magnified optics?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by brinky, May 19, 2013.

  1. brinky

    brinky New Member

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    As of right now i have a 2 ar 15's and i need a nice magnified optic on my devil dog ar-15, what would you guys suggest in looking into, ive been looking at Leupold optics as of right now, but id like to hear some feed back on what you guys think?!
     
  2. PathfinderAFW

    PathfinderAFW New Member

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    If you have the cash to spend on a leupold then go for it. What magnification range are you looking for? What distance will you be shooting?
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Here is my take on leupold.

    Back a couple decades there werent any good durable scopes to be had. We didnt have 3 gun type competitions or a desert war going on so the most a scope needed to be was good nuff for a once a year deer hunt. Leupold was the best of the lot.

    Flash forward to now leupold hasnt changed a whit. They are living off arep earned when there wasnt an option and have not upgraded and still are producing daddy's deer scope with a name like "mark ar".

    While more than adequate for deer getting and range trips there are better options giving the same quality at a lower price point or better value at the same price point. Companies like nikon, vortex, niteforce, trijicon to name a few.

    There are others but i dont want to write a listamile long.


    Any way just my personal opinion on leupold.
     
  4. Gatoragn

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    Leupold is at the top of my list.

    Burris is another good brand.

    Redfield is Leupold's step-down brand, pretty good stuff for the cost.

    All the above is just MHO. There are other brands that perform.
     
  5. brinky

    brinky New Member

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    well with my AR's ill most likely be shooting 100 yards at most away, but as of right now im looking at getting either a savage model F 10 FCP .308 and i have a couple 30 ought 6's so i mean if the optic is worthy enough id really like to put something nice on my savage model F 10 for ranges at 100 yards+ so nightforce i know makes some nice optics but im looking for something thats going to standout and put me infront of all the other competition and i will pay a pretty penny for the optic so i mean nothing extreme but i will pay for what ill get out of the optic.
     
  6. PathfinderAFW

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    Burris has a pretty good optic for the price. Check into their prism sights. I've had experience with them and they are great. The 3 x would be the way to go for he distance you are shooting. They are also a lot cheaper than leupolds. Also, you can't go wrong with a trijicon either.
     
  7. brinky

    brinky New Member

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    yeah i mean price isnt a real big deal but i mean i want a quality optic but yeah fersure ill check into Burris's optics! and there 3 x what down range distance have you fired it or could be fired at?!
     
  8. Squawk

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  9. brinky

    brinky New Member

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    and with that leupold it would be fitting for more a AR style'd rifle?!
     
  10. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Most any optical scope for 200 to 300 dollars will shoot 100 yards plus just fine. The more expensive scopes will make you be able to do that in Pre-dawn conditions, etc.
    Do you have any intentions of shooting before the sun comes up, or after it has gone down? That is where the costs get really crazy is, to make the scope see gather more light to be able to see, while the cheaper scopes won't be able to do that.
    Unless you are on a hunt trying to get that trophy, i'd suggest going to any box store and hold each one you like and decide which reticle you like best.
    Unless you do your homework and know what each dot means ion a BDC type reticle, they are useless, where a regular + shaped reticle will work just fine.

    Also, I prefer something like a 3x9x40 over a 4x12x40 just because of the conditions where I shoot can be pretty thick forests, and something with a lower setting will still be useful in forests, where a larger scope wont be able to focus. if you are just at a range or on an open prairie, a 4x or more will work great.
     
  11. brinky

    brinky New Member

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    thank you i really appreciate the information! About how price is a matter of conditional shooting or just when and what time of the day your going to be shooting. and to answer that basically im all target shooting, but plan to hunt in later years.
     
  12. Anna_Purna

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    Any 200 dollar plus scope works great for daylight shooting. The more expensive scopes are ones that are not supposed to get foggy when shooting in super-wet rainy conditions. And the more argon coating on a glass the more ability they have to gather in light and 'see better' in dim conditions. Basically coating a lens with argon is an expensive process, and the more coats you put on something, the more chances of getting specks of dust in it (just like painting a house) so the cost goes up as the coatings go on. Thats why zeiss, swavarski (spelling) and all the other top dollar scopes cost so much. But when paying 10 grand for a big 5 hunt in africa, an expensive scope is nothing in cost. For local shooting at the range, and local competitions, a cheaper scope will work fine. Now if you are wanting to get into serious competitions and will travel the country to win that purse, then I'd also suggest you get a top dollar lens to give you every advantage you can have.
     
  13. Anna_Purna

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    Now I will end this with a self gratitude pic of my own:
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  14. brinky

    brinky New Member

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    what caliber does your rifle fire?!
     
  15. brinky

    brinky New Member

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    oh just must be a smaller magazine compacity on that mag right?! All my mags are 30 round mags.
     
  16. Anna_Purna

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    The 10 rounder was just to have in the gun, loaded, in my case. 30 rounders are for stalking :)
     
  17. brinky

    brinky New Member

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    ahhh gotcha, havent had the privileged to go hunting yet. Very nice rifle though.
     
  18. Anna_Purna

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    Thanks, with Ar-s being the rage with all my friends at work, I had to get one to see what they are all about. It's what I use to go snow shoeing in the winter with.
     
  19. sweeper22

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    For magnified AR optics, I'm a big fan of Leupold, Nikon, Vortex, and Burris. I also don't like taking an AR15 setup above 40mm, and prefer to limit it to 32mm if possible. It's really all about your own budget and expectations.

    My experience with magnified AR optics is somewhat limited. But I'll tell you that Vortex offers tremendous product at each price point. As much as I believe in several other manufacturers, I would tend to lean toward Vortex more often than not.