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Old January 7th, 2017, 02:22 PM   #1
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Help me choose power and scope for M1A Loaded

Need a scope for the Loaded I have on the way, never been a big fan of iron sights so it's going to get glass.

I'm thinking something in the 2-10 or 2-12 range. I want this to be usable for a SHTF/defense rifle, so I don't want to go too high on the low end, but I want to have some decent power on the high end for target use.

I could probably go w/ QD rings and set two scopes up for it, but I'm sure I'm better off investing all my money into one scope instead of splitting it b/w two.

Budget is $400ish range, with a pretty hard ceiling of $500. Not afraid to buy used as long as company has good warranty. I'm not real hung up on tube diameter, bell diameter, reticle, ect. I really don't want anything with a ginormous bell though.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 02:37 PM   #2
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In your budget range would suggest you take a look at offerings by SWFA and their Super Sniper Scopes, both fixed and variable models available. Basic fixed 10X is equal to many scopes several times more expensive. Again, just a suggestion.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 02:53 PM   #3
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SWFA fixed 10x. I have one and love it. I don't think you can get anything better for the money. Sometimes you catch them on sale for ~$250 but the normal price is $299.

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Generally, 1x per 100 meters is fine for engaging silhouette size targets and 2x per 100 meters to hit paper plate size targets.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 03:11 PM   #5
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A little more than your budget, but worth every penny. Leupold VX-R patrol
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Old January 7th, 2017, 04:12 PM   #6
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Get something with a good solid warranty.
2x12, 3x9 are good general purpose scope ranges.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 05:06 PM   #7
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Vortex Viper HS 2.5-10x44 is the front runner so far.

I have some time until the rifle and mount arrive (and the weather gets good enough to want to go outside) so I'm not in a horrible rush.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 06:47 PM   #8
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Found this to be a great scope for the money ...

http://www.primaryarms.com/primary-a...-pa4-14xffp308

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Old January 7th, 2017, 07:40 PM   #9
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Several good suggestions.
I have this fixed power Leupold 6X on a basset mount.
Reasonable magnification, still easy to obtain target.
Surprisingly bright for a small diameter.
Good warranty.
https://swfa.com/optics/browse/rifle...lescope-1.html
By the way, the SWFA trade in dept isn't the worst thing a guy can experiment with.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 06:13 AM   #10
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Need a scope for the Loaded I have on the way, never been a big fan of iron sights so it's going to get glass.

I'm thinking something in the 2-10 or 2-12 range. I want this to be usable for a SHTF/defense rifle, so I don't want to go too high on the low end, but I want to have some decent power on the high end for target use.

I could probably go w/ QD rings and set two scopes up for it, but I'm sure I'm better off investing all my money into one scope instead of splitting it b/w two.

Budget is $400ish range, with a pretty hard ceiling of $500. Not afraid to buy used as long as company has good warranty. I'm not real hung up on tube diameter, bell diameter, reticle, ect. I really don't want anything with a ginormous bell though.

Most likely out of your budget, but, I just put a Sig Tango6 3-18x44 on my loaded. Great piece glass. It took me a year of saving for, but I don't regret it. My theory is buy once cry once and don't look back. Better to do it that way than try to settle for something that you know you really don't want. After all you spent all that money on a great file why go cheap now. I have so many friends who do that and just waste money only to have to buy better later on.

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Vortex Viper HS 2.5-10x44 is the front runner so far.

I have some time until the rifle and mount arrive (and the weather gets good enough to want to go outside) so I'm not in a horrible rush.
I've got 2 high power (6-18 and 6.5-20)Vortex scopes and like them and the warranty. One is mounted on a .17WSM and the other on a 20" bull barrel AR upper. I feel I get good value for my dollar, too. I do not have one on my Scout, as I already had a 3-9 Zeiss for it.

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Old January 8th, 2017, 08:08 AM   #12
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I'm going to pile on with the SWFA Super Sniper 10x fixed power scope.

I have the Rear Focus model:
https://swfa.com/catalog/product/vie...category/6896/

There is also a Side Focus model for another $100:
https://swfa.com/optics/browse/rifle...iflescope.html

These have Mil Quad reticles (graduations are line segments, not round balls). There is also a version with Mil Dots:
https://swfa.com/optics/browse/rifle...iflescope.html

I have this scope on my M1A Standard and it works well.

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Old January 8th, 2017, 06:45 PM   #13
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I just got the Vortex PST 2.5x10x32 FFP. It's similar to the Vortex previously listed except it's FFP. Pick it up used for around $500. I LOVE this scope. Glass is very clear, and it tracks just fine.

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Old January 8th, 2017, 09:54 PM   #14
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I've used two Nikons, 4x16x40 Buckmaster and 6x18x42 Monarch with great results. I'm not a hunter, so I only shoot groups and the higher magnification allows me to mark my shots from the bench @ 100 yards as long as I don't use black targets. Bright orange is the best for seeing the bullet holes.

The low magnification side still gives a pretty good field of view, but its probably to narrow for hunting. Still, though, shooting 50 rounds or so without having to call a ceasefire is pretty handy.

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Old January 9th, 2017, 08:42 AM   #15
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redfield 3x9x50 or 4x12

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