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Old 03-01-2011, 11:07 PM
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Re: First Rifle Ever!

Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14x40 (Mil Dot or BDC Reticle) $300-$320; Nikon Monarch 3-12x42 BDC Reticle $430; Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 $400. The Nikon scopes get you a good mix of decent glass and nice features. If you are after the best glass you can get for your money, go with the Zeiss.

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Old 03-02-2011, 02:53 AM
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Welcome to the sickness. You'll like your Savage. Now you just need to get started reloading so you can afford to put some extra rounds down the range. I saw someone mention the Millet TRS for $299 and I gotta say it is a pretty decent scope for the money. I've shot mine off a 260rem and 300wm with no issues and it tracks very well. Never had any problems getting back to zero and I do a lot of turret twisting. I'm sure there is better glass out there but with all the features I doubt you find a scope that has everything the TRS includes. PM me if you are ever in the Springs area and maybe we can arrange for you to try it out before you buy.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:33 AM
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Well, the Nikon Monarch seems to be a well respected scope. So, my question, shouldn't I go with a Mil-Dot reticle instead of a BDC reticle? I thought Mil-Dot reticles were sort of the standard among the long range crowd here.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:43 AM
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The Monarch is a great scope (i've had two), as far as glass goes they are superb, repeatability has been good, but, IMHO the eye relief of my two 6.5-20's was.... for a lack of a better term, terrible. On my heavy varmint rigs they worked ok but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't find their way onto a large caliber magnum. Go to your local dealer & play with a few before making your decision is all that i'm recommending, please don't think i'm trying to talk you out of it, just sharing experience.

The mil-dot system works, it depends on how far you plan to shoot; if you aren't going to stretch it out 500+ don't bother, it looks cool but isn't really needed IMHO. The BDC reticles are ok as well but can be difficult calibrating the power ring to your particular cartridge (my experience). I have been buying the regular Duplex reticle & dialing the needed MOA, that way I KNOW my hold matches my drop (as long as I do my part)
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:50 AM
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Guys, this is the scope I'm looking at. What are your thoughts? Sightron seems to get good reviews around here.

Amazon.com: New Sightron Scopes SII 4-16X42MM Mil Dot Reticle AO Scope Satin Black Adjustment Shooter Hunter: Sports & Outdoors
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:00 AM
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There are some great deals in the classifieds on this forum. You may want to keep an eye out.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:16 PM
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I have two Vortex Vipers, picked them up at opticsplanet.com for 399.00 ea . very happy with them..
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