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There are at least three main categories of AR optics, red dot, fixed power scopes, and high-magnification scopes. Which do you choose?

Optics Buying Guide: AR-15 Optics and Scopes

The precision of even an 8 MOA red dot sight is matched with the accuracy of most handguns.

Optics Buying Guide: Holographic and Red Dot Optics

A laser-enabled scope like this Burris Eliminator allows you to place a perfect long-range shot without taking your eye off target.
The test rifle for these examples was a Volquartsen 17 WSM Deluxe with a Burris Veracity 4-20x50 scope.
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Different objective lens sizes should be compatible with magnification of the scope. Left to right: Burris Fullfield II 3-9x40mm, Burris XTR 2-10x42mm, and Burris Veracity 4-20x50mm.
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If I removed everything else for reliability or weight reasons, the Aimpoint Micro H-2 is the one component that would stay. It great for slugs but surprisingly useful for buckshot as well.

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Inserted in the can, it fits flush. Note the cord sticking out.

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The Burris XTR II on the right is designed for quick turret adjustments, while the Eliminator III and Fullfield E1 have reticles designed for hold over shooting.