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Hey guys,

I want to buy a ATN 12-36X80LU Scope for my 50 Cal BMG.

What do you guys think?  My budget is around 1K....a christmas gift for myself Wink
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This scope is a good choice, there is not a lot of scopes that can handle the kick of a .50 Cal. My buddy has it on his Beratte .50 Cal and he likes the Bullet Drop Comp feature that compensates up to 1000 yards.
 
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IF you just want something big and heavy, it is a good choice.  I have the 6-18x65 and it has pretty OK glass, has held up well to a 30-06, good low light capability, illuminated reticle is good, BDC and range finding are right on.  HOWEVER, I went through six (6) scopes before I got one that worked properly.  Did I say it is HEAVY?  You appear to be trying to get a lot of features for moderate price for a big gun.  I am not sure it will hold up.  Even though mine has been good on the -06, I would not put it on a 50.  It has a big footprint that is obnoxious after a while.  I shoot 1/2 MOA and sometimes better with mine, but I am still not in love with it.  It is OK.  Did I mention it is heavy and bulky?  
You can get an IOR 2.5-10 for a little over $1k, which I believe, will serve you better.  I have used this model and would choose it any day over the ATN.  However, if you just want an ATN, I'll make you a great deal on a 6-18x65Big Smile
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I say you buy Kickboxers ATN and then he can pick up something more useful.
 
I hate to be the one to throw some reality into the mix but If I was going to scope a 50BMG I would put a $299 Super Sniper  16x on it.   I mean really just how much do you think you are going to get to shoot it at $ 6. + a round.  I'd spend a grand on a scope for a .308 or a .223 because you can shoot them all the time and  get the full enjoyment out of it.
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I don't have any problem with that comment, either.  
The Super Sniper would make be an excellent choice, I think.  While I have not personally used one, I have done a LOT of research and talked to field users.  They like them, far more likes than complaints.  For the price, I would certainly try one before jumping on a $1000 scope.  Even IF the SWFA warranty service wasn't so good, you could get three Super Snipers.  
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I like the option for Kickboxers sake for sure.
If you want a good scope for that kind of money with a big power range. Do yourself a favor and get a Bushnell 6500 Elite.
IOR also can be a very good choice in the 6-24 50 with the MP-8 reticle.
There is in my opinion no bigger waste of money than to spend that much on an ATN. They are a par at best scope.
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