Originally Posted by iknowftbll
Thank you for the replies and advice. I am really taking a closer look at the optics now, as I have a friend who advised something similar.
Trebark, I am most definitely going to check out the QSC. I drove past it the other day and made a mental note to look into it. Then forgot about it. I'm glad that you reminded me.
As for collecting expended brass, there are some rules for that. Most military ranges do not just let you take what you want. I'm sure that there are ways to legally do it, I've just never looked into it. Believe me when I say that I have considered a .308 purely because it is a common round on military bases and I recall while I was out at Camp Pendleton (California) that some fellow Marines were able to take advantage of a "surplus ammo" sale and scored hundreds of rounds for cheap.
As I said when I started this discussion, I am new to this and welcome any point of view or insight that you think may be of value. Thanks again and keep the suggestions coming!
Well there you go you have a legal option , that's good . See in the Australian Army we don't ever get that kind of option offered at all , so we are only entitled to what we can steal . I think it is a covert part of the training and what makes Aussies great scavengers in wartime .
I remember a survival course I went on one time not long out of recruit training and we got all this BS about what we could take and use on the course to cut a long story short I ignored most of the dumb orders given as they seemed excessively unusual and took what I needed to get through in one piece . Normally that would have been cheating but at the end of the course I was the only one to pass. The whole course had been about research into finding out how stupid soldiers could be when receiving bad instructions and how many would make sure that they followed their training and not bad orders. Unfortunately we were very dumb it seems but wee were also inexperienced at that stage . It is kind of how the Australian Army works every soldier is trained to think for himself and do the job of the next rank up , we have to because there is not many off us , but it also has the down side of making us seem a bit unconventional to say the least.
I was quite happy to see a Marine unit stationed in Darwin in Northern Australia as it will be good for our troops to be exposed to some of the Marines techniques and training. We don't get the range of specialist training that many US troops get on a regular basis. I hope that this cooperation continues for the future as I think the US will need new bases in the years to come where they are among friends not enemies.
For a scope setup I would go for a gun with an adjustable cheek piece that can mount a no taper Mil spec Picatinny rail and go for a quick change mount like an ARMS . That way you could have two scopes that are interchangeable . One a low power wide angle scope for thick woods hunting and the other a high power scope for longer range over an Atlas bi-pod . The ARMS mount can incorporate a 20 MOA rail in the mount for the long range scope but when it is removed the low power scope goes on to the no taper rail for close range work.
For a high power scope a Vortex or Nightforce would be good . If you get a scope with a tube diameter larger than 30mmm you may have to change to a Larue QC mount as I don't think ARMS make larger rings than 300 mm for their QC lever mount base but I may be wrong , I just can't see them for sale .
I like the ARMS mount because it is not an adjustable claw system and that helps it maintain zero. Adjustable claws are great for fitting up to out of spec rails but don't return to zero as well . The ARMS also will not marr the rail as it has a floating pad that is forced against the rail dovetail by the locking claw when it tightens up . The down side of the ARMS is that the rail must be right on specs for the mount or it will either not lock up , lock up so tight it may damage the levers or not lock up at all and be too loose. The secret is buy the ARMS mount first then take it to a place that has Mil spec rails to fit your gun and try the mount on the different rails till you find one that fits tight but can be unlocked with finger pressure.
Use a little grease between the floating pad and the locking claws to aid free movement.