Scope Opinions Needed

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Seven Oaks, May 10, 2009.

  1. Seven Oaks

    Seven Oaks Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2009
    Hi Everyone,

    I am new to the forum so please forgive me if my question covers old ground. I am looking for opinions on the Nikon Monarch Gold 2.5x10 50MM (30MM tube) and the Leupold VX3 4.5x14 50MM (also 30MM tube). I have several scopes in both of these brands and am very pleased with them.
    I just don't have any experience with these new offerings and wanted some opinions from those that do.
    Low light performance and adequate eye relief are important to me. It's going on a special rifle I have waited along time for.

    Thanks for the help,

    Last edited: May 10, 2009
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    I have a half dozen Leupold 4.5x14x50s with diffrent reticles and they are great poor light
    scopes I realy like the side focus 30mm tubes.

    Eye relief is second to none and more than most other scopes.

    For the price they are hard to beat.

    The varment reticle is nice but it is about $100.oo more than the standard duplex.

    The nikons are good and I have several but like the leupolds the best when hunting poor
    light conditions (Dark timber).


  3. Seven Oaks

    Seven Oaks Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2009
    Thanks J.E. looking throught them at a store just doesn't tell me much. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Pigeon

    Pigeon Member

    May 7, 2009
    Hi Seven Oaks,

    If You want to have a real good scope for night hunting, You should have a look at the Swarovski Z6i scopes!

    I am living in Germany and about 85% of my hunting is night hunting on pigs without artificial light (art. light is against the law) - so the best scope is essential to be sucessfull with this. The Swarovski is the perfect deal to go out with. I have the 50mm scope as it is a good compromisse between light gathering ability and weight/size, but if You want the most light gathering, You should take a 56mm.

    I could aim in many conditions just from the city lights reflection at the clouds with this Swarovski scope! Of course I prefer moon nights, but they are not enough... :rolleyes: never...:D

    What is essential as well is an illuminated reticle - especially in the lowest light You could aim, the illuminated reticle gives you the control of Your POI. - imagine what´s happening without: your target is black, your reticle is black and the background grey: you will be helpless without illuminated reticle!

    If You need more help, please drop me a note