I own a couple of Leupolds, and I've been happy with them. They sit on hunting rifles and don't have a high round count, but in dim light they are much better than cheap optics. If you go with Leupold or Nikon you're going to get a quality scope.
Yeah, true enough...I just can't seem to break the tie as they both seem like good middle of the road scopes. At this point I am leaning towards the Nikon a little bit more just because I dig on that BDC reticle. Putting the target in that circle seems like it's faster than using a similar with the 'Hash Marks
But I'm also a deal guy, and this scope caught my eye this week:http://swfa.com/Burris-3-9x40-Fullfield ... 12600.aspx
Yeah, I saw that Burris and it's a pretty good deal (there's also a Package Deal *Click*
where that same basic scope comes with a bipod too...it's just not in 'Tactical
' Fullfield line though if that matters).
The only thing is that I want something larger and with more power than a 3-9X40.
Zooming in on a distant target so that I can see it better makes a big difference to me. I can still get good hits using 2-7 or 3-9 scopes at less than 250 yards (using an old Redfield 2-7 on my 6.8 SPC AR this year I bagged a doe, shot placement was perfect as it went through both lungs and clipped the bottom of the heart), but generally the shot placement isn't quite as good past a couple hundred yards as when I use a slightly more powerful scope.
If the shot's within 200 to 250 yards it doesn't matter whether I'm using a 2-7X40, a 3-9X40 or a 3.5-14X40 scope....However once the range gets past that THEN
it starts to matter a bit more and I just get slightly better shot placement on targets and game (esp in low light) with the larger scope.
If you're spending more than a couple bills on glass, you may want to look at one of the premium brands, like this:http://swfa.com/Zeiss-3-9x40-Conquest-R ... P8665.aspx
or with a fancy reticulehttp://swfa.com/Zeiss-3-9x40-Conquest-R ... P8665.aspxOr maybe something like this:
http://swfa.com/IOR-4x24-Tactical-30mm- ... P1917.aspx
That IOR's a great scope, but since it's a 4X it's not what I'm really looking for.
For the 1-4X Close Quarters/Mid-Range scope category I already went with a Leatherwood CMR on a different 5.56/.223 Rem. This specific rifle configuration is meant for a little farther out (1 to 600 yards).
There are lots of good choices in your price range, you can't go wrong with any of 'em.
True enough....that's probably kind of the reason I can't decide on which one to buy.
SWFA is about 15 miles away, so maybe I'll just take a drive down there and compare all of these side by side. While I'm down there I'll check out that 3-9X40 Zeiss Conquest again. Maybe the difference between a Zeiss 3-9 and a slightly more powerful Leupold or Nikon 3 or 4 to 12 power scope wouldn't be as much of a difference as I'm thinking.
I do like the ability to zoom WAY out there though. For me bigger isn't always better, except with scopes (unless the rifle's specifically meant for 250 yards or less).