Originally Posted by Shootin4fun
Yea, it would be interesting to hear your take on both the optics and the turret features. Nikon's optics seem very good to me, BDC can be useful and for a hundred $ you can get tactical turrets.
But I like the Vortex zero reset feature for the turrets and windage reticle markings in their BDC. I don't know about their optics.
3 things I can tell you now that the Vortex has over the Monarch.
1. The Vortex has more internal adjustment 70moa vs 40moa
2. The Vortex comes with Target turrets the Monarch doesn't
3. The eye relief on the Vortex is very good. Seems like I can put my head anywhere on the stock and get a sight picture. A Little better than the Monarch.
It's hard to beat Nikons BDC reticule though.
The glass? I don't know yet. Can't form an opinion just by looking through it in the store and shouldering a few times in the house. Keep in mind though we are comparing a 30mm tube & 44mm objective vs a 1"tube & 42mm objective.
Price? I think I spent $370 on the Monarch about 5 years ago ($400 now) and $550 for the Vortex.
The Monarch for $400 + $100 for the turrets. For $50 more the Vortex so far is the better buy if your wanting to dial. I'll say that even if it turns out the glass is a little better on the Monarch.