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Scope Selection

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mfdogman, Jun 13, 2011.

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  1. mfdogman

    mfdogman Member

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    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?
     
  2. TonyAngel

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    The guys over at snipershide.com 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.
     
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    I would recommend a used Leupold or Nightforce for your price range.
     
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    The new SWFA SS 5-20x50 as mentioned above is the way to go in my opinion.
     
  5. chrome_austex

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    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.
     
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    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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