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11/9/2018 9:21:38 PM
Posted: 11/9/2018 11:10:27 PM EST
I'm in the middle of a build and trying to decide on optics. I'm going with either a vortex 2-7 or vortex 3-9. Another thing I'm thinking of doing is adding a red dot with either a 45 degree mount or a scope top mount. Which scope would you go with? Which red dot mount? The scope I would use for targets, prairie dogs, coyotes, a hog hunt next year and ect ect. The red dot is more for close engagements if there ever was a need. The rifle is going to be an 18" SPRish build. Thanks in advance
Link Posted: 11/9/2018 11:11:28 PM EST
Also what red dot would you go with 100-200 price range
Link Posted: 11/10/2018 9:17:23 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/10/2018 9:20:08 AM EST by urbanredneck]
I've used my spr with a 1-6x....it's a little lacking for prairie dogs at 200 yards....the 3-9 or a 2-10 might work better.

That being said...an spr with a illuminated scope in that range is my favorite setup. I'd forget the red dot unless you are adding an rmr or something.
Link Posted: 11/10/2018 10:17:28 AM EST
Price range?
Link Posted: 11/10/2018 10:37:55 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/10/2018 10:56:34 AM EST by VASCAR2]
I think you need to decide if you want illumination in your optic. I’ve found when using a tactical light as long as the light is illuminated I don’t need a lighted reticle. If there is much ambient lighting from street lights the scope can still be used (think of looking through binoculars at night). If your going to be hunting in low light (dawn/dusk) and can’t use a tactical light the lighted reticle is very desirable. If you have a lighted reticle I don’t normally see the need for an additional red dot sight.

In pure competition where speed and accuracy is everything I can see the value on a RDS in a 45 degree mount. I don’t do competition so I don’t use any off set irons or RDS. I have tested myself with a timer using a red dot sight compared to 3-9 and 2.5-10 scopes. On the lowest magnification I’m still slightly faster with the RDS. I have no trouble shooting off hand at steel targets both eyes open out to at least 80-100 yards with a 2.5-3 or 4x power scope. I’m sure the engagement time will be faster on a shot timer with a RDS but I think it is in the hundreths of a second.

I have owned 2-7 and 2-8 scopes and I don’t like them for target shooting. In a pure hunting situation they work if your shooting large enough critters. I prefer the versatility of 2.5-10 or 3-9 scopes. The higher magnification works better for trying to shoot smaller groups on paper targets at 100 yards. Most times I can see my hits on white paper targets at 100 yards with a 10x scope.

For hunting and target shooting I’ve got a Vortex Diamondback 4-12 adjustable objective (AO) scopes with the dead hold reticle. I also have a Vortex Diamondback HP 4-16 AO with Dead Hold reticle. I find these scopes to be very versatile but not overally large and bulky.

The only real advantage of the 2-7 or 2-8 scopes IMHO is the smaller size. If I were carrying a rifle in the mountains hunting the smaller size might be desireable. Really boils down on how you intend to use the rifle scope combination.
Link Posted: 11/10/2018 10:46:27 AM EST
Thanks for the replies. I think I will go with the higher power
Link Posted: 11/10/2018 10:47:25 AM EST
I was thinking about the rds for more of a 25-50 yards where a scope is more impractical
Link Posted: 11/10/2018 11:01:49 AM EST
With good mounts I have switched between the Red Dot Sight and a scope on my AR-15’s without loosing zero. I just make sure to put the optic in the same position on the rail every time. If you hang around this sight long enough you’ll have AR-15’s for every purpose imaginable. I have AR-15’s with various RDS and scopes. Really boils down to what you like, intended purpose and your wallet.
Link Posted: 11/10/2018 11:08:31 AM EST
Makes sense I am thinking of doing a 300 blk build next so I'll just do an rds on that
Link Posted: 11/10/2018 11:09:06 AM EST
What's a good 2-10 under 400?
Link Posted: 11/10/2018 12:08:33 PM EST
Id watch natchez for a couple weeks. They have good sale prices.
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