I just finished putting a PSA AR together, my first for putting a lower together. It was fun and educational. Over a year ago I picked up a scope from Midway not really knowing what I would put it on. Well, now I know. Here is what I have.
AR with front site only. Mid length, no special handrail yet. Flattop.
Scope is a Simmons Whitetail 6.5 x 20 x 50.
From what I have read I am leaning towards the Burris mounts for overall price and quality.
Tons of options out there and prices all over the place. Also read that height is a big issue but never come up with a consensus. Now I am asking my THR friends.
I really expect this AR to be a tack driver. Paid a bit more for a very nice stainless barrel and I have high hopes for this baby.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks and God Bless
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June 12, 2013, 09:45 PM
You need tall rings or ar specific mount to get enough height to clear charging handle. You can spend as little or as much as you want on rings. Your ring budget should match your scope budget. I have had good luck with cheap rings but I try not to go that route these days. Vortex and leupold have decent rings for modest prices. You can also gain all kinds of weight with bulky mounts and tactical 12 screw bohemoths.
June 12, 2013, 09:56 PM
I bought a $30 mount off ebay. It worked just fine and looked a lot like this http://swfa.com/SWFA-SSALT-30mm-Scope-Mount-P58814.aspx you need pretty high rings. if you go traditional ring style, and typically, the stock is so short on AR's that you need to mount the scope further forward on the gun than the flat top rail will allow, thus the cantilever 1 piece mount's popularity.
found mine. http://www.amazon.com/TMS-Offset-Piece-Scope-Picatinny/dp/B003NZ9W9E/ref=pd_sbs_sg_7 it's gone up. huh.
June 12, 2013, 10:05 PM
For quick detach and maybe you could squeeze a small BUIS behind rear ring.
Or La Rue mounts , the Warne are more minimalistic and pretty bomb proof besides cheaper.
June 12, 2013, 10:11 PM
6.5 x 20 x 50.Sounds like way more scope power then I would want on a .223 middy.
You will have mirage problems blurring the long range (300- 400+) targets at high power setting in Kansas on a hot day.
Plus a small field-of-view on low power setting at close range on running coyotes, etc.
For 100 yard paper target shooting, it should work great though!
June 12, 2013, 10:58 PM
I went with a Model one sales one piece mount/ring combo and a Leupold 4.5-14x40mm VX3 scope. This is a tack driving rifle that will put sub MOA groups.