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OK.  New here, and will probably come across as a real noob to ask this question.

I want to get a scope that has more reach than a 1-6x, but I'm a little concerned about the size of the scope because I have a LE6920 carbine w/7 inch handrails.  I will be shooting at targets no more than 600M away, and primarily just teaching my oldest son how to shoot, how to adjust for distance, etc., etc.  I will also shoot on my own because I find it very relaxing [sounds weird, but it is true].  This is not my SHTF weapon, as I have another Colt 6920 outfitted with an Aimpoint CompM4s.

I checked out scopes in the 2.5-10x range [Vortex Viper PST] and in the 4-16x range [again, Vortex Viper PST - they just seem to have a lot of bang for the buck, especially the 4-16x with FFP].  Are these scopes too much for my Colt?  First, is the reach overkill?  Second, will the scope actually fit the rifle without throwing off the balance?  I really like the 4-16x Viper PST, but at 13.7", I wonder if it will work out, or if I am limited to 1-4x or 1-6x scopes due to the length of my rifle.

Thanks for feedback.  Oh, if any of you have a similar rifle with a 13" or greater scope mounted, please feel free to attach a photo or two.


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I bought a LE6920 myself a few months ago and was in the same dilema. Probably just me but 600m is a loooong way to shoot an AR but there are some that do. I wanted mainly to shoot coyotes out to 200 yards - 250 max. And I didn't want a scope with a large objective bell on my AR so I went with the Leupold VX-3 1.5-5x20mm scope with the illuminated duplex in a Larue LT104 mount.
 
The optics is great but the reticle with the floating "plus sign" is simply awesome - whether it's illuminated or not. Here's a link and you can click on the reticle for a larger view.  Good luck with your search. 
 
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Depending on what you can afford I would look at the U.S. Optics 1.8-10 and the Super Sniper 3-9 MilQuad both are relatively compact and tough tactical optics. If you are talking higher power than that I would look at the 5-20x50 Trijicon Accupoint with the red post because it will still work for CQB but you can dial in correction and crank the power up when desired and its certainly no worse than working with a fixed 6x which I have done a lot of times.
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I won't be doing 600M, but since the rifle can hit that distance, I figured I may as well have a scope that can help it put rounds down range on a target.  I've read that a good rule of thumb is 1x for every 100 yards.  Personally, I'd like to see 2x for every 100 yards.  :-)

 
I'll check out the US Optics and SS.
 
Oh, and thanks for not calling me a noob.  I didn't even want to post at m4carbine.net or ar15.com because even if you search their site before you post, they like to get snarky and say, "The orange search button is your friend" or something like that.  hahaha!
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That is a nice scope!
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Originally posted by luckybaer luckybaer wrote:

That is a nice scope!
The Leupold, that is.  I checked out via the link.
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IOR has a 1.5-8x and. 2-12x. One of those may work for your needs.
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After further contemplation, I am leaning towards the SWFA SS 1-4x24 with illuminated donut.
 
I did so much reading on sights over the past week, and one thing I noticed is that the SS 1-4x has a dedicated following, a good reputation on all the boards I frequent, and outstanding customer service.  Once I came to my senses and decided that 1-4x is just fine, I revisited all the possibilities at that level and came away feeling that I just couldn't find a bang-for-the-buck package like the SS.  There are lots of options out there, but I liked the SS for the following:
 
  • First focal plane
  • The reticle design - ingenious how the reticle changes functional appearance with magnification changes
  • Illumination is definitely more than adequate (based on online photos, anyway)
  • Turret clicks: mils, Reticle:  mils
  • Warranty
  • Price - I couldn't find anything else that had this combination of features with such a "reasonable" price (with mount, caps, throw lever, and shipping, it will be slightly under $1,100, so "reasonable" is a relative concept)
 
 
 
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the vortex is a solid scope, glass is damn near on par with the MK4, i have both and can't tell any difference.
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Purchased SS 1-4x with the reticle I've seen referred to as "The Death Donut."
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Originally posted by luckybaer luckybaer wrote:

  • First focal plane
  • The reticle design - ingenious how the reticle changes functional appearance with magnification changes 
 
 
Doesn't a FFP mean that the reticle's lines increases when the magnification increases? If that's the case, when you crank it up to shoot at a critter or something, the retcile is covering more of the target. I guess it wouldn't be a problem if you were shooting at elephants or a buffalo though.
 
LUCKYBARE - the reticle is even nicer than the scope!
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The sa 1-4x is a great scope. I jave two of them and really like them. Consider the ss 1-6x as well
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Once you have owned one Super Sniper it wont be the last one you buy. Whistling
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Yes. Like many hobbies, you can never stop at owning just one of whatever it is you are into. I have 3 M4-style carbines with 7" hand guards (2 Colts, 1 Sig). I have one Aimpoint and soon I will have this SS 1-4x. If I really like the 1-4x, I could see springing for another or the 1-6x when it comes out.

I really like my Aimpoint. I can really get on target and stay on target quickly. I'm looking forward to seeing how the SS scope performs at close range.
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Well, here's my first plunge into the world of variable optics.

Colt LE6920 by eroggenburg, on Flickr

Colt LE6920 with the SS 1-4x [Donut of Death reticle]
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Great gun and optic! 
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Here's my Colt LE6920 . . .
 
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Stupid question...I understand the purpose of using a FFP for long rang shooting, but under what circumstances would someone need a SFP. Vthere must be a use for them or they wouldn't make them. Can someone please explain this to me? Thanks!!!!
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Originally posted by tpcollins tpcollins wrote:

Here's my Colt LE6920 . . .
 


Love that Larue mount!

I also like your stand.
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Originally posted by dnilson dnilson wrote:

Stupid question...I understand the purpose of using a FFP for long rang shooting, but under what circumstances would someone need a SFP. Vthere must be a use for them or they wouldn't make them. Can someone please explain this to me? Thanks!!!!

I personally prefer a SFP scope for hunting. FFP for ranging. 
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