View Full Version : Scope for an AR-10

12-08-2011, 8:36 PM
I just bought my first AR-10. I totally new to the .308/7.62x51 NATO round and the AR-10 platform. I will be using between 200-800 yards at the range and also, as a hunting rifle. It is a LMT .308 mws rifle. What scope would you guys and gals suggest?

12-09-2011, 8:55 AM
Night Force, US Optics or Leupold if price has no bearing on your decision.

12-09-2011, 10:08 AM
Whats your budget?

12-09-2011, 10:13 AM
Leupold mark 4 3.5-10 m3 is your best choice.
It can be calibrated for you bullet, or close to it anyways.

12-09-2011, 10:24 AM
The answer is, how much money do you have in your budget? A US Optics SN3 1.8-10x would be nice.

12-09-2011, 10:52 AM
First off, congrats on your new rifle (favorite rifle that I own). I have a Leupold M4 on mine that works great. I've shot it out to 700y w/ amazing results. I used the Leupy because I had it laying around. If I was to buy a new scope, I would go Nightforce for sure.

12-09-2011, 10:57 AM
I have a Nikon monarch on mine and I have shot it out to 800 yards, very good scope for under 500 bucks.

12-09-2011, 4:11 PM
I'm willing to spend around 2k, now, and more if hold off on the purchase for a few months. Is there any place in NorCal(foothill area) where I can demo scopes. I looked down the Eotech red dot with a magnifier; I didn't like the visibility and blurriness of the red dots. Trijicon ACOG seems really nice, especially for acquiring targets, but I'm not sure if it would work for sighting in at long range. I like the idea of a variable power scopes like the mentioned Leupold, Nightforce, and U.S. Optics, but how versatile are scopes, as far as acquiring targets close up? Is there anyway of demoing optics on my rifle? Sorry for so many questions, but I finding it harder to select an optic, than it is to select a rifle? Plus, I don't want to spend 2k and not be happy.

12-09-2011, 4:31 PM
Is there any place in NorCal(foothill area) where I can demo scopes.

TDS guns, Sportsman's Warehouse, I think CSTactical has some USO on hand. You can go there and look through them for yourself. Not sure about demoing them though.

FWIW my 16" 308 has an ior 3-18 on it. Glass is great but it's a bit heavy. I may replace it with a nightforce or ior 2.5-10 in the near future.

12-09-2011, 4:37 PM
I needed a short scope (9.8 inches length) for my FA91 and found the Vixen 2-8x32. Not a very popular item it seems, but you can find it on eBay, and a few other sights.

I haven't found much info on Vixen rifle scopes, but they have a fair reputation in astronomical optics, so I though I'd give it a try.

At $200 you may want to give it a try just to see if you need anything better. With any luck, you may find, as I did, that it is good enough as-is.

12-09-2011, 4:38 PM
If you have 2K,
Call mike at CStactical.
He may even have some killer used scopes.
I've bought a few S&B's from mike, he is class act!

12-21-2011, 9:56 PM
I got a Nightforce 2.5-10x32 NXS scope. The scope seem to best all-round scope for target shooting/hunting. I like the fact that it's compact, and the price fit my budget. I know that I'm compromising longer range shots, but there aren't too many places were I can shoot long range anyways. Here's a pic of my AR-10.


12-21-2011, 10:08 PM
Looks Killer!
If your comfortable with the scope height then your GTG, In my opinion its way too high.
Bring it as close to the barrel as possible or comfortable.

12-21-2011, 10:16 PM
The scope height works for me. I tried the regular rings and really like the look of that setup, but I had to go function over form because low mounted scope didn't work for me.:(

12-21-2011, 10:20 PM
You will not be disappointed with US Optics, Nightforce, Swarovski, Zeiss Hensholdt, but the best of the bunch is probably the S&B PM 2. All of these come in a variety of magnification ranges, but my preference for ranges as long as you are shooting would be 6-24. In some of these scopes, like the Swarovski z6, you can get an extremely wide zoom range (6-1) so you could use a Swarovski 5-30 or 3-18 if you need a lower power for short range or fast moving targets.