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Any suggestions for optics, accessories, on the 556 Classic SWAT? It has the diopter sight on it from the factory. I see a wide range of options. I will be starting out at 100 yds and will be using the gun for recreational target, varmint, and possibly home protection roles. I see small scopes at from 100 to 1000s. The Trijicon looks like quality stuff but if I could do more for less, well you get the idea. I am new to this so any and all suggestions and recommendations are appreciated. Lots of rail areas to hang stuff off...Smile

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Whats your price range?  Looking for red-dot or telescopic?
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I am wide open, and not so knowledgeable... I have a Vari X3 Leupold on my Remington 700. It is the only gun I have with a scope. 300 to 400 would be nice but I see some nice options at 1000 that would be the top of my range. What is the difference between a red dot and telescopic?

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red dot is exactly what is sounds like you have a red dot as an aiming point, normally with no magnification.  great for CQB and fast target acquisition.  Telescoping means power basically normally from 1x all the way on up.   A good fit IMO for a AR style platform where you want to do it all is a 1-4.  There is a new SS 1-4 in the works right now that may be your best option.  Only problem is its not quite out yet and no firm release date has been said.  Check it out here
 
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Thanks for your patience and understanding. I am thinking telescopic would be needed. The link you listed is interesting. What would be roughly the price range for that? (or someting comparable)
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Here are a few 1-4's ish but they won't compare to the quality of the SS when it comes out
 
Leatherwood 1-4x24 CMR Tactical 30mm Rifle Scope
Leatherwood 1-4x24 CMR Tactical 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - CMR14X24
  • Matte
  • Illuminated Special Ranging w/ Circle and Dot
  • 30mm
  • Comes with Leatherwood Lens Covers
  • Zero Locking Turrets
$249.95 
Weaver 1.5-5x32 Grand Slam Rifle Scope
Dual-X Weaver 1.5-5x32 Grand Slam Rifle Scope
Stock # - 800471
  • Matte
  • Dual-X
  • 1"
  • Mail-In Coupon for a Free Canvas Gear Bag (Valued at $125)
$309.95 
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Millett 1-4x24 DMS Tactical 30mm Riflescope
Illuminated Donut-Dot Millett 1-4x24 DMS Tactical 30mm Riflescope
Stock # - BK81002
  • Matte
  • Illuminated Donut-Dot
  • 30mm
  • Designated Marksman Scope
$199.95 
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Optional Accessory:
these are just a few
 
 
Now these would be top quality and comparable and availible now! but cost more too!
IOR 1.1-4x26 Tactical 30mm Rifle Scope
Illuminated CQB IOR 1.1-4x26 Tactical 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - 114262
  • Matte
  • Illuminated CQB
  • 30mm
$944.95 
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Thank you so much for your help. I am starting to form some good ideas. Whats's the deal on the ACOG varieties, more ruggedness or just a different sight picture or low light capability?
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They are fixed power. meaning always at that power no matter what.  Some love them some dont I've used them in the past but dont' currently use one.  Doesn't mean i won't again but it can sit in the sock drawer a while longer.  They are great scopes and very rugged.  I wouldn't hesitate at all to use one for that gun
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if you really want to do varmint, you might want a larger powered scope.
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Looks like they have greater magnification, not so good for up close or quick target acquisition...
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Rem model 870 is my home defense quick acquisition scope. LOL 
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the higher the "low" end power the harder to acquire targets faster up close if at all.  IF you want home protection you don't want anything over a 2-3X IMO.  The 3X ACOG or Compact ACOG would be ideal.
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It is hard to find a true dual purpose scope though that will do varmint and home defense.
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Another option would be to get a higher power scope for varmints and then get a mount with rail caps that you could mount a small red dot to for up close work. 
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got one of those!
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870 that is...
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the acog is fixed for ruggedness purposes?
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Originally posted by bigdtd bigdtd wrote:

870 that is...

Then you are good to go. When they get to far away for that pick up the rifle.
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Thanks so much you guys for getting my head into the game. I pick up the 556 Friday....cant wait!!!
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

Another option would be to get a higher power scope for varmints and then get a mount with rail caps that you could mount a small red dot to for up close work. 
Thanks for helping me refine my thoughts...
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Originally posted by 308 Sav 308 Sav wrote:

It is hard to find a true dual purpose scope though that will do varmint and home defense.
I agree...
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Give this thread some time there are a lot of members here that might know a good compromise. Lord know my experience with a bunch of scopes is very limited.
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Sometimes the answer to doing all you want to do with the rifle is to have multiple types of optics mounted in quick release mounts.  Shown with 6x42 Super Sniper  Compact ACOG 3x red crosshair and aimpoint Comp M4s
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If you decide home defense is your gig, take a look at the Aimpoint or EoTechs.  Both allow both eyes open rapid acquisition, and are suitable for close to medium range.  Having qualified numerous times with the M16 and M4 at up to 300 with pop up man size targets with only iron sights, I can tell you that even though not magnified will do the job.  Would I want to take my Eotech prairie dog shooting?  Only if I thought I would have some 75 yards or less, otherwise difficult. 

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