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Help me pick ar15 scope

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by laxtond, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. laxtond

    laxtond Member

    Hi guys, I am new to The High Road and would just like to start off saying hi to everyone. I am currently in the process of building an AR and I am now looking for an optic to use. I have a few ideas that I am thinking are looking good, but I am open to suggestions.

    I will mainly be using this gun for just general plinking. Shooting paper targets, cans, clays, maybe some varmint hunting. No real range shooting past 250m or so. I would like reasonable accuracy at say 150-200m though. I like the idea of a 1-4x or 2-7x. I do not care about illuminated reticule or any of that, just want to be able to see and hit what I am aiming at.

    So a checklist of criteria if you will:

    Range: Most common 75m-100m
    Occasional 150m
    Max 250m

    Targets: General plinking - some small varmint

    Cost: would love to be under 200 with scope and mount (could maybe stretch to 250)

    Appearance: I love the looks of an ACOG or other kind of smaller tactical scope, but most that I have seen are fixed power, which I am not as interested in

    Reticule: I like a Mil-dot but regular cross hair would be just fine

    Some that I have been interested include




    Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to listen to me ramble.
  2. greyling22

    greyling22 Well-Known Member

    I put a burris timberline 2-7x28 on mine. I really like it, and it looks ok on the gun. However they don't make it any more. Take care with some of the 2-7 scopes that you aren't getting a shotgun scope with a weird reticle or short paralax. I'd steer clear of leapers, barska etc.

    how about a vortex cross fire http://swfa.com/Vortex-Crossfire-Rifle-Scopes-C1461.aspx
    a millet dms, http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=MIBK81002A

    my pick of the litter: nikon monarch 1-4x $200 http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=NK8446BR

    nikon 223 1-4x $190 http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=NK8485BR

    primary arms 1-4x https://www.primaryarms.com/Primary_Arms_14X_24_Illuminated_Scope_p/pa 1-4x.htm

    burris 2-7-32 $150 http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=BU200123

    bushnell elite 3200 2-7x32 $150 http://www.natchezss.com/product.cfm?contentID=productDetail&prodID=BH322732M

    redfield revolution 2-7x32
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I'd rule out the Leapers and Barska right from the get-go.
    Buy a cheap Chinese scope, and thats what you get.

    Greyling22 listed several good ones to pick from.

  4. Coltdriver

    Coltdriver Well-Known Member

    Go get a Leupold Mark AR.

    They are under $250 and have a reticle made for the AR. If you AR is a flat top you can get rings for cheap and upgrade later.

    Don't waste your money on a cheap scope. They are all garbage. Just save an extra month and get a decent scope.

    The other thing you might think about is a red dot. I can't recommend a good one because I am not up on them but you can shoot very well with one at the ranges you are talking about.
  5. OpticsPlanet

    OpticsPlanet Well-Known Member

  6. dprice3844444

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  7. laxtond

    laxtond Member

    Thanks for all of the input

    Thank you all very much for the informative responses. I really appreciate all of the input. I quite like the aforementioned Vortex and Bushnell.

    If I can find some information on the quality of Vortex scopes, and the crossfire lines durability, clarity, and ability to hold zero due to recoil and magnification changes I will most certainly order one.

    Thanks again to everyone who has chimed in and help a new AR enthusiast out.

    Keep the suggestions coming as it will be a day or two before I do finally order and would still love to hear some opinions.
  8. spazzymcgee

    spazzymcgee Well-Known Member

    I second Leapers UTG. I've had a Leapers UTG 4-16x scope on my Remington 700 .308 for about 500 rounds or so, and It's never lost its zero. Maybe they're more of a hit or miss than $200 scopes, but mine is definately a hit, especially for $60.

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