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  • Old_Sarge
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    I’ve used a few scope for my AR-15/AR-10. I ended up settling with a Vortex strike eagle 1-8 and on the other is a Riton 1-8 that one of my former soldiers recommended I give a try. They both preform flawlessly. I think the Riton was around $200 but the Vortex was around $400. I did try the vortex crossfire a1-4 and for the money it’s not bad at all. I have a Leupold freedom 1-4 on a AR-10 and the thing has pretty good glad and is much lighter then the other scope I’m using on my ARs. I guess if you want to save a few but I have no issues recommending the Riton or the vortex crossfire to anybody. If you don’t mind spending a few more green backs then the Leupold is the clear winner followed by the Vortex strike eagle.

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  • AmyQuinn
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    Have you decided on what type of scope is the best for AR? I have a farm, and coyotes are bothering me. I was using semi-automatic pistols to get rid of them, but recently I bought a rifle and wasn't to buy a scope for it. I was using a Beretta 950. I found out about it on ballachy.com. It is an excellent semi-automatic pistol, but many people are saying that rifles are way better for getting rid of coyotes. They were right because it is way more efficient, and I think that scope will make it more efficient.
    Last edited by AmyQuinn; 01-27-2022, 10:56 AM.

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  • Yeeyee
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    I'm wanting to be able to hunt hogs at night and be able to preditor hunt and be able to shot up to 300yrds or more but I don't know what magnification of scope I need for my AR - 15

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  • CD2
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    For movers, close in and out to 200 yard hunting, just rifle.........no bipods.........liked a 2-7X.
    16" model too.
    Walking lots of ground, calling various sites..........heavy just sucks.

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  • DakotaMan
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    Precision accuracy makes an AR a LOT more fun to shoot. You can get up to Vortex Diamondback around $200 that shoot with precision. So do the Nikon scopes with BDC Spot on reticles and I favor them because you can actually aim well out to 600 yards with them. The level of magnification you need depends on your range expectations:
    1. Across the bedroom (red dot, laser or none)
    2. 100-200 yard hunting (2-7x or 3-9x)
    3. 100-600 yard hunting (3-9x or 4-14x with BDC reticle)
    4. Targets out to 1000 yards, precision varmints, hitting what you are aiming at (6-24 with long range reticle)...

    I use my AR for shooting p-dogs out to 1000 yards and targets out to that range. I use it for coyote and fox shooting from 10 yards to 300 yards. I don't shoot my AR in the house because it make so much noise I'd rather be shot by an intruder.

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  • CD2
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    Decided to not scope my AR, but still looking for a general big game scope for another rifle.
    Slapped a Leupold RDS on my Frankengun

    See how it does this weekend

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  • CD2
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    Been looking at a Burris 1.5-6X 30mm w illum dot.
    Might be usable for a short/midrange night time yoter.
    Think WAM got one (seen on another forum).

    Anxious for his review

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  • DakotaMan
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    Depends on what you want to do with it. For general hunting applications a 3-9x40 is fine and will allow you to shoot varmints out to 600 yards. There are a couple I would recommend... the Nikon Prostaff with the Nikoplex reticle allows you to use precise holdovers for longer range precision that most people think is even possible with an AR. My buddy just picked one up on sale for $90 but they are $150 at optics planet. The 4-12x40 is great too for $180 at Optics Planet. The next choice is a Vortex Diamondback... a better scope with similar features and a larger field of view but smaller eye pupil... take you pick after looking through them.

    If you want to shoot targets or varmints out to 600-1000 yards I recommend the Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24x50 but that costs more. I actually use Vipers on ARs because I can really aim fine for target shooting and varmint shooting. They will cost from $400-$1000 depending on model.

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  • CD2
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    I'm thinking a .350 Legend AR build, w Steiner T5Xi.
    Guy at shooting club had that scope......not cheap.
    But I really dig it.

    Other scope interested in, the SWFA SS 6X.
    But that for maybe a heavier longer range rifle of some sort.

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  • Alexwalse
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    Originally posted by gunsnfishin View Post
    Howdy folks,

    I have been doing quite a bit of searching for a suitable ar-15 scope and I would like to gather some opinions.

    There was an article I was checking out on some scopes under $200 (which i can link on the bottom of the page) and it seemed like those were some pretty good options. I especially liked the Vortex scope since I don't really need too much range.

    Have you folks used any of the scopes on this page?
    https://buyerbenchmark.com/best-ar-15-scope-under-200/

    Thank you!
    Hey, thanks for sharing such an amazing post... But after reading these reviews, I think a lot of content is outdated. But i did my research found a latest AR 15 scope review: https://beastfinders.com/best-ar-15-scope-under-200/

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  • CD2
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    Toilet paper tube w rubber bands.
    We mace "scopes" for our rubber band guns as kids.
    Way less than 2 dollars

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  • JasonT
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    Ask Diane Fienstien I beleive what you are looking for is a blackhawk super concealed heat seeking tomahawk night vision scope. You can probably upgrade to the ghost model that is all plastic for about 2 dollars.

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  • CD2
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    One could clock a reflex like some folks do if they want max field of view, and have a scope for longer range.

    Never tried that.

    Coyotes or deer w an AR, 2-7X seems right.
    Yotes and chucks..........3-9X w AO
    PD's on an AR built for such...........even more X's.

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  • CD2
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    How much field of view do you need?
    How much magnification do you need?
    Everything is a compromise.

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  • Red Angus
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    Originally posted by CD2 View Post
    What about the Freedom VX 3-9X EFR?
    Its small size might look right on a 16" AR
    It would look good, but it only has a 35' fov whereas the 2-7X has a 44' fov. And then there's the 1-4X20 with its 74' fov...

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