View Full Version : 3-9 or 4-12 for my AR?

08-03-2010, 5:28 AM
I have a RRA Varmint 16" that I'm about to scope but I'm really struggling on which power to buy. I've narrowed my choice to a Leupold Mark AR in 3-9 or 4-12. There's a $150 difference ($300 to $450) which I can afford if there is a compelling reason to do so. I'm using this rifle to hone my shooting skills at 400-500 yards but will be shooting mostly in the 100-300 yard range. This isn't my SHTF rifle (got AKs for that) and I'm not hunting with it. Trying to figure out if the 12 power on the top end offers a significant advantage when shooting at 400-500 yards. Tradeoff is a 4 vs 3 power on the low end which doesn't seem like it would make a big difference on closer targets. Feedback appreciated - thanks.

08-03-2010, 5:49 AM
I was/ am in the same situation as you. I have a Nikko Stirling 3x-10x now on my DDM4. At 50 yrds, it is just same hole over and over with very tight grouping. However, at 100yrds, the group loosens more than I would like. So I am considering the same Leupold as you but in 4x-12x...Not much but a little more. After that distance I just deal with it or go to my PSL.

My vote is for the Mark AR 4x-12x.

08-03-2010, 6:25 AM
4-16 set @ 12, clearer than 4-12 set @ 12 ymmv

08-03-2010, 1:37 PM
I would get the vortex viper 2-7 that is on clearance now for 175.

08-03-2010, 3:05 PM

I see this on sale at Optics Planet for $260 - where can I get it for $175?

08-05-2010, 8:16 AM
Cameraland has it for 175 and swfa has it for 180

08-05-2010, 3:04 PM
4-16 set @ 12, clearer than 4-12 set @ 12 ymmv

what scope?