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Forgive my total ignorance. I am putting together a DMR type rifle and have been researching scopes for several months. I have finally settled on a 10X fixed power scope, with the SS being the front runner due to lack of funds to spend on a USO. My first preference would the side focus model. At $400 it is well within my price range. The HD model is at the upper limits of my range, and like I said I prefer the side focus. My question is what other scopes would the HD and the non HD SS compare too? Also, is the HD glass good enough to warrant an extra $400?
So far my research has led me to this conclusion
SS10X = Bushnell Elite, Burris XTR, Vortex Viper
SS10XHD = NF, Vortex HD, Leupold MK 4
Am I pretty close here in the glass comparisons? Any help would be appreciated.
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If you can afford it go with the HD.  The turrets match the reticle which will make dialing correction much much easier, the glass is excellent, and tough as nails.  As far as the side vs rear focus, both do the job, its just personal preference. 
The standard 10x is a very usable, desirable, tough scope as well.  Glass is much better than you'd expect in a scope of that price range but the thing that sets it apart really IMO is the super accurate adjustments and reliablity.  I have yet to use a scope in that price range that handles turrent spinning even remotely as wel
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I have had both.  Just sold my original 10x side focus recently.  If you can afford it the HD is a way better optic in every regard.  I actually sold my IOR 3-18x and just use the 10x HD on my precision rifle now.  I will stay with it until SWFA comes out with the new 5-20 variable.  Excellent  But the original does the job just fine. 

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I have the 10x non-HD with rear focus on my a Remington SPS chambered in .308. The optics seem good for the pricepoint, nothing spectacular about them but no problems either. Repeatability and tracking have been excellent from what I can tell. I have never looked through the HD model but I haven't had any trouble seeing a target at a range reasonable for hunting with mine. 

If you are looking for a 1000 yard competition scope the increase in price is probably worth it. If you are looking for an ethical long range hunting setup, I would buy the regular 10x and spend the extra money on ammunition to practice with as that will help shooting accuracy at long range far more than the better glass ever would. Just one man's opinion though.
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Thanks for the info. This scope will be going on a 20" precision .223 rifle. My plan is to mount it in a Larue SPR with the Burris Fast Fire II as a backup mounted on the side. I don't plan on shooting 1,000m with it, but I would like a scope that gets me out to 600m max.
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A Larue SPR mount will put you way to high.  Get standard picatinny base and low or super low rings.  TPS super lows would be a good choice.  The SPR is designed to give you a proper cheek weld with an AR, not a bolt gun.  
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For a DMR type rifle, why not the 3-9 S.S.? It is FFP, with fixed parralax, so target acquisition is really fast. So are the follow up shots since the turrets match the reticle. And the glass is closer to the H.D. than the standard.
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My bad on the mount being to high.  For some reason I was thinking bolt gun.  The LaRue is a good mount.  The Bobro is better though.  The LaRue starts to mess up the rails as it is taken on and off.  The Bobro clamps on, straight on, not sliding and cutting like the LaRue does. 





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