Recommendations for AR15 Scope

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  1. Zurdo

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    I want to stretch the legs on my AR15 out to 500 yards. It is a decent quality rifle with a 16 inch barrel, 1:7 twist. I have a cheap scope on it now but want to add a Leupold or Vortex for $1000 or less. Any thoughts on appropriate magnification and objective lens size? I have a vortex pst gen II on my RPR 6.5 Creedmoor and feel like that Scope may be overkill for an AR15 given unknown accuracy potential at 500 yards.
     
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  2. Jet

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    Recommendations depend on your accuracy requirements. Pull that Vortex off your 6.5 and mount it on your AR. Give it a try. Might be just the ticket.
     
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  4. Sniper338

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    Buy sightron III. Vortex is crap with a good warrenty.
     
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    Ta-31 acog is really nice. Not super precise for target work but it’s a lot of fun on steel out to 800 or so with its holdovers
     
  6. daleboy

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    How many Vortex have you owned,and which ones ? How many did you have to use the "good warranty on ? I read comments like yours about all brands...just wondering what exactly you had problems with.Thanks
     
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    I've been down this road with ARs at longer ranges, furthest out I've gone is 650 yards. But...at that distance, I've had my best results with a purposefully built AR for accuracy: White Oak Armory 24" barrel, Geissele match trigger, match grade ammo (77gr SMK - Federal and/or Hornady), and a fairly powerful scope x20 magnification. I was able consistently to put rounds on a 12" plate and get it swinging back and forth with shots fired fairly rapidly.

    With a regular M4 style AR, with regular factory 16" barrel, 16" etc. etc. You might find shooting at 500 yards with it a bit frustrating, since most AR's are going to not do much better than 2 MOA with regular mil spec ammo, so your spread at 500 will be 10" or more, plus factor in the challenge of a mil-spec trigger, etc. etc. etc

    But with that in mind, you might want to consider a Primary Arms scope for your AR, they have received great reviews, I've owned a couple and they are just fine. They would give you the ability to reach out to 500 yards without breaking your bank.

    Just some thoughts.
     
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    I dont have to own them. Thats irrelevant. Ive shot vipers PST's, looked through and compared glass with others that are 800 to 1200 dollar scopes. Ive shot the AMG I think it is... the upper end one... quite a bit at day and night. Compared the glass to others, yada yada. Ive done enough testing myself to know Ill never buy one.

    Again, I said the warrenty is good, Im not arguing that. But, yes the people that I know that have them and that I shot theirs have used the warrenty.

    I dont have to buy a Ford to know I dont want one. Ive driven them plenty.
     
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    Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8x
     
  10. daleboy

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    Just what i figured ,your bad mouthing has no merit.
     
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  11. Zurdo

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    Thanks Centuriator. Your comments speak to just what I am concerned about. I paid a fair penny for this AR ($1800) but I’m concerned it would never do better than 2 moa at 500. That seems like a waste of money to buy nice glass with that spread using match grade ammo.
     
  12. Centuriator

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    Hi Zurdo, may I ask what AR you purchased? For $1800 you might have an AR that has a better than typical barrel, etc. What kind of barrel does it have? Perhaps it has a better trigger than a mil spec trigger which can be pretty heavy.

    And re. the 2 MOA, that would be with the usual mil spec stuff, but with match grade you could get better results, also much has to do with your skills as a shooter as well.

    Here's another thought. You can kind of take this slow. You can buy some match grade ammo for it and try it out, just a box of 20 rounds, of several kinds, and get a feel for what it is capable of, with you doing your part, from a sturdy bench rest, well supported.

    As for entry optics, you can always get a lower cost optic and if you are pleased with results, upgrade as you wish. People are forever upgrading/swapping/buying/selling their optics for the "next best thing" so good deals are to be found. You might want to check the PX forum at Snipers Hide for deals on optics.
     
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    My AR was built by John Holliger at White Oak. He installed a Leupold Custom Shop VX R in 1.25X4 in a 30MM tube. I worried about it as a 3X9 on my rimfire was a challenge at 50yd. Our club has an extensive AR class and the last thing we did was shoot. It was at 200yds. I didn't have a zero, but shot 3 rounds at 50yds. Went to the 200yd line and guess what? Scope has a reticle with a ring. I could bracket the rings on the target and was well pleased that I could see to shoot. It shot very well.
    John put the scope on because it is a legal Service rifle scope.
     
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    I have a 4-16x44 Nikon M223 on an older Colt AR (the "CAR" version w/24" 1:9 barrel). I am pleased with the scope for a non-competitor rifle. I also have a Nightforce 5.5-22x50 NXS, a Vortex GE and a Sightron Slll 8-32x56 on various competition rifles and while Nikon doesn't come close to any of them glass-wise, for the money and purpose, I'm happy. It all comes down to what your needs are.
     
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    Good advice.
     
  16. Centuriator

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    OK, you will have no issues at 500+ yards. You have an awesome AR rifle.
    200 yards is *nothing* frankly with your rifle with a White Oak barrel, assuming you know how to shoot.

    If you want more accuracy: better scope, better trigger, betters, shooter.

    Even at 100 yards with a 20x magnification, you will see your heart rate making a difference.

    Fundamentals. It's all about fundamentals.

    If you want to advance to ELR like a lot of guys on this forum, you are in all a whole other realm.
     
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    I am not an AR competition shooter, so I'm fine with my package.
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    I do have a "collapsible" stock, but I really prefer the cheapo.
    The trigger is an Elftmann.

    It is just a tincan shooter for me.
     
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  18. Dgd6mm

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    Exactly
     
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    For $1000 budget:

    All around scope, Burris xtr II 1-8

    Only interested in accuracy, Sightron SIII 10-50 lrmoa
     
  20. Centuriator

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    Zurdo, let me know how I can be of further assistance.

    Ignore the people who feel a need to indulge in a Johnson measuring contest on *your* thread.
     
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