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PVolk
11-26-2012, 11:28
The rifle is an AR15 with a 16" 1:9 chromoly barrel. I want to sight it it at 100 yards. Most shooting will be in the 50-100 yard range, but I do want to be able to hit 6" steel targets at 150 yards. So, not too demanding.

I'm not entirely sure on which power to be looking for. I'm thinking 3-9x40mm, but I'm open to opinions.

Being that this is mostly for target shooting, I'd like to hopefully keep it at $300 or less. I did try a cheap BSA but it wouldn't hold zero at 100 yards and I'm ready to spend more money for something nicer.

Here's a couple I found that look appealing, but I'm completely open to suggestions:

Nikon ProStaff 3-9x40mm $155
Nikon ProStaff 3-9x50mm $210
Leupold VX-2 3-9x40mm $290

bmoore
11-26-2012, 13:14
I vote for the Leupold VX2. I have a Prostaff on a 243 and it is a damn nice scope for the money but you cant beat the Leupold for 290. Redfield Revolution scopes are also quality. They are owned by Leupold.

RatDrall
11-26-2012, 13:16
The E1 reticle Fullfield scopes from Burrs are incredibly bright, with metal on metal connections and a lifetime warranty for under $200.

Spend the rest of the money on a nice detachable mount from ADM.

plouffedaddy
11-26-2012, 13:41
My buddy has the Primary Arms 1-4 and it seems pretty solid. It's well under your budget as well.

m2hmghb
11-26-2012, 13:49
Nikon P223 or M223 series are good for the money.

PVolk
11-26-2012, 15:53
Thanks for the input, guys.

I think I found a winner. Leupold Mark AR, 3-9x40mm, Mil Dot Reticle
It's $350 but includes a $50 mail in rebate and qualifies for free shipping. I hate mail in rebates, but it seems like a nice scope and ultimately within my budget.

http://www.theriflescopestore.com/leu67160.html


EDIT:

Even better! $290 shipped with no rebate BS:
http://www.******tactical.com/leupold67160.html

Why is "B o t a c h" on the ignore list on this forum?

MrMurphy
11-26-2012, 16:17
If you can afford it, the Leupold.

The Nikon's do well, and I have a Burris Fullfield that has done okay. Needed warranty replacement, but it's a lifetime warranty and they stood by their product. For a hunting rifle, i was fine with that.

m2hmghb
11-26-2012, 16:19
Thanks for the input, guys.

I think I found a winner. Leupold Mark AR, 3-9x40mm, Mil Dot Reticle
It's $350 but includes a $50 mail in rebate and qualifies for free shipping. I hate mail in rebates, but it seems like a nice scope and ultimately within my budget.

http://www.theriflescopestore.com/leu67160.html


EDIT:

Even better! $290 shipped with no rebate BS:
http://www.******tactical.com/leupold67160.html

Why is "B o t a c h" on the ignore list on this forum?


Because of all the problems they bring with them. Too many customers have complained over the years and the forum owner had enough of it and put it on the ignore list. Be warned if it isnt in stock it could take a long time to ship.

PVolk
11-26-2012, 16:55
Because of all the problems they bring with them. Too many customers have complained over the years and the forum owner had enough of it and put it on the ignore list. Be warned if it isnt in stock it could take a long time to ship.
Thanks for the info. I'll just order from the other place then.

arushus
11-26-2012, 18:43
I like my burris fullfield II 2-7x35

ithaca_deerslayer
11-26-2012, 19:33
I have both Leupolds you mention. Both have great glass in my opinion. The AR one I just got, and am yet to really test out the bullet drop functionality.

But am pleased with the clarity for sure :)

The VXII, I've pounded many rounds of .30-06 in hunting and down range. Has held up well, and has a nice clear image.

Cole125
11-26-2012, 20:03
I like my burris fullfield II 2-7x35

+1 Burris scopes are some of the best available in the $200-300 range.

copo9560
11-26-2012, 21:11
I vote for the Leupold VX-2. Check your local Wally World - they sell these and I believe the price is less than $290.

floorburn_21
11-27-2012, 00:18
I got my prostaff on Amazon for 170$

Walt_NC
11-27-2012, 16:36
Thanks for the info. I'll just order from the other place then.

Good plan. I've had nothing but problems with them. Google their name and I'm betting that the search result immediately following their website will be a consumer forum full of complaints.

I get that they have an awful reputation...but it doesn't make sense that the company name is censored just because people (rightfully) bad mouth them. Do they sponsor GT or something?

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OP: I second the Leupold VX series. I think the VX 3's can be upgraded by the custom shop - TMR or mil-dot reticle and finger adjustable turrets - for a reasonable price.

WoodenPlank
11-27-2012, 16:43
Good plan. I've had nothing but problems with them. Google their name and I'm betting that the search result immediately following their website will be a consumer forum full of complaints.

I get that they have an awful reputation...but it doesn't make sense that the company name is censored just because people (rightfully) bad mouth them. Do they sponsor GT or something?

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OP: I second the Leupold VX series. I think the VX 3's can be upgraded by the custom shop - TMR or mil-dot reticle and finger adjustable turrets - for a reasonable price.

I think it's censored to prevent people from linking to their website.

