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Im working on a Ar Varmint build -using a 20in bull barrel and am looking for scope recommendations on anyone running a similar setup.
Probably gonna do alot of bench testing with differnet loads and will most likely see minimal use on varmint - maybe a coyotes, coons or possums here or there.
I use mostly Leupold and Nikons on my hunting rifles.

Looking mainly at the Nikon P223 in a 3x9-40 with BDC reticle for the AR, would like to hear from anyone using one or something in a similar configuration
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I have the p223 on one rifle and the p308 on another. They are decent but I have adopted the mindset of spend as much on the glass as the rifle and really enjoy the experience of looking through really nice glass. That’s not to say anything is wrong with those scopes. They do what they should do, a little bit darker and fuzzier than the others I have.
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I put an M223 on my wife's AR , great glass for that platform.
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Leupold & Nikon guy here too but I have a Vortex 3x9 on my AR, primary use is coyotes. It does fine but I'm getting old and am wishing for a little more magnification as some of my shots at yotes have been in excess of 300 yards. Might upgrade to a 12 or 14x at some point. I have some scopes with the BDC reticles on them but really have never bothered using them. If you know how your rifle performs at a given range, you don't need them. I'm sure some will disagree though.
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I have a similar setup and use a Leupold 4.5-14 Mark 4.

My experience is that more magnification is better than less and the more you spend, the better you will like the optic

You also need a good mount. I like Larue

LMK if interested, I am thinking about going a different direction and would make you a good deal
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pm Dmack on here. he has a awesome 1-8 that are perfect for AR's
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Originally Posted by eddie102870 View Post
pm Dmack on here. he has a awesome 1-8 that are perfect for AR's

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I have a P223 on my 20". Nice scope for the $$. My 18" has a Vortex Viper 1-8, Carbine has a Vortex red dot.

Just depends on what your use us
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Be wary of that 20” bull if you’ll be doing any hiking with it, I built one and it ended up being a lot heavier than I expected. It turned from a coyote gun to a bench gun and eventually gave the upper away. I run a 18” A2, glass wise it has a Leupold VX-3i 3.5-10x40 with a geissele SP scope mount, as someone else said, don’t skimp on the mount, its as important as the optic. That setup is more than enough for the distances I shoot.
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Originally Posted by Heathen86 View Post
Be wary of that 20” bull if you’ll be doing any hiking with it, I built one and it ended up being a lot heavier than I expected. It turned from a coyote gun to a bench gun and eventually gave the upper away. I run a 18” A2, glass wise it has a Leupold VX-3i 3.5-10x40 with a geissele SP scope mount, as someone else said, don’t skimp on the mount, its as important as the optic. That setup is more than enough for the distances I shoot.
Good to know heathen
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Originally Posted by Elusive View Post
I have a similar setup and use a Leupold 4.5-14 Mark 4.

My experience is that more magnification is better than less and the more you spend, the better you will like the optic

You also need a good mount. I like Larue

LMK if interested, I am thinking about going a different direction and would make you a good deal
I have this scope on my 6.8. I used to use it for hunting but now just shooting paper and infrequently at that. May be something that works for you.
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Originally Posted by GetReel View Post
Im working on a Ar Varmint build -using a 20in bull barrel and am looking for scope recommendations on anyone running a similar setup.
Probably gonna do alot of bench testing with differnet loads and will most likely see minimal use on varmint - maybe a coyotes, coons or possums here or there.
I use mostly Leupold and Nikons on my hunting rifles.

Looking mainly at the Nikon P223 in a 3x9-40 with BDC reticle for the AR, would like to hear from anyone using one or something in a similar configuration
If I were looking at the "inexpensive" Nikons (which are great scopes for the money) I would step up to the M223 4-16x42 with a BDC reticle. As Elusive says the more magnification the better (at least for a bench/varmint gun)

Originally Posted by Elusive View Post
I have a similar setup and use a Leupold 4.5-14 Mark 4.

My experience is that more magnification is better than less and the more you spend, the better you will like the optic

You also need a good mount. I like Larue

LMK if interested, I am thinking about going a different direction and would make you a good deal
I have a Aero Precision build with a Wilson Combat, Match Grade 5.56 Fluted 16" SS Heavy Barrel. On it I have a Leupold Vari-X iii 3.5-10 x 40 LRT Black Ring (predecessor to the Mark 4) and I like it pretty well.

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Originally Posted by xl883lo View Post
If I were looking at the "inexpensive" Nikons (which are great scopes for the money) I would step up to the M223 4-16x42 with a BDC reticle. As Elusive says the more magnification the better (at least for a bench/varmint gun)



I have a Aero Precision build with a Wilson Combat, Match Grade 5.56 Fluted 16" SS Heavy Barrel. On it I have a Leupold Vari-X iii 3.5-10 x 40 LRT Black Ring (predecessor to the Mark 4) and I like it pretty well.
I just might be heading in that direction - for the extra 100 buck over the P Series, I think it would be worth it -
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I have a Vortex 3-9x40 on my 204. Good glass and it has BDC.
My AR 223 is wearing a 2-7 x 40 Hawke. Good as any glass I've looked thru. Clear as a bell.
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Originally Posted by GetReel View Post
I just might be heading in that direction - for the extra 100 buck over the P Series, I think it would be worth it -
Get Reel, If I'm reading right, Elusive has his scope for sale.
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Originally Posted by round2it View Post
Get Reel, If I'm reading right, Elusive has his scope for sale.

Apparently, but its more than I need. Maybe someone else can ask about it
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Originally Posted by GetReel View Post
Apparently, but its more than I need. Maybe someone else can ask about it
If he made you a good deal it would be an excellent choice.

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Originally Posted by Elusive View Post
I have a similar setup and use a Leupold 4.5-14 Mark 4.

My experience is that more magnification is better than less and the more you spend, the better you will like the optic

You also need a good mount. I like Larue

LMK if interested, I am thinking about going a different direction and would make you a good deal
I have this set on my long range package
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If you can afford a used Leupold Mark 4 you won't regret it. I have a 4.5x14 with a TMR reticle. Just make sure you Google the serial number. And walk away if it's SC8888. Definitely counterfeit.
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Vortex makes some great scopes at reasonable prices AND, they have an excellent lifetime warranty that covers just about everything.

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