Ok guys, I'm brand new to the AR-15 world but just had to buy one before the ban is executed. So my M&P15 300 Blackout came in today and now I need to find a scope for it. I've always used Leupold's or Bushnell Elite 3200's on all of my deer rifles but have no clue what to look for in an AR scope. I will be using this gun for ground hogs and plinking (out to 500 yards). I'm thinking I need a BDC reticle but not sure if there is one calibrated for the 300 Blackout. I see that Nikon makes one for the .223's, will this work with the 300? If not, what would you recommend? My price range is $200-$300.
AAC say's it is similar to a .30-30, so I think you are stretching the realistic distance for hunting anything. A man sized target at 440 yards is considered max w/ a 16" barrel. That is not a p-dog or 9" kill shot on a whitetail. It is a 5'8" high, 2.5' target. It says ballistics match the 7.62x39, so w/ that in mind about 200 yards will end it's accurate precision range w/ a 16" barrel. A simple 4x32mm scope will do well.
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I have the Nikon p223 scope on my m4 either bdc reticle out to 600 yards and works great and is accurate. Cool thing about it is u can use the Nikon spot on program and input ur cartridge info and it will re- designate the hold over points using the ballistic infor for ur specific manufactorers, and bullet types and loads. Swapped it over to my 270 and 30-30 just to see if it actually worked and it does. Very nice scope in ur price range plus mine came with the p series scope rings for it. Check it out.
Anything over 200 is unrealistic. 200 may even be stretching it.
Do you really need a scope for such short range???
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