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Newbie and have been researching everything I can find here on recommendations for a tactical scope.  I have learned quite a bit from previous posts but wanted to zero in ( no pun intended ) on my specific situation. 
First off this scope is not intended to be a long range sniper scope.  It would initially go on a STG58 parts built FAL on an Imbel receiver with a 18" barrel.  A 2"MOA rifle meant to go out to 300 yards is the role.  Also used for boar hunting.  The FAL has an early ARMS scope mount on it. 

I have tried out the Trijicon ACOG TA 11 ( 3.5x35 ) on other rifles and like the eye relief.  Undecided on the type of reticle but favoring the inverted horseshoe.  The other choice would be in a variable optic and I really like what I read about the NightForce NSX compact scopes.  I am leaning to the compact model - the NF 1-4x24.  I have not seen or used a NF but  understand the glass is unbelievable.  My question here would be on of battery life and is this an issue.  I do like the idea of a variable power and the abiltiy to be a bit more precise. 
Both these options with LaRue quick release mounts are pricey but about the same $'s. 
One other comment.  There may be an ocassion that this optic might spend some of the time on my LWRC M6A2 with a 16" barrel. 

I would certainly appreciate your thoughts or other recommendations on this purchase.  
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The NF is a great optic...as is the ACOG. Have you given any though the Trijicon Accupoint? No batts and good glass plus it's a bit easier $$$$ wise.
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+1 on the accupoint
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I will check out the Accupoint over the weekend.  Thanks.... hopefully those ACOG users in the Trijicon family will also weigh in over the weekend.   
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The ins and outs of Trijicon ACOG's is the balistic reticles are almost all geared to .223 balistics so other calibers may require you spend time on the range to be sure what the hash marks represent as far as distance.  I have a couple of compact ACOG's a 1.5x and a 3x both are quite suitable to 300 yds and the amber triangle TA442 1.5x is sub moa at 300 where it is zeroed. You really need to watch in selecting because eye relief and field of view,  both vary greatly between models.  Also I will say that the 4x may look a little blury at arms length targets but is still quite useable and has wide field of view.  I prefer the chevron and triangle working off the point.  However my 3x is red crosshairs and is quite nice also.  Im not a big fan of the horseshoe dot  just personal preference as a lot of guys like it.
Under 300 yds I dont see a lot of use for a Nightforce where they excell is at long range due to really reliable adjustments.   Fixed power scopes are usually tougher than variables - no moving parts.

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