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Budget scope recommendations

While I can keep my ar-10 on 12x18 paper at 100 yards with iron sights, I need to think about a budget scope to help me see better and to reach out to about 200 yards or so. Is there anything that won't break the bank and has reasonable glass on the market? I have done some research and I think I need a 1-4 or 1-6 times to help my old eyes get there. You folks know more, and know about more that's out there, what would you recommend? Thanks everybody for any help you can give me.
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You can never go wrong with the Vortex Strike Eagle (30mm tube) in 1-6 or 1-8. I also really like the Bushnell Engage 2.5-10x44.
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Thanks balttigger, I like the Vortex Strike Eagle and it is in my price range. I was hoping OpticsPlanet had them in stock because I noticed they give a mount with it, but it's not. Next best option for me looks like B&H Photo at the same price point but no mount so there's another $100 I need to spend to get it on my rifle.
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Thanks balttigger, I like the Vortex Strike Eagle and it is in my price range. I was hoping OpticsPlanet had them in stock because I noticed they give a mount with it, but it's not. Next best option for me looks like B&H Photo at the same price point but no mount so there's another $100 I need to spend to get it on my rifle.
https://battlehawkarmory.com/product/se-1624-2 has the 1-6 in stock for less than 300 (email them for price) and the 1-8 for a hundred bucks more. Same with Locked Loaded (they are probably the same store using different names, but I have bought from them before without incident).

I am showing the 1-8 in stock at OP with the added mount. Spend the extra hundred - trust me - it's worth it.

https://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-...filiate-483222
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I just picked up one of these: https://www.swfa.com/us-optics-ts-se....html?___SID=U and have been very pleased with it. Has a great reticle and the scope body is compact and has more than the 1-6 you're looking for though. I don't know what you mean by budget, but this was a bit more than I wanted to spend - cry once motto was implemented when I bought it. You may be able to find it a bit cheaper - Good luck.

EDIT: Here's a link from US Optics with more info: https://www.usoptics.com/product/ts-12x/
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Thanks Seagrave1963, I appreciate the info. I was pretty amazed to see the price diff between USO and SWFA for that scope, and of course by "budget" I pretty much meant I was gonna cry no mater what since good glass is never cheap. I ended up going with the Strike Eagle 1-8 with the free mount from OP and it will be plenty good for anything I hope to ever need it for. I really could have saved myself some extra money by not getting the Magpul flip up sights for the PSA AR-10 and put it all into a scope from day one, but it is what it is and I won't worry about it now.

I have a couple of questions while I have you guys helping me, when I first started looking I was thinking of a RMR and being able to 1/3 co-witness with the flip ups for a backup in case of failure, but now that I have bought this scope there is no need or use for keeping the Magpul's on and they need to come off the rifle, does that sound right?

Last but not least, probably a dumb question but... cleaning. When you guys clean your rifles with scopes how do you go about it without dinging the scope or getting solvent in/on it while you clean? Do you maybe wrap it in an old sock or maybe remove it?

Thanks again balttigger and Seagrave1963 for all your help!
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Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8x24 (2020 Model) w/30mm Cantilever Rings + Hat - $399 w/code "STRIKE" + FREE S&W M&P Rifle Cleaning Kit (Free 2-Day Shipping)

https://www.focuscamera.com/vortex-s...20Link&irgwc=1
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I’ve scored some smokin’ deals from EuroOptics of late - check out their demo deals ...

https://www.eurooptic.com/vortex-use...sh-scopes.aspx

This Vortex Crossfire is the one I picked up earlier this week (ordered it Sunday had it in hand Wed!): https://www.eurooptic.com/Vortex-Cro...CF2-31037.aspx


(“Crossfire,” haha, can’t wait til the first time I do errantly crossfire on the target of an adjacent shooter in one of our local matches; I’m just gonna point to the model name on the scope and smile ...!)
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Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8x24 (2020 Model) w/30mm Cantilever Rings + Hat - $399 w/code "STRIKE" + FREE S&W M&P Rifle Cleaning Kit (Free 2-Day Shipping)

https://www.focuscamera.com/vortex-s...20Link&irgwc=1
That's a great deal! Thanks kenny1773
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Iím just gonna point to the model name on the scope and smile ...!)


Great deals too! Thanks folks, I really appreciate all the help!
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