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I've got a flattop Rock River national match AR that I want to put a scope on for general target shooting, mostly at 200-300 yards but possibly all the way out to 600 yards, varmint shooting and also taking on called coyotes, so I don't want to go too high on the bottom end magnification, no more than 4.5 I'm thinking. If the scope would be powerful and clear enough to spot .22 cal holes @ 200 yards and has good low light performance those would be would be big plus's for sure.

I'm leaning towards a 30mm tube, want an adjustable objective and some type of ranging reticule. I've done a lot of reading here and other places on the net, and the scope that looks like it would best meet my criteria is the Bushnell 6500 2.5x16 mildot, and I'm somewhat leaning towards the 42MM objective, but wondering if I would be better with a 50mm for low light shooting and also if it would be worth waiting for the 2009 models with the new style turrets to come out. 

I've not actually had an opportunity to check out a 6500, or even a 4200 in person, but have seen 3200's and was very impressed with the whole package. The 6500 is at the absolute upper end of what I can afford, and probably more than I should spend, but I realize in optics you get what you pay for.

I'm kind of dithering over the choice and wondering if there is something that might be better. Any guidance would be very much appreciated.  
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Have you looked at the weight and size of that 6500? That's why I've about ruled it out for my next build. It's at least a 1/2lb heavier than I'd want to carry.
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Welcome to the OT, Manny!
 
1)  If shooting from a rest/support the weight of the Elite 6500 isnt as big of a factor.  Bushnell's Elite series are fine optics and many can fit your bill...at least as far as you describe it anyway.
 
2)  SIGHTRON optics (along with the Super Sniper 10x Wink ) are some of the BEST "Bang for the Buck" optics going IMO.  Look over SIGHTRONs catalog and Im sure you will find a few "possibles" as well. 
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Manny,
 
I forgot to include:  DONT skimp on good rings/mount for your weapon.  You can have the best as far as glass goes but as soon as you put it in crap rings....  Of course that just my opinion and YMMV.
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I just bought a Sightron SIII 6-24x50lrmd for my range gun. Awesome glass! Clicks are loud, positve, and crisp. Weight is not bad for a 30mm scope and it has 100moa. I am looking at their other scope for my carry rifle. It is one of their big sky scopes. SII big sky with side focus. It is 4.5-14x44. weighs 15.9 ounces. 1" tube keeps the weight down. Has a milldot option. Has the non euro eyepiece focus which has a lock ring which is nice in the field I would think. The glass is supposed to be just a tad below the new SIII so this puts it up there. Haven't got it to the range yet but will be posting pictures in my thread.
 
 
or if you don't like side focus
 
 
 
I would look at Vortex as well. The 6500's are very nice just a little more weight and no target turrets yet.
 
Mike
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