March or NX8

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Need some advice on which scope to put on a 280 AI. Both scopes here in Canada are within $2-300 of each other. Unless I go with the 2.5-25x42, it is less than a nx8.

Any problem going with the 42mm?
How’s the MTR-5 reticle? Looks good to me

Slight advantage for features goes to nx8. 50mm and has illumination. March advantage is weight.

Will I notice field of view and light gathering ability to be less with the 42mm? Because if not I’m leaning towards going with the 42mm non illuminated. I currently have a March 2.5-25x52 on my 25-284 and it’s a great scope. Found it used and only thing I don’t like is that is has a fine crosshair reticle. Thanks
 

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Consider the new Vortex Razor LHT 4.5x22. excellent reviews and comes in around the same weight as the march, a a much lower price point.
 

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Consider the new Vortex Razor LHT 4.5x22. excellent reviews and comes in around the same weight as the march, a a much lower price point.
I would, but aren’t those only available in FFP? I’m a SFP guy or I’d look at the Mark 5 as well. Want to keep the weight down, or I’d consider a Kahles too. For what I’m wanting to do I think the March or nx8 are the two best suited for me. Looked through a few FFP and can’t get used to it. All my scopes are 50,52 and 56mm. So not sure if guys think a March with a 42mm would be a handicap.
 

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Yeah, they're only ffp, but the reticle has been specifically designed to be a good compromise for dual purpose use. As far as 42mm being enough, I've read a lot about the NF making little to no real usable difference in the field. The 50mm weighs more, and apparently that's about it. I was looking hard at those scopes as well, and went with a 3-15x50mm LHT for my 308 and will be getting the 4.5-22 LHT for my 300wm/338rum
 

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The 42mm March gets dark in the higher powers, say above ~20x in the evening low light compared to the 52mm.
 

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I swapped a 4-32x50 NX8 onto my element, absolutely in love with this thing. People complain about the eye box on them, and I do agree that it was challenging on my LR308. However, on my bolt gun I have zero issue getting into the scope quickly.
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The 42mm March gets dark in the higher powers, say above ~20x in the evening low light compared to the 52mm.
Good to know. I think either scope will suit me fine. I like the weight of the March. Think I’ll get whichever one I can find the best price on.
 

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I have the NX8 2.5-20X in second focal plain on my 25 Creedmoor and really like it. The glass is good and I absolutely love the reticle. You can’t go wrong with that scope in my opinion.

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One thing to keep in mind is the March's exposed windage turret vs. the NX8's capped windage. The NX8 is a good scope for sure, but it's not a GREAT scope for $2k IMO. I had a 4-24 VX6-HD and the only thing that was better on the NX8 was the crispness of the turret. I just recently went from the NX8 to the Mark 5, I know it's FFP, but there is nothing better on the NX8 than the Mark 5. To me anyways...

All that being said, I would run an NX8 tomorrow and not complain about it. It's a good scope. There is just better out there for sure.
 

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Thanks. Just found and bought a used nx8 this morning. Found a 4-32x50 F2. I also like my 4-24 vx6hd. But like you, wish the turrets were more crisp. I’m sure I’ll be happy with it. Appreciate all the feedback guys.
 

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Thanks. Just found and bought a used nx8 this morning. Found a 4-32x50 F2. I also like my 4-24 vx6hd. But like you, wish the turrets were more crisp. I’m sure I’ll be happy with it. Appreciate all the feedback guys.
I'm sure you will be too!!

A little tip that was nice for me, figure out were the parallax is crisp at 100 yards, and color that specific little white line in with a red sharpie. It'll save you a lot of time resetting your parallax 👍
 

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I'm sure you will be too!!

A little tip that was nice for me, figure out were the parallax is crisp at 100 yards, and color that specific little white line in with a red sharpie. It'll save you a lot of time resetting your parallax 👍
Good idea. Thanks for the tip.
 

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I have a rifle on order being mounted with the 4-32 FFP. Now I’m looking at the 2.5-20 2FP to mount on my trusted 30-06. Has a Viper HS on it now and I think it’s crap. Hazy on higher power no matter what the outside conditions are.
Since I hunt in woods often I think the 2FP would be a better choice for this gun. But still have the magnification if I need to take it out farther
 

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Thanks. Just found and bought a used nx8 this morning. Found a 4-32x50 F2. I also like my 4-24 vx6hd. But like you, wish the turrets were more crisp. I’m sure I’ll be happy with it. Appreciate all the feedback guys.
You buy the one on CGN? Saw one there a few days back. To my eye the vx6hd seems to give more pop on the colors, but I have never had a leupy track like an NF.
 
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