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Old 07-30-2021, 10:51 AM   #1
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I have a basically a new AR15 topped with a new Vortex Strike Eagle 3-18X44. I think it looks a bit odd with the larger scope, Iím on the fence about getting a 1-8 for it. What do yíall think?
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:53 AM   #2
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What type of shooting are you wanting to do with it? Unless you are planning on doing some close up shooting I bet you will like the 3-18 better.
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:53 AM   #3
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Looks fine.............................
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:57 AM   #4
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I see no issue.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:02 AM   #5
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True 1-6 / 1-8 are ideal on combo battle / hunting rigs...if it's a straight up hunter, then run the power range you like for the application.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:02 AM   #6
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What type of shooting are you wanting to do with it? Unless you are planning on doing some close up shooting I bet you will like the 3-18 better.
Varmint control and hog hunting mostly. I havenít even shot it yet but you might be right.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:05 AM   #7
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I have the same style set up on my AR, I love it.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:06 AM   #8
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Varmint control and hog hunting mostly. I havenít even shot it yet but you might be right.

Iíve shot my 1-8 out to 500 with out issue but my gripe was the reticle. It was a little too bulky for my liking and so I went back to a 2-10 for a more precise reticle. If you donít plan on shooting much distance and donít mind a bulky reticle the 1-6/1-8 are awesome. I will say the 1-8 was money for close pig killing (inside 50 yards)


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Old 07-30-2021, 11:07 AM   #9
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Shoot it the way you feel comfortable. I usually don't put long range glass on my AR guns because none of them are long range rifles. The longest range scope I use is a Sightmark Wraith IR for night work. Erthang else has a 1-4x24 or a Reflex red dot with no magnification. I consider my AR's to be 100yds or less guns and for that I can use the peep sight and hit 6" steel gongs every shot at 100. Good enough to put the hurt on pigs. I'll bet this lil Vortex will be plenty and it has great eye relief. You can shoot it with both eyes open too. https://vortexoptics.com/vortex-cros...iflescope.html

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Old 07-30-2021, 11:07 AM   #10
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I have that same scope on my Grendel and like it a lot. I do not do any long range shooting. Mainly 100-300 yards and works great.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:10 AM   #11
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Do you want it to look cool or do you want it to be best suited for hunting?
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:16 AM   #12
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It looks like a plinker , what’s the problem
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:24 AM   #13
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If it turns out to be a 1-3" MOA gun, then the lower power would work. If it shoots <1", the larger power would extend your effective killing range.
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Old 07-30-2021, 12:15 PM   #14
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If it turns out to be a 1-3" MOA gun, then the lower power would work. If it shoots <1", the larger power would extend your effective killing range.
I use a quick detach base on an 18X Burris for my load development. Once I get a pet load that groups tight I switch it out for the reflex red dot and 1-4x
Big scope don't hurt a thing if you don't mind the weight and bulkiness. It does extend your range by about double.
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Old 07-30-2021, 12:18 PM   #15
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I think it looks awesome. With that said a 1-8x would be better for the type of hunting I do so I would go that route.
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Old 07-30-2021, 12:23 PM   #16
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Perfectly fine…
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Old 07-30-2021, 12:27 PM   #17
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I run a 1-8 and 1-10 on a couple of my ARs. I’ve effectively killed prairie dogs to 640 yds with 50+ % hit rates with the 1-8. The center of the reticle is a bit too thick to effectively use at that distance, but the bottom half of the elevation stadia works great. I dialed my dope minus 2 mils, and held the last two where the reticle is thin enough to be effective. Within. A few hundred yards when shots are quicker it’s never an issue.
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Old 07-30-2021, 12:35 PM   #18
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I had a 1-6 on mine and it was okay although as stated above the cross hairs were too thick for long range hunting or shooting.

I personally like the extra power even at 100 yards. I have a 3-15 pst gen II on mine and I'm getting 3-4 inches off a bipod at 300 yards with bullets from 55-77 grains.

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Old 07-30-2021, 12:41 PM   #19
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Varmint control and hog hunting mostly. I havenít even shot it yet but you might be right.
If these are your primary uses for the rifle, you are good to go with that scope.
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Old 07-30-2021, 12:45 PM   #20
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One of the neatest things about a flat top is you can use good quality QD cantilever one piece bases and quickly switch the type of optic to fit the purpose. I like the Burris PEPR QD mount #410342. These mounts will hold perfect zero on any good Pic rail.
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Old 07-30-2021, 12:56 PM   #21
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I personally like more zoom
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Old 07-30-2021, 01:23 PM   #22
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It's just an illusion, pull the buttstock out, it will look normal. But really, looks fine
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Old 07-30-2021, 01:39 PM   #23
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The higher end LPVOs are great “do-all” optics to put on an AR in my opinion, but I’ve shot several of the Sub-$500 options out there and don’t really have a use for one.

The whole reason for an LPVO is to have an optic that is quick like a reddot at close range, but also has the magnification to stretch out to further distances. In my opinion, the budget options don’t have a good enough eye box/glass quality to be very fast at 1x and in some cases aren’t a true 1x. Because of that, you really lose the main advantages that a LPVO provides over an optic with a higher base magnification.

If you can swing a quality LPVO like a Vortex Razor or Nightforce NX8/Atacr, etc, I would highly recommend them, but if you’re going to be looking in the same price range as that Strike Eagle, I would pass on one.

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Old 07-30-2021, 01:42 PM   #24
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Looks good

I run a 3-9x40 Nikon on mine after downgrading from a 5-20x50 Trijicon
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Old 07-30-2021, 01:55 PM   #25
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Looks great
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Old 07-30-2021, 04:43 PM   #26
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ARs are like underwear; it's a matter of personal preference. Wear what you want on it.
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Old 07-30-2021, 05:40 PM   #27
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Looks just fine to me. But then again, up here, if you are hunting coyotes a low power scope is not going to do you any good. I think you will like that magnification range.
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Old 07-30-2021, 05:43 PM   #28
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ARs are like underwear; it's a matter of personal preference. Wear what you want on it.
And like Harleys. Everybody makes them their own.
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Old 07-30-2021, 05:51 PM   #29
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And like Harleys. Everybody makes them their own.
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Old 07-30-2021, 06:17 PM   #30
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Old 07-30-2021, 06:53 PM   #31
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The power is fine. The Vortex would be a no go for me.
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Old 07-30-2021, 08:52 PM   #32
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The power is fine. The Vortex would be a no go for me.

This. You donít need a high power optic to
shoot effectively.

Ive had no problem shooting my 300 blackout SBR at 300 yards with a 1-6 scope.


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