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AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:47 am
by n5wmk
I have a Ruger AR-556, 16" barrel, 1:8 twist. I like the rifle a lot, and have installed a Timney 2-stage trigger. Now I would like to upgrade the scope on it. As a package, it came with a low-end (cheap) 2-6 power scope. But the scope is pretty low grade, and has a fair amount of parallax. Locked down, you can watch the cross hairs move left to right as you move your eye-sight axis left to right.

I'm used to nice scopes on standard bolt-action hunting rifles, but not that familiar with what works best on an AR platform, so I figured I'd ask the experts here on the forum. I tried searching the forum, but didn't see anything that answered my questions.

Looking for suggestions on a scope that won't break my pocketbook. In 2-4 or 2-6 zoom range. Maybe with lighted dot reticle. Bullet drop compensator would be nice, but not mandatory. Primary use would be target shooting out to 200 yards, some hunting.

Thanks!

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:08 pm
by TreyHouston
Agreed And watching.....

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:25 pm
by mupepe
What's your budget? I use a Leupold vx-2 on one of my AR's and a Redfield Revolution on another. I used both out to 300 but I'm currently trying to get better at 200 and they work great there. I got the Leupold for $200 and the revolution for $100

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:25 pm
by Pawpaw
Look what showed up in my email today. Just happens to fit this thread.

https://www.midwayusa.com/promo/g100cvt ... _-20170720

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:56 pm
by cmgee67
Nikon P223 is what I've been running since Christmas and have enjoyed it very much. Holds zero and won't break the bank

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:24 pm
by The Annoyed Man
I'd second the Vortex 1-8x StrikeEagle as the minimum for the quality of that trigger. But I wouldn't bother spending more unless you're interested in shooting at really extended ranges.....like past 600 yards, which your carbine isn't really suited for anyway. The StrikeEagle's reticle subtends to 600 yards, so that's about perfect.

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:34 am
by n5wmk
Thanks, everyone. I've decided on the Nikon P223 per cmgee67's recommendation. I have a Nikon on my Rem 700CDL in .25-06, and really like the Nikon quality. The Vortex Strike Eagle looks really nice, but that's a bit more that I wanted to spend, and I would have had to get another mount for it. The Nikon has a 1" tube, same as my current scope, so I can reuse the existing mount. Ordered the Nikon from Midway, should arrive Tuesday.

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:59 pm
by Caribe
I like the Primary Arms ACSS reticle.
http://www.primaryarms.com/MCategories+ACSS-Optics

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:36 am
by maverick2076
I second the PA ACSS. It its the same scope as the Vortex Strike Eagle, made in the same factory, but with the superior (IMO) ACSS reticle.

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:14 am
by Beiruty
I have the Burris XTR-2 1-5X with similar reticle but no man-tall ranging stadia. However, it has Target Turrets. So you can dial and shoot or use the BDC for and score hits up 500 yards. It is more expensive and now there is 1-8X model

http://www.burrisoptics.com/scopes/xtr- ... e-1-5x24mm

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:23 pm
by Edward Cullen
Depends on your budget. Nikon, Vortex, and Leupold are good scope brands. I prefer Leupold.

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:30 am
by n5wmk
n5wmk wrote:Thanks, everyone. I've decided on the Nikon P223 per cmgee67's recommendation. I have a Nikon on my Rem 700CDL in .25-06, and really like the Nikon quality. The Vortex Strike Eagle looks really nice, but that's a bit more that I wanted to spend, and I would have had to get another mount for it. The Nikon has a 1" tube, same as my current scope, so I can reuse the existing mount. Ordered the Nikon from Midway, should arrive Tuesday.
As a follow up on this, I did get the Nikon P223 and it's installed and sighted in. The reticle is designed for zero at 100 yards, then it has the graduations for 200 to 600 yards below the crosshairs. I boresighted it first at about 20 feet, putting the reticle about 2.5 inches above the bore. Then I took it to Bullet Trap which only has 25 yards. Used a ballistic calculator to determine the 25 yards sight-in, and got it set within 5 rounds. My final 10 rounds at 25 yards I could cover with a dime. I did my final tweaking at 100 yards, and was able to get 1.5" groups at 100 yards. I haven't had a chance to shoot beyond 100 yards yet. I do like the scope, and I thank everyone here for recommendations. BTW, the Timney 2-stage trigger is really nice!

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:22 pm
by equin
mupepe wrote:What's your budget? I use a Leupold vx-2 on one of my AR's and a Redfield Revolution on another. I used both out to 300 but I'm currently trying to get better at 200 and they work great there. I got the Leupold for $200 and the revolution for $100
Which VX-2 do you have? The 1-4x20mm? I just ordered that one for my 16” AR15 and am anxious to see how it works for me at 200 yds.

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:24 pm
by equin
n5wmk wrote:Thanks, everyone. I've decided on the Nikon P223 per cmgee67's recommendation. I have a Nikon on my Rem 700CDL in .25-06, and really like the Nikon quality. The Vortex Strike Eagle looks really nice, but that's a bit more that I wanted to spend, and I would have had to get another mount for it. The Nikon has a 1" tube, same as my current scope, so I can reuse the existing mount. Ordered the Nikon from Midway, should arrive Tuesday.
I was looking at that one as well.

Re: AR Scope Suggestions

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:43 pm
by lama
I can not comment on the specific Burris scope mentioned above but I like their products. The AR-332 is a fixed 3x that I have enjoyed shooting on my Father In-Law's AR.

https://www.burrisoptics.com/sights/ar- ... ies/ar-332