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bighead
12-08-2011, 8:48 PM
What do you guys favor for under 500?I hardly shoot my AR so um taking off the eotech for another rifle.I Like the specs on the Burris Tac30 but I'm not against a 3x9.Something I can see clearly out to 300 yds.Any info is appreciated.

Flying Bones
12-08-2011, 8:50 PM
I just bought a Burris XTR14...a little out of your price range, but if the Burris Tac30 is anywhere close to the same, I'd buy it.

ChaneRZ
12-08-2011, 9:00 PM
I bought Burris Fullfield E1 Rifle Scope 4.5-14x 42mm Adjustable Objective Ballistic Plex E1 Reticle Matte when it was black friday for 250. It is pretty good!

bighead
12-08-2011, 9:10 PM
Isny 40 mm kinda big on an AR?

jonzer77
12-08-2011, 9:25 PM
I got this one and it works well. It is made by leupold and it comes with their same lifetime warranty.

http://galleryofguns.com/genie/default.aspx?item=67105

bighead
12-08-2011, 9:29 PM
X50 seems so big.

jonzer77
12-08-2011, 9:35 PM
I bought it to test out my hand loads and to eventually make its way onto a 6.8 for hunting. I wanted the 50mm to get more light for lower light situations.

$P-Ritch$
12-08-2011, 10:08 PM
I am going to be getting a Vortex Viper PST 1-4x for 3-gun. Have heard nothing but great things about them, this includes the higher magnification models as well. A guy a shoot with has the Razor and likes it, but that is the $1K price range.

rareair
12-09-2011, 9:56 AM
I like the Nikon AR-series of scopes

BigNick
12-09-2011, 12:01 PM
I also like the Nikon m-223 scopes, great optics for the money

till44
12-09-2011, 12:24 PM
I've heard great things about the Nikon m-223s but have never had one on any of my rifles. I do have a few of the Vortex Viper PSTs and they are great. My 1-4x allows me to use it like a red dot for close range work and banging steel at 500 yards is still easy. I grabbed mine on M4C, it was "used" and in a Larue SPR mount for $500. With Vortex's lifetime unlimited warranty I have no worries that it will fail on me.

The 2.5-10x is still very usable for close range stuff as well but help for the longer shots. I grabbed it used as well for $530. If you don't mind used gear (and most "used" gear on here is only used in the sense that its been mounted on a rifle and taken to the range 3-4 times) you can find some great deals well within your $500 goal.

21SF
12-09-2011, 1:42 PM
Zeiss Conquest 3-9X40, Thank me later....

ExtremeX
12-09-2011, 1:48 PM
I am going to be getting a Vortex Viper PST 1-4x for 3-gun. Have heard nothing but great things about them, this includes the higher magnification models as well. A guy a shoot with has the Razor and likes it, but that is the $1K price range.

+1 , I was going to recommend the 1-4x Viper PST as well, Ive been wating to try one for ages and got a chance to play with one last night, its fantastic.

bighead
12-09-2011, 3:34 PM
I'm looking for any of the recommendation in the used section.Thanks a bunch for the advice.

AlliedArmory
12-09-2011, 3:39 PM
1-4x sounds about right if your only going out to 300 yrds. +1 to the Vortex Viper PST. I have a 6.5-24x50 and love it.

bighead
12-09-2011, 3:42 PM
1-4x sounds about right if your only going out to 300 yrds. +1 to the Vortex Viper PST. I have a 6.5-24x50 and love it.

I have the same on a bolt savage 308, love it.

Coyote Brown
12-09-2011, 3:51 PM
+2 on the Nikon m223 bdc reticle.

SuperSet
12-09-2011, 3:54 PM
All great scopes mentioned so far in the <$500 1-4X market. See which reticule you like better and if illumination is important to you.

bombadillo
12-09-2011, 3:58 PM
I have been going through the same thing for a fathoms and I narrowed it down to the NIKON M-223 1-4, the Leupold Mark AR in 1-4, leatherwood CMR, and Konus tactical 1-4. The last is looking awful good for the price, NIKON has the best glass, and the CMR has the most useful reticle. Look at all 3.

Cali-Shooter
12-09-2011, 4:03 PM
I like this one, it's nice and cheap too:

http://www.sksstocks.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=LPS-SCP-U4164AORGW-&Click=3557&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=GoogleBase

I haven't tried it on an AR yet, but one's mounted on my mosin, and it gets the job done. Comes with it's own weaver/picatinny mount as well.

smittty
12-09-2011, 4:37 PM
A scope I always liked is the Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40. It's a fixed 10x wtih mil-dots. If your primary use is longer shots on paper targets this is a great scope.

