Economical optic for a .50BMG

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  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I've had my .50BMG upper for a few months now but I haven't taken it out to the range yet. Reason being I have no scope on it yet.

    It's a massive upper and pretty much the largest I've seen on the market, but it was cheap to buy. Aside from the ammo that I bought with it it was under $1000. Plus this is just to see if I like the round or not. If I'm not a fan of it, fine. If I like it, then I'll probably graduate to something a little more top notch.

    Given the economical nature of the upper, I'd like a scope that follows suit. Something that lets me get the job done, but might not be precise enough to circumsize a gnat a mile away.

    I do have a Bushnell Trophy scope that's pretty much just gathering dust at this point, but IIRC the .50BMG would be too powerful and would most likely shatter the lenses.

    So what are some options in the $200-$300 range for .50BMG glass?

    Thanks!:)

    -Emt1581
     
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    Have you shot it at all?
     

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    I have a Bushnell Elite 3200 fixed 10X on mine. I dont have too many rounds down the pipe, so I cannot attest to its durability. I did a lot of research prior to purchase and they are supposed to hold up quite well. The glass is really clean for being a lower end scope, I am happy with it.
     
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    Elite 3200 eh? Maybe I'll take a look at it.

    Thanks!:)

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    If you do go for the Elite 3200 make sure it is fixed 10X. From what I read all the cheap variable optics will self destruct quickly.

    From what I understand Barrett ships their low end kits with this scope. That is what sold me on it.
     
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    i think the super sniper 10x is the minimum that most recomend for the 50 ..

    havent heard to many recomending the bushnell 3200, they recomend that for 30 caliber rifles up to some .40's ..
     
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    Oh I forgot all about that scope...but is that in the $200-$300 price range? I'll have to check it out.

    What about rings?...economical of course. ;)

    Thanks!

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    I have a Bushnell 10x 3200 on my Remington 700 and for $199 it´s great. Target knobs, mildot and ok glass. I have 150 rds of .308 thru it.

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    Another vote for the Super Sniper. Great optic, dumbass name.
     
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    Quack Rent this space

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    another for the SS
     
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    take a looka at Burris scopes... even the Nikon has a lifetime warr. so if your 50 destroys it send it back.
     
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    Just use the cheap Bushnell scope on the .50 and at least get some rounds through it. If the scope fails, you are back to this point but at least you have got to pull the trigger on your .50

    If I waited to buy a proper scope for my .50BMG before I shot it; I probably would still be waiting today. The POS Simmons scope I threw on it (and expected to fail the first outing) is still holding up fine after almost 1000 rds.
     
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    That's an idea. I mean I have no real use for the Bushnell as I have a Leuphold on my 700P. I'm not sure if it has rings or not though. I might have to pick up a set.

    For those that say you need super tough rings on it...do you need the same rings on shotguns? Because I've read more than one source that said these kick similar to shotguns and my specifc upper is the largest and heaviest model out there and the muzzle brake looks like something that should be on a tank gun. So I'm not anticipating massive recoil.

    Thanks!:)

    -Emt1581
     
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    I'm no 50BMG expert by any stretch but all I've ever heard is that the gun destroys cheap optics. As others have said, the Super Snipers seem to be the most economical scopes that can handle the recoil and blast. Don
     
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    it comes down to what you want to do emt,

    people including myself have offered you advice on what you need to do for the least amount of budget ,

    heres the easiest solution for you,

    go to walmart buy the 9.95 scope mount and rings ,

    and then buy the bsa or bushnell 29.95 scope and then go the range and put a round through it
     
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    My upper has a mount already. I thinkI will try a set of cheaper rings. Maybe not $10 cheapies but not ones that cost $200.

    Then if things get blown apart, great, THEN I'll wait and spend the money for decent stuff.

    At worst, I'll break something that wasn't worth much to begin with. At best, I'll have a setup that let's me shot my 10rds or so a year. :)

    -Emt1581
     
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    If one is going to make a significant investment in a rifle such as a BMG.
    Logic dictates that you do not skimp on the quality of the scope and
    rings.

    To say that if something gets blown apart "Great, I'll wait and spend
    the money for the decent stuff", buy the good stuff to begin with.
    All that you are doing is pissing away good money that should have
    been spent in the first place.

    Show some respect for the rifle and your intelligence in the first place.

    You are trying to buy a Corvette and put a Pinto ingine in it. If you
    are going to spend the money, spend it correctly in the first place.
     
  20. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I didn't spend anything on the scope....and by some accounts it'll work just fine for the few shots a year I'll put through it. Again, this setup is just a temporary solution.

    -Emt1581