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Scope recommendations for new DPMS .223

Discussion in 'For Sale- Members only' started by Joe O, Apr 3, 2010.

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  1. Joe O

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    Got my new rifle here, Panther .223 w/24" bull barrel and JP adj trigger, now I'm looking for a scope. I want one for Prairie dogs and other all-around shooting. Just looking for ideas, I'm not much of a rifle guy and I could use help narrowing my search.
    Joe O
     
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    I got a panther last year, does yours have a carry handle?
     
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    24 in. bull bbl. probably wouldn't come with a carry-handle. You'd better just plan on going shopping and look at some different brands, styles and quality. They are numerous.

    I shoot a panther AP-4, with a short 7X32 w/sniper reticle for calling coyotes. Sounds like your application is going to be totally different.

    Good luck
    Steve E.
     
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    Don't be afraid to spend money - lots of money.

    Seriously, you should be willing to spend as much or more on the scope as you do on a rifle. With the quality of barrels and rifle making today the scope becomes the 'weakest link' and as such some forethought will save you a lot of hassles (I include mounts in this too).

    For the AR platform the more typical scope is really an aiming reticle that may have 2X ~ 4X magnification (http://www.trijicon.com/user/parts/parts_new.cfm?categoryID=3). I am assuming you are talking more about a hunting style scope...

    A BIG question is do you want variable power (most typical today), or fixed power (by definition - better optics). To make a scope variable in power you must give up some optical quality - how often do you change the scopes power once it is 'dialed in?' This will also impact price (fixed power will cost less).

    Zeiss is the best - period. But they are rather costly, followed on by the other European scopes (Swarovski, Kahles, etc.). I have had great luck with a Trijicon hunting scope. In the USA Leupold tends to be the standard, but I hear very positive and very negative reports. Nikon has had ups and downs in their product lines - I hear they are on an up-swing right now, but I lack personal knowledge on this one. Burris is on the 're-bound' right now - as I understand they were bought and are being up-graded - again, I have no knowledge.

    I would stay away from store brands or the Wally World sporting goods models - you get what you pay for...
     
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    I've got a Leupold VX-3 on mine and I like it a ton. 4-14 power adjustable.

    It is a good scope. Maybe not as good as a Zeiss or Swarovski but not priced like one either.
     
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    Nightforce 8X32 BenchRest in a set of Badger Rings. Might as well have optics that cost as much as the rifle. ;-)

    http://www.longrangesupply.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_29&zenid=01f5347c71fb808a0aedb9cfaa9b8bb0
     
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    The new Sightron 10x50. About $950.
     
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    I"ll second the Trijicon they are a great scope. For about $600 you can own a 3x9.

    Chad
     
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    Who makes a good mount for a carry handle?
     
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    This Burris Eliminator Laserscope looks interesting.
     
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    I bet that is a spendy thing.
     
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    try opticsplanet.com also look at IOR Valdada
     
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    4.4x14 power luepold minimum. You will be shooting dogs from 100 yards to 600 yards plus. Figure 250 to 350 shots per day. Dogs are only the size of a pop can so scope power is important.
     
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    I have remington VTR r-15 and have bushnell 4-12 laser rangefinder on it with the turrets it works great for coyote,prairie dogs. 800-1000.00
     
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    CANT beat the nikon. Why pay 3 to 7 hundred bucks more for zeiss, kahles or swarvorski that will only have about 5/7% more light gathering? Has the same warranty also.
    Chris
     
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    Look at greybullprecision.com they have designed a scope backed by leupold that is amazing. I am having another custom rifle built just for this scope
     
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    Burris Eliminator!!! $850.00 One hell of a scope gotta get one for my .308. I'll put the NIKON on the DPMS ar15. Bulge.
     
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    look at www.SWFA.com ,..they have some fantastic deals on demo units, trade ins ..etc. Tell them Cal from Plano sent you
     
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