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KYGlock
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Posted: 3/26/2011 6:25:57 PM EST
What's the best quality / magnification available for a small budget?
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Posted: 3/28/2011 5:35:12 PM EST
I bought a Nikon 3-9x40 "Buckmaster" for my M4 and am very happy with it. The reticle is very fine and the lenses are as clear as they come. When I bought this scope I wanted something that was quick to find the target, easy to use windage and elevation knob adjustments without needing any tools, a medium distance zoom, along with having great reviews. After some discounts and rebates this scope cost me about $170 regularly I think was about $230. I looked at Leupold because they are also great scopes in my price range, but some of the scopes did not have the features that I wanted for the cost. Once again I am very happy with the performance of my Nikon scope.
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Posted: 3/30/2011 1:47:15 AM EST
Depends on what you are using and what you are using it for.
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Posted: 3/30/2011 7:03:16 AM EST

It's a little bit more than your budget...

But for $300... I have 2 TRS-1's in mil/mil and have been very pleased with mine.
I have one on a 24" AR-15 & another on a CZ-527 in .223

If you can find the extra $50, I think you would be happy with one.
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Posted: 4/2/2011 1:14:34 PM EST
vortex vipers 24x 210$
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Posted: 4/6/2011 7:41:14 AM EST
Originally Posted By NA_Wreckdiver:

It's a little bit more than your budget...

But for $300... I have 2 TRS-1's in mil/mil and have been very pleased with mine.
I have one on a 24" AR-15


This the application I am looking for. I am building a 24" bull barrel with a Gieselle trigger on a bipod for varmint/hog killin'

What kind of accuracy are you getting at 100 & 200 yards with this scope what load and what twist?

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Posted: 4/6/2011 12:24:53 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Woodys556:
This the application I am looking for. I am building a 24" bull barrel with a Gieselle trigger on a bipod for varmint/hog killin'

What kind of accuracy are you getting at 100 & 200 yards with this scope what load and what twist?


The scope is fine... on the CZ527 it gets boring shooting 52g SMK's into usually a .33" cluster...
(never more than .5")

The AR is exactly what you described... 24" SS Bull barrel w/ 1:8 twist, Gieselle trigger & bipod.
It regularly shoots about .75" - 1" @ 100 yads with the 52g loads. It was built to shoot 69g & heavier.
It's not really broken in yet... (I hope). I'm still working up a load for it.

So far I was not impressed with 69g SMK's & Reloder 15. I have some 77g Nosler CC's & and some
other powders to try. I need to get to a 300 yard range to run some ladder tests, so I don't waste ammo.

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Posted: 4/9/2011 4:08:14 AM EST
Super Sniper or Bushnell 3200 tactical.
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Posted: 4/15/2011 11:05:08 PM EST
For $100 I'd get a nikon prostaff 4x fixed power. Its an efficient scope and not insultingly cheap like the BSA and other cheap scopes.
for $250 I'd get a leupold VX-II 2-7 or 3-9 and forget about it. Skip the analog turrets on the VX-I.
for $350 there are a bunch of options. none of which are going to be that much better or different than the above.

If you've got a real tack driver and like to shoot from a rest, then consider something with 12-16x magnification on the high end.

Skip the fancy illumination and adjustable objectives. They often aren't worth the weight, cost, or complexity.

for $500 I'd get a SS 3-9x with mil reticule and turrets.

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Posted: 5/14/2011 3:51:00 AM EST
Wotac....Sightwonders.com clear glass very user friendly and excellent customer service.
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Posted: 5/14/2011 6:22:30 AM EST
Super Sniper can be had for about 50 bucks more. I have 2 and have found them to be decent scopes for the $$.
MEXICO. North America's backed up shitter...
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Posted: 5/17/2011 1:11:24 AM EST
Don't waste your time or money on Wotac. Matt is a nice guy and stands behind is optics, but his optics are pure crap. Sure you will get a replacement optic, but I'd rather have an optic I can use versus always having to send it back for warranty.

BTW, no one seems to be able to get a hold of Matt these days...there is speculation that his company is going under.

Originally Posted By bigjake2010:
Wotac....Sightwonders.com clear glass very user friendly and excellent customer service.


