Please read the entire post before cutting me off at the budget statement.
Hey guys, I'm here for recommendations on a illuminated reticle scope. My budget for the optic is about $450. If you think it's worth the investment for what I'll be using it for, then I'll be glad to lend an ear to whatever you suggest. I could go up a $100 or so if you thought the price difference made that much difference in optics.
Nice forums by the way, look forward to many conversations.
I'd like to tell you what I'll be using the scope for, but first, you should know something about me personally. I have an eye disease by the name of retinitis pigmentosa. It affects mostly my peripheral vision. I can see fairly clearly with my central vision, however, my peripheral is down to about 8 degrees. If you'd like to see more about what it's like for me to see check this link out: http://www.blindness.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=67 . I don't want you to think I'm telling you this for sympathy, I'm telling you this so you can get a better understanding about my needs out of the scope. That being said, I shoot paper targets only. I go to the range about 10 times a year, on a good year. I don't hunt due to the lack of vision. So basically the scope will be used for punching holes at around 100 yards, less sometimes. Keep in mind when you're thinking about the variable scope, a 3x9-40 usually isn't well enough for me to see good at 50 yards. I can see the target fine, but that pin point accuracy just isn't there. So, the variable needs to be better than a 3x9.
Naturally the brighter the scope is, the better off I will be.
The gun it will be going on is a S&W M&P 15OR model. I also have a S&W M&P 15-22 that will eventually get the same scope. The 15-22 is just to much fun ;)
A setup that I currently have on the 15OR is a Primary Arms Multi Reticle Red Dot with their 3X Deluxe magnifier on a flip to side mount. I thought the 3x would be ok behind the red dot, but the eye relief isn't that great for me. I'd like to point out that the equipment has worked flawlessly for me, but this setup just isn't going to cut it when I start going to longer shots.
Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated. -Brad