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New Nikon Monarchs

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Unread 10-15-2007, 10:15 PM
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New Nikon Monarchs

As a happy owner of a couple of Nikons, I was eager to see the new Monarchs finally hit the shelves. I bought one thursday. Had it to the range friday evening. My first thought was, " What's wrong with this thing"? Clarity and brightness in the $60 Tasco range. Maybe not that bad, but definitely inferior to my older Monarchs and Bushmasters.

Anybody else seen 'em yet? Maybe somethings wrong with the side focus or??? If this is the new Nikon glass, my guns won't be wearing any more. Anybody else? Any experience with Nikon customer service.

On a positive note, the elevation and windage adjustments were accurate.
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Unread 10-15-2007, 10:42 PM
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Is this the new 30MM one? I have the Tactical before they drop the designation and it's much brighter than my older Leupold Vari-XIII Tactical and on par with my new MK4 Tactical LR. Good luck with Nikon's customer service. I heard some horror stories.
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Unread 10-16-2007, 12:04 AM
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I just installed one of their new Monarchs on a customers gun. Not too much to complain about in the glass, but the BDC retical is a joke. The crosshair and circles are way too thick for my liking. On full power the crosshair takes up close to 1/2" at 100 yds.

IOR's MP8 reticle and Leupolds TMR are by far my favorite reticles.

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Unread 10-16-2007, 06:08 AM
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Back in '99 I had a Nikon Range finder that was about a year old. Left it on a black tarp for a few hours in 95 degree heat and it suddenly stoped working. I took it back to the local gunshop were I had purchased it and he sent it back in to nikon only to get a brand new one in the mail a couple weeks later. I have to say I have had good luck w/ there customer service. I also called them about a battery cap for the same range finder this fall and they sent me out a new battery cover free of charge!
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Unread 10-16-2007, 12:51 PM
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I don't know about the "new" Monarchs, but I bought a 3.3-10x44AO about three years ago and I loved it so much, I bought another identical one early last year. The second one was never as clear or bright as the first one. I sent it back to Nikon. They cleaned, adjusted, fiddled with it and sent it back. It was no better. I am very disappointed.
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Unread 10-16-2007, 03:36 PM
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I Have A New Monarch Gold 2.5x10x50 30mm Tube And Have No Complaints Except Crosshairs Are To Heavy
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Unread 10-16-2007, 05:47 PM
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Why is it that there is an unlimited supply of "REFURBISHED" Nikon rifle scopes always available. They are a catalog item at Nanchez and other large mail-order suppliers.

Personally, this is the biggest deterent to me ordering my first Monarch.

The range officer where I shoot ordered 2 new Nikons with the BDC for muzzleloaders. After $100 worth of bullets, powder and caps it was determined that both scopes were defective. Nikon replaced them both but I don't expect to go through all that nonesense with a new optic.

Nikon camera equiptment is fantastic but there sporting line of optics is something to worry about. IMO anyway.
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