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    Posted: February/02/2019 at 20:29
I have an outstanding Arsenal AK that groups 2-3 inches at 100 yards, even with cheap ammo. I am interested in putting a scope on it, as my eyes are aging a bit. I've determined I want something more than 4X and I want it to be variable power. I like simple reticles and don't like a lot of the "tactical" reticles I've seen. 

Please offer your input on quality optics under $400. Many thanks.
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Check out the falcon s8i 1-8x24. Seems to check all the boxes. I have one on my ar and like it. Only complaint is the illumination is a little is a little too bright.
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Originally posted by Wonder9 Wonder9 wrote:

I have an outstanding Arsenal AK that groups 2-3 inches at 100 yards, even with cheap ammo. I am interested in putting a scope on it, as my eyes are aging a bit. I've determined I want something more than 4X and I want it to be variable power. I like simple reticles and don't like a lot of the "tactical" reticles I've seen. 

Please offer your input on quality optics under $400. Many thanks.

This sorta depends on what you mean by a "simple reticle".

Most low range variables out there, like the the excellent Burris RT-6 1-6x24 have reticles designed with the 5.56x45 in mind, so they are not optimal for your 7.62x39 (presumably) AK.  If yours is a 5.45x39 version, the RT-6 might work well.

Honestly, I like smallish scopes on AKs, so looking at different hunting scopes out there, I see Leupold VX-3i 1.5-5x20 which is a pretty decent little scope for right around $400.

Another option along the same lines is the non-illuminated Minox ZX5 1-5x24, although it is a little more expensive.

If you are OK with a larger scope, Hawke Endurance 1.5-6x42 is a pretty decent scope that also comes with a simple duplex reticle, but it is a little bulkier than I would want on an AK.  I do not think the side-mount lends itself well to larger scopes.

If you are comfortable with 2.5x on the low end, SWFA makes an excellent ultra light 2.5-10x32 with a duplex reticle.  I have a couple of these and I am quite happy with them.


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I know you said you wanted more than 4x, but suggest you just consider this option:


Really nice little scope.
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I like the one Kickboxer posted but to give you some options I think a 2-7 power scope might be a good choice for you.  I have a couple of the Redfield 2-7 scopes and like them.  If you are not planning on using a complex reticle to hold over then pick the reticle you like. The redfield and the Leupold 2-7 can both be had with a simple plex type reticle. With ballistic reticles you only use them at the maximum power of the scope unless it is first focal plane (reticle appears to change size when you increase power).

https://www.swfa.com/bushnell-2-7x36-engage-rifle-scope.html

Bushnell 2-7x36 Engage Rifle Scope

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$139.95
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https://www.swfa.com/nikon-2-7x32-p-tactical-rimfire-1-riflescope-1.html

Nikon 2-7x32 P-Tactical Rimfire Scope

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https://www.swfa.com/redfield-2-7x33-revolution-rifle-scope-3.html

Redfield 2-7x33 Revolution Rifle Scope

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$189.99

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I have the Nikon 2-7... great choice.  Good glass, clear, rapid acquisition.  
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