p223 or Leupold mark AR

Discussion in 'AR15/10 Rifles' started by Endurance, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. Endurance

    Endurance Active Member

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    both in 3x9 40 with a QD pepr mount what would you buy and why?
     
  2. skipp

    skipp New Member

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    I'm assuming the P223 is like the P300. I know there are more version of the P223. There is only one of the P300. Generally, they seem similar.

    I bought a p300. It was under $200 vs $1600 for the Leupold Mark 4 MR/T scope with the 300 BLK reticle. The Nikon reviewed OK. Foghorn had a review as did gunsumerreports. ( I shoot a 300 ACC Blackout and 458 Socom in AR)

    Gear Review: Nikon P-300 BLK Riflescope | The Truth About Guns
    Nikon P-300BLK Scope Review

    Nikon has an online site, no pun intended, that provides for ballistic solutions (i.e., ballistic tables and cards) for non-default loads and rifles. You can still use the ballistic dots when loading something different or when putting the scope on a different gun. You just print out a card with your distances on them.

    Nikon Spot On™ Ballistic Match Technology Program

    The p223 is a second focal plain scope the Leupold is a first focal plain scope. I don't know if that matters to you. (The Nikon site will give ranges at different magnifications too)
     

  3. threejones

    threejones Well-Known Member

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    I've used both side by side, both are pretty good glass for the price. The Leupy has slightly better glass, and is a bit more user friendly, but was a bit more spendy. The Leupy is US made (which sold it for me) and very tough for a lower end scope. Mine's been beating around my pickup for 3 or 4 years on my RRA, dropped in the snow, had 2 kids stand on it in the backseat a zillion times, truck door has slammed the butt of the rifle hard enough to knock it into the other door (was in a soft case, but still a bad move on my part) Still passes the box test.

    The Nikon M223 is a lot closer to the Mark AR. Even the price is closer.
     
  4. Endurance

    Endurance Active Member

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    I goofed I meant M223 I bought the Nikon there were just a few more features that the Nikon had over the Leupold. I will post my reviews afterward.

    Also refurb'd from Natchez was 279 shipped. so price was amazing. to say the least.
     
  5. threejones

    threejones Well-Known Member

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    Yup, if it's an M223, you'll love it, especially at that price. I'm a big fan of the Monarch scopes.
     
  6. Endurance

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    I love the M223 excellent clarity and holds just fine on the QD mount. Only beef was there is a little fuzz on the Nikoplex cross hairs. This is hardly worth complaining about and I also wish I had standard turrets for the elevation instead of the Rapid action turrets.
     
  7. threejones

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    You can swap out your turrets for the lower profile ones. Check the Nikon website, or you may have to call them. It's been a while, but I think it's fairly cheap to get the hunter style turrets.