New to AR15's/ruger556

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by pastorintraining, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. pastorintraining

    pastorintraining New Member

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    I am new to shooting AR 15's. I am planning on buying a Ruger 556e. This particular gun does not come with any optic sights. I am buying this gun because of the price and the options I will have to custom fit the gun myself. The question I have is what sight should I buy? I will be shooting the gun mainly at my local range. I know I will not be a crack shot but I want to eventually work up to the point to shoot up to 200 yds or so away. So I need to know what sight should I look to buy? I have a budget that I would like to stay in, 100-250 max. I would like to be in the middle. I realize that this is not alot of money to buy much but I need an entry level sight. Also which sight red dot, etc would work best?

    Thanks, Mark
     
  2. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    well the cheapest route will probly be iron sights. and at that range they can be fairly accurate. but if you must have magnification, try to find a nikon 2x7 or 3x9 scope. that should do just perfect. RDS, acogs, and holographics. would run a little more than your budget allows for a decent quality one. if you can manage to save a little more money. you can probly find an eotech for 320 and up.
     

  3. OzarkRecluse

    OzarkRecluse New Member

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    If you decide to go the red dot route, I'd recommend the Aimpoint Pro Aimpoint PRO at G&R Tactical. Very good site for the money. I have one on my latest build and my wife loves shooting with it.

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  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Mark, that is a flat top receiver and would work well with a scope. the flat top receivers were just made for scopes! i would put the best scope for the money on it. at the $200-300 range, you should be able to find a nice scope that will work very well out 200-400 yards. welcome to the forum.
     
  5. pastorintraining

    pastorintraining New Member

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    thanks for the info

    All this info was great, now any websites or ideas on the best pricing??
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    try Midway, Natchez's, MidSouth Shooters Supply, Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's. all of these carry the name brand scopes at reasonable prices. as far as brands of scopes, try Nikon, Swift, Vortex, Osprey, Bushnell, Weaver, Barsksa ect. good hunting.
     
  7. goretro77

    goretro77 New Member

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    First of all CONGRATS on the purchase of the SR556, its a fine rifle.

    Here's mine:
    Sr556 with ACOG
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    I also have a SR556C:
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    Before I got the ACOG I purchased the LaRue mount. My situation was that I already had some Burris Extreme low rings and had a low cost Simmons 3-9x50mm scope. I knew I could not mount the scope directly with the rings, I heard the Larue mounts was rock solid so I went this way and got the benefit of quick disconnect as well.
    LaRue Tactical OBR QD Scope Mount | LaRue Tactical

    I have found the Larue mount to be return to zero when I have taken it off and back on. I have also found the scope and rings to work well. The 'cheap' Simmons has held up very well to the SR556's soft recoil. The SR556 and SR556C has a lot softer recoil than my Colt LE6920.

    Here is my SR556 with the Simmons 3-9x50mm scope and Larue quick disconnect mount with burris extreme rings:
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    This way, using the setup I described above, its still part of my system in case anything was to ever happen to my ACOG I still have an emergency optic I can use.
     
  8. pastorintraining

    pastorintraining New Member

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    Bushnell Trophy scope?

    Your guns are awesome, thanks for the info, hey I have been looking at the Bushnell trophy, there are 2 models, one is like 90 bucks and the other is 150. Are they any good? I want to shoot at distances maybe up to 150 yds to start out? I need a cheaper starting scope..
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    bushnell is a good decent scope, and should be capable of 150 yrds. i just bought a Swift scope for my 308 rifle, paid $245+ tax. has good clear optics, haven't sighted it in since having it mounted, but it's the second one i have bought and have another one mounted on my 7mm-08 rifle, and i really like it. you could buy as much scope as you can afford right now and upgrade later when you have the money to do so.
     
  10. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    Try swfa.com
     
  11. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The cheapest scope I would go with is the Bushnell Trophy XLT. An Elite would be better. Trophy XLT 1.5-6x44 is about $135 right now. Nikon has a similar model and good ratings for more money. I have been looking at the Leupold VXR series. 1.25-4x20 with firedot @ $440 which is not really an expensive scope. I have purchased cheap scopes and they usually fail. Dont hold zero wont return to zero or change impact when you change power. I had a Simmons fail on a 223 bolt and returned it. They sent me their top of the line scope as a replacement. It lasted less than 40 rounds on a 308 bolt. By the time you buy 1/2 dozen cheap scopes you have spent enough money to buy a decent one. I have cheaper scopes on my 22lr's and that is about all they are good for.
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2011