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To equip my M1A NM I ordered a BASSET mount. I hope you will approve me since I followed your ...
To equip my M1A NM I ordered a BASSET mount. I hope you will approve me since I followed your advice read and re-read on the forum (the BASSET mount is totally unknown in France ...)
While waiting for the arrival of my purchase, I also seek advice of riflescope that I could buy. I do not have much money for this purchase and I could not take a LEUPOLD MARK IV which I dream of. What do you think of REDFIELD TAC MOA for my rifle or else anything else for this budget
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Not familiar with the Redfield mentioned but I recently got one of the green colored Red/Leupold USMC scopes that sort of replicate the M40 scope of Vietnam era rifles. You might also look for a Springfield brand scope to go with the SAI rifle. Scope doesn't need to be as pricey as the rifle. I have shot these with all manner of scopes from cheap to slightly spendy and they all work. Enjoy!
It has been my experience, if you can't see what you are shooting at you can't hit it. The last place you want to be cheap is on the scope. Do yourself a favor and wait til you can afford a scope meant to stand up to the punishing action of the M14. Several come to mind and all are expensive. Leupold Mark 4 10x40 is a fine scope and right at home on the M14, yea it costs but just once.
I agree with everyone else on waiting and buying a good scope for a rifle if you know what size/magnification of scope you want and if you know it's a scope and not red dot or other optic that you will end up with. Buy once and cry once as they say.
That being said I am a believer in owning a cheap scope to throw onto a rifle to see if a scope is what you want for it. I picked up a Simmons world Class Scope in 3-9x40 for around $40 from cabelas long ago. I use this as a floater scope, if I'm not sure I want a rifle scoped I'll mount this up and use it for a few outings and see if the combo works. Another use for it is to help me determine how much magnification I want to go with in a rifle... although now that I own a few scopes that use has gone away. To me it's a valuable floating spare scope to have and honestly it's held up to a lot of 308 fire from my rifles and I've had some good groups with it when I did use it. It has always held zero well too.
I had a Redfield Revenge on my first M1a for about a year before I bought a Leupold. Leupold owns Redfield .
I would save and buy the scope you really want in the end and avoid the middle steps taken because of limited budget. Buy once, cry once is a time honored statement of truth from those that have learned the hard way. Myself included.
I run the BASSETT High mount. At first I tried the well-reviewed Leupold PRW 30mm Medium height rings. (This with a 1.5-6x 42mm Burris MTAC scope). Your Objective lense bellhousing diameter will dictate your Ring Height requirement. I found with this set-up, the MED rings were too high (but they did not offer Leupold PRW 30mm in LOW option). Additionally, I found that the RAIL mating to the BASSETT mount is closer to a WEAVER type rail than Picatinny (there are some subtle differences, and although the RINGS state they are compatible with both, I found the gaps after fully locking the clamps down were not to my satisfaction. Although the Rings themselves were solid steel and rock solid, if not fully mated to the RAIL, all that extra weight was for naught. Some more digging on forums like this & I saw that Weaver style mounts were the ones reccommended by Bill Bassett. I ended up with some really nice (at half the cost) Weaver Optics 'Tactical' mounts product code 48355 (which means they look tacti-cool, and are machined with grooves and stuff to save weight- but will collect dirt & crud, which i was not overjoyed about). However, i am pleased that they keep this scope solidly mounted on my M305, and even though they are aluminum they are robust as well as being lightweight, and give good engagement on the Bassett's weaver rail. I have put about 300 rnds through it with this scope/mount combo so far, & even R&R the Bassett mount a few times, with no significant change in POI.