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Nikon Monarch refurb?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by bikemutt, Oct 3, 2013.

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  1. bikemutt
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    I came across a very nice Nikon Monarch scope (8412) that I think would work well for me, it's used and it was purchased as a Factory Refurb. From what I can tell, Nikon offers a 90 day warranty on their refurbs, the expiration date has since passed on this one.

    On the plus side it's a well cared-for scope that normally would have retailed for around $1200, I can pick it up for around $450.

    On the other side, my intended use is to mount it on a Marlin 1895 chambered for 45/70 Govt. Not being a low recoil round tells me the scope will be "pushed"; it's not sitting on a pea shooter.

    Anyway, just wondering if anyone may have first-hand knowledge about Nikon refurbs and subsequent failures, or just jump in and share your thoughts.

    If this was not available, I would not spend $1200 on a new one, the Marlin 45/70 is not exactly a sniper rifle, or even a long range one. I would spend $450 to put nice glass on her though, she's real purdy and deserves it :)
     
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    ive got a bunch of refirded monarchs and team primos which were the older monarch that i bought as refirbs. theyve been every bit as good as new scopes and nikon will stand behind them the same as a new scope. Only differnce is if you send one it you will have to pay return shipping. they quote that 90 day warantee but my buddy had a team primos he bought on my recomendation, used it for two years and left his gun in the field and ran over it with his truck and bent the scope tube and nikon sent him a brand new monarch to replace it with free of charge.
     
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    Not a scope, but I had a pair of refurb Nikon binoculars that have seen heavy use and held up perfectly. A year or so after buying them a small piece fell off and Nikon replaced it free of charge. I also know a guy who uses a Nikon monarch African on his .416 rigby and I have been considering buying one of the refurb models for my .458 Lott so IMO the Nikon refurbs are a great deal and I think it would do well on your 45-70.
     
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    Thanks, I meet the fellow next week to buy the scope.

    If Nikon's $400 MSRP scopes are nice, I can't wait to see what their $1300 MSPR glass looks like.
     
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    If it has a lifetime warranty, why do they only say 90 days for the refurbs?
     
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    It wouldn't take too many stories about refurb scope owners' getting stuck for these scopes to be essentially worth nothing. Probably better to handle the few ones that do come up in a way that leaves the owner proud of the brand, and maybe willing to share that.

    I had a Mercruiser V8 big-block develop cracked manifolds about 6 months out of warranty. I was ready for the hammer to fall. Got a call from the dealer, Mercury told him "just take care of this guy". Repaired at no expense to me. I like Mercury Marine :)
     
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    I had a stock on a Weatherby Mark V that the finish didn't hold up on. Contacted Weatherby. They said "Send it back." The rifle was almost 20 years old. Weatherby replaced the stock absolutely no charge to me. Great company!!!
     
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    the way the explained it to me was like this. For the first 90 days they pay return shipping after 90 with a refurb you pay a 25 dollar return shipping charge but i sent one in after about a year and they didnt charge me return shipping. I dont think they even track serial numbers to check to see if your scope is a refurb or not so if you send it in just dont send it in the refurb box it came in.
     
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    Home and ready

    So I picked the scope up yesterday and got some time today to get her mounted on the rifle.

    Tell you what, this is one nice piece of glass :D

    Sure, it looks a bit like a scope with a rifle under it, but that's pretty much the deal with lever guns, they look better naked.

    The first test for me is to mount the rifle quickly as if surprised; the scope comes up instantly with a clear, crisp picture, no fussing, no adjusting, just a plain great picture.

    Of course, everything is easy from my recliner. We'll see how she does at the range, and beyond, as time permits.

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