Cheap scope feasibility

xsn10s

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I have to admit those monstrums look cool for the price. My cheap scope on my AR is a Nikon Prostaff 4.5-14 with mildot ret. But the ret only mils when set at 12X lol. It worked well enough for a holdover shot on a chuck at 530 yards.

I'm sure your brother will appreciate whatever he gets. It's always nice to get gun stuff from a brother.
 

Radman

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Does anyone have good experiences with cheap scopes? I was looking at the monstrum tactical 1-3 G3 scope. I just thought it was a cool little scope at $140, much like the Nikon P223 3X. Thinking about getting it for my brothers AR. Does anyone have any other scope recommendations < $200?

Also, I know the adage you get what you pay for. I have NF, Bushnell DMRs / LRHS, SWFA HDs so I know what I’m giving up. Just looking for a functional, beater scope.
Yes I have. I've bought several "economy" scopes that were great, (some cheaper ones past 600 yards). Too, I have bought more expensive scopes & regretted it. A friend bought one brand new that was junk. I bought an expensive one recently & had to immediately send it back to the manufacturer. I suppose there are good ones & bad ones in everything.
 

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Okay - since you asked. I have a couple of Ruger 10/22's with what I consider a great little scope - a Center Point 3-12X44 made I believe by cross man - the air rifle folks. And since a low recoil buffer-type riffle will probably not beat it to death, I have one on an AR and it works great there was well. I am temepted to try it on Ruger Precsion RIfle (6.5CM) just for kicks (no pun intended). I have a .308 that did beat one scope to junk (it was supposed to be a low cost - high quality scope) that thee manufacturer replaced at no cost. So, I suggest you heed the adivce of those who say buy once, cry once. Or take your chances.............. Oh, BTW - it cost me $94.00.
 

jimwest

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look at the SWFA scopes. $299.00 for many of their fixed power. they usually have a big sale on Black Friday.
Turrets are good on these scopes. Glass for this price range is good.
Made in Japan by Light Optics Works.
https://www.swfa.com/swfa-ss-12x42-tactical-30mm-riflescope-3.html?___SID=U
Just how much 'beating' does the scope need to withstand?
The variable power scopes are more, but they are built to last.
 

300whisper

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look at the SWFA scopes. $299.00 for many of their fixed power. they usually have a big sale on Black Friday.
Turrets are good on these scopes. Glass for this price range is good.
Made in Japan by Light Optics Works.
https://www.swfa.com/swfa-ss-12x42-tactical-30mm-riflescope-3.html?___SID=U
Just how much 'beating' does the scope need to withstand?
The variable power scopes are more, but they are built to last.

I have several SWFAs. I love them. It’s for my brother. Just typical in and out of a truck, In and out of stands, carrying in the woods, sitting in a safe, a lot of range time. He’s not gentle with his firearms. Does a lot of positional drills and transitions from rifle to pistol and back. Not really a long range guy.

So bc it’s for my brother, I don’t want him gouging into my NF budget. Lol
 

xsn10s

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I saw one of the Leupold AR scope 3-9 TMR in the used optics section AR15.com $250
 
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