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Posted: 5/18/2011 8:10:58 PM EST
For 250 you can find pretty decent 3x9 by Burris, Bushnell, Nikon, etc. Not their most high end stuff, but very serviceable. Also, take a look at the new Redfield line.
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Posted: 5/31/2011 7:39:29 AM EST
just bought this, read the reviews.. it also has good reviews on snipershide.. and great sale price... not the usual BSA crap
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=962234


and this for a FFP is a GREAT price, and great reviews
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=456482
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Posted: 6/5/2011 3:36:23 PM EST
I have read the the center point scopes 4x16 are not bad for a under $100.
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Posted: 6/9/2011 2:02:54 PM EST
Originally Posted By OhioLongRange:
just bought this, read the reviews.. it also has good reviews on snipershide.. and great sale price... not the usual BSA crap
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=962234



How do you like the scope so far? I am thinking about getting this one as a place holder until I have the cash for a Nightforce.
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Posted: 6/9/2011 4:16:03 PM EST
Originally Posted By BRONZ:
I have read the the center point scopes 4x16 are not bad for a under $100.


I'll agree with this. The glass is not as good as an ACOG, or high end glass - but nobody ever would think it would be.
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Posted: 6/10/2011 6:24:31 PM EST
Originally Posted By Narc1911:
Originally Posted By OhioLongRange:
just bought this, read the reviews.. it also has good reviews on snipershide.. and great sale price... not the usual BSA crap
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=962234



How do you like the scope so far? I am thinking about getting this one as a place holder until I have the cash for a Nightforce.


I have used it twice breaking a new Mk12 clone I built.

Scope is solid. Clicks are sharp. I like that the turrets can be reset.
Its not in the same class as my IOR buy a long shot but, the glass is good for a $70 dollar scope. The other day I was at the range breaking in the barrel, and there were a bunch of AR shooters there. You would think they would ask about a MK12 clone....nope they asked what kind of scope I had on it. lol.

If it turns out to be repeatable and holds it zero, I will buy another.

Would I like another IOR and any other 1k scope yep I sure would. But I'm not shooting competition, or going overseas, I'm just punching paper with it.
BRONZ

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Posted: 6/12/2011 4:03:34 PM EST
Cool, thanks.
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Posted: 6/20/2011 7:26:03 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Narc1911:
Originally Posted By OhioLongRange:
just bought this, read the reviews.. it also has good reviews on snipershide.. and great sale price... not the usual BSA crap
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=962234



How do you like the scope so far? I am thinking about getting this one as a place holder until I have the cash for a Nightforce.




FUCKING GREAT for 150$... i blows the 210$ crossfire out of the water... clear at 24x "for a 150$ scope", the side focus is great... turrets great... only complaint is setting the turrets to zero after sighting may not always line up on zero due to the gear tooth in the cap... if u pull the cap off and on it may be +2 or -1 click off from where it needs to be,, needs a finer tooth on the gear... but not a big issue
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Posted: 6/20/2011 7:39:06 PM EST
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Probably not enough magnification for what you want but for the money my Millet DMS 1-4x works great for my application. Decent glass and seems to do well up close and at reasonable distance.
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Posted: 6/29/2011 6:07:38 PM EST
I have a Bushnell Elite fixed 10x power on an M1A Loaded. Shooting a Precision Rifle class in PA, I could keep up with the BIG $$$ scopes that were present. It has good glass for the $$, and I have popped clay pigeons laying on a berm at 740yds.
Mine has the Mil-dot reticle for estimating range, but I am sure that "hunting" type reticles are available. It costs around $250.
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Posted: 7/7/2011 4:10:19 PM EST
You may have to hop a bit above $250, but you can get a Super Sniper for around or just under $300... I use one on my Remington 700 and it's actually a decent scope. Definitely worth the money!
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Posted: 7/16/2011 10:36:26 PM EST
www.muelleroptics.com

I highly recomend these scopes. I do not have the most expierience with scopes but have some. When compared to my and my fathers leupolds it is right on par for a fraction of the cost.
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Posted: 1/24/2013 4:09:29 PM EST
Check these out as an entry level scope:

Primary Arms 4-14X44 Mil Mil FFP Scope

Check the reviews - Primary Arms has a reputation for GREAT customer service

Falcon Menace 4-14x44 Tactical 30mm Riflescope - I personally like the looks of this reticle better

Both first focal plane scopes
Both mil/mil
Both 30mm tubes
Neither is illuminated however
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Nikon Prostaff 3-9X50.
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