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Old 02-14-2020, 05:31 AM   #1
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Scopes

Purchasing my first sniper soon. The VSR10 pro. What do the more experienced snipers say about which scope would be good to get no wanting to break the bank but wanting a decent one ?
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Old 02-14-2020, 05:41 AM   #2
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For the 'muricans here a hunting scope would be more than enough. Those cheapish guns are meant to withstand real steel shock instead of GBB shock, never mind the lack of one in BASRs.

For others else Vision King or Discovery are both good scope brands making decently cheap airgun scopes that should have no issues handling GBB and BASRs.
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:39 AM   #3
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The Novritsch scope is about the best bang for buck you'll find in the states for an airsoft rifle. It is a little heavy though, if you care.

You can find similar on Aliexpress if you don't mind waiting forever on shipping or paying a lot.

Alternatively some wackos like to throw Vortex scopes on their airsoft rifles... It's overkill, but their guarantee means if it gets shot out then it will be replaced for free. I personally find that makes more sense if you run AEGs and play closer up as the risk is higher for it getting shot out (and their red dots also have the guarantee).

Keep in mind most airsoft snipers rarely use anything above 3x magnification so a variable 3-9x scope is plenty. I recommend one with an illuminated reticle for low light situations or shooting into shaded areas.
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:51 AM   #4
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I like to stay at about 5x to see the exact flight of the bb in relation to my target. My best advice is go to your local sporting store or ebay and find something on clearance or used. Got a Trophy hunting scope for 50% off that way. Used higher end scopes are the most cost effective way to go imo.

Edit: +1 on eye relief. I'd say thats the most important variable in deciding a scope for airsoft
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:13 AM   #5
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I pay a little more for a nice scope mainly for the eye relief. Currently using a monstrum 1-6x24. The eye relief is amazing and so is the reticule!! When airsoft sniping I set it on 6x. Rarely I will use one of my other rifles and have the scope on 9-10. But it depends on the terrain.
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:09 AM   #6
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My $50 NcStar fixed at 4x served me more than well, until I decided I wanted to put a fancy cherry on top of all my hard work.
I'm a strong proponent of a scope not being something you need to spend much on. Hell, you've got famous war veterans like Simo Häyhä who only used iron sights...on real sniper rifles...at REAL distances...
Novritch's scope is probably sufficient, though it's $70 so I'm confident you could spend less if you need to. However, that said, you do want to be careful, because going too cheap can mean serious quality compromises- my first scope, a $20 NcStar, actually has very bad glass quality and reduces visibility considerably.
Of course, the more you spend the more you get, but as always, diminishing returns. My Vortex is crazy nice (the scope never fails to pick up even the most eclipsed regions- among other neat features), but it's also ridiculously expensive.

As for magnification, I'm usually between 4-6x - as Sodium mentioned, to watch the BB better - using up to 10x just for certain scenarios trying absurd shots.

EDIT: Things I forgot...
Another thing you may want to consider is objective lens size. If you're going cheap, a larger objective lens can help compensate for low quality glass. A larger objective lens may also reduce concealment, however on the other hand, if you ghillie up your rifle thoroughly and shroud the lens, again you may want to compensate for the light loss with a larger lens.
Though it can be nice, I haven't ever personally needed an illuminated reticle- I never even used it on my NcStar (though, this does imply that you can usually get an illuminated reticle without really adding much to cost).

Also, I believe Sig (and maybe others) has a similar warranty to Vortex..?
[if you didn't know, Vortex's warranty is just 100% absolute coverage of any damage forever, even if the product stops being produced, they'll replace it with something similar of equal or greater value if necessary]
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:28 AM   #7
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Awesome cheers everyone I’ll have a look into them all and see which I’d be preferable too. Thanks for the help
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:05 AM   #8
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Yeah, +1 for NC Star. Mama bought me a 3-9x40 (always set at 3x) with the illuminated reticle specifically for my L96 and it has been rock solid forever. As a real steel shooter, I'm a little neurotic about accuracy but this NC Star has been absolutely fantastic. I even cobbled up a flash hider of sorts that doesn't obstruct focus but still deflects the odd errant BB as well as killing scope flash. NC Star's warranty up here is also fantastic. If anything happens to it, 10 bucks and I get another one. I had no idea who NC Star was before I got this thing, but if needed I'd get another one in a heartbeat.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:46 PM   #9
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NC Star is Ok, some Leapers are a step up without getting too expensive.


Lately I have been using Vortex optics due to their replacement warranty. A crossfire II 3-7x32 can be had for around $130.
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I just use the cheapest possible 3-9x40 scope. The only requirement is that it can fit a scope hood (Sun hood). Means you can see targets that are in the sun's direction.
Often on the cheaper scopes you can alter the parallax to make them even clearer (That is the front lens. It is easy to screw in or out and just check the clarity). All of my scopes are very clear once altered. I can't really seem much of a difference between a high end 3-9x40 scope and the cheap ones I use. (I even sell scopes as I own a business and I still use the cheapest ones)
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Old 02-14-2020, 06:50 PM   #11
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I use a CVLife scope from Amazon. Cost $50, 4-16 x 50-something.
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:15 PM   #12
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Like FMP I've got a CVLife (from Amazon), I got it mainly for the looks, but I have been pleased with the optics.
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Old 02-16-2020, 11:08 PM   #13
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I’m pretty partial to Vortex scopes. They are very high quality for the price, plus have a lifetime warranty if it were to get shot out. I just got in a vision king for my DMR and it’s not bad either.
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