Optics Buying Guide

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What's the right answer? Fixed magnification, red dot or variable zoom scope? Or maybe a combination like the Burris AR-332 and FastFire 3 on the right?
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.
The pattern inside is a lot more important than one might assume.

Optics Buying Guide: Scope Reticles

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.
These Burris XTR Signature Rings have various inserts that allow you to "ramp" the scope for long-range shooting.

Optics Buying Guide: Scope Mounts

The test rifle for these examples was a Volquartsen 17 WSM Deluxe with a Burris Veracity 4-20x50 scope.
To find range to your target, you could make use of technology and use a scope with integrated laser rangefinder like the Burris Eliminator (bottom.) Or, with some basic math, you can use a scope with a graduated mil-dot or MOA reticle like the Burris Veracity (top.)

Optics Buying Guide: Finding Range With A Scope

A laser-enabled scope like this Burris Eliminator allows you to place a perfect long-range shot without taking your eye off target.
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

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

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