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Old 05-30-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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I have just shot my ar15 for the first time and I find that my old eyes have trouble with the 100yd + targets. I will need a scope of some kind. I would also like a scope that I can use in the dusk. Also, can you recommend any sites to visit for accessory items for the rifle. Any suggestions please

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Old 05-30-2013, 08:28 PM   #2
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Magpul makes a lot of accessories, as well as Tapco, Troy, etc....

Try getting in google images and typing in AR-15 accessories and see what appeals to your eye. Once you find something of interest I can help you find a better price

The general rule of thumb is, the higher the cost of scopes, the better they see at dusk. How much are you wuilling to spend?

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For dusk, you will need a scope that is x50. For night time you will need x56. The bigger the lens, the more light that comes in. 3-9 x 50/56 is all you need for that range. Plus, you can go about 300 yards further. For over 300 yards, I would go with a 4-12 magnification.

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Decent quality glass is the key , you dont need a monster objective , even with a 1-4X24 if its decent quality glass you will still be good at dusk . Thats what I use out to 300 yards and dusk is not a problem beyond that I dont have range to shoot unless the corn and beans are down then we can go out to 600 . If you plan on going out to 500 I suggest a 3x9-40 or 44 . Again of good quality

Nikon Monarch African 1x4-20 clearer than any of my other scopes even in low light

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How much were you willing to spend on the scope and accessories. There is tons of different accessories, What caliber, what will yiu use this ar for?

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For dusk, you will need a scope that is x50. For night time you will need x56. The bigger the lens, the more light that comes in. 3-9 x 50/56 is all you need for that range. Plus, you can go about 300 yards further. For over 300 yards, I would go with a 4-12 magnification.
Kinda right, but kinda not Jager... because the light still has to go through a 1 inch or 30mm tube, so its lost in the transmission again. What does make a big difference is the argon gas coatings on the lenses to reproduce that pure light. Thats why the swarvoskis, zeiss, and all the top end leupolds, etc etc all cost so much, because its a hard process to make a piece of glass perfect with so many coatings on it.
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my 250 dollar vortex viper works pretty good in low light, but if I was using the gun in time of war, i'd invest in something even more expensive
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If your ar-15 is in 223/556 the nikon m223 scopes are excellent. They come with drop reticles already calibrated for the 223/556. My m223 scope performs moderetly well at dusk And is very clear well past 400 yards in the day. Zeiss also makes many scopes that perform well in low light conditions.

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Sorry, I will have to disagree. I can tell a big difference between my x56 scope and my friends x50 scope while dusk/night hunting. My friend went out and bought a 2000 dollar x56 scope when he saw the difference. Our scopes are expensive and the quality glass does make a difference. You are right about the glass. I will stick with my advise of buying a 3-9 magnification for a more precise shot and the needed extra power to insure what you are shooting at at dusk. I have been a night hunter for some time and have experienced the necessity of a larger quality lens.

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a good quality glass with a 40 mm objective will appear bright than a 55mm objective with a crappy glass

Its the quality of the glass that makes the difference. It is not always a size thing with you guys!

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