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Which scope to get ?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by 347mustang, May 6, 2013.

  1. 347mustang

    347mustang Oregon city Active Member

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    So I want to start shooting long range . I have a PWS ar15 and 10 . I would like suggestions on which tactical scope to get. I am not Interested in mortgaging my house but want something that will get me out to 600 for the 5.56 and 1000 plus for the 7.62 mm . I am fairly new at distance shooting. However I have practiced quite a bit and shot elk at 400 plus . I am just wanting to test my self and have fun. Which scope would you suggest ? Which adjustment is best ? Thanks in advance Patrick
     
  2. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Budget?
     
  3. Pandaz3

    Pandaz3 Cornelius, Oregon NRA Lifetime Member Platinum Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Here is a Bushnell at MSRP And another Bushnell at nearly half that MSRP. Here is a Oregon made Leupold that is more expensive, and another that is a little closer to Earth than all the others. I like Burris' 5.56 and 7.62 scopes, the 7.62 version is about $800 on Amazon and the 5.56 is cheaper.
    Of course there are much more expensive solutions
     
  4. silverspyder

    silverspyder Clackamas, OR New Member

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  5. Bowtie

    Bowtie Oregon City Member

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    I personally prefer the Vortex line, the glass is very clear, nice quality, and their lifetime - no bs warranty is awesome. For your 1000+ yard shots you will want to go with something in the 20 - 24 max power range. I also prefer that my scopes be a First Focal plane scope. As far as the reticle, that's personal preference as well, I prefer a Mil over MOA.
     
  6. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    Consider the Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP EBR-1 MOA. It might be a bit more expensive than you are thinking at ~$1000, but it's optics and features are a bargain at that price point. You will also want a 20 MOA base. Check out the forums at Snipershide.com - these guys are all about LR tactical. Also, search out sniper 101 on youtube.
     
  7. 347mustang

    347mustang Oregon city Active Member

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    Hello guys I would like to be under a 1000 for the .308 and under 600 for the 5.56 . Keep it coming I am researching all your suggestions thank you
     
  8. Don H

    Don H Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Sorry for a stupid question but, can't you just buy one really good scope and use it on both the .308 and 5.56?
     
  9. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    You could, but it would be a PITA to shoot both on the same day. Some quick detach bases return to zero pretty well on the same rifle, but when shooting at 600-1000 yards, you really don't want potential for even the slightest variable.
     
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  10. Bowtie

    Bowtie Oregon City Member

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    This is the same scope I use on my 110BA and 111 LRH except mine is the EBR-1 MRad. The sniper 101 videos have a lot of good info. Here is the link to it. SNIPER 101 - YouTube
     
  11. 347mustang

    347mustang Oregon city Active Member

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    I have been watching them . I am thinking about getting th ior.sfwa or ? I also am researching the vortex line. I am not sure f I should spend a ton of money yet . These seemed to be highly rated by Rex on sniper 101
     
  12. 347mustang

    347mustang Oregon city Active Member

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    So question Mrad or MOA
     
  13. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    That's kind of like trying to decide between US and European Chocolate. Both are slightly different but still durn good and will get the job done. Pick one and stick with it to avoid confusion. If I had a shooting partner who would be spotting for me and vice-versa I'd go with whatever my partner was already using.

    For your scope investment, check to see what used scopes are selling for. That will tell you how much risk you are taking. I wouldn't buy a used scope or other optic from someone I didn't know or at least had an established reputation.
     
  14. Otter

    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Not sure about your budget, but a Sightron S3 8-32x power would be on my short list. Knowing I could get most my money back I wouldn't hesitate getting a used Nightforce. The benchrest model in 12-42x can be found just over a grand used. With some recent discontinued models and new models people have upgraded to, it seems to be a buyers market with used Nightforce scopes right now.

    Shooting those ranges I like a fine aiming point like a .125 dot, fine cross hair or one of specialized Nightforce reticules like the NP-2DD.

    Bottom line is I wouldn't waste my time on cheap optics for those ranges. Nothing will discourage you more at those distances than fighting poor optics.
     
  15. 347mustang

    347mustang Oregon city Active Member

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    Hey guys just a update. So after a ton of research and listening to guys that have been there and done it . I purchased a Vortex viper pst 6-24-50mm . I absolutely love it . I will post up a pic in a lil bit to show off my new toy :) . Thanks guys for the help it was much appreciated.
     
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    Bowtie Oregon City Member

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    Which reticle did you go with? First or second focal plane?
     
  17. 347mustang

    347mustang Oregon city Active Member

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    It comes only in first
     
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    Bowtie Oregon City Member

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    347mustang Oregon city Active Member

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    Good catch and my bad . I purchased the FFP model :)
     
  20. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I've had 2 vortex scopes,cheap ones yes,but I would go with a Leopold for that much money.
    Clear as any of them and there are great ones at the $700 range with life time warranties. (mine came home for under $700)

    30mm tube and a 50mm objective.Can be found for less than $900 all day long
    VX-3 4.5-14x50mm (30mm) Side Focus | Leupold

    I wouldn't spend more than $100 for a Vortex,JMO,YMMV