Nikon Scopes

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    POWERSHIFT93
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    I need  thoughts on the Nikon Scope Line, looking at the Monarch 3     5-20 by 44 scope.  any thoughts good or bad are wanted.  the reason i posted this is because i am Burnt out on Hawke optics. looking for a new flag to fly.   MAHALO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Erik
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    Made in china

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    bman940
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    I have used Nikon’s MONARCH 3 4-16 BDC for over 2 years now on a regular bolt action .308 rifle. Zero complaints and being that I do freelance work for Nikon my rifles and scopes get hard use. I have had numerous Airrifle guy’s ask me aobut the MONARCH 3 5-20×44 with the Nikonplex reticle for fine target shooting. 
    Another suggestion is the MONARCH 3 6-24 Nikoplex. This scope offers 1/8 MOA per click adjustment at 100 yards for really dialing in your shot. Rest assured the scope is backed by Nikon’s No Fault Policy too. 

    Just out of curiosity, if you could design a scope to meet your needs, what features would you choose? 
    Drop me a note if I can answer any question’s for you.

    http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd363/bman940/MONARCH%203/MONARCH34-16.jpg
     

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    POWERSHIFT93
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    If i could have 1 designed it would be so the zero never shifts. i have a hawke varmit  3-12 by 44. that has the windage walking all over the place. i like the 44mm size it is big without being bulky. i got a sidewinder that is just to big and busy if you catch my  drift. i am kinda new to this scope thing since being here and reading that the hawke scopes are eyeball on higher power. i never noticed it until now i also had a hawke 6-24 AO. I REALLY HATED THAT plus anything higher then 16 it got kind of fuzzy. sold that scope gave away the nitro piston rifle with it. plus i don’t want one that costs more than the FX  independence i got. i thought hawke was good but after the everything i have heard no more for me. that and if something breaks you have to pay to ship it back to them..  so i guess for now i just want a scope that i can see out of and holds it zero.

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    POWERSHIFT93
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    “Tony.R”Made in china

    
what is not made there these days???????????????????????

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    Erik
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    So lots of things being made in china justifies purchasing a poor product? Once you felt a Japanese scope there is no turning back my friend…

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    POWERSHIFT93
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    “Tony.R”So lots of things being made in china justifies purchasing a poor product? Once you felt a Japanese scope there is no turning back my friend…

    
So who makes scopes from japan these days???????????????????????

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    Erik
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    SWFA

    DELTA OPTICAL

    MARCH OPTICS

    Certain bushnell and vortex etc etc, google if you must.

    A fixed power SWFA is only about $300

    I gave €390 including shipping for my MADE IN JAPAN DELTA OPTICAL 4,5-14X44 FIRST FOCAL PLANE SCOPE. I also have their 4,5-30×50 SFP scope

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    POWERSHIFT93
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    “Tony.R”SWFA

    DELTA OPTICAL

    MARCH OPTICS

    Certain bushnell and vortex etc etc, google if you must.

    A fixed power SWFA is only about $300

    I gave €390 including shipping for my MADE IN JAPAN DELTA OPTICAL 4,5-14X44 FIRST FOCAL PLANE SCOPE. I also have their 4,5-30×50 SFP scope

    
MAHALO  for that 1.

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    bman940
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    Thanks for all the suggestion’s guys!  

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    Erik
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    Also clearidge. They are made by Light optical works in Japan, same as Delta optical and Bushnell 

    http://www.clearidgeoptics.com/

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    POWERSHIFT93
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    “bman940”Thanks for all the suggestion’s guys!  

    
Do you work for Nikon????????????????????????

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    hahner30
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    I have 6 Nikon scopes on my regular guns (including on my 12ga slug gun) and have never had any problems or complaints about them. You get some very good glass for the money. 

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    crosman2016
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    Nikon scopes are, made in China or not, well made scopes…considering what you are paying.  I agree with what Tony R is saying though.  You pick up a Simmons and then you pick up a Leupold or Zeiss, or even a Redfield for that matter, and you can feel the difference.

