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Best sub-$300 scope options?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by PVolk, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. PVolk

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    The rifle is an AR15 with a 16" 1:9 chromoly barrel. I want to sight it it at 100 yards. Most shooting will be in the 50-100 yard range, but I do want to be able to hit 6" steel targets at 150 yards. So, not too demanding.

    I'm not entirely sure on which power to be looking for. I'm thinking 3-9x40mm, but I'm open to opinions.

    Being that this is mostly for target shooting, I'd like to hopefully keep it at $300 or less. I did try a cheap BSA but it wouldn't hold zero at 100 yards and I'm ready to spend more money for something nicer.

    Here's a couple I found that look appealing, but I'm completely open to suggestions:

    Nikon ProStaff 3-9x40mm $155
    Nikon ProStaff 3-9x50mm $210
    Leupold VX-2 3-9x40mm $290
     
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    I vote for the Leupold VX2. I have a Prostaff on a 243 and it is a damn nice scope for the money but you cant beat the Leupold for 290. Redfield Revolution scopes are also quality. They are owned by Leupold.
     
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  3. RatDrall

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    The E1 reticle Fullfield scopes from Burrs are incredibly bright, with metal on metal connections and a lifetime warranty for under $200.

    Spend the rest of the money on a nice detachable mount from ADM.
     
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    My buddy has the Primary Arms 1-4 and it seems pretty solid. It's well under your budget as well.
     
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    Nikon P223 or M223 series are good for the money.
     
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    If you can afford it, the Leupold.

    The Nikon's do well, and I have a Burris Fullfield that has done okay. Needed warranty replacement, but it's a lifetime warranty and they stood by their product. For a hunting rifle, i was fine with that.
     
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    Because of all the problems they bring with them. Too many customers have complained over the years and the forum owner had enough of it and put it on the ignore list. Be warned if it isnt in stock it could take a long time to ship.
     
  9. PVolk

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    Thanks for the info. I'll just order from the other place then.
     
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    I like my burris fullfield II 2-7x35
     
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    I have both Leupolds you mention. Both have great glass in my opinion. The AR one I just got, and am yet to really test out the bullet drop functionality.

    But am pleased with the clarity for sure :)

    The VXII, I've pounded many rounds of .30-06 in hunting and down range. Has held up well, and has a nice clear image.
     
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    +1 Burris scopes are some of the best available in the $200-300 range.
     
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    I vote for the Leupold VX-2. Check your local Wally World - they sell these and I believe the price is less than $290.
     
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    I got my prostaff on Amazon for 170$
     
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    Good plan. I've had nothing but problems with them. Google their name and I'm betting that the search result immediately following their website will be a consumer forum full of complaints.

    I get that they have an awful reputation...but it doesn't make sense that the company name is censored just because people (rightfully) bad mouth them. Do they sponsor GT or something?

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    OP: I second the Leupold VX series. I think the VX 3's can be upgraded by the custom shop - TMR or mil-dot reticle and finger adjustable turrets - for a reasonable price.
     
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    I think it's censored to prevent people from linking to their website.
     
  17. G22Adam

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    Leupold VX series is very nice. Definitely can't go wrong.
    I have owned a couple of lower end Nikon models that have also been great and are in your budget. They have slightly lower light transmission but overall they are great.
    Currently have a Millett and have nothing but good things to say about it. I think it was sub-$300.
     
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    The difference is the reticle. Duplex VS. mil-dot.

    Thanks for sharing. I'll look more into this.

    The only downside to this one (for me) is that I planned to use a quick release mount so that I could run fixed sights most of the time and throw on a scope and be zero'd whenever I needed it.