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Hello all, new member here.  Great site, I've learned alot already.

On to my question.  I have a Saiga AK conversion in 7.62x39 that I want to scope.  The rifle is pretty accurate but I think I can get it even better with optics.

I have a Weaver low-rise side mount that sits over the bore to mount my optic on.  I'm thinking of either a low-power variable or fixed power scope.  Not really wanting a red-dot because I'd like some magnification too.  My budget is around $200.

Here's what I have as ideas so far:

Variables:

Weaver V3 (1-3x)
Burris Fullfield II (1.75-5x 3P#4 reticle)

Fixed:

Burris Fullfield II (2.5x 3P#4 reticle)
Sightron SII (4x)

I'm not sure which would work better for my rifle.  I want something I can use at the range but that will also be useful if I plan on using the gun in competitions, hunting and for self-defense if the need ever arose.  I don't expect to take any shots over about 200yds.  Low-light ability would be nice.

Any suggestions?  Thanks!
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do a google search  for russian scopes, the pso scopes and psop scopes are made for the AK and mount right onto your side rail mount the have illuminated range finding reticles and i got a 8X42 PSOP for around $158 dollars and took it to the range and hunting and i am very happy. very accurate,bright enough to hunt in low light,and with the tactical style turrets on the scope i was able to zero and shoot varried ranges and bullet weights and log the settings on my elevation so i know where the bullet is hitting at 50 to 200 yards and it resets right back to zero. i can take it on and off the gun as well so if i want to spray and play with the AK the scope is removable and then when i remount the scope it is still dead on. i use 5 round hunting clips with the scope but then i fold my side folder stock and hang some 30 round clips under it and fun fun! i also have a russian red dot PK-AS combat site i use as well. no magnification but way better than iron sites and i can use both eyes open and at the range i was hitting some empty propane tanks effortlessly at 50 and 100 yrds back and forth with no adjustments. this scope is also great because even with the red dot turned off the scope still has a black dot you can aim with and a range finding circle around the dot. and by the way i mounted a 4X12X50 bushnell on top of a Egyptian Maadi sniper AK i had with the heavy 21 inch barrel and the reticle with the cross hairs on it fell loose inside the scope.that is my experience with the AK in short. if i didn't have the PK-AS red dot i would get a Kobra red dot scope i like the side rail mount so i can make the gun fit the situation. for hunting and target shooting nothing beats some magnification, but for close quarters self defense nothing beats the red dot, i highly suggets getting both eventually but for hunting or target practice get some Zoom. hope this helps! god i love AKs! ! ! !
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Thanks for the suggestions druganov.  I love AKs too!  Definitely the most rugged rifle ever built.

I looked at the PSOPs and it seemed to me that they were all offset to the left somewhat when mounted.  I am really trying to find something that will sit right over the bore, and my Weaver adapter will let that happen, I just have to mount a scope to it.

Plus, I couldn't find any that were low-power variables.  That, and having to need a battery for the reticle kind of turned me off cause batteries will often fail at the worst possible times!

Anyone else with suggestions?
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For your Budget I feel this is the best scope, it is made in the US.


http://www.riflescopes.com/products/200129/burris_2-7x35_ful lfield_ii_tactical_rifle_scope.htm
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The gun is not made to be scoped.  It is made to function in the worst of environments.  That means that the tolerances are too loose to really benefit from any magnification.  If you want to put something on it go with an EO Tech.

 

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