NightForce NXS or ATACR??

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by toader, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. toader

    toader Well-Known Member

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    Building another hunting rig and starting to look for a scope. I have and really like the NF NXS series of scopes, but the ATACR has really caught my attention!!

    Guys that have experience with both, please give me your pros and cons of going with the ATACR over a NXS. Is the ATACR really worth another $500 over the NXS for a hunting scope??

    Thanks for the help!!
     
  2. dragman

    dragman Well-Known Member

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    To be fair the ATACR is about $325 more, you have to compare the zero stop model of the NXS since the ATACR only comes with the zero stop. IMHO yes it's worth the money I love mine.
     

  3. marinetowgunner

    marinetowgunner Well-Known Member

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    The ATACR glass is awesome. Pretty close to my SB and a vast improvement from the NXS. It would be worth it to me.
     
  4. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    ATACR Pro's over the NXS,

    30 additional MOA of elevation adjustment
    Better glass that is noticeably better in low light
    3x more power on the top magnification
    Like the parallax adjustment a little better (quicker and no-parallax seems to be closer to perfect focus at all distances)
    34mm tube and rings add clamping surface area for big rifles
    3/4" shorter than the NXS

    Cons of ATACR VS the NXS

    ATACR is heavier
    takes 34mm rings that are a bit more $
    $450 more money

    So it boils down to do you need the added elevation? better glass? (I always have felt the NXS Glass was plenty good for my needs, but at distances way out there the ATACR glass is nice)

    I have both and see it like this. If you are going ELR the ATACR is the way to go. But for the average long range hunting situation the NXS is very hard to beat. Now if the added weight does not bother you and you have the extra $$ in your scope budget, then the ATACR is a very nice upgrade over the NXS. But I am only using the ATACR on my ELR rigs.

    Here is a full review I did comparing both to each other.

    Nightforce ATACR Scope Review

    Jeff
     
  5. toader

    toader Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone!!

    As much as I would love to have the ATACR, I think I'm gonna stick with the NXS model - they have never let me down!!

    My shooting distances will be 450 yds and less - at this range, I don't think the extra $450 will be worth it. The added weight is also a factor - its a hunting rifle that will be toted around so if I can keep it on the lighter side, I will.
     
  6. pyroducksx3

    pyroducksx3 Well-Known Member

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    Broz for the sake of argument if the atacr scope was available with the np-r1 reticle would you still choose the moar?
     
  7. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I would probably go with the NP-R1 , But the ultimate reticle would be the MOAR with the floating cross reduced to .062 thickness.

    Jeff
     
  8. Kiwi Greg

    Kiwi Greg Well-Known Member

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    +1 really like my ATACR, but as Broz says ELR only for me
     
  9. pyroducksx3

    pyroducksx3 Well-Known Member

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    Looks like you got your wish , the MOAR-T. I think I found the eticle for my nxs
     
  10. Kiwi Greg

    Kiwi Greg Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't say it is an option for the ATACR yet though.....
     
  11. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Yep, I will be either selling and buying new or having one installed in mine when available.:)

    Jeff
     
  12. abhound1

    abhound1 New Member

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    Hi all.
    Just got an email back from NightForce, "The MOAR-T is currently offered in the NXS models only." So if you want the MOAR-T you will have to either stick with the NSX or have a new reticle put in the ATACR.


    Rod
     
  13. ultraedge

    ultraedge Well-Known Member

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    The reticle that Broz suggested would be great, but I like the MOAR much better for hunting than the NP-R1. It is much better in low light situations and doesn't hinder you much the rest of the time. Also all of the graduations are 1 moa instead of the horizontal ones being 2 moa as in the NP-R1. The ATACR picks up more light than the NXS 5.5x22 and has about 30 moa more vertical adjustment. In my opinion, the ATACR is a superior hunting scope, but for targets or hunting in normal daylight, the NXS suits me just as well. Gary