I have been trolling this forum for some time and finally bit the bullet (no pun intended) and registered!
I am currently in Afghanistan, but am planning on building a "tacti-cool" rifle of sorts when I get home in about 6 weeks.
Up till now, about the "nicest" scope I personally own has been a 6-24x BSA contender... After dealing with higher end products such as Leupold Mark 4's, Elcans, Acogs, Aimpoints, and EOTechs on a daily basis, I wanna try stepping up closer to that level of quality!
As far as my uses for the rifle, it will mostly be for punching paper and maybe tactical competition. I will be reloading my own ammo. I have much experience with iron sights and consider myself to be a better than average shot (I the the only guy in our Squadron not in the sniper section that shoots 40 out of 40 regularly on our rifle quals with a standard issue m4, and I shot a perfect on my last M249 qual as well). I would like to have the potential to try my hand at 1000 yards down the road.... Not competitively or anything, just to see if I can hit paper (A BIG piece of paper! lol).
The main features I would like are a mil dot reticle, mil turrets, fine enough crosshair and enough power and clairity to see targets at 1000. FFP is preferable, but not nessisary by any means. Variable power would be nice (I wash thinking in the 4ish to 14ish range) but I have no problem with fixed power. And an Illuminated reticle would be icing on the cake!
The main scopes I have been thinking about are the Super Snipers, Millet TRS, and maybe something from Nikkon or Vortex. Right now a truly high end optic like an IOR or NF is just not in the cards. I really like the sounds of this deal: http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-3-9x42-Packaged-Deal-P44443.aspx At 600 bucks, its a bit out of my range, but I can scrape together a few extra pennies where I can untill I can afford it.... Especially since it comes with all kinds of cool accessories! Plus, I think it would hold a decent amount of its value to put towrds a $1000+ scope down the road. I just dont know if the crosshairs are fine enough or if 9x is enough for 1k yards? I know 9x doesnt suffer from much parallax, but at 800-1000 and lacking a parralax adjustment, would this scope still hole it's own?
I have heard good things about the Falcon line of optics, but they are not carried by SWFA, and I would like to patronize them, so please keep suggestions to SWFA products.