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Old 09-21-2012, 10:46 AM   #1
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I was just given a Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10x50 scope and am now trying to decide what rifle I should purchase to marry it to. I'm not familiar with scopes as I've always been an iron sights shooter. I have an M4 style AR-15 that I could mount it on, but this scope seems rather overkill for something that's not considered to be effective beyond 600 meters. I'm into military/tactical weapons and have been considering getting something in 7.62 NATO and have been looking at the M1A, AR-10, SCAR 17S, & SR-25, as well as a few others. Does anyone here have some good advice, based on experience, for me on this? Is this a good scope and would it work well with a .308/7.62 caliber rifle for long range targets?

(As a side note, I'm not really interested in a bolt action rifle at this time.)

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Old 09-21-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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It is mostly personal preference, you already eliminated my first choice, no bolt actions.

I like 50 mm scopes on my hunting rifles because the larger objectives draw more light and you can hunt a few minutes longer in the evenings.

An AR10 in .308, 7mm08, 243, 6.5 Creedmore would be worthy of that optic.

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I believe a 7.62X51 on the AR platform would be a good match for you.

Colt, Bushmaster, DPMS, Knight, LM&T, and probably half a dozen others make suitable platforms.

Anywhere from ~$1100 to ~$5000, depending on what you can afford, and how fancy you want. The Colt is a good compromise at around $1800.

The FN "FNAR" is also excellent. It doesn't look quite as tactical, bit it's equipped with a 20 round magazine, and it's quite accurate.

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You have a few issues. That 50mm Objective makes a dandy target. You also want a semi, which means you want to sit in place and hope for the best. If you really want to spend that much on a rifle that would make you stick out, have at it. Seems like alot of $$ to spend for something that has no practical use. The cheek weild will be horrible.

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You have a few issues. That 50mm Objective makes a dandy target. You also want a semi, which means you want to sit in place and hope for the best. If you really want to spend that much on a rifle that would make you stick out, have at it. Seems like alot of $$ to spend for something that has no practical use. The cheek weild will be horrible.
Why not a cheek riser to match the big objective? A quarter inch of so is plenty to compensate for the difference, right?
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Doesn't it make more sence to buy the rifle you want then the optics it needs. That scope makes a good hunting scope. If a mil type rifle buy a les baer AR- http://www.lesbaer.com/AR308.html

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You have a few issues. That 50mm Objective makes a dandy target. You also want a semi, which means you want to sit in place and hope for the best. If you really want to spend that much on a rifle that would make you stick out, have at it. Seems like alot of $$ to spend for something that has no practical use. The cheek weild will be horrible.
I would respectfully disagree. Strongly.

This would make a very practical rifle for both hunting, and if needed, SHTF.

And may I ask why a semi-auto would limit one to sitting in one place???

All military rifles are autos, semi or full, and a soldier's training stresses mobility above almost all else.
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Usually you get the rifle first, then a scope. The Zeiss is an excellent scope that belongs on a high quality rifle. This rifle is a Steyr Mannlicher Model M, 7x57. That calibre is similar to the 270. The scope is similar where power is concerned to yours. It's the Leupold Vari-X-III, 3.5x10. Your scope should be put on a bolt action hunting rifle that's similar to mine. I have a large collection of all types of weapons, but this one is really sweet and deadly where hunting is concerned. If you're not into hunting then sell the Zeiss so that someone else could take advantage of it's full potential and get yourself a military type rifle with a less expensive scope. You should do what you think would give you the most enjoyment.

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Thank you to everyone for your input. It looks like I'll be either trading it or selling it for something more fitting to my needs.

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Sounds like a good plan, it seemed to me like a cart before the horse program in the first place LOL

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