I need some help and guidance. I am trying to decide which scope to get for a new rifle I am putting together. I have been planning on getting the Vortex PST 6-24 FFP but they still aren’t going to be available for at least 2-3 more months. I can’t wait that long. The way I see it, I can either buy a low-cost scope to use until the Vortex is available or look for an alternative to the Vortex. I am open to either route depending on what my research tells me.
6mmAR chambered AR15 which is a 6.5 grendel round necked down to 6mm. The ballistics provide a better/longer range than the typical .223. I plan on using it in local varmint competition matches which shoot from 200-600 yards. I will probably shoot longer distances for fun but the 200- 600 yards is the predominant distance. According to Berger’s ballistic program and shooting 105gn BT’s at @ 2800 fps I should be seeing @ 89” of drop at the 600 yard point. That equates to a range-of-adjustment requirement of @ 15 MOA’s.
Budget – I can spend @ 1k for an alternative or @ 300 for an interim.
Features I’m looking for
FFP if possible in this price range.
Zero-stop or some type of tactical style (externally adjustable turrets). I want the ability to quickly adjust the scope to the different yardage settings of my log book. If the settings from the shortest distance to longest is more than one revolution then some type of “level” on the turrets (like Nightforce has).
At least 24 power, if not 32.
MOA (not MIL)
So, given all of that, what else should I be looking at as an alternative to the PST? I've read good things about the Weavers but I don't think their power goes up to 24 or 32? Obviously Nightforce is an option but it's just out of my price range. Any help and guidance is much appreciated.