Nikon Monarch/Bushnell Elite/Viper/SII?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by SBD, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. SBD

    SBD Member

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    Hey guys, just want some feedback on a scope for a 500-600yd coyote/paper gun and also to learn the basics of LR hunting and shooting. I have Remington 700 in .243 that's pretty stock, and has been my varmint and "guest deer" gun for a few years now. I plan to send it out to someone like Kevin for an "Accuracy Package" as soon as he starts taking work again, with plans to have it re-chambered in .308 with a good barrel, and good stock/bedding etc. Now since my son is almost done with college (and tuition) I will start my collection of LR gear accordingly!

    I want to start with a decent piece of glass for now. I want something that will teach me the basics of target turrets and such, and I see so many recommend the Sightron SIII or Vortex Viper PST, but they still are in the $700+ range. Would I be well served by picking up a Nikon Monarch and the available target turrets, or even something like the standard Viper or SII's, or Bushnell Elite? I have seen these for in the area of $450-500 new, and several of the Bushnell's in the classifieds for $200-350 etc (right now there is a 10x40 Elite 3500 for $210). Or is the Sightron SIII/Vortex PST class of scope the minimum entry requirement into this game with any respectable, repeatable results?
     
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  2. MHO

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    Just my experience. As far as tracking your gonna have to start with a minimal Vortex PST. Is there better, for sure but heck of a lot more cash as well. I have no experience with the Sightron or Bushnell Elite. But I do own some PSTs and Im very pleased with them. I have ordered the Nikon 8-32x50 ED SF with the target knobs. I will have it ready in a week or so and will let know if its repeatable like they claim. Good luck and hope it helps.
     

  3. SBD

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    Awesome... I look forward to hearing all about it. Thanks for the reply
     
  4. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at the Pentax Lightseeker 30 6-24x50 mildot, it has target turrets, twice the internal adjustment of the Nikon (I am however a Nikon fan). The Lightseeker 30 is basically a Burris Blackdiamond with a different name written on it, it will serve you well for 475-550$.
     
  5. The7mmSTW

    The7mmSTW Well-Known Member

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    Look at the internal adjustments when looking at Nikon, my 5-20x44 only has 34 MOA :( i didnt think i would be into long range shooting when i bought it, thus is why ill be upgrading later on