    I have two Nikon scopes on some other rifles, one on an AR and one on a Ruger rifle (.30-06), and they seems to hold up well to recoil and light abuse.  The glass is clear and they hold zero.  JMHO.

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    “POWERSHIFT93”

    “bman940”Thanks for all the suggestion’s guys!  

    
Do you work for Nikon????????????????????????

    
I do freelance work for Nikon. I help with PR Event’s/Shooting Event’s, Show’s. I was retired from 25 years in the medicine. I started to get asked to try out this scope, test this ammo, try out this mount and see what you think, next thing you know I’m going to Shot Show and meeting all sort’s of great folk’s. I don’t do any sales though I do occasionally pass along some of Nikon’s Promo’s when guy’s asked to be notified of sales that might pertain to what they are looking to buy. The last 2 years I have been submitting suggestion’s to Nikon from shooter’s like yourselves so that hopefully Nikon can make exactly what you want. That’s how some of the Rimfire line came about.  
     

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    Erik
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    If it wasn’t for the fact that I stepped up in the optics world, I would love to try a Nikon scope. After all, a camera manufacturer producing scopes sounds promising. And I do own the Nikon prostaff 3i rangefinder

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    bman940
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    I understand and I think air rifle owner’s will be very happy with some of the choice’s Nikon scope’s will be giving them in the next year. I have done some product testing with scopes and air rifles, amazing how far they have some over the years. I buddy harvested a turkey last fall with one, a clean head shot. Not sure it’s legal but knowing how he hunts he wouldn’t have taken the shot if he wasn’t sure he could make it lethal. 

     

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    JoeWayneRhea
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    I’ve had a couple Nikon scopes and agree they are nice fo r the money . I have a very close friend who is extremely well versed in optics and has been to the light optical plant and works closely with SWFA and attends trade shows in their booths .
    He has told me repeatedly that foreign scope manufacturers ( ALL OF THEM ) are capable of making world class optics ,it’s simply a matter of materials used and quality . Ziess can build a 30$ blister packaged scope and Tasco can make a scope that’s in an extremely elite league…. It’s just a matter of their target price and profit point .
    I realize a lot of things made in China are looked down on and rightfully so . But the orgin may has less to do with quality than you might imagine . I work in Quality Control at a large air condintioner factory and we can make an AC unit that will last 50 years and withstand virtually any environment. The real question is who the hell would pay for it at the price it would cost ? Automatically assuming one brand is better without seeing for yourself is foolish .
    It sucks but getting 2000$ scope quality can only be had by Un-Assing 2K . Scopes in what most of us think of as affordable are compromise’s…. It’s just a matter of what your willing to give a little on :)

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    BRS
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    Well said Joe(WayneRhea),,
    The factory/workshop where a scope is ‘made’ has little relevance – it’s all about the quality of the components. The Chinese, for instance, are just as able to make a very high quality product (as anyone) BUT ‘China’ consists of factories who work to order, but are not retailers, by which I mean they generally only produce to the wholesale customers’ requirments (the major advantages of China are low labour cost and quick turnaround time – unfortunately those appeal more to the lower and mid-level customer).

    There are, essentially, 3 top class lens makers (in our area of discussion) Schott, Zeiss and Hoya, all their products are expensive you wont find them in a new scope costing less than approx $1250.00, these 3 lens makers do not fight for business 😉 and dont deal in small runs – their production equipment is vastly expensive!

    On a lighter note, there some reasons why a small, nimble fingered lady (its always Ladies) would be my first choice to assemble a rifle scope – if you’ve ever wondered at the skill required to make one of those minature ‘Ship in a Bottle’ er things – the scope building process is very similar

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    Erik
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    The machines used matter as well. A shabby machine bought used from “another” brand because it was deemed “unworthy” of continuing production for that brand.

    But I will lay this to rest. Buy what you want, it is your money.

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