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#3236186 - 02/28/20 02:26 PM Scope for AR
Bling Offline
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Registered: 01/04/16
Posts: 181
Loc: Va
As I've noted on other threads I've created im not real familiar with AR at all. So I'm curious on what yall have for scopes besides thermals. I got a 223 wylde in hand now to build and should have a 6.5 grendel next week. A thermal will be on the 6.5 but what to do for the 223 I'm not sure? I have zeiss conquest 3x9x40 on my other bolt guns and I have a swaro z3.2.5x10x42 just settin in a box. Im scared to use it. Do yall put just normal scopes on your AR or do you need tougher built scopes or shorter or what? The 223 will just be a gun to just shoot for giggles and fun.

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#3236194 - 02/28/20 04:23 PM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Bling]
greengt88 Offline
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Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 1664
Loc: york pa
Im running an older Bushnell Elite 4200 4-16◊40 in a Weaver MSR Mount, caliber is .223...i use mine for precision target shooting and for groundhogs and predators here in PA and MD...i guess it depends on ur purpose for the rifle.

I am planning to build another upper specifically for a night vision setup as my rifle shoots so well in current configuration and my muzzle device isnt suited for nighttime use, so for me, it doesnt make sense to change anything on the current upper.

That said a 3-9 or 2-10 would do just fine. I like alittle more magnification for groundhogs and targets. I rarely turn the scope up that high, but nice to have when needed.
So the 16x works great for me.

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#3236208 - 02/28/20 05:57 PM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Bling]
Mort98 Offline
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Registered: 09/21/14
Posts: 128
Loc: IN
Normal scopes are fine on AR's. Put that swaro on it and enjoy!!!

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#3236249 - 02/29/20 12:09 AM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Bling]
Bling Offline
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Registered: 01/04/16
Posts: 181
Loc: Va
Do I got to have certain special bases or rings for the rail?

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#3236253 - 02/29/20 01:44 AM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Bling]
Bowhntr6pt Offline
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Registered: 04/09/13
Posts: 878
Loc: Central Florida
My scoped AR rifles have a mix of Leupold Mk IV's, Vari-X III's, or Vortex Viper PST's, all 30mm tubes.

As far as mounts go, I like the 1-piece mounts by LaRue, Midwest Industries, Leupold, and Burris. They have a forward offset to allow the scope to sit forward thus providing proper eye relief.

Some examples...






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#3236319 - 02/29/20 09:02 PM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Bowhntr6pt]
Bling Offline
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Registered: 01/04/16
Posts: 181
Loc: Va
Originally Posted By: Bowhntr6pt
My scoped AR rifles have a mix of Leupold Mk IV's, Vari-X III's, or Vortex Viper PST's, all 30mm tubes.

As far as mounts go, I like the 1-piece mounts by LaRue, Midwest Industries, Leupold, and Burris. They have a forward offset to allow the scope to sit forward thus providing proper eye relief.

Some examples...









That looks good sir. Thsnks for the help

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#3236332 - 02/29/20 10:41 PM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Bling]
AdamT Online
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Registered: 01/04/15
Posts: 2692
Loc: Southwest Virginia, USA
Normal scopes work just fine. I use VX-3s on mine. I usually go for the 50mm objective on the ARs because thereís enough clearance with the mounts I use. Youíre Z3 would be fine and dandy on yours. For mounts, I use Aero Precision. The are great in my opinion and lightweight.
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#3237268 - 03/08/20 07:06 AM Re: Scope for AR [Re: AdamT]
Crowbar Offline
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Registered: 01/09/14
Posts: 71
Loc: Oregon
Ditto on the aero precison mounts ... I believe they weigh less than 4oz and very strong. Like the reply above, the scope depends on use. On my coyote rifle I run a leupold VX-R in 2-7-33 with fire dot. I use the low power a lot, esp at night...the dot is great at night.

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#3239167 - 03/22/20 06:30 PM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Bling]
shepman Online
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Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 980
Loc: ks
I agree on the aero precision mounts. I have 2 and they are both excellent.

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#3239358 - 03/24/20 06:03 PM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Bling]
Coyote-conquest Offline
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Registered: 02/01/18
Posts: 124
Loc: Kentucky, US
I like the Nikon mounts. Very light weight. Any scope will work for an AR. One thing I've learned [beeep] is that I don't really care a lot for a lot of eye relief on an AR. I took my VX Freedom off one due to that. It worked but I preferred a little less.

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#3239442 - 03/25/20 11:07 AM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Coyote-conquest]
arlaunch Online
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Registered: 04/09/17
Posts: 512
Loc: OR
Redfield 2x7

I like the Redfield 2x7 scopes. So much that i have 2. The glass is excellent for the price.

I use Warne MSR mounts but many will work fine. For critters and targets this is an excellent scope.

Excellent warranty, light and smallish package, good price & great to shoot with.

For some reason 7 power is just perfect for me.
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#3239936 - 03/29/20 10:52 AM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Bling]
fattmallard Offline
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Registered: 09/22/10
Posts: 11
Loc: Missouri
Put your Swarovski on there, that power range is my preferred power for fast up close shots and still able to go up 10x if needed for longer shots. But YMMV.

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#3265438 - 01/10/21 12:08 AM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Bling]
BlackLabKatie Offline
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Registered: 02/24/09
Posts: 195
Loc: IL
This is a tricky one for me. I wonít have any answers for you but just agreeing that picking an optic for an AR can be tricky. I canít find something I love behind ARs yet.
Maybe because I donít have what I want to do with each one defined specifically if that makes sense.
Got a swfa 1-6 hd on a Seekins 6.8spc that is ok. Good clear glass but not thrilled about it. Iíll probably keep it on it though.
Got a swfa fixed 10x on a 18Ē Seekins 223.
Got an EOTECH and MRO.
I just tried an Athlon Midas Tac 4-16 on a Seekins 308/sp-10. I thought I would love that because the glass looked good but itís all just.....I donít know....OK? Ha.
I think the vortex razor Gen iii 1-10 seems great but too rich for me at this point.

Two that I think would be great because I could get them in illuminated reticles would be the bushnell lrtsi 3-12 or 4.5-18 and the Steiner p4xi 4-16. Havenít tried those yet but would like to.

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#3265439 - 01/10/21 12:10 AM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Bling]
BlackLabKatie Offline
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Registered: 02/24/09
Posts: 195
Loc: IL
Didnít realize how old this thread was. Sorry! Ha.

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#3265922 - 01/13/21 10:13 AM Re: Scope for AR [Re: Bling]
bigtommy Online
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Registered: 03/29/12
Posts: 935
Loc: MN
I have one with Nikon monarch m223 3-12 which I really like one with aimpoint red dot which I also like allot. My third is left open sights for hunting heave brush. For scope mount I love the aero precision one peace.

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