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Hi everyone. I'm for some advice on scopes and this looks like the place to go.

I'd like to get a mid-range scope, magnification around 1-5x with illumination. I'd also like to keep the cost of the scope itself below $600. So far on my short list is:

1) Millet 1-4x24 DMS $199.95
2) Burris 1-4x24 XTR $567.95
3) Bushnell 1.25-4x24 Elite 4200 $419.95
4) Leupold 1.5-5x20 VX-III $579.95

5) Leupold Mark 1.5-5x20 Mark 4 $879.95 (Yes, this is out of my price range. My local gun shop recommended this scope and I wanted to get some input on it. I've heard that there's better for just a couple hundred more and not too much worse for a couple hundred less.)

I'm currently leaning towards the Bushnell, mostly after looking at the scope rating scale that Chris made. Seems like the Elite 4200 series is rated pretty high.

Any thoughts and advice would be much appreciated, thanks.
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Welcome to the OT  

 
First Choice--The Bushnell 4200 is a great value in a riflescope..and Rainguard is effective , good warranty and CS, and it is a reliable illum optic...the best value of the scopes listed
 
2nd-The VXIII is renowned for durability and has found a home on a bunch of hard kicking calibers ...just pricey
 
3rd-The Burris XTR  also has a rain coating and from reports seems to be a pretty decent scope, but at this price point I'd go Leupold       http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?fid=1&tid=13152
 
4th- I haven't tried the  Millet personally, but did look into it to put on an AR myself ( intrigued by the price point and the dot in a donut reticle) .In researching other forums and reading reviews, I decided to decline. Reviews were a mixed bag, but most commented it distorted images at the edge and wasn't optically what was hoped it would be ( but appropriate for the price point)
 
Well- that's my 2 cents worth anyway ....


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I've seen ads for the Burris but never "seen" one, that might be a good choice, it might not.

The Bushnell is a great scope for the money.

I own the Millett DMS and it is OK, the glass ain't great, but it is a $200 scope.

Of the options, my first pick would be the Bushnell.  The Burris is relatively unproven and the Millett is an OK scope, but not a great bargain (and theya re having issues with quality lately.)
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I'm liking the Leupold 1.5-5 VXIII but from the custom shop with the addition of M1 Tactical knobs and the addition of having the knobs marked for balistic compensation for trajectory of the selected bullet.
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Welcome Diesel.
What are you planning to mount this on?
Is a variable what you need or want? If a fixed lower power will do then the IOR is a great little scope. It's a 4 power at 24mm objective. Very simialar to the Burris xtr 1-4 that you have listed.
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I'm planning on mounting the scope on either a S&W AR or an FN FS2000. I know that the AR won't have trouble mounting any of those scopes but I'm not too sure about the FS. Just picked up the FS so I'm pretty poor right now Sad.
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On the AR, I like the IOR. On the FS2000 I'd think the Burris with the Holosight attachment.  
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Thanks for the advice and comments. Anyone have any input on a mount? I'm looking at either the Rock River or Armalite mounts.
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+1 for the VX-III with M1 turret and BDC on an AR. You'll be able to afford it when you sell that FS.
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I like the rocks. I have no experience with the Armalites mounts, though it is a good company, so I would assume they too are going to be good.
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I have Armalite one piece mounts on all my AR 15's and AR 10's and have had no problems what so ever wtih thousands of rounds. Also that is the mount that came with my Armalite AR 50 and still no problems. As far as the Rock River mounts are concered I would expect them to be every bit as good as their AR's which is excellent. So either choice should work very well for you.
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