Originally Posted by Climbhard
I'm down to two scopes, (a) Monarch 4-16x50 BDC and (b) Viper HS 4-16x44 dead hold recticle. The use would be predator / varmint on my AR inside 500 yards. Both will let me range witht he know MOA markings on the recticle as well as give me quick hold over on targets of opportunity. Both will let me dial MOA when shooting PD. The Nikon is a 50mm/1" and the Vortex is a 44mm/30mm design. The important criteria are:
1) pre-dawn / dusk light gathering
2) optic quality
3) turrets design / repeatability / accuracy
Which would you choose? Why?
Not to knock a Nikon, but all the refurbished ones I see for sale on the internet kinda scare me and I had a friend who had problems with his and after 6 weeks when it was finally replaced he canned it for a sightron. Nikon is not know for their CS...Vortex all the way if that is your choices. Although I think the glass may be a little better in the Nikon. Keep in mind that the Obj. plays a bigger part in light gathering then the size of the body does. (which really does not at all, it only increases the amount of adj.)