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Do you have a list of low powered tactical scopes?

Or better yet links?

Or better yet a spreadsheet with features and costs?


I am thinking about one for my AUG and one for my Tavor.


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Sorry, I should clarify this.  What I am thinking is the 1-4 and the 1-6 scopes. 

I want a Bugatti, but don't want to pay more than a Ford.
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You can buy several of the most expensive scopes for the cost of the least expensive New Ford please be a tad more specific regarding your price range.  Ex.  Not over $500 or Not over $1000.
How will the optic be used?  EX.  Hunting,  or  Rifle Range targets under 200 yds, or Rifle Range Targets over 600 yds, or 3 gun competition, or Law Enforcement Tactical Use. Etc.
 
Are you looking for one optic in quick detachable mount to use alternatively on two firearms or are you wanting two optics one for each firearm?
 
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These are 1-4 and 1-6 scopes that I would like to own but do not currently.
SWFA SS HD 1-4x24 Tactical 30mm Riflescope SWFA SS HD 1-4x24 Tactical 30mm Riflescope
Stock # - SSHD14X24T
  • Matte Black Finish
  • First Focal Plane Illuminated T (Post/Mil-Scale)
  • 30mm Tube
  • .10 Mrad
  • HD Model
  • Exposed Turrets
$799.95  
 
SWFA SS HD 1-4x24 Tactical 30mm Riflescope SWFA SS HD 1-4x24 Tactical 30mm Riflescope
Stock # - SSHD14X24D
  • Matte Black Finish
  • First Focal Plane Illuminated Donut (Circle/Mil-Scale)
  • 30mm Tube
  • .10 Mrad
  • HD Model
  • Exposed Turrets
$799.95  
 
SWFA SS HD 1-6x24 Tactical 30mm Riflescope SWFA SS HD 1-6x24 Tactical 30mm Riflescope
Stock # - SSHD16X24D  Thunbs UpThunbs Up
  • Matte Black Finish
  • First Focal Plane Illuminated Donut (Circle/Mil-Scale)
  • 30mm Tube
  • .10 Mrad, 10 Mils per Rev.
  • HD Model
  • Undercover Turrets
  • Coming soon, accepting pre orders
$999.95 
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Add Swaro Z6I 1-6x24 @ $2469 & Kahles K16I @ $2722.These are the Caddies but I thought I would throw them in as you may be able to get a great deal on the SWFA sample list,just saying.......
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Hmmm, AUGs and Tavors, you got my attention.

Intended use and price range would be a big help.

Here is one on my wish list, http://swfa.com/Vortex-1-6x24-Razor-HD-Gen-II-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P55713.aspx

http://swfa.com/Vortex-1-4x24-Razor-HD-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P44589.aspx
http://swfa.com/Vortex-1-4x24-Razor-HD-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P44589.aspx

Or in the Ford price range, http://swfa.com/Vortex-1-4x24-Viper-PST-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P44569.aspx

The 1-6x24 is a tank, but great glass and well thought out for a sfp scope. The 1-4x24 Vipers are smaller and lighter, and you wont have any trouble finding the reticle.
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These might work for you too, especially on a bull pup.
http://swfa.com/IOR-1-4x32-Pitbull-Tactical-35mm-Rifle-Scope-P41874.aspx
http://swfa.com/IOR-15-8x26-Trident-Tactical-35mm-Rifle-Scope-P48122.aspx
http://swfa.com/IOR-11-4x26-Tactical-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P2908.aspx
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Then there's always the Leupy fall back.
http://swfa.com/Leupold-125-4x20-VX-R-Patrol-30mm-Riflescope-P49444.aspx
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My goal is to collect everything into a spreadsheet.  Once I get everything in a spreadsheet, I will try to make an objective decision on all the entire spec. including costs.

If it helps you can think of this as a statement of work on a government contract.  Except instead of having a narrow scope on the SOW and only submitting one scope in your bid, it is very open.  After all the information is gathered a decision will be made and purchase will be made.

The effective range of the 5.56x45 is approximately 0-600 meters.  That is the planned tests.

I am NOT looking for 1 scope to 2 rifles. 

The mount will be LaRue if at all possible.  The other scopes to be tested are using Larue mounts.

It looks like everyone is moving to 30mm tubes.  Will all scopes be using 30mm tubes in the future?  IOR is 35mm, big tube.

Red dots are off the table in this thread.
All add on magnifiers for red dots are off the table in this thread. .
All fixed magnification scopes are off the table in this thread.

I hope to get this accomplished before GovSec starting on May13th, but....I think I waited to long. 

BTW, If you don't have a spreadsheet, don't worry about it.  I will go brand by brand and build my spreadsheet.  My main reason for posting was to save me some time and I expected others had the same desire. Once you have a spreadsheet it wouldn't be hard to keep it up to date.
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Hmm, you have a long way to go, and a short time to get there.

I'd take Urimaginaryfrnd's advice and go to the SWFA rifle scope web site and pick possible scope candidates and put them on a wish list. This way you will have the stats on each scope, and can eliminate the ones that don't fit your needs or requirements.
I will give list of brands to look at shortly.

Not all scopes are going to 30mm tubes, but there are some advantages to thicker tubes, but as with everything else in life, tube diameter doesn't equate to quality, so do a little research on scope quality.

Are the Larue mounts carved in stone? There are other and better mounts available.

