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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-17-2009, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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M14 scope set up

Well thought I would get some opinions but I am in need of a scope to replace the cheap one that is currently on my M14. I have 1 inch rings for mounting and looking not to break the bank. Any sugestions?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-17-2009, 03:29 PM
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What model of M14 do you have? What brand? Polytech? Norinico? What are you looking to do with it shhoting wise? How much are you willing to spend?
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I have to be honest with you... the higher the caliber the better the rings you're forced to buy. You can get away cheap rings on a .22 or even a .223, but for an M14, you're probably burning money unless you pick up a fairly decent set.
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I got a polytech that shoots great Irons but need a scope for some longer shots . I have a springfield military style scope mount (the one that is two hole mount on the side and the stripper clip guide swapped out) that goes on it that came with the gun and rings but the scope was a chinese clunker. The guy I got it from was going to be traveling over seas long term and never went ahead with replacing the scope but did all the other work to make it a really nice rifle.
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Oh mostly this is going to be my hog gun.
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the Springfield mounts are definitely not the greatest. i have a Springfield m1a, Springfield mount, and Springfield scope. I highly recommend you get a more heavy duty mount based on my experiences.
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I thought the double screw were supposed to be more stable.
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For hogs, I would recommend you get one that has an illuminated reticle. It really helps extend your shooting time especially if you've got the area lightly lighted with a couple of the solar landscape lights.

I've been eyeing the Burris ElectroDot line, the only illuminated part of the reticle is the important part - I can't stand scopes that light both bars entirely.

Price for a 3x9-40 isn't too bad, just under 350.

http://www.opticsbestbuy.com/Burris-...le-200156.html
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I thought the double screw were supposed to be more stable.
Nope, the springfield setup will not hold zero. It will eventually move.

I'd recommend you go out and buy a USGI M21 Scope Mount, ARMS #18 Scope Mount, or Promag HD Scope Mount (Its a ARMS #18 Clone).

Always buy a STEEL scope mount for the M14, the aluminum mounts flex.

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For hogs, I would recommend you get one that has an illuminated reticle. It really helps extend your shooting time especially if you've got the area lightly lighted with a couple of the solar landscape lights.

I've been eyeing the Burris ElectroDot line, the only illuminated part of the reticle is the important part - I can't stand scopes that light both bars entirely.

Price for a 3x9-40 isn't too bad, just under 350.

http://www.opticsbestbuy.com/Burris-...le-200156.html
I personally do not like illuminated reticles, I find they add terrible parallax aberrations and over dilate the eye. If you have high enough quality optics, you should be able to see through your scope on almost a new moon night. Last time me and cobra were in a stand, I was able to see the stand with no moon light through my vari-x III
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My nightvision is shit anyway so I need all the help I can get
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anyone used a BSA scope before?
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anyone used a BSA scope before?
Cheap, low end scope, but they work.

FYI: You'll get more accuracy, better optics, and better light gathering with a good quality scope. I'd recommend at a Nikon or Burris scope as a minimum for a M14 style weapon.

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anyone used a BSA scope before?
Have one laying in the floor of my truck that was fine for a few months then started shooting 2.5 inches to the left and wouldn't adjust out. I won't buy another one but some people have good luck with them but I didn't.
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anyone used a BSA scope before?
Depends on the scope. BSA's have a bad reputation for quality and it is well deserved. Fixed power scopes tend to hold up to the recoil of a .308 longer. Variable scopes start losing zero pretty fast. Personally I would save my money.
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Depends on the scope. BSA's have a bad reputation for quality and it is well deserved. Fixed power scopes tend to hold up to the recoil of a .308 longer. Variable scopes start losing zero pretty fast. Personally I would save my money.
Mine was a variable but it was on a .22-250 which recoil isn't that bad.
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I was wondering because I had one I found in a box of stuff and I don't remember buying it. Still in the plastic.
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Mount it up. You've got nothing to lose. If it works - great. If not, you've lost nothing but a little ammo.
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