Location: Annapolis, MD
This will be my first optic ever. It's not just a optic to use but to learn and grow from.Here is my story....6 months back I completed my first rifle build. Until that point I have never owned a rifle and had very little experience. I spent roughly 6 months picking apart forums,threads, articles and reviews. I concluded I wanted to build my lower myself, which I did and selected an upper based on my budget to create a DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle) style rifle.
But I failed to look into the optics side which I'm now doing...
My Rifle Overview:
Mega forged lower receiver
CMMG LPK (swapped out fire control group)
RRA 2 Stage National Match Trigger/Hammer Set
Superior Shooting Systems National Match Spring Set
KNS Anti Roll Pin Set
Primary Weapons Systems Enhanced Buffer Tube
Standard Mil-Spec Buffer Spring
Spikes T2 Heavy Buffer
MagPul MOE Grip and Stock (with .70 Butt Pad)
Upper- (BCM Upper Receiver Group)
BCM 16" SS410 Barrel (with A2 FSP)
National Match (USMC SAMR) Chambering
Troy 9" Extreme rail
Rainier Arms XTC Compensator/Flash Hider
BCM Gunfighter Charging Handle
Troy DOA Flip Up Rear Sight
MagPul AFG (probably swapping to Bi-pod)
Now I would like to add optics. Which I have even less experience with. After picking thru several threads on the over all aspects and workings of a scope/optics. I then moved onto the ones pertaining to matching a scope to the rifle and the distances I would be shooting.
Ideally I would like to shoot effectively out to 600 yards. Realistically most of my shooting, range facility limited, will be out to 300 yards on a regular basis. I would like a scope that would not only allow me to shoot nice groups at 300 yards but would also easily transition to and engage multiple targets. I'm honestly not sure how realistic these goals are based on my budget but I would like your help finding the closest optic that would allow me maximize my rifles ability while commingling my goals and stay with in my budget. I would like ot stick with in a budget $300-400, after doing some serious reading,I'm willing to almost double it, now to $600ish, if it's neccesary. My budget does not include my mount, that has it's own budget.
I may be trying to bite off more then I can chew at first. I'm willing to comprimise if need be. My first thought is to learn how to properly use an optic period. I would preffer a simple "quality" optic over a fancier cheaper optic with mind set of learning and growing as a shooter.
I'm open to any suggestions on where to begin or what to begin with?
I have accumulated a list optics that seem to fall with in the suggested guidelines of rifle and shooting distances, based on these stickies.( http://www.shootingvoodoo.com/index.php/articles/practical_optics_selection/ and http://www.snipershide.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1938091#Post193 8091 )
I'm always open to options and suggestions this is about learning for me.
Optics list: (created from SWFA site)
Leatherwood 1-4x24 CMR Tactical 30mm Rifle Scope Kit http://swfa.com/Leatherwood-1-4x24-CMR-Tactical-30mm-Rifle-Scope-Kit-P47565.aspx
Leupold 3-9x40 Mark AR Riflescope http://swfa.com/Leupold-3-9x40-Mark-AR-Riflescope-P40553.aspx
Millett 1-4x24 DMS Tactical 30mm Riflescope http://swfa.com/Millett-1-4x24-DMS-Tactical-30mm-Riflescope-P48504.aspx
Nikon 1-4x20 M223 Riflescope Kit http://swfa.com/Nikon-1-4x20-M223-Riflescope-Kit-P47976.aspx
Vortex 1-4x24 Viper PST 30mm Rifle Scope http://swfa.com/Vortex-1-4x24-Viper-PST-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P44570.aspx
Vortex 1-4x24 Viper HS 30mm Rifle Scope http://swfa.com/Vortex-1-4x24-Viper-HS-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P48290.aspx
SWFA SS 3-9x42 Tactical 30mm Riflescope http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-3-9x42-Tactical-30mm-Riflescope-P41044.aspx
Weaver 1-5x24 Tactical 30mm Rifle Scope http://swfa.com/Weaver-1-5x24-Tactical-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P49447.aspx
Leupold 1.5-5x20 Mark 4 MR/T Riflescope http://swfa.com/Leupold-15-5x20-Mark-4-MRT-Riflescope-P3308.aspx
Leupold 2-7x33 VX-R 30mm Riflescope http://swfa.com/Leupold-2-7x33-VX-R-30m ... 48035.aspx
Leupold 3-9x40 VX-R 30mm Riflescope http://swfa.com/Leupold-3-9x40-VX-R-30m ... 48037.aspx
Hawke 4.5-14x42 Sidewinder Tactical 30mm Riflescope http://swfa.com/Hawke-45-14x42-Sidewind ... 44553.aspx
Hawke 1.5-6x44 Eclipse 30mm Riflescope http://swfa.com/Hawke-15-6x44-Eclipse-3 ... 41112.aspx
Nikon 2-8x32 M223 Riflescope http://swfa.com/Nikon-2-8x32-M223-Rifle ... 45661.aspx
Burris 1-4x24 Fullfield TAC 30 Tactical 30mm Rifle Scope http://swfa.com/Burris-1-4x24-Fullfield ... 48171.aspx
GSRC 1-4x http://www.grscinc.com/CRS.html
Right now I'm just accumulating a list then I'll begin sorting and dropping until i short it down. Then do some extensive research to make a final pick or atleast narrow it to two or three and go from there...