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What would you get for a Sig556, either the Busnell 6500  2.5-16 x40 or with the 50mm objective?
I know the 40mm will sit lower but is the 16 power really usable with just a 40mm obj.?
It also does not seem like a big difference as far as sitting lower.
I assume the 40mm would be a medium height mount and the 50mm a high mount?
Any imput would be appreciated including thoughts on the value of the Bushnell 6500 at around $650 new. What comes close at this price? The 2.5x would be good for CQ?
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I have the 2.5-16x42 with DOA reticle.  The 16x is okay during the day, but you have to keep your head in just the right spot.  The eye relief is pretty long, so it'll sit a little far forward on your Sig, which is a little front-heavy anyway if I remember right.  What will you be using it for?
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Thanks for the quick reply Penguin6

It will be used for semi-CQ and out to 500 yards and everything inbetween for self defense.

I am considering the  Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 with Rapid Z600  or 3.5-10x44 also.

What other choices are good optics at good prices? I have a SS10x42HD and like it but I really like the Rapid Z600 reticle instead of the SS 3-9x42 Mil-Dot. All these choices about what to get but I think I have it narrowed down to the Zeiss and Bushnell 6500. Am I missing any other great scopes?

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I'm sure there are a lot of great scopes in that price range for your purposes, but my experience is fairly limited.  Everybody has their own take on what magnification ranges are desirable, whether illumination is necessary, exposed or capped turrets, etc.  Many will tell you a 1-4x is all you need for man-sized targets out to 500 yds;  I guess they see and shoot a lot better than I do.  I think I could probably hit a stationary man-sized target facing me at that distance in good light, but I don't know how many people I'd need to shoot who would present that way.  I think it could get a little more involved than that, so I'd like the option of really seeing downrange.  Others disagree.  Police experience tells us lots of bad things happen in low light, and just as I can lose a reticle on a dark hog in low light without illumination, I think it'd be easy to lose a reticle against subdued clothing in low light.  For that reason, I like an illuminated reticle.  Others disagree.  For general-purpose stuff with a 5.56, I like capped turrets, but I haven't shot anything alive past 140 yds with one, and haven't shot past 200yds at a range (excluding Army qual range at 300m a long time ago).  Because of how I generally use the rifle, I'm more interested in not having something turn while I'm hunting at night and can't easily see it's turned than in being able to dial in a 400yd shot (that I won't be taking with a 5.56).  Others disagree and want exposed turrets on even low-mag scopes.  If you can define for yourself more precisely what features you want and what distances you think it'll normally be used at, there are a lot of guys on this board with a wide range of experience who can give you more options and food for thought than I can.  Good luck.   

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Minox Z5 3-15x50 or Z5 4-20x50.Both scopes equal Zeiss glass & are slightly better than the 6500'The price is about the same but you do get a 5 mag box but only a 3mag on the Zeiss.
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http://www.opticstalk.com/bushnell-elite-6500-2516x42-with-mildot-reticle_topic15017.html

Great write up by the resident optics master.

I own the 6500 2.5-16x42 tactical model with the target knobs and this was an 8 shot group using said scope. 

http://www.opticstalk.com/308-sniper-central-llc-results_topic25624_post359650.html?KW=#359650



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I also like illuminated reticles but I was not aware any scope in this price range had them until I saw the Vortex PST in a magnification that I wanted, 2.5-10x44. On paper the scope looks perfect with its 30mm tube but is the reticle ecthed? I heard of problems with this scope "whiting out". What are the opinions here on this scope?
This scope will be on a rifle I use for SD and so I can not say how it will be used. I just want to cover as many bases as I can, from semi-CQ to 500 yards, in both day and semi-dark.
Again, what means the most is reliability and quality of the glass. That is why I would like an ecthed reticle.
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The DOA 600 reticle on the 6500 is etched.  At the time I bought mine it was the only etched one according to the Bushnell rep I spoke with.  I don't know about the mildot.
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Thanks for the info AND the spelling lesson.Big Grin
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