Originally Posted by lerch
I would never rank a Nikon scope at the bottom of very many conversations. for me they are one of the most underated scopes on the market today, and a hell of a way for a shooter to save some money while still getting a great product. the nikon monarch is a hell of a scope and at around $400.00 they rival alot of $500.00 scopes
the 6500 is also a hell of scope!!!!!
have a good un
Wow, this thread is getting hot!
All three scopes are fine choices. The Elite 6500 are supposedly the finest Bushnell offers. I know the Elite 4200 are some of the most reliable (mechanically) and brightest scopes made, and the Elite 6500 is their new flagship. When Bushnell puts their mind to something, it usually works. That's one reason they were the number one selling scope in 2007 (the other, no doubt, is their low end models you see in Walmart
). The warranty/service should be top notch.
Personal preferences aside, the Zeiss Conquest are very bright, clear, and rugged scopes. If the 1-inch tube and lack of illumination isn't an issue, you can't go wrong with a Conquest.
The Nikon scopes are an excellent value, many positive comments on the Buckmaster series, no real issues. I'm not too big on target turrets for a hunting rig, and the 10x on the max mag is OK but your other choices have 14-16x which Lerch pointed out is probably more satisfactory.
In five years, I've taken one return on a Bushnell Elite, one on Nikon Monarch, and zero on Zeiss Conquest.