What optic for a Bushmaster BA50 50 BMG?

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    frank_drebin

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    A friend of mine just bought a Bushmaster BA50 50BMG and is looking at optic options. He is looking at the Vortex Golden Eagle but wants options and opinions before dropping that much on an optic. He wants to shoot 800+ yards.
     
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    Hmm.

    Buy a $4k rifle, and put the cheapest possible scope on it.

    Yeah. That'll work well.
     
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    Maybe i'm a cheap ass, but i wouldn't consider that the cheapest scope.

    Edit- nvm
     
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    That's the reason for the post. What's a good optic and why? He asked me and I truly have no idea.
     
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    Nightforce or US Optics.
     
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    Have you any experience with the SWFA Super Sniper?
     
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    The early Tasco branded super snipers? If that's the case run far far away. I wouldn't put one on that gun. I'd stick to something that's actually been tested by the company on a 50 BMG. Lots of manufacturers claim their scopes are rated for such but not many of them actually put a lifetime of 50 BMG recoil on them during development.
     
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    Lol... No
     
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    So...you know how I feel about glass.

    That being said, I have a buddy with a Serbu BFG .50, that's been wearing one of the early SWFA SS's, a fixed 10x with front focus (not side focus) for better than 15 years, and hundreds of rounds...it's held up just fine.

    However, he did spring for good mounts, and has three rings, not two.

    Glass quality is decent, but nothing to shout about. About in line with a Leupold VX2.

    So...the durability is there; I just wouldn't recommend it.

    That being sad, though...I'd make certain I got a scope that could take the recoil.

    Trijicon, perhaps.
     
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    I just put a 3-15x42 on my .260. It replaced a vortex viper hs-t. Glass quality is very similar (good, not great), maybe with an edge to the swfa, however it is brand new while the vortex is over 5 years old.

    Tracks very true, as in .1 mil is .1 mil, and returns to zero both vertically and horizontally. No zero stop, but turrets are adjustable so you can line it up so zero is zero. The parallax adjustment is very rough, less that 1/2 rotation to get from 5 yards to infinity, but it doesn't seem to be a problem. swfa is ffp, jury is still out on this one. with a higher top end magnification it may be necessary, but I rarely adjust away from 15x.

    I cannot attest to the abuse it can take as I only have about 120 rounds through it, but for the price and the warranty, it is great. You don't fill out a card, if it says swfa on it and it breaks, they give you a new one. 15x will get him to 800 with no problem.

    As far as what he should put on It? I would go 34mm tube+ just to get all the mounting surface you can. That means atacr, gen ii razor and a few others. Rings alone run upwards of $200. Skimping on the scope and mounting hardware for a cannon like that will almost always end in disappointment.
     
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