All Things Vortex Optics with Nick Laufenberg NRL22 Podcast Season 1 | Ep. 5

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On today’s episode, Ruth speaks with Nick Laufenberg from Vortex Optics to discuss all things Vortex, competition, and more!

Nick currently resides in a unique role at Vortex where he specializes in all things precision rifle related. He oversees the precision rifle team as well as precision rifle events. Nick aids multiple teams at Vortex with trainings which involve ballistics and marksmanship, as well as assists the Vortex product development team with precision rifle related products. He competes in both rimfire, and centerfire matches around the United States, ranging from NRL22 to sniper competitions.

The NRL22 Presented by Bushnell is a division of the National Rifle League which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the growth and education of precision rifle shooting. The NRL22 was created to provide a way for competitors who are looking to get into the sport of precision rifle the opportunity to do so with 22lr or air rifles without having to invest a lot of money in gear or travel. The NRL22 program is designed so that any facility with a 100 yard range can participate in local competitions to qualify for a National Championship.

Hear from Nick on current Vortex offerings, MRAD vs MOA, and more, on the NRL22 Podcast!

0:19 Self Intro Nick Laufenberg
1:00 Is there a difference in sales at Vortex for Centerfire vs Rimfire?
2:45 How much of Vortex is focused on precision vs hunting for products?
4:28 Progression of Optics quality and technology
5:22 What is the breakdown between what people buy for rimfire vs centerfire?
6:45 MRAD vs MOA?
11:27 Wind Calls and Reticles
14:49 Nick discusses his preparation for the Vortex Sniper Challenge.
20:10 Tell us about your favorite matches and why?
23:40 What does Vortex have going on right now?
28:22 What else you have going on, how about those new head quarters?
32:24 Does Vortex have an official shooting team?
39:53 Questions from listeners…
40:10 What are your fundamentals for building a position?
45:33 What are the top two fundamentals a new shooter should work on?
53:07 What is a good starter setup for base class that is budget friendly?
1:02:02 Nick final thoughts

Helpful Links:
Possible Base Class Rifles
• CZ 457 (MSRP $569.00)
• Tika T1X (MSRP $599.99)
• Savage Mark 2 (MSRP $599.99)
• Savage B22 Precision (MSRP $659.00)
• Ruger Precision Rimfire (MSRP $599.99)
Possible Base Class Optics
• Venom 5x25x56 (MSRP: $699.99)
• Diamondback Tactical 4x16x44 (MSRP $449.99)
• Diamondback Tactical 6x24x50 (MSRP $499.99)

Do you have questions, comments, insight on the topics discussed today? Shoot an email to with Subject: “NRL22 Podcast S1 E5”.

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14 September 2022

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