Background...I'm not a new shooter, and this sure ain't the first scope I've bought. There didn't used to be some many options...
Purpose of the scope...The rifle is a (FN) Winchester model 70 (30-06) project that will be in a McMillan stock in about 15 more weeks. I've been looking at 3-12x and 4-16x (not intersted in an objective bigger that 44mm), mostly for scanning fields on low power...but I also want to be able to use it in the woods if necessary. (either 3x or 4x will do)...I guess you could call it a medium range hunter...my idea of the perfect general purpose workhorse rifle.
The rifle as it is now...I HATE that stock...its too thin everywhere, just doesn't fit me at all...not even my hand! Thats a 5 year old Nikon Prostaff on there now, that scope has been on several rifles in its life...its a good scope for what it is, but I want a bit more magnification and parallax adjustment.
Max range will be 600 yards...which can be done just fine with a 9x, but seeing antlers on a deer that is in the treeline at 600 yards with 9x can be another story altogether.
I'm just sorta stuck though...trying to decide which to get, LOL....so many to choose from...I myself have had better luck with Nikon than Leupold in the past, not knocking the Leupy's...just stating my experiences. That said, most of my scopes have been in the $200-$300 range...
I'm not real crazy about the large diameter eyepiece on the Monarch scopes though...that has me wondering about clearance for bolt lift...I don't want to raise the scope up any more than I absolutely have to (higher rings).
Leupold just doesn't offer what I'm after (in the $400-$500 price range)...I like side focus.
I've been looking at Sightron (SII's) and Vortex (Viper HS)...
I need help here...I was hoping you guys could give me some experiences with these scopes, or any others with similar specs and price (no more than $600...preferably less)
100 yard 3 round group...reloads, but not worked up for this rifle...just a load I picked (168 Nosler Ballistic Tip, 58 grains H4350)...I shot this off shooting sticks, prone may have made it a little tighter. The new stock once bedded may shrink it a lil too...the stock I have ordered is McMillans "Winchester Supergrade" model, the color is marbled with olive, black, and tan (33%-33%-33%)...that color reminds me of a ghillie suit, its not really pretty but I thought it may be functional.