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Help me pick ar15 scope

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

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  1. laxtond

    laxtond Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    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 Member

    Aug 6, 2007
    East Texas
    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

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    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 Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    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 Member

    Oct 14, 2011
    Northbrook, IL
  6. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    Feb 26, 2011
    se fla i love claymores 01/sot
  7. laxtond

    laxtond Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    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 Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    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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