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6.5 Creedmoor AR

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Printed Date: October/16/2017 at 21:00


Topic: 6.5 Creedmoor AR
Posted By: Marine24
Subject: 6.5 Creedmoor AR
Date Posted: May/12/2017 at 16:17
Anyone running 6.5 Creedmoor in an AR platform?  Looking for some optics recommendations.

Have a MegaArms 308 AR that I'll have Mark Chanlynn rebarrel in 6.5 Creed.  Got the bug after having him build me a bolt action rifle in that caliber.

Thinking something around the $1500 mark.  If it gets any higher, I'm inclined just to buy another March 3-24x42 scope, which will run be a few dollars shy of $2K.

Thinking something in the 3-18X range, FFP, mil/mil.  Illumination is a plus but not necessary.  This will primarily be a range rifle, but weight of scope is a consideration.

I have a Razor Gen 2 3-18x that I was thinking about moving but weight and price are concerns.  I do really like this scope except for the weight. 

Steiner T5Xi Tactical 3-15x50mm is another alternative if price drops.  Guy is selling a used T5Xi 5-25x56 for $1450 that is tempting but more glass than I need.

Leupold Mark 6 3-18x44mm definitely hits the weight criteria, but reviews seem hit or miss.  Ilya's review on Opticthoughts was a little encouraging.

Welcome any thoughts.





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Posted By: Marine24
Date Posted: May/12/2017 at 23:04
Steiner worth a shot?  Seems the early issues are over and folks are pretty high on them.

Rifle weighs in a 8lbs without scope, so weight is not as big of a consideration.

 


Posted By: Marine24
Date Posted: May/13/2017 at 07:38
The project AR

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I'll give the Steiner a run.  Worse case, I'll flip the Razor on the 6.5 Creed and use the Steiner on the other rifle.


Posted By: Rancid Coolaid
Date Posted: May/13/2017 at 08:16
Let us know on the Steiner, I've wondered about them.

I have the gen 2 razer also and really like it - except the weight.

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Posted By: Marine24
Date Posted: May/15/2017 at 10:05
Will do RC.  Ilya and Coker's reviews are encouraging.


Posted By: koshkin
Date Posted: May/15/2017 at 11:48
I liked the T5Xi 3-15x50 I tested and they seem to have resolved the QC issues.  equally importantly, if something goes wrong, they take care of you.

I am not a huge fan of the SCR reticle, but it works.  Just took a little getting used to.

Honestly, in the $1500 range, if you want FFP your options really come down to 
Steiner T5Xi 
Bushnell Long Rang Hunter 4.5-18x44
SWFA 5-20x50
EOTech Vudu 3.5-18x50

If you are OK with SFP, there are other options of course.  If you are OK looking around, you may snatch up a used scope that was more expensive to start out with.

ILya


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Posted By: Seeker hunts
Date Posted: May/15/2017 at 13:24
I have both the SWFA 3x15x42 on a RPR 6.5 and a SWFA 5x20x50 on an AR 10 I built and am very please with both. For the price couldn't beat it. The illumination is not as good as I expected the glass is not a problem. The 5x20x50 is heavy though and am thinking of changing the two scopes around on the rifles. The RPR will be a bench shooter, to heavy to carry around, and the AR 10 will be more an out in the field shooter plus don't need that much power in the field.

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Posted By: Marine24
Date Posted: May/16/2017 at 08:13
This was a blem model that came in at $1078 shipped, so it wasn't a difficult decision looking at the other options.  I was really interested in giving the Mark 6 3-18x a try, but just couldn't make the leap based on reviews and higher price point.

Considered another SWFA scope, but really didn't need the 5-20X range for my purposes, and as Seeker noted, it is a big scope.

I'll get some pictures and range review posted once I get all the pieces in.



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