Well, as the title states...goodbye EOTech. Sent mine in earlier this week for a refund, so it's time to upgrade the optic on the SCAR. I had been happy with EOTechs on firearms I used in the past, so it seemed like a good placeholder for the time being, and performed well for me out to 100 yards...and the occasional 200 yard target. It was supposed to be temporary, but procrastination. This is now my kick in the rear to change it up.
For this go around anyhow, I am only looking to spend $500-$700 on the optic itself. Aside from that investment, I plan to mount it using the ADM Delta QD mount, I've read nothing but positive things.
I have read through a ton of old posts, and could just leave it at that...but of course, here I am. I'd like to get current advice to see if there are any recommendations or options that have come up since, and make sure I'm getting the best for the comparatively small amount I'm looking to spend vs what I often see around here.
I am looking for an optic that can perform at close range, I obviously don't expect for it to be up to the level of an EOTech at this function, but some close engagement ability would be preferred. I want to keep my SCAR lightweight, and adaptable to anywhere from close up shots, to about 100-150 yards, and not setup as a bench rifle. I typically shoot 50-100, with closer shots mixed in. But do occasionally shoot out to 200 as mentioned. Like stated, I prefer not to weigh it down with long range optics and a bipod, as I feel I have that covered in other platforms. The longest shooting range I have access to around here is 300 max anyhow, so doesn't provide much motivation for a long distance setup.
(I was momentarily considering a Nikon M-308 4-16 + Atlas bipod, I can't even follow my own rules!)
From what I've learned about my preferences as related to optics, my top choices are:
Leupold VX-R Partol 1.25-4 SPR
(Great reviews, great company, great warranty...minus it only being two years for the electronics)
Vortex Viper PST 1-4
(Great reviews, from what I've read it's an excellent company, with an unbelievable warranty)
Burris MTAC 1-4
(Heard positive things, haven't really looked at this one as closely as the other two)
I've also poked around at the Trijicon Accupoint 1-4, but didn't prefer that over the above, which of course are all less. There weren't any other local options that I could pick up and look at besides those. This weekend I will be in a much bigger city and should be able to check out a wider selection, so I'm trying to get any additional ideas or recommendation as I'm headed out for that trip in a few days.
Any advice, personal experience, or other similar options AROUND the same price point...would be much appreciated. Thanks!