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Old 12-04-2011, 11:45 PM   #1
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Recently acquired an AR-15 (Colt Match Target HBAR in case it matters). I am in the process of adding the bi-pod, quadrails, etc. what i am not as familiar with are the quality of the optics. I would like a Variable zoom scope that could take me to he weapon's effecive range need be. I know you get what you pay for when you go cheap. Is there anything in the $300 range that wou be effective and quality over 300 yards. I know the guns max effective range is approximately 550 yards.

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Recently acquired an AR-15 (Colt Match Target HBAR in case it matters). I am in the process of adding the bi-pod, quadrails, etc. what i am not as familiar with are the quality of the optics. I would like a Variable zoom scope that could take me to he weapon's effecive range need be. I know you get what you pay for when you go cheap. Is there anything in the $300 range that wou be effective and quality over 300 yards. I know the guns max effective range is approximately 550 yards.
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I am also thinking about adding a scope. There are so many that it is a bit difficult to know what to get. If I spend a bit more than I should I want to be sure it's the right one.

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I guess I was not clear enough. Aside from brands, what am i looking for spec wise to achieve my goals of hitting a target at 300 yards.

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I guess I was not clear enough. Aside from brands, what am i looking for spec wise to achieve my goals of hitting a target at 300 yards.
High magnafication, clear glass, mil dots usually are used/or range marks on the cross hairs.
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300 yards is not that big a deal. 0 at 200 yards will be about 2" high at 100 and 4"-6" low at 300 depending on what bullet weight you are shooting. Almost any of the ballistic reticles will get you close out to 500. 4-12X would probably cover your needs. A 3-9x would possibly allow better glass in your price range and would work fine out to 300. Lots of good brand choices.

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Now that some good quality scopes have been recommended. The other main consideration is the mount that mounts the good variable scope to the AR Rifle. The eye piece (rear end of the scope) needs to be mounted so that it is even with the rear of the Charging Handle when in the proper position. This can not be accomplished with normal rings mounted on the picatinny rail of the receiver using a good sized scope without causing some problems if the gun is shot from the prone position. This since the eye piece would be way back over the stock with normal rings. Using normal rings you can not move the scope far enough forward to put it in the correct position even with the Charging Handle because the elevation turret strikes the rear of the front ring keeping it from being able to move it forward enough to get it into correct position. We call it GOOSE NECKING if the scope is back over the stock. What you will need is a mount that will move the scope farther forward toward the front of the rifle. There are many good mounts that will accomplish that. So you understand, please take a look at the Rock River Website at the RRA High-rise Scope Mount Model Number ARO130 or Yankee Hill Machine (YHM) Offset Scope Rings. They allow the scope to be moved far enough to obtain correct position on the AR Rifle. If that makes sense! If not PM me and I can explain.

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Good stuff Sniper, thanks. I'm heading to the RRA website to get what I need.

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just curious, is the rifle an A3 flat top or an A2 with the carry handle? because this will make a big difference on the scope mount used. i am not for sure, but wasn't the Colt HBAR an A2 carry handle model? all of them i have seen had the carry handle, and i don't know if they made them in flattop version or not.

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I went through the same process a few months ago. Look at nikonhunting.com and find the M-223 scopes. They come with a sick BDC 600 retical and I got the 2-8x32mm and love it. Also what made up my mind was Nikon has a software called spot on that you can use on the computer or your iPhone and all you do is plug in the scope and round ur using(even can enter hand load info) and it will tell you every bdc mark and where your bullet will land. This is what my ar looks like now all set up!!

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