Nikon Prostaff ?


May 28, 2009, 06:14 PM
Hello everybody,
I'm scouring every internet source for good scopes, and with my budget a little burned up, i'm trying to find a decent scope for a better price. I see on ebay some nikon prostaff scopes for <$150, but i cant decide if thats worth the money. Would a leupold VX-I be worth the $200?
If youre wondering what kind of gun it might go on it would be used with a tikka t3 in 30-06

thanks, any advice or experience is greatly appreciated!

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May 28, 2009, 06:20 PM
Prostaffs are good budget scopes. I have a couple. For about the same money on ebay you may be able to find a Burris Fullfield II. They blow the Prostaffs out of the water.

Uncle Mike
May 28, 2009, 06:27 PM
Gotta have more information than Nikon Pro staff and Leupold VX-1...

What magnifications and objective lense sizes are you gandering at?

The pro staff ranges from a fixed 4 power to the 2-7X32, 3-9X40 and
the 3-9X50.

The Leupold... 2-7X32, 3-9X40,3-9X50 and the 4-12X40.

Which one...... we'll help you out. :D

May 28, 2009, 06:36 PM
You can buy a brand new ProStaff 3-9x40 at Wally World for $150 I think.

I recently got the Nikon 4x32mm Rimfire Classic. It's heavier than the Leupie rimfire scopes, but a lot less expensive, and it has a larger objective. The optics are clear, bright, and distortion-free. I'm really impressed with the ProStaff I got for 100 bucks new.

However, for a .30-06, I have a Burris Fullfield II with a drop reticle. It was about the same price as a VX-I and I really prefer the Burris at that price range. Nice optics, features (1/4" clicks, not a friction knob like the Leupold, and their Ballistic Plex reticle). Really like that scope.

I have nothing against Leupold. I use a Leupold pistol scope for competition. I'm just not sure that they're the best value in that price range.

One thing I'll say, the Nikons are very nice. They're a great value, not a cheap scope.

I'd skip eBay unless I got the thing for under 100 bucks, though. Might as well just buy it retail at WM and look through it before you decide to buy it. There's value in examining/testing something before you pay for it.

May 28, 2009, 06:45 PM
My father recently acquired a VX-I 3x9.40mm from ebay for $160 NIB. If you have the patients to lose a few auctions, follow the auctions of roxcut ,(now outdoormegawarehouse) ( Sometimes his scopes sell at smoking prices.

May 28, 2009, 06:46 PM
I own 1 got it at wal mart for 159. Can't beat it for the price and I have some that cost much more. I would for sure buy another.

May 28, 2009, 07:19 PM
I picked up a brand new Prostaff 3-9x40 for about $120 last December. Love the scope. Clear optics, holds zero, and serves me well on my .22 for Light Rifle shoots and squirrel hunting.

May 28, 2009, 08:38 PM
I have one on my pro hunter in 30-06 with no problems so far. Ive had it for around 1 year seams like a good midpriced scope.

May 28, 2009, 08:44 PM
While I have zero experience with the ProStaff scopes, I have four other Nikons - two Buckmasters and two Monarchs. I will say Nikons are tops, they are every bit as good as Leupolds while at the same time being about $70 less money than the comparable Leupold. You will not go wrong with a Nikon; if you're willing to pay as much as $150 for a ProStaff, why not add $50 and get yourself a 3-9 x 40mm Buckmasters? I bet you will love it and never get the urge to replace it - plus you're getting better optical glass for just $50 more...

Also wanted to add a VX-I for $200 is not, to me, a good deal. Now a VX-II for $200, well, maybe (actually only)if it was NIB - but I would still go for a Buckmaster for the same money...

Nikons also come with a full, unconditional warranty - no warranty registration card required - don't know about Leupold.

May 28, 2009, 09:32 PM
Prostaffs are a better scope than the VX-1. Rule of thumb for the same money you will always get a better scope by going with Nikon, Bushnell, Sightron, etc. over Leupold. The VX-3 line is where the Leupold starts IMO. The VX-II are fine scopes but the Monarchs, Buckmasters, 4200's, 3200's, SII's etc are just better scopes for the same money.

May 28, 2009, 09:36 PM
A lot of rave reviews on the Prostaff. Great price and performance in one. Not heavy on the pocket as well.

Redneck with a 40
May 28, 2009, 10:32 PM
I have one on my Remmy 700 SPS Tactical, it works great out to 300 yards, bright, clear, and sharp. Its worth every penny of $150, for a budget scope, the glass is top rate. I didn't have to pay for mine though, it came with the rifle.:)

If you look at the customer reviews on Cabela's, the pro-staff gets very high marks across the board.

May 29, 2009, 03:38 AM
i like the idea of stepping up 50 bucks, to get the better nikon glass, and one more thing; don't forget Pentax.

May 29, 2009, 06:45 AM
Well if you want a bargain this is it, a monarch for $220:

May 29, 2009, 09:14 AM
I've got two of them and have no complaints. A 4x on my sons .22 and a 3-9x40 BDC on my AR.

