Longtime Leupold fan. Would like to upgrade the recticle on my VX-II 4x12x40 AO to a recticle I can use for holdover, like the mil dot. While the vx-ii is a decent scope, I don't think it is good enough to warrant the $150 upgrade from the Leupold Custom Shop. Antoher Mark 4 or or VX-3 is not in my budget right now. I have read in a few places that the Nikon Monarch 4x16x42SF is a step up from the VX-II in terms of clarity and low light performance, is cheaper, and still has the lifetime warranty. Have folks found this to be true (that the Nikon is an upgrade) and is the Nikon worth it...or should I just save up for a VX-3? Another Mark 4 or VX-3 would be a year out, and Icould sell the VX-II for the cost of a new Monarch. Rifle is a 243 used for medium (400 yds) range varmit and range practice.