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Nikon Monarch: upgrade over VX-II?

 
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Old 07-25-2009, 03:31 PM
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Nikon Monarch: upgrade over VX-II?

Longtime Leupold fan. Would like to upgrade the recticle on my VX-II 4x12x40 AO to a recticle I can use for holdover, like the mil dot. While the vx-ii is a decent scope, I don't think it is good enough to warrant the $150 upgrade from the Leupold Custom Shop. Antoher Mark 4 or or VX-3 is not in my budget right now. I have read in a few places that the Nikon Monarch 4x16x42SF is a step up from the VX-II in terms of clarity and low light performance, is cheaper, and still has the lifetime warranty. Have folks found this to be true (that the Nikon is an upgrade) and is the Nikon worth it...or should I just save up for a VX-3? Another Mark 4 or VX-3 would be a year out, and Icould sell the VX-II for the cost of a new Monarch. Rifle is a 243 used for medium (400 yds) range varmit and range practice.
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:31 AM
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Re: Nikon Monarch: upgrade over VX-II?

What...nobody owns a Monarch?
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:11 AM
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Re: Nikon Monarch: upgrade over VX-II?

Monarch's are, IMHO optically better than the VX II though they are 2-4 oz heavier. Their BDO isn't to my liking though as I fully believe in the KISS theory. Check them out and pick the one that fits your needs, then save up and only pay once!
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:34 AM
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Re: Nikon Monarch: upgrade over VX-II?

I have an older monarch 6.5x20x42 with ao. It is decent quite clear and low light performance is very good. My main gripes are crank it up past 16 and quality starts going down fast, just not very clear at 20 imo. The mildot reticle is nice for ranging and holdover but it is quite thick on my monarch. Very low amount of elevation and windage adjustment, i think the new ones are even worse, not sure exactly but i think less than 40 moa. I would definately look into how much it has and how much you need. It has never failed me tho, and low light performance is a very good.
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:20 PM
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Re: Nikon Monarch: upgrade over VX-II?

In my opinion, I would take a Nikon Monarch over a Leupold VX-II.
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:39 PM
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Re: Nikon Monarch: upgrade over VX-II?

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In my opinion, I would take a Nikon Monarch over a Leupold VX-II.
Good to know, thanks! How does the Monarch compare to the VX-III/VX-3?

dropdead - I hear that the mil dot on the new Monarchs is thinner....
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:53 PM
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Re: Nikon Monarch: upgrade over VX-II?

I have the 4-16x50 tactical and really like it! The mildot reticle is not big at all and is very thin compared to the older ones! I was a leupold man for years and have owned every style out. I can say that the nikon glass wins hands down and is has very repeatableadjustments!
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