May 29, 2009, 09:23 AM
I have a 3x-9x X 40 on my Savage 30-06 and I love it. I have seen them in the stores around here for $145-$155 brand new off the shelf.

May 29, 2009, 10:38 AM
...mmmm that nikon monarch is double tough...

May 29, 2009, 10:51 AM
..mmmm that nikon monarch is double tough...

Yeah but it has better optics, better tube, better turrets, better warranty and built to higher specs. To me it's worth the extra $50 - $100 for a scope I will not feel the need to have to upgrade to a better scope. To do better than the team primos above you will have to at least step up to a Zeiss Conquest and IMO the primos is equal to the 3-9x40 conquest, maybe the conquest will give you an extra 30 seconds at sunrise or sunset. Just my opinion of course my father has the 3-9x40 prostaff and it is decent but he upgraded to the team primos and it is better (the prostaff is now on his 336).

May 29, 2009, 11:06 AM
The Primos is the single best deal in all of scopes today. AMAZING glass for a budget rate price. The prostaff is a good deal as well but you get a top notch scope in the primos for fairly little extra money. If I were to buy a scope today in the 3-9 range it would be the primos no question asked, unless I was spending $700+.

May 29, 2009, 12:34 PM
The Nikon Prostaff scopes are very good for the money. Don't forget the Bushnell Legend scopes either. I think the Legend scopes' glass is as good as the Elite 3200 scopes, just without the Rainguard feature.

May 29, 2009, 02:42 PM
I had a Leupold 3-9x40mm for years on a 700 30.06, (VXII or III, cannot remember).

That being said, I think Leupold's are a little overpriced, I'd be looking at the nikon or burris instead.

May 29, 2009, 05:11 PM
thanks everybody, looks like nikon gets the thumbs up. I'll keep my eyes peeled for a good deal on a team primos or prostaff

May 29, 2009, 11:30 PM
My 3x9-40 prostaff BDC has seen several hundred rounds of 308 and still works excellent. One of these days I will get up the funds for a high end scope, but not anytime soon. Its been ten times better than the 125$ price tag suggested.

May 29, 2009, 11:57 PM
I have a Leupold VX-I and a Burris Fullfield II. The Burris is imo such a better scope it's not even worth looking at the Leupold. Actually even if I hadn't used the Burris I wouldn't have looked at the Leupold again. It's clear enough but nothing special. I have a $30 Tasco scope from Wally World and I can't tell a difference between it and the $230+ Leupold VX-I. A few friends said the Tasco looked clearer to them but I honestly can't see a difference. The Burris however, is way clearer than both. It's just so bright and clear. Does well in low light too imo.

The that's just the start of why I don't like the Leupold. In the 2 years I've had it it has been into Leupold for repair twice. I'm not sure if it works now as I've never sighted it in after getting it back. I need to do that.

It also seemed to lose zero pretty easily. I have a Simmons on a .22 that has taken a ton of abuse and held zero. However, if you drop the Leupold or anything else it seems to lose zero. My favorite scope I've got is the Burris as it's clear and seems great although I haven't had it a full year yet. I've had the Simmons for years and it's held up well to a ton of abuse. Not quite as clear as the Burris but it's clear enough and seems to be a decent scope.

The Tasco I haven't found a think wrong with to be honest. I went in planning to just use it for a bit and expecting for it to suck. However, I've not found any problems. It's been a lot better scope than the Leupold to be honest.

I hear the higher end Leupolds are better but I'm not going to spend that much to find out. Especially after seeing how much better the Burris is.

May 30, 2009, 12:04 AM
I'll keep my eyes peeled for a good deal on a team primos or prostaff

Don't wait too long on the Team Primos it used to be $200 then they raised the price $20 and I'm sure it will go up again. Or Nikon will cancel it if it eats into the Monarch line too much. You notice they do not advertise it on their website that should give you a clue as to the potential it has. If people actually realized what it was (a 3-9x40 Monarch for that price) then a buckmaster 3-9x for the same price really does not make sense nor does the 2.5x10 Monarch for a lot more money. Bushnell has a similar 4200 scope that was really cheap that they raised the price (up $50) on and brought it back into the light so to speak.

May 30, 2009, 09:20 AM
Where are the Prostaffs manufactured?

Ky Larry
May 30, 2009, 11:31 AM
Don't know about the Prostaffs. My 5.5-16.5X44AO Monarch paperwork says it is manufactured by Nikon of Japan but doesn't say where it was actually built. Last year, when the new Sportsman's Warehouse opened here, they had an opening special on Nikon scopes. I got the above scope for $319.99 ($339.19 w/tax). Itis, by far, the brightest, clearest glass I have ever owned.:D

June 3, 2009, 04:15 PM
Where are the Prostaffs manufactured?

The Philippines. Anybody know if the ProStaff has a one-piece tube or not?

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