Which Long Range Low Light Scope?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Seven Oaks, May 18, 2009.

  1. Seven Oaks

    Seven Oaks Well-Known Member

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    I have narrowed it down to either a Leupold VX-3 4x14x50MM or a Nikon Monarch X 4x16x50 MM. Both have 30MM tubes

    If anybody has experience with these 2 scopes I would appreciate any tips.

    Best,

    Dee
     
  2. Alfred Crouch

    Alfred Crouch Well-Known Member

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    Have no exxperience with the Nikon. Have had a large number of Leupys including the 4.5 x 14 x 50. That is an excellent scope. I think the Varix III is the best scope available for the money.
     

  3. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    How do you propose to shoot LR with these scopes? Dial in or hold over?
     
  4. Sharpstick

    Sharpstick Active Member

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    No experience with the Nikon, but the new VX3 has a different lens coating that gives it a bump compared to the old VX-III (which I still like for low light).
     
  5. Seven Oaks

    Seven Oaks Well-Known Member

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    Montana,

    The Longest Shots where I hunt are 400 yds max. Sighted in at 200 will require holding over 17". (7MM WSM-24" tube-160 Gr. Accubond) I'm o.k. with that.

    I'll shoot out to 500-600 yds. when practicing and would need to dial in the adjustments at that range.

    Dee
     
  6. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    I have been using the VX-3's, but not that particular scope.
    No experience with Nikon.
    I would go with the Leupold for sure if it was me.
     
  7. jmason

    jmason Well-Known Member

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    Ernie- when are you going to post your optics review?
     
  8. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    400 yds isn't too bad for a hold over. I shot an antelope at 425 yds once holding over. If it were me, I would zero that 7 WSM a little farther out if I didn't have a dial in scope. Not at all trying to tell you what to do, just sharing my opinion FWIW.

    Good shooting and let us know how your 7 WSM shoots. I've gotten real good velocities with RL17 in my 300 WSM and Nosler E-Tips. About 3200 fps which is 200 fps faster than I was getting with H4350 or factory ammo.

    -MR
     
  9. Seven Oaks

    Seven Oaks Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Everybody,

    appreciate the tips.

    Montana,

    I'll let you know soon as I can get my hot little hands on it. Thanks for the load info.

    Dee