Originally Posted by afwx
My other Dilemma is the optic. I would like to be able to reach out to 1000-1500yds or so, would a 4-16x50 suffice or is a 6-24x50 necessary?
Most folks tend to focus on magnification range when choosing a scope for long range. I recommend that you go with a range of magnification that suits you best.
More important is the amount of internal adjustment available. Most scopes on the market only have about 40-60 MOA of total internal adjustment. In a best case scenario, that only leaves you with 20-30 MOA of adjustment. A 20 MOA canted picatinny rail can help you a bit, too. However, if you are serious about shooting ELR, you need to look for scopes that have closer to 100 MOA total internal adjustment. This requirement will narrow the field of suitable optics considerably. Choose your magnification range from there.