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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/04/2009 at 11:09
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I am considering buying a low power optic to mount in a normal configuration and not a scout mount.  Ive read through some of the other posts but they seem to be on the higher end of optics or dont cover what may be out now. 
What i would like:
Price: Below $300    Used and the sample list are options.
Magnification: Variable somewhere between 1-6x
Illumination: Not nessisary but a plus
Reticle: Im open to most types but may prefer a reticle over a red dot.  Thats something ill have to just see a picture of atleast.   
Clarity: Always an issue so as good as possable is all i can say. 
Shock Resistance: Ill be mounting this on a 7.62x39 AK or a .223 ar15 so its needs to be able to handle more than the 7.62x39's recoil.   
I know that price range doesnt get me into the better range of optics but for my casual uses i should be able to find something in that range. 
Thanks for any help.     
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/04/2009 at 13:01
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Take these suggestions for what little they're worth because I don't have personal experience with these particular scopes. I'm just tossing them out based solely on reputation or experience with other models by the manufacturer.

At the Millett 1-4x24 DMR is an option I've been looking at for a spare. It's sort of a cross between an illuminated circle dot and cross hairs and it's only $200. I haven't tried one but the only negatives that I've heard are so-so low light performance and that at almost 12" they're very long for mounting on an AR. Also like most illuminated scopes they do show some light scatter to the front when switched on.

If I were on a super tight budget I'd seriously consider the little $150 1-3x20 Weaver V3. I'm a big fan of Weaver scopes but to be honest I haven't tried this particular one. The Japanese made Weaver's V-Series is in roughly the same quality range as the Philippines made Burriss Fullfield II and Nikon Buckmaster. I own a lot of Weaver scopes and just based on experience with those that I own and reputation I'd be surprised if the optical quality weren't as good or better than the Millett.

Probably the Cadillac in your price range is the Leupold VX-II 1-4x20 however I've read that it's actual magnification range is 1.6-4.2x.

If you don't actually need 1x at the low end then I absolutely love my Nikon Monarch 2-8x32 and it's in your price range. But again it's purely a hunting scope and doesn't do 1x. But I'd probably take it over the VX-II.

Anyway take these thoughts for what they're worth.

Edited by sholling - March/04/2009 at 13:18
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