I am finally putting together my .300 blk SBR and will be moving my EOTech + magnifier to that setup. This leaves my 18” 5.56 Bushmaster in need of a scope. I love the idea of an ACOG, but just don’t want to spend that kind of money right now. Thinking a fixed 4 or 5 times would be nice. This is mostly used for plinking, have used it coyote hunting.
I have been buying all kinds of stuff for my other build from a Primary Arms. They have good deals and quick service. Anyone every buy their scopes? I was eyeing this one but didn’t know if it was junk.
Primary Arms SLx5
Other suggestions welcome, looking to keep it under $500.
I have two Nikon P223 scopes, they have a ballistic drop marks out to 600 yards, but are ammo specific.
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I prefer a variable power better than a fixed power scope like the OP linked.
My 18" 5.56 has a Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x scope on it. My 20" 6.5 Grendel has a 1-8x Vortex Strike Eagle. My middle aged eyes prefer the 8x.
Primary Arms also makes 1-6x scopes. Theirs are $290 for Second Focal Plane and $399 for First Focal Plane. PA also makes a 1-8x scope.
In general, PA and Vortex Strike Eagle will be within $10 of each other.
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A red dot with magnifier would work, so would a 1-4x, or 1-6. SWFA SS scopes are very good, as well as many, many others.
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I have one of these, and for the money it can't be beat. It's a Primary Arms 1-4x, and I have mine on a 450 Bushmaster deer rifle. Serves the purpose extremely well.
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I've got a PA optic that I like for the money.
I just got one of these in. It's REALY nice for the money. They are super discounted right now.
Vortex Optics Razor HD LH 1.5-8x32
It's a heck of a lot of scope for $400. Not far off what you would pay for a PA 1-6.
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The 1-6x is listed as 17.6 ounces and the 1-8x is listed as 16.5 ounces on Vortex's site. Those are not heavy scopes in my book.
hunter62 -- I recommend a variable power scope in the 1-5x to 1-8x ballpark. Vortex, Nikon, and Leupold have options that you may like.
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If you don't need a true 1x the Leupold VX-R Patrols @ 1.25-4 are great lightweight scopes.
I have a VX-R hog which is the same thing but with the BDC firedot Pigplex reticle and LO PRO capped turrets.
It, with the AERO Precision LW mount is about 15 oz combined.
Really handy and crisp clear glass.
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I use a PA 1x6 ACSS on my AR15 and a PA 1x8 ACSS on my SR-762.
No complaints for either of them.
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Yeah, if you'd like a fixed then Leupold has a few options that are pretty hard to beat. OTOH, I've been really happy with a Steiner 1-4.
Take a look at the Primary Arms ACSS 1x6 with the preditor reticle. That is what I've been looking at for my 10.5 pistol.
I’ve enjoyed the results from my Leupold mark AR mod 1.5-4x20mm
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I was thinking I wanted a fixed scope, but now I am on the fence. I have never had a fixed scope and just thought I would add one to my collection. I do have a Leupold 2-7 scope on my Ruger 10/22 that I like a lot.
One way to test the concept of a fixed-power scope is to set your 10/22 on a given power -- say 5x -- then go through the paces of shooting multiple targets at multiple distances. And never change the magnification.
I have never subscribed to the concept of "adding something to my collection -- just because I don't have one". Additions work better with a plan and with some experience. Variety for the sake of variety doesn't often work as hoped.
I’ve been following this post closely. Tons of great info as always but you guys often leave me feeling like the kid who’s mom told him to pick one piece of candy at the store. O_o
I don't think you need to spend a grand to get a good one.
The Steiner P4Xi and can be found for under $500 if you shop around or look for a sale.
Its not that a fixed power optic is per se bad, heck the issued ACOG's had a very good reputation as versatile, durable and usable over a good range of distances. But the new 1-x optics are so much better its ridiculous IMO.
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