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I need some scope help here

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by rev579, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. rev579

    rev579 Active Member

    Can someone explain the practical difference in price between these three?
    Is the glass on the monarch that much better? Gather better light? Keep zero better?

    Nikon 4-16x42SF Monarch Riflescope
    $641 (msrp)

    Nikon 2.5-10x42 Monarch Riflescope
    $571 (msrp)

    Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14x40 Riflescope
    $453 (msrp)

  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I can't explain it, other then the Monarch's probably do have better more expensive glass & lens coatings.

    Any of the three should be expected to "hold zero" just perfectly fine.

    I would not even worry about that until you get into $200 buck Chinese scopes with similar power and features.

  3. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Well-Known Member

    The glass on the Monarchs is better, but there are no flies on the Buckmasters.
  4. rev579

    rev579 Active Member

    $100 different?
  5. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Well-Known Member

    The only way to know if it's worth the extra $100 to you is to go look through both indoors and out, then make your decision.
  6. rev579

    rev579 Active Member

    FWIW, there is a huge difference between the monarch and the Buckmaster, with the same(relative) magnification and objective. I compared them. Hard to believe that no one on the forum has done this. Further, I guess it is worth a bit more coin. $319 v. $399 would have you buy the $399 Monarch over the $319 Buckmaster.
  7. Coltdriver

    Coltdriver Well-Known Member

    Next time you have access to one of those scopes look into the objective and see if it picks up your reflection.

    The better the glass the less the reflection. Really top end stuff has a very faint or thin looking reflection. A Simmons is like a mirror. The purpose of the coating you hear about is to assist the passage of light into the scope.

    Nikon obviously has great expertise in coatings. And their Monarch line gets a better light passing coating.
  8. ms6852

    ms6852 Well-Known Member

    I have the NIKON MONARCH 2.5 X 10 with bdc reticle. Bought it a while back when it iwas under $400. The bdc reticle is dead on. I zeroed my AR15 at 200 yds using 62 gr fmj. I than lasered a target at 500 yds. dropped the bdc reticle to the 3rd circle which gave me 500 yds. Nailed the target twice back to back, just that simple. As it is, my scope is good to go to 600 yds with out dialing in any elevation what so ever. Just awesome.
  9. rev579

    rev579 Active Member

    I've been pleased with the BDC, I simply want to move to MilDot ranging, but MD or BDC both provide compensation points that can be taken advantage of.

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