Here is a question I received via e-mail:
“Not having had the opportunity to have hands on experience with as many scopes as you have, I thought I’d see if you could recommend one (or several) to me. Here’s the situation: I have a 1.5-6 Spectre DR on a SCAR16, and another on a SCAR17, a 1-4 Spectre DR on a 18″bbl TAVOR, and an AUG A3 with both 24″ and 16″ bbls but with no optics mounted. I can use either of the existing 5.56 DR’s on the AUG but I think the BDC reticle will be off for the 24” bbl. That being the case, I’m thinking about a variable power scope with a Mil reticle / Mil turrets that I can use on any of the guns. That means something appropriate for both 7.62 and 5.56. Any thoughts? “
You did not mention your budget, but since you a running Spectre DRs, I will go ahead and assume you want something no more expensive than that. With Spectre DRs running at a bit over $2k, I think you have a lot of options to choose from.
If you want a low range variable with a mil-scale, you should take a close look at SWFA SS 1-6×24. It offers a lot for the money and it is built like a tank. The SS is a FFP scope. My favourite SFP option in this general price range is the Vortex Razor HD Gen 2 1-6×24 with VMR-2 reticle.
For my money, I would be going for one of these two.
If you would prefer a little more magnification on the top end, you can splurge for March 1-8×24 (FFP) or March 1-10×24 (SFP). Both are compact and exceptionally well built. They are expensive though.
If having 1x on the low end is not critical, you have a variety of other options in different price ranges, but the scopes get a bit bigger, and I am not sure I would necessarily go for that on rather compact AUG rifles. If that is something of interest to you, I can offer some additional recommendations.