Newbie scope question

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by heiner39, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. heiner39

    heiner39 Member

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    I want to start by saying I love this site. I'm new here and to rifle shooting in general. I took my first whitetail last fall with my 30-06 Savage.

    I have a question about scopes. I have read good things about the Bushnell 4200 series and Nikon Monarch series. Being that they seem to be in the same general price range, what do you guys think would make the most reliable scope? I'm looking primarily for hunting purposes but love the long range stuff too!
     
  2. craSSh

    craSSh Member

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    You would be happy with either. I ike Nikons reticle better but I went with the 4200 for the rainguard
     

  3. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

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    I prefer the Nikon because the glass is a little better IMO - slightly better light gathering for early and late shots.
     
  4. KRP

    KRP Well-Known Member

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    I also prefer the Nikon glass. General clarity and low light both.
     
  5. heiner39

    heiner39 Member

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    I am leaning towards the Nikon. For the guys who prefer the Nikon, what recticle do you prefer? Is the BDC worth the extra money?
     
  6. KRP

    KRP Well-Known Member

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    I don't like the BDC reticle, the circles just seem big and distracting to me. I would probably get MilDot if available and Nikoplex if not.
     
  7. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

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    I have never used the BDC. I've looked through them. If I were going to get a Prostaff, I'd look at the BDC because I wouldn't trust the tracking to constantly adjust the scope for elevation. If you were looking at the Buckmaster or monarch or better, I'd agree that the nikoplex or the mill dot would be better (definatly the mildot if it is offered because it would give you multiple points of aim once you learn the distance between the dots at various power levels. One thing to note is that the buckmaster has a thicker reticle than the monarch and the monarch has a thinner reticle than the bushnell 4200 (at least it seemed like it to me), but the Leupald vxIII does have a slightly thinner reticle than the Monarch...
     
  8. ScottBerish

    ScottBerish Well-Known Member

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    Mechanically speaking, the Elite 4200 is a much tougher scope than any Nikon...
     
  9. Brocksdad

    Brocksdad Active Member

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    +1 on what Scott has said about the 4200 durability. Also in dealing with both CS departments, you will find that the Bushnell CS is much easier to deal with. Many have had horror stories with Nikon. On another note, in speaking with Nikon, they know and vow to improve there CS department. I know they have a new stateside CS manager for Sport Optics and he seems to be doing well. Only time will tell.

    Rob