Since you already have the Eotech, I'd get a QD mount for what ever scope you decide on and switch from Eotech to scope as your heart desires. I really like this concept becuase AR's are so versatile.

bombadillo
12-10-2011, 8:36 AM
Or better yet, get a 1-4 or (insert power you want here) scope and put an offset red dot like a Doctor or JP sight on it. Best of all worlds. The 3 gun setups do it all the time as it offers versatile transitions to CQB and out to 300+ yards when you need it. A 1-4x scope will get you just about to the limitations of the gun for most things, and a red dot for all your up close and personal needs.
http://madtrigger.net/images/gats/Yar16Ar-005.jpg

Something like this ^^^

Ahmad
12-10-2011, 9:03 AM
aimpoint micro t-1

Jarhead
12-10-2011, 9:04 AM
Nikon M-223

Cali-Shooter
12-10-2011, 9:09 AM
aimpoint micro t-1

Um, that's a step up from the Eotech how? He wants something to hit out to 300 yds or longer with clear target visibility, so he would want a scope, not another red dot sight/holographic sight.

What do you guys favor for under 500?I hardly shoot my AR so um taking off the eotech for another rifle.I Like the specs on the Burris Tac30 but I'm not against a 3x9.Something I can see clearly out to 300 yds.Any info is appreciated.

h0use
12-10-2011, 9:29 AM
check out vortex sparc

SDRider858
12-10-2011, 10:00 AM
Im looking at the NIKON M-223 2-8X32, do you guys all prefer the BDC over the Nikoplex? Anyone actually use the software?

bombadillo
12-10-2011, 10:25 AM
I like the HSC, but for multiple rifles, I'd stick with the standard nikoplex.

bighead
12-10-2011, 11:42 AM
My rifle has a fixed front sight post, which I just realize might be a problem.****.

FTW9999
12-10-2011, 12:24 PM
I am going the other way. Took of my Leopold VARX III 3-9x40 for an eotech. Looking to sell the Leopold so if interested PM me and I send you pictures. It's all set up for a flat top AR.

badhabit90
12-10-2011, 12:53 PM
Im looking at the NIKON M-223 2-8X32, do you guys all prefer the BDC over the Nikoplex? Anyone actually use the software?

love my Nikon M223. i bought the rapid turrets instead of the BDC...didnt like the BDC...to hard to see for me. i like looking at the turrets and seeing the range of the intended distance. i have this on my RRA 16" heavy stainless barrel varmint AR. clear as a bell. well worth the price point imho...;)

freonr22
12-10-2011, 1:12 PM
http://www.samplelist.com/Nikon-2-8x32-Monarch-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P3171.aspx

http://www.samplelist.com/Nikon-25-10x42-Monarch-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P3659.aspx

http://www.samplelist.com/Nikon-25-10x42-Monarch-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-B-P3658.aspx

http://www.samplelist.com/Redfield-4-12x40-Revolution-Rifle-Scope-DEMO-A-P2731.aspx

TF_CAM
12-10-2011, 1:17 PM
What do you guys favor for under 500?I hardly shoot my AR so um taking off the eotech for another rifle.I Like the specs on the Burris Tac30 but I'm not against a 3x9.Something I can see clearly out to 300 yds.Any info is appreciated.

dude get the burris tac 30 definately.. i just took my ar on a hunting trip to missouri, and my burris tac30 helped me drop a 11pt buck. so if that means anything to you.. also here is the link to my old thread..

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=499665

also heres a pic of my ar :P

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e11/TF_CAM/gun009.jpg

Hoop
12-10-2011, 2:16 PM
I would probably get the vortex 1-4 with covered knobs. It's toward the higher end of your price range though.

jonzer77
12-10-2011, 2:24 PM
My rifle has a fixed front sight post, which I just realize might be a problem.****.

I don't even see the front post when I mount my scope to my AR. Make sure you buy the scope first and then once you line the scope up on the AR to where you cant see the front post, then buy scope rings that match that height and you will be fine.

killathrilla
12-10-2011, 2:49 PM
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glock7
12-11-2011, 1:47 PM
No problem with the front post for me. But I have a cantilevered scope.

freonr22
12-11-2011, 1:50 PM
You don't see the post