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The list of brands that I am posting is based on reputation and/or personal experience. While I can not vouch for every brand, if you look through this and other forums, you will find that these brands come highly recommended for serious work, this includes overall quality, features, glass quality, and durability.
The brands are as follows:
IOR Valdada
Kahles K16i
Leupold Tactical
Schmidt& Bendor Police
Swarovski Z6
SWFA SS series
Trijicon
U.S. Optics
Vortex Razor
This would be the best place to start your search. Make sure you research the eye relief length and scope length to make sure it is going to fit on a bullpup design, if that is what you are going to use it on.
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Meopta ZD 1-4
I have one and love it
Run it on my 16" 556
True 1x, very bright reticle that is fast up close and hash marks to get me out to 500
Run it on my 3 gun rig but would trust it on a tactical rig as well
Glass is stellar

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Look here

This is a post from AR15.com covering what you are looking for.
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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:



Are the Larue mounts carved in stone? There are other and better mounts available.



I would be looking at either Bobro or Aadland
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Originally posted by Sparky Sparky wrote:

Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:



Are the Larue mounts carved in stone? There are other and better mounts available.



I would be looking at either Bobro or Aadland


Why do you consider them better?
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Originally posted by cpwomack cpwomack wrote:

Look here

This is a post from AR15.com covering what you are looking for.


The biggest issue I have with using that as a starting point is the format.  It is an image.  It is not easy to manipulate.
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I run a lot of La Rue rings and like the fact that they return to zero reliably.     If I dont need quick detachable I tend to go to Badger Ordnance steel rings.  No doubt that BOBRO rings are also a good Quick Detach system but there are a lot more La Rue rings in military use. I like the Aadland rings for a solid fixed ring but those are alloy so I stay with the steel Badger Ordnance rings.  I remember when I walked into GAPrecision in North Kansas City and they had hundreds of Badger Ordnance rings on a table and my jaw just dropped until I figured out they are made in the same shop. I also really like Badger Ordnances bottom metal that accepts the 10 round Accuracy International mags for a Remmington rifle.
 
Badger Ordnance M5 DBM .223 Remington Triggerguard Badger Ordnance M5 DBM .223 Remington Triggerguard
Stock # - BAD30689

Maximum overall cartridge length: 2.565"

$312.95 
Badger Ordnance M5 DBM Long Action Lapua CIP Triggerguard Badger Ordnance M5 DBM Long Action Lapua CIP Triggerguard
Stock # - BAD30686

Maximum overall cartridge length: 3.75"

$344.95 
Badger Ordnance M5 DBM Long Action Magnum Triggerguard Badger Ordnance M5 DBM Long Action Magnum Triggerguard
Stock # - BAD30683M

Maximum overall cartridge length: 3.65"

$344.95 
Badger Ordnance M5 DBM M24 Sniper Rifle Drop In Triggerguard Badger Ordnance M5 DBM M24 Sniper Rifle Drop In Triggerguard
Stock # - BAD30684
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Badger Ordnance M5 DBM Short Action Triggerguard Badger Ordnance M5 DBM Short Action Triggerguard
Stock # - BAD30682

Maximum overall cartridge length: 2.89"

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I will also add American Defense Mfg. to the list.
http://swfa.com/American-Defense-Scope-Mounts-C3184.aspx
While Larue is a solid QD mount and they do return to zero, there throw levers have no locks other than the cam action. They also have a tendency to mar the finish of the rail they are going on. I didn't notice this until it was brought up in another thread here.

http://www.opticstalk.com/bobro-qd-scope-mounts_topic36078.html

I have had good luck with the American Defense Mfg. mounts with returning to zero, not marring the finish, and they have lever locks to ensure the levers don't come loose. It is not quit as easy to remove or install as the Larue, but not by much.

I also liked the Bobro mounts for the same reasons as the A.D.M. mounts.
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I have ran em all and am quite content with ADM.
I change optics a lot..

For a non QR mount the AADmount is the absolute best as far as I am concerned.
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Please NOTE: These mounts do have a lock in addition to merely turning closed and I dont really see any excessive wear on my rifle from using multiple optics I like the La Rue RCO Mount.  The first photo shows a fixed power Super Sniper this one happens to be a 6x42 but I also have a 16x42 and several others that I run depending on what I need the rifle to do but my favorite is the Compact ACOG in the La Rue RCO mount nothing gets it back into the right place as well.
 
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I've got the older La Rue.

RWBlue, Have you taken into consideration, that on the 2-way range stress does bad things to fine motor skills, and the more options you have the slower your reaction time is?
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Then you have these:
http://swfa.com/Optisan-Riflescopes-C3507.aspx
 and these:
http://swfa.com/Burris-AR-Tactical-Sights-C1693.aspx

but why not just go here and put together your spreadsheet?
http://swfa.com/
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The Bobro is a better overall mount than LaRue makes.  It has a better attachment system by far IMO.  I have a couple LaRue setups and a couple Bobros. 

It does not use friction to attach the the rail like LaRue does.  The clamp itself is wider and grips more of the rail than a LaRue.  The LaRue will wear down the finish and in some cases actually dig into the aluminum.  Over time they require tightening and adjusting.  The Bobro always has the perfect amount of tightness. 

LaRue is a decent mount no doubt, and for some setups it is the best choice.  But if you can use a Bobro for your specific setup you will end up with a better mount.  I have not yet read of anyone go with the a Borbro and go back to a LaRue because they hated the Bobro.  I sold two of my LaRues to replace with Bobros and would do it again in a heart beat. 
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No doubt the BOBRO mounts are quality mounts also and sometimes one brand or another makes a specialty mount that is better than the other system.  These are certainly an acceptable choice if they meet your needs. For me however the RCO mount places the 3x Compact ACOG back further and has a clean line and that scope has very short eye relief where the 2x has a lot more eye relief so there is a specific reason I use what I do - it works.
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SWFA Precision Optic 30mm Mount SWFA Precision Optic 30mm Mount
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  • Low
  • Slightly Forward
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