry about. I’m not the person who likes to dial for wind, and off the top of my head, I believe I have only dialed for wind on one animal I took way back in the day. This is another confidence booster knowing my windage is locked and set.

Zero stop installation

Sometimes it's the little things that matter the most. After I dialed my scope in, it was a breeze to drop in the zero stop ring. This is probably the simplest design I have used.

Illuminated center dot

Razor HD LHT illumination button

If you’ve ever hunted in thick timber, you’ll understand why an illuminated center dot is a great feature. The cool part about this scope’s illumination is it’s an easy to use push button on the parallax knob. You no longer have to look down and fumble with a different knob. You simply can just reach down and turn it on without thinking about it.

Why a 30 mm tube is a great choice in this scope

For starters, the 30 mm tube allows for some added strength, while at the same time isn't adding a ton of weight like bigger options. To me, I love a scope with lots of travel, and this riflescope has an amazing 80 MOA of travel!

Trimmed down scope - but still feature-rich

Top view new Vortex Razor HD LHT riflescope

Let’s face it, any hunt where you’re carrying around a heavy backpack for extended periods of time, you will notice the weight. The same can be said for carrying around a rifle. If you have a heavy rifle, it will start to wear on you. 

For the weight-conscious mountain hunter, this scope checks all the boxes, and still only weighs in at 19.1 oz. When looking at the specs and design of the scope, there is nothing missing. So how did they pull off the weight? What they did to reduce the weight was to remove unnecessary features like giant exposed windage turrets, no bulky illumination knob, and a trimmed-down parallax knob. This scope is streamlined and built for business.

Razor HD glass!

Razor HD glass in the new riflescope

With Vortex's Razor HD glass included in this riflescope, you know you'll have a crisp view no matter the conditions.

New HSR-5i Reticle

Vortex Razor LHT HSR-5i MOA reticle

View of the HSR-5i reticle.

When you want all the data, without the clutter, look to the new HSR-5i reticle. On my recent hunt in February, I really enjoyed the cleaned-up view of this reticle. It provided me with all the information I needed and allowed my full visibility.

Customizable turret!

Each scope comes with a coupon that you can send to Kenton Industries to customize your turret to your ballistics so the turret will now read in yards instead of MOA/MRAD. This was a big feature request, and Vortex delivered!


In conclusion

Unboxing Vortex Razor HD LHT riflescope

Overall, if you're considering purchasing a new riflescope this year, this Vortex Razor HD LHT 3-15x42 will not let you down! 

From whitetails in the midwest, or chasing elk in the thick timber in the mountains, this scope has the features to get the job done and perform to the expectations you expect.

Podcast listening on this new riflescope

If you're cruising around and want to listen to a podcast that Jay Scott Outdoors just released with Cody Nelson and Jaryd Bernstein of Vortex discussing all the features of this riflescope, you check out Podcast Episode 659 through the buttons below:

Apple Podcast link Podbean

Also, if you need any help deciding what riflescope is right for you, you can always email goHUNT's Optics Manager Cody Nelson at optics@gohunt.com or call him at (702) 847-8747 | Ext. 2. Cody is always happy to help you out in selecting the perfect optic package and is a great resource to take advantage of.

This new scope is available now, check it out below in our Gear Shop.

Razor HD LHT 3-15x42

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8 Comments

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Seth D. - posted 2 weeks ago on 03-13-2020 09:34:08 pm
Public Lands
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Spoke with Vortex this morning, it is a Japanese made scope. Should be really good news.

Matt H. - posted 2 weeks ago on 03-13-2020 09:14:56 pm
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Looks like a promising scope... but i never understand why more scope reviews don’t cover the most important attributes of a long range scope... does it hold zero? How is the tracking?

Seth D. - posted 2 weeks ago on 03-12-2020 06:59:18 pm
Public Lands
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That reticle is the cat's pajamas. Wow, Euro post with windage and elevation. Couldn't get a better reticle if you wanted to.

I wonder how the glass compares, and what is the country of manufacture?

Reed S. - posted 2 weeks ago on 03-12-2020 05:19:26 pm
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At that price point would you go with something else? Similar features in Leupold VX5, Zeiss V4, etc

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Brady M. - posted 2 weeks ago on 03-10-2020 01:25:37 pm
Las Vegas, NV
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@Konrad - You'll love it! If you have any questions, be sure to reach out.

@Anthony - Happy to help. The Razor quality throughout the line is the same. The bigger and heavier Gen 2 has the same glass, just different optical systems. So this scope is worth it all day!

Anthony M. - posted 3 weeks ago on 03-05-2020 06:44:03 pm
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Yep this is going on my mountain rifle. I had the original version with the G4 reticle and loved it but hated the elevation turret. I use a Leupold vx-5hd with cds and firedot on my deer rifle and this is alot like that. Can anyone compare the glass? I take it, this is not the same glass in the razor gen 2? If it is, this is worth it all day.

Greg T. - posted 3 weeks ago on 03-05-2020 01:36:53 pm
Minot ND
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Sounds a lot like Leupold VX5 line up

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Konrad R. - posted 3 weeks ago on 03-05-2020 01:19:31 pm
Colorado
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I just bought one! I've been waiting 3 years for them to add the top turret.