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Just bought a bushmaster varminter i'm going to pick up tomorrow...and now I have to endure the dilemma of optics selection. I'm more of a bowhunter/shotunnger:thinking: but do collect rifles and of course pistols...just not real proficient with optics selection...I have an EOtech on my bushy carbine that I like, but i'm going to need a new partner for this 24" DCM competition barrel...

I have about $300-600 for optics or somewhere in that range...I like the ballistic reticles that Burris offers, but it doesn't seem like enough magnification.

Any recommendations would be highly appreciated and welcomed as I have NO idea what direction I want to go with this gun as far as optics. :thinking::thinking::thinking:
 

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Whats the firearms purpose? Long range shooting? Plinking beer cans? Sniping people from rooftops in Afghanistan? Hunting? Yotes? What type of lighting conditions are you going to shoot in? Daytime only, daylight and dusk?
 

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How about general long range shooting (coyotes, range, etc.) .......low light at times...hard to specify.... (maybe sniping afghani insurgents) :)
 

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Well the long range stuff you will need a scope that has a paralax adjustment, and lower light connditions drive larger objective (50 ) you'll probably want something that will go up to 16-20 power for long range stuff. So sounds like you need a 4-16 or 20 x 50 scope. Then start figuring what kind of cross hairs willl suite your style of hunting? Balistic plex? Regular cross hairs? Diamond? Then pick that out. They make scopes for whatever the caliber gun it is, and the scope automatcalliy adjust for bullet drop. Choices are endless. Get a BP or cabelas mag and start looking at the scopes, then spend some time on the internet on their sites. If your in Lee Summit there is a bushnell factory outlet store. They have good deals there sometimes. Or, swing over to Cabelas and talk to them. Scopes are like tennis shoes, million kinds and all have a purpose, you need to do some homework on what you want or like before you go shopping and end up with some high top converse in pink. This might have only confused you more , if so don't tell me cause I will never get these 5 minutes of my life back. Good luck sniping in Taliban land
 

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Have you looked at the Vortex Strikefire? They look pretty good, and offer a add 2x magnification. I assume you are looking at Red Dot?
 

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i have a nikon monarch on a long range rifle its a 5-20x44 bdc sf i have shot targets at 700 yds with no problems but it may not work on a ar you can buy em for a little over 500 bucks

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[rquote=1516289&tid=105722&author=Reflex]Have you looked at the Vortex Strikefire? They look pretty good, and offer a add 2x magnification. I assume you are looking at Red Dot?[/rquote]

Looking at a little bigger glass...have a red dot on my carbine.
 

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I'm with macon County boy on this one.

In that price range I think that a Nikon Monarch 4X16 or something in that power range would serve you well. My opinion is that the Nikon Monarch is a heck of alot of scope for the money.

If its a flat top get a Larue one piece mount and put that Nikon on it and call it a day. In the other AR pic thread those two scopes on my guns are Leupold MKIV's. One I believe is a 4.5X14 with an illuminated reticle and the other is a 8.5X25 custom scope and both have parallex side focus adjustment. They were waay more than $600 and in my opinion the Nikon Monarch glass is just as good for half the money.
 

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[rquote=1516375&tid=105722&author=Big_Bullseye]I'm with macon County boy on this one.

In that price range I think that a Nikon Monarch 4X16 or something in that power range would serve you well. My opinion is that the Nikon Monarch is a heck of alot of scope for the money.

If its a flat top get a Larue one piece mount and put that Nikon on it and call it a day. In the other AR pic thread those two scopes on my guns are Leupold MKIV's. One I believe is a 4.5X14 with an illuminated reticle and the other is a 8.5X25 custom scope and both have parallex side focus adjustment. They were waay more than $600 and in my opinion the Nikon Monarch glass is just as good for half the money.[/rquote]

That rifle with the custom on it shore is pretty....well, all of em' are....heckuva collection
 

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i like leupolds but the monarchs by nikon are impressive i was shooting with some guys that use nothing but leupolds he had a mk-5 8-25x50 he commented that at the 500 yard target my nikon was clearer than his leupold he was impressed by the end of shooting day he said he was gonna buy one he asked how much well i told him 600 oughta get you one he was shocked half the price and it had as good as glass as his leupold if not better well hes got one on his 6.5x284 and loves it


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[rquote=1516411&tid=105722&author=macon county boy]i like leupolds but the monarchs by nikon are impressive i was shooting with some guys that use nothing but leupolds he had a mk-5 8-25x50 he commented that at the 500 yard target my nikon was clearer than his leupold he was impressed by the end of shooting day he said he was gonna buy one he asked how much well i told him 600 oughta get you one he was shocked half the price and it had as good as glass as his leupold if not better well hes got one on his 6.5x284 and loves it

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I only have a couple Nikons right now and a boatload of Leupolds. My next scope will be a Nikon Monarch for sure. I think the glass on the Nikons is better than the Leupy's. The fit and finish on the Leupolds is pretty dang sweet though, not saying the Nikon fit and finish is bad by no means, dang nice really.
 

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If you can rack up the $, get a NIGHTFORCE NXS. Its what i use and am happiest with. I dont do holdovers, when at the range i will shoot 25 yrds out to 600 yrds and always crank on the turrets, ill adjust it 40 clicks between one yardage and the next and no matter how much i crank on it when i put it back on zero its on zero. 50mm, clear glass for those 1,000 yrd shots and built like a tank, its the whole buy once cry once saying, at $1,700 they are pricey but WELL worth it and then some.
 

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Nightforce are tight but that is alot of jack.... might as well go Swarovski or schmidt & bender then right....:D
 
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