budget is negotionable like to spend as little as possible obviously. Sub $300 to start. .223 16" ar, mainly just a plinker range set-up, but also a shtf set up. Not an operator or police, but mainly need rugged and reliable first, options and extras second. also looked at the nikon african, leupold vx i etc. just don't want to spend the extra money if something cheaper will work just as well. Need it as short as possible sub 10", and the lighter the better.
I'd rather see you jump into one of the scopes above as I think you would always be satisfied with either of them - they are small well suited to that rifle and quite useful with their illuminated reticles. I'll post some others below that are a consideration and then comment on them.
baragain price seems solid illumination battery has not always worked but is better since I put a small piece of rubber from an arrow fletching between the cap and battery to hold the battery in position. I'd buy another one.
Location: United States
For your purposes, the Millett will do jut fine. It is within your budget and will leave enough money to also get one of these to mount it - and still be under $300.
I had the Millett, it worked, no problems really (it ain't a $1,000 scope, but it ain't $1,000 either.) I have the SS mount and like it, you won't find better for anywhere near the price (LaRue QDs are great, if you need QD, but also> 3X the price.)
Location: Campbell, CA
I have the V3 - Its a great little scope for the money. In comparison to a Bushnell 1-4 I owned it was obviously inferior BUT that does not mean it was inadequate. For plinking and hunting on an AR it is a great choice for not a whole lot of money. With out having actually seen or used the Leupold you inquired about (I have other Leo's) I would say the the Leupold has got to be better - but again my Weaver V3 does everything I need it to on my AR.
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