: I've had good success shooting my Benelli MR1 rifle using a Vortex
Sparc.... several hundreds of rounds, cold temps (michigan.. 8 degrees
last range trip). So far, great battery life.. easy to use... quality
mount... no loss of zero. Cost was $199 at AIM surplus.
I've also mounted a Lucid HD7 on my ACR, with excellent results to
date. So far, one range trip for about 400 rounds rifed after zero...
again, cold michigan weather, with good brightness (auto brightness
feature works very well) and very little loss of zero when changing
reticle styles. Maybe 1-2 MOA to the right of "zero" for my dot, when
switching to the crosshair reticle.
Both work very well... and at $175 shipped, the Lucid looks to be a great deal for an entry level red dot.
: Natchez shooting supply has a sale on their Nitrex line plus a $50 or $100 rebate.
In all honesty I have not recieved the scope yet HOWEVER I have done
extensive research, read all the reveiws on this scope (mine is a 2x10
50MM etched reticle) and came to the conclusion this is a slam dunk. A
$600 dollar scope for $180 final cost. Even at $600 it has been said to
compare to the very best and more costly premium scopes.
I screwed around long enough that the 3x15's etched were gone.
Got this in yesterday. I opted for a shade as well for $16 extra on
sale. Used 1" tall 6 screw Weaver rings for my 20" bull barrel with a
DPMS alloy tube handguard.Nice cheap rings.
The scope just clears when a Bultler creek lens protector is on.
Scope had to pushed forward to the first picatiny notch to allow proper focus.
Scope glass is very nice. Reticle looks usefull. The BDC supplied
chart starts at .223 so its compatible. Japanese components and build.
Clicks are 1/4" and the tube is only 1" but I'd rather have a 1" quality scope than a 30mm cheapo.
I have a stupid money Leupold on a .50 BMG single shot and yes I would say the Nitrex compares. Not exactly but very nice.
: I bought a Lucid optic for $250 when they were first introduced. It came
as a 1x, but had a 2x screw on magnifier that came with it. It was a
nice piece for a cheap CQB type weapon. I sold it to my buddy a bit ago
because he needed a cheap optic for his new Stag.
Here's the link to my review on Gunkings. Its fairly in depth, and I hope it helps. Lucid HD-7
have had good luck with the Millet 1-4x DMS on a 20 inch AR. I also am
impressed with the CenterPoint 4-16x mil dot from Walmart.
Opinion: Good budget scope, for $60 at walmart is actually very nice
and will hold up to recoil. I have never heard of these breaking from
reasonable recoil (as in not mounting it to a .50BMG)
Rifles: Mounted to Mosin nagant for 40 rounds, and held up fine, now on my father's AR-15.
Optics: Ok on lower powers, past 12x it becomes hazy even in the
most perfect conditions. Illumination is nice, adjustments are ok, and
the adjustable paralax is a great feature
Opinion: This scope continues to impress me. It was $154 originally
but many places that carry it also have 15% off coupons making it a
great deal. This scope is very nice, and NOTHING like the ones found at
walmart. They are in a different "class"
Rifles: Mounted to my 5.56 18" SPR. I have shot .44 moa 5 shot
groups at 100 yards using this scope. I also dropped it on a screw
driving leaving a small dent, but it works fine.
Optics: Much clearer then walmart one I previously mentioned. It has
a 30mm tube which allows more light. The scope stays clear and bright
through its magnification range. I have the side adjustable parrallax
version which is VERY nice. The only downside is the markings for
distance are definetly off. It may be my bad vision, but to be parallax
free at my local 100 yard range I have to set it at 270 yards. The
adjustments are right on, and have locking rings. The parrallax adjust
works well to focus at any range though. Looking at a house 350m away I
was able to focus to see the detail in the bricks on the chimney, and
successfully used the mil dots to estimate the range within 10m
-Side note.... The only thing I do not like about this scope is that
because it is compact the availible space of the tube for putting rings
on is very small, no one piece mounts such as LaRue of ADM mounts will
fit it as they are around 1/4" too long.
Opinion: This is a solid 30mm scope. Because it is fixed power it is
extremely "bright" I got it for $99 shipped and I think its worth
double that. The only thing I do not like is that the mil dot crosshairs
are not "long enough" There is a thick black bars which are about 2/3
of the height and width and 1/3 is the mildot crosshairs. Another thing I
do not like is the turrent styles. They are much taller then they need
to be. I keep my rifle in a soft case and the adjustments were too big
to fit, even though my larger Centerpoint 3-12x fite nicely.
Rifles: I have tried this on both my 16" 5.56 carbine and my 18" 5.56 SPR.
Optics: It is the brightest "budget" scope own. The first time I
used this scope was on a relatively dark day, and it was pouring rain,
yet when looking through it it actually looked like it was sunny out,
which really impressed me. It is so bright because it is a fixed scope
wit a 30mm tube.
OlsenG_360: Mueller APT 4.5-14x40mm
30mm tube, adjustable objective
mil-dot reticle, accurate milling at 10x
something like 70-80moa elevation adjustment
very clear glass
I've had mine on a savage bolt .223 for about a year and I couldn't
be more pleased with it. Passed the box test with flying colors.
Wish i had bought about 5 more when they were still $145. They hover around $170 now.
I will say it's no lightweight at 23 oz, but then again most guys are going to stick it on a 10+ lb heavy barreled rifle.
: Contrary to some comments here on other posts I like the osprey optics
10-40x50 . So far i've only shot it out to 200 yards but I'm getting
groups that are better than I should out of my Howa .308 bolt action.
My groups range from between .25 MOA to .65MOA at 200 yards. I even had
a ten round group that was just less than 1.5" at 200 yards.
1/2" group at 200 yards with a $140 scope and a $300 gun I'll take
that. This weekend I'm going to shoot it out to at least 450 possibly
more so i'll see how it does at those ranges. Before I bought it guys
were telling me it would suck... well I'm 250 rounds of .308 in and it
As the post below me mentioned about eye relief... the 10-40x50 does
have relatively short eye relief. When other people shoot my gun they
scope eye themselves(although not to the point of injury, just
embarrassment). Although my stance on that it is shooter error, not
being used to recoil of a lightweight .308(not that the recoil is so
: I have an Osprey 4-16X42 Tac, or something like that. I have it on my AR
7.62 upper. The rings it came with work well on a flat top upper but a
1/2" or 3/4" riser is recommended to help access the charging handle. It
has held up well so far, around 200 rds through it. Glass is clear. My
only complaints are:
1. It took almost 50 rds to sight in at 100 yds. First shots were
about 2' low and to the right. I couldn't spot them by myself as they
weren't even on the target board. Had a friend help out spotting. After
that it was spot on for the next 150 rds.
2. At higher magnification the eye relief is VERY touchy. It seems
like if you move your head a millimeter one way or another you can
"black out". At lower powers it is not like that at all.
3. See-through cap are hard to flip up. You end up pulling the caps off instead of them flipping up.
Minor complaints and at $129 (Natchez) for a lighted rangefinder
reticle its not bad. I have spent the same on worse. My other scope is a
Nikon M223 much better but 2-3x the price. No complaints on that one.
Edit: I forgot to say the reticle hairs are very fine, not thick as
some cheap scopes are. I could clearly see cartridge casings, we were
shooting at, at 100 yds around the cross hairs. Also at dusk or darker
the lighted reticle does not over power the scope with light, even with
it turned up all the way, and only the cross hairs light not the whole