G22Adam
11-28-2012, 23:41
Leupold VX series is very nice. Definitely can't go wrong.
I have owned a couple of lower end Nikon models that have also been great and are in your budget. They have slightly lower light transmission but overall they are great.
Currently have a Millett and have nothing but good things to say about it. I think it was sub-$300.

uzimon
11-29-2012, 05:05
it's cheaper at brotach (check if in stock b4 paying though)
http://www.cgwgun.com/Leupold-MARK-AR-Riflescope__LP67165.aspx

edit: this is the 67165.
i see refs to the 67160 above, idk whats the difference

WarEagle 1
11-29-2012, 05:24
For $349 you can't beat a Leatherwood. Check this out, mine made me a believer.
http://www.opticsplanet.com/leatherwood-hilux-camputer-art-m1000-2-5-10x44-riflescope-art2510x44.html

PVolk
11-29-2012, 08:43
edit: this is the 67165.
i see refs to the 67160 above, idk whats the difference
The difference is the reticle. Duplex VS. mil-dot.

For $349 you can't beat a Leatherwood. Check this out, mine made me a believer.
http://www.opticsplanet.com/leatherwood-hilux-camputer-art-m1000-2-5-10x44-riflescope-art2510x44.html (http://www.opticsplanet.com/leatherwood-hilux-camputer-art-m1000-2-5-10x44-riflescope-art2510x44.html)
Thanks for sharing. I'll look more into this.

The only downside to this one (for me) is that I planned to use a quick release mount so that I could run fixed sights most of the time and throw on a scope and be zero'd whenever I needed it.

arushus
11-29-2012, 17:04
The burris PEPR mount comes in a quick release option. I take my scope off frequently and Ive never noticed a change in the zero.

PVolk
11-29-2012, 19:03
I have a PEPR QR already. I plan to get a Larue QR too and I'll test both of their "reset to zero" attributes.

Cole125
11-29-2012, 19:25
The difference is the reticle. Duplex VS. mil-dot.


Thanks for sharing. I'll look more into this.

The only downside to this one (for me) is that I planned to use a quick release mount so that I could run fixed sights most of the time and throw on a scope and be zero'd whenever I needed it.

The Burris QD mount works, I've tested it. Absolute return to zero.

MrMurphy
11-29-2012, 21:11
Hope you have a few years of free time..... the LT mount return to zero testing stopped somewhere in the high 600 on/off cycles because by that point, Mark basically got bored.

WarEagle 1
11-30-2012, 03:05
The difference is the reticle. Duplex VS. mil-dot.


Thanks for sharing. I'll look more into this.

The only downside to this one (for me) is that I planned to use a quick release mount so that I could run fixed sights most of the time and throw on a scope and be zero'd whenever I needed it.

Yeah this comes with a thumb screw mount and they can be preprogrammed to hold the zero's for four guns. :supergrin: Midway has them for $289 too.

xXGearheadXx
11-30-2012, 09:27
If variable power is not a requirement, Check out SWFA's fixed power scopes. The go from 6 all the way up to 20 power. A friend of mine had a millet 4-16 mil-dot reticle that's around $300 as well, i liked it.

http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-MRAD-Scopes-C4225.aspx

My favorite things about the SWFAs are the mil-quad reticle and the matching turrets. These things track true and are a great value.

Regardless of what you go with, i recommend Mil or MOA reticles with MATCHING Turrets (i.e. a mil reticle with .1mil per click turrets). I'd steer far from BDC reticles. Duplex reticles are fine, but won't give you the subtensions on the reticle that you get from mil or moa reticles.

CigarandScotch
11-30-2012, 09:32
I'm glad that mounts have already been mentioned here, because I feel that is almost as important as the scope itself. If you are including that in your budget of $300, I would look at the Millett DMS. Just sayin'. Otherwise Leupold would be my choice.

mac66
11-30-2012, 09:45
Take a look at the Mueller Speed Shot (around $230). It is 1-4x with a dot reticule that can be illuminated. Works like a red (or black) dot scope at 1x and good for longer ranges. Very quick sight. Mine is mounted on a Burris PEPR mount. I liked it better than the Millet scope.

CigarandScotch
11-30-2012, 09:53
Take a look at the Mueller Speed Shot (around $230). It is 1-4x with a dot reticule that can be illuminated. Works like a red (or black) dot scope at 1x and good for longer ranges. Very quick sight. Mine is mounted on a Burris PEPR mount. I liked it better than the Millet scope.


I just looked that one up, because it sounds interesting to me (I don't have a scope with magnification on my AR yet, but will eventually). The description says it has a 4MOA dot! Is that correct? That just seems way too big for that type of scope...

PVolk
12-28-2012, 23:54
Bringing this back.

I recently scored a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com, and I'd like to put it toward a scope (finally).

I've got it narrowed down to the Leupold VX-2 and the Nikon P-223. After applying the gift certificate, the Leupold is $250 and the Nikon is $150. The Leupold has a regular duplex reticle and the Nikon has the BDC reticle, which I prefer.

I'm leaning toward the Nikon due to the price and the reticle, unless you guys think the Leupold is a far better buy.

PVolk
01-14-2013, 12:02
I ended up with a Leupold VX-2. My initial opinion is that it seems very nice. It's incredibly lightweight. And I like the smooth simplicity of the exterior, including the low profile turrets. The glass seems nice and the eye relief is perfect.

I sighted it in at 100 yards this past weekend. I am very happy with the quality of the glass, and it even does well in the failing light. I'm very happy with my purchase so far and I'm looking forward to getting out more with it and shooting at various ranges.



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