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What would be an appropriate scope for a flat-top AR-15? Main use would be target shooting, possibly varminting.
 

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Bushnell 4200 or 3200 your choice of magnification....i like a 4-12x...seems to be a useable magnification.
 

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Would a 4 - 12x fit on the flat-top? It seems that it might contact the handguard...
 

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I would recomend for an AR15 a Leupold VXII or III, Tactical, Mil Dot recticle, 4.5 - 14 or 3.5 - 10 X 40 or 50mm.

Excellent scope, excellent warranty.
 

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You should protect your upper's rail with another rail:
http://www.gggaz.com/products/standardscout_gs1.php
Standard length will do just fine.

Leupold QRW rings [1" or 30mm] will allow you to retain zero without fuss.........stay with medium for clearence of objective bell for up to 44mm and proper/comfortable cheek weld.
http://www.midwayusa.com/rewriteaproduct/345532
http://www.midwayusa.com/rewriteaproduct/102691

You didn't say what was the size of your budget.

So, I was going to say........

GG&G scout length rail
http://www.gggaz.com/images/ScoutRail_GS-1/Standard_Scout.jpg

NightForce 5.5-22x56
http://www.nightforceoptics.com/nxs552256.html

with NightForce 30mm rings
http://www.nightforceoptics.com/ms.html

............but, I won't. :biglaugh:

Dave S
 

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I have used a variety of scopes on flat-tops including Simmons 3 - 9 and 4 - 12, Leupold 1.75 - 6 and 1 - 4. Cheap Weaver Rings were used on the Simmons and the Armalite one piece mount for the Leupolds. I just got a Bushnell 3200 Elite fixed 10 x 40 with mil-dots and target knobs for use on another rifle and I am very impressed considering that it cost about $150 from Natchez. That scope with the Armalite mount would be a cool set-up.
 

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Enzyme,

You never mentioned your price range. If you can spend $500+, just think "Leupold" and you should be all right.

If your budget is a little more limited, you may have a couple of different alternatives. You'll want to stick to fixed-power scopes at the lower end to maintain quality and help maintain zero (cheap variables don't tend to do well in either department).

I've never had the chance to use one, but the Bushnell 3200 10x40 that BillL223 mentioned really looks like a nice unit for the money.

In the $300 range, see if you can find a Tasco SS10x42. This was a limited-production military scope that you might be able to find at a gun show or at SWFA.com. I've got one on my Savage 10FP, and I don't think I give up any image quality to the Leupolds I've seen.

Also, count on getting a riser. The AR15 stock was designed for very high sights, and even high rings on a flattop can make it tough to get your eye behind the scope.
 
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