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m1 sighting options on scout rail

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by memphisjim, Dec 28, 2009.

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  1. memphisjim

    memphisjim Member

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    ok im curious about the options for the scout hand guard rail they make for a garand

    any optic will need a long eye relief

    im familiar with the red dot 1x options

    what i want to know is much magnification can you get on a scout rail?

    also do these options come with an illuminated reticle?

    thanks
     
  2. memphisjim

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    i mean extended eye relief by scout scope
     
  3. SharpsDressedMan

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    The big advantage of the Scout scope is not only precision, but speed. If you go over 3x, you start to slow yourself down considerably, and can't use both eyes easily, if you shoot that way. There are some intermediate scopes, Burris comes to mind, that are/were made in higher magnification, and would work, but it becomes that compromise. What do you want your rifle to do with Scout optic?
     
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    I have the Leupold 2.5x Scout Scope on my M1A Scout. It's beautiful and bright.
    It's only 2.5x, so sighting in on a small target even at 100 yards is tricky. But it allows you to keep both eyes open when viewing down the rifle.
     
  5. memphisjim

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    i want long distance range without altering the rifle
    2.5x is not enough for that purpose
    is there anything much stronger?
     
  6. highorder

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    Leupold makes a 2.5x, 4x, and a 6x scout scope.
     
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    6x sounds pretty good
    does your eye have to be a set distance from the scope?
     
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    what magnification does nthat give you?> 2.5?
     
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    2.5x is about all you get. Burris makes a 2.75x.
     
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    is that with illuminated reticle?
     
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    Burris makes a 2-7X scope for handgun use. Eye relief is 10-14 in, which should work with it on the Garand scout mount.

    http://www.burrisoptics.com/handgun1.html#2x7x

    I've had some pretty good results with an Eotech with the 1MOA dot, on a Garand scout mount. This is much better than the iron sights. I haven't tried it past 200 yds, yet, but I think it would be OK.
     
  14. memphisjim

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    wow that looks nice is there any reason the 3x-=12x wouldnt work?
     
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    Are you planning on using the scope as a spotting optic, or just need to hit things with it? If just shooting long range, remember that a person can shoot a 12" circle at 1000 yards with iron sights, so a 2.5x optic should allow you to do some darn fine shooting on any game size target at 600 yards or less................:)
     
  16. memphisjim

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    more just wanting a do it all rifle i like the garand
    and would like a powerful scope for accurate long range shooting if necessary
     
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    The 3-12X Burris seems to have similar eye relief, so (assuming you can fit the scope on the mount at an appropriate distance) it should work as well as the 2-7X. You're going to need 10" mimimum eye relief, the way I read it.

    If you get QD mounts, you may have a "do it all" rifle. Remove the scope and use iron sights for close range, scope for longer range. The scope pretty much doesn't work at close range-both eyes open unless it is around 1X or so.
     
  18. memphisjim

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    2x or 3x shouldnt be bad up close should it?
     
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    Re: variable scopes -

    Yes, a 2-7X or 3-12X scope offers versatility, and this doesn't change when it is mounted in a forward position. Low power for "brush shots" at closer range, high power for longer shots.

    What isn't going to happen (IMO) is the "both eyes open" quick aquisition that red-dots or other 1X scopes can offer.

    Considering the Garands "pointability" and overall length, this may not be a significant factor...it isn't exactly a close-quarters weapon.
     
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