Scope Selection


June 13, 2011, 02:04 PM
Hello all, I am building a custom Springfield M1A, (Kreiger heavy match grade barrel, McMillian stock, trigger work ect. Does any one have a thought on a first focal plane, mildot, retical, scope? I will be eventually shooting out to 1000 yards, therefore I want a scope I can grow into. I also want an adjustable power scope. The caveat is I only want to spend $1100.00 dollars. Any thoughts?

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June 14, 2011, 12:30 AM
The guys over at are going nuts over the new Super Sniper 5-20x sold by SWFA. You can get them for $1K right now. I can't comment further. I've never had my hands on one. Other than that, the Weaver Tactical has been getting favorable reviews.

Zak Smith
June 14, 2011, 01:44 AM
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I would recommend a used Leupold or Nightforce for your price range.

June 14, 2011, 12:06 PM
The new SWFA SS 5-20x50 as mentioned above is the way to go in my opinion.

June 14, 2011, 02:43 PM
That SWFA SS 5-20 is a great scope, but out of the OP's listed budget

Regardless of the brand, look for matched units on your reticle (moa/moa or mil/mRad)

If you can't afford the 5-20, I'd highly recommend the SWFA 3-9x ($600).. its ffp, mil dot and mRad turrets, and it should hold it's resale well if you decide to upgrade to a higher power scope in the future. In my experience, 9x is enough magnification for target work at any range (not that 20x isn't nice, but beyond a certain point, magnification looks pretty, but it won't make you any more accurate). Lets put it this way... some people shoot irons accurately out to 1000y.

Alternatively, a fixed power SWFA 10x or 20x would be a good option on a dedicated long range gun. Not something I'd choose for a practical defense gun, but in a dedicated sniper, as a cost saving measure, hell yes.

SWFA SS isn't the only brand making a good value long range scope, but they do a great job on getting the right features for long-range shooting coupled with reasonable price.

June 15, 2011, 06:24 PM
He did say that he'd be willing to spend up to $1100. The SS 20X is going for $1K right now, with the discount.

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