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Old October 1, 2012, 04:35 PM   #1
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Tell me what you think about this scope, please.

Ive been looking at a Nikon 8439 Monarch 4-16 x 50SF Scope with NikoPlex Reticle to go on top of my 30-06.
What do you think about it?

I can get one for 425.00

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Old October 1, 2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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I have two Nikon Monarch 3x9s and love them. They sit atop of a Ruger No 1 in 45-70 Gov't and a Savage 110 in 7mm Rem Mag. They are great scopes, clear, pull in a ton of light and hold zero well.

I think you would be very happy with the Nikon. My only suggestion is 50mm is a pretty big objective. It will likely require a tall set of rings to mount it correctly on your rifle. Just keep that in mind.

Also, what distance do you plan on shooting? If it is under 300 yards or so, a 3x9 might work just as well for you. I had a Bushnell 6x18 and even out in Wyoming hunting antelope I never went above 9 power. Here in the woods of Kentucky 4 power is about as far as I go.
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Old October 1, 2012, 06:32 PM   #3
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Thanks. Yes,,I am aware of the taller rings. I ordered the DNZ 1" that fits the Savage rifle today.

I have one 3X9X50 Nikon on my Marlin 45-70. Its a good scope for the money.

I like the 50mm scopes because we hunt right up until dark for the hogs. Im thinking Ill like the higher power because Im wanting to shoot the hogs in the head or neck from about 160-200 yds away.
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Old October 1, 2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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Captain - you are already well versed in Nikon then. You might be aware of this already, but at least on my non-Accutrigger 110, I had to buy a rail to mount the scope to because of the length of the tube on the Nikon was much shorter than the mounting holes on the gun.

If you have any similar issues with your Savage (I assume that is what the new Nikon is going on) let me know and I can dig up where I bought the rail. I can't recall but I do remember having a hell of a time finding a rail that would fit and was actually in stock.
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Old October 2, 2012, 02:44 AM   #5
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I understand what you are talking about,,,,,Im thinking that the 4X16X50 will be long enough for the DNZ rings. Ill let you know.
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Old October 3, 2012, 01:52 AM   #6
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I was a Leupold guy (most VX-II scopes) for years until I recently purchased a Monarch 2.5-10x42 Nioplex. For not much more than the VX-II scopes cost me I had better eye relief and better clarity with the Nikon.
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Old October 3, 2012, 05:25 AM   #7
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Ive been a photographer for years and know about Nikon's quality.
I thought I would give them a try with the 3X9X50 that I already own. I'm happy with it.
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Old October 4, 2012, 08:23 AM   #8
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I have that exact scope. I bought it new about a year ago. It's not as clear or bright as the leupold 4.5-14x40 I have. The color contrast isn't as good either. It does hold zero and the the clicks are repeatable. It's priced right for what it is. In hindsight I would have saved my money and bought another Luepold. To me the improvement in clarity and contrast are worth the extra money.
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Old October 5, 2012, 07:33 AM   #9
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Thanks, but for 300 dollars less,,I think Ill stick with the Nikon......
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Old October 5, 2012, 09:55 AM   #10
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I'm sure the Nikon is a good scope but in that price range I'd go with a Sightron SIIB41642D.
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Old October 5, 2012, 10:15 AM   #11
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"Thanks, but for 300 dollars less,,I think Ill stick with the Nikon...... "

I completely understand. I felt the same way. Leupolds are getting ridiculously overpriced.
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