View Full Version : Should I put a scope on my EBR?

Big Caliber
December 26, 2012, 11:26 PM
Santa left a new EBR in my stocking,:rolleyes: So, I'm thinking of mounting a scope on it that will help my tired eyes see out to 100-150 yds. or so. I'm not too sure if I need a variable or not. I'm NOT looking for brand name recommendations as I already have my own favorites. I'm thinking maybe a 6x or 8x, but a variable is not out of the question. Constructive comments are always appreciated. Thanks.

December 26, 2012, 11:39 PM
my evil black 223 has a 3x9 that I love and would never take it off unless it broke. it's not an uber tacticool, kill-every-bad-guy-that-breaks-into-my-house gun but it will and has killed deer and coyotes like no tomorrow.

my evil non black rifle has a red dot but it's only a 9mm so a variable scope for it is like giving a 90 year old viagra... it's there but it serves no real purpose anymore.

Sweet Shooter
December 27, 2012, 12:05 AM
What configuration do you have? I would get good irons sighted in... then put a scope on. I have to take my back sight off to put my scope on. Yes scopes can be fragile, but why wouldn't you take advantage of a good scope while you can. Even if my scope broke I'd just put a new one on. Only at the end of time when there were no scopes, would I pop up my irons.

December 27, 2012, 01:18 AM
I put a long eye relief 1X4 variable on mine. IF you get an illuminated cross hairs scope make sure that you can still see the cross hairs if the battery is dead. My rifle has a detachable carry handle and the scope can be taken just by removing one large nut.

chris in va
December 27, 2012, 03:04 AM
A mil-dot 4x30 works great for the platform. If you have the coin go for a 1-4x20.

December 27, 2012, 10:56 AM
A decent 1-4X scope is about perfect for most AR's. At 1X they are just as fast for up close and fast shooting as a red dot and faster than irons. At 4X you have enough magnification for 300-500 yard shooting. They are about 1/2 the size and weight of a typical 3-9X.

If you were setting it up for shooting small varmits at 300+ yards the greater magnification of a 9X or so scope would be useful.

December 27, 2012, 05:34 PM
1 x 4 is a perfect fit
For ARs

VXR from Leupold is awesome

1x for close up snap shots

4x for up to 200 yards

December 27, 2012, 07:45 PM
I've had red dots on my ARs but had trouble grouping at a distance. My eyes are getting worse by the week. For Christmas, I got a 1-4. Love it for close range shooting and the 4x is great for distance.

Big Caliber
December 27, 2012, 10:31 PM
Configuration?...Oh! 223, w/ a 16" chrome lined bbl., carry handle. Forgive me but I'm new to AR's.:o I will take a peek at the 1 x 4's. Thanks for the suggestions.

December 28, 2012, 12:18 PM
I would go with a variable and would make it 4-12 at least

The 4 allows you to shoot 50 yds (I do that testing a lot) and the 12 ensures that as the eyes get worse you can make the 100-150

When mine started to go, 9 power was fine at 100, now its 10.

December 28, 2012, 12:28 PM
I just picked up a Burris MTAC 1x-4x scope for my AR. I figure I can always take it off if things go bad but if I Don't have one then the chances of putting one on when needed are just about zilch.

One thing I definitely like about the MTAC is that even without illumination the reticle is still visible and working.

December 28, 2012, 12:46 PM
If you have a flat top consider a long eye relief scout or pistol scope.
Most are fixed power and great for < 200 yards.

December 28, 2012, 12:53 PM
I certainly wouldn't put a fixed 6 or 8x on a 16" carbine for 150 yard shooting.
Most of my 16"ers have 1-4x or 1.5-5x. Adequate magnification for the platform for most types of shooting.
Using the term "EBR" is not helping our already tremulous position, BTW.

December 28, 2012, 01:06 PM
Check out the Vortex 1-4x...

I have an ACOG TA031F on one of mine and really like it.

December 28, 2012, 01:06 PM
Enhanced Battle Riffle



December 28, 2012, 01:34 PM
Is that a Vortex Razor HD????

December 28, 2012, 01:44 PM
Leupold Mark 4 1.5-5x20mm MR/T with 7.62mm M2 dials and an Illuminated SPR.

December 28, 2012, 03:10 PM
I was back and forth between a RDS and a 1-4x scope. Since I still have 20/13 vision, and rarely shoot beyond 200 yards, an Eotech with 3x magnifier was a perfect fit. If I went with the 1-4x, it would have been either the Vortex PST Viper or the Leupold VXR firedot.

December 28, 2012, 08:03 PM
I am seriously looking at a scope for my R-15. Sort of settled on a Bushnell 1.5-4.5 Multi X. Has the Dusk to Dawn coatings and for short range quick use it should be really easy to use, 4.5 will likely get me out as far as I want it to. Only problem is that everything is out of stock right now, but for $70 and it has a great review, guess if I order it now they would ship it when it comes in.