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Old February 7, 2020, 01:39 PM   #1
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Nikon is leaving the scope market?

https://www.outdoorlife.com/story/ge...e-riflescopes/

I pulled this from the 6.8 Forums and it caught me by surprise. Has anyone else heard or read anything else about Nikon leaving the scope market?

I've been running Nikon for years with great success, and like their Spot On app for the BDC reticle. Maybe this is why they haven't produced any app updates for some common factory loads.

Sounds like I need to buy a few more before they are all gone!
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Old February 7, 2020, 05:13 PM   #2
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Sounds like I need to buy a few more before they are all gone!
Yeah, it should be interesting to see how they take care of any warranty issues in the future. Lifetime? It's just a word. The company quits and the warranty quits.
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Old February 7, 2020, 07:27 PM   #3
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Yep, they're exiting the riflescope business based on their position in a highly competitive optics market. Seems they will continue to offer spotting scopes, rangefinders, and binoculars. I have a nice older pair of their compact binoculars, but none of their riflescopes. Was always struck by the large number of refurbished Nikon riflescopes offered by some retailers.

Weaver is another brand that is discontinuing their riflescopes.

Have to admit, there are a high number of riflescope brands currently on the market. And NSB made a good point about "lifetime" warranties.
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Old February 7, 2020, 10:25 PM   #4
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Not a single person that I have a personal relationship with, who owns or has owned one (or more) is happy with their Nikon scope.
You can add binoculars and range finders, too, if you want to drill down a bit.


They will not be missed by the people that I associate with. -Myself included. (I do enjoy associating with myself, and don't like the Nikon sitting on my .338 WM.)
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Old February 7, 2020, 10:54 PM   #5
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Nikon quitting scopes

Well thats a hell of a note! I've owned several of that brand and never had an issue. At the price, I thought Nikon was firmly anchored in the scope competition. However, the local gunshop quit selling Nikon, the manager told me Nikon was requiring large volume purchases only, and he doesn't sell that many scopes. I guess we have to adapt to change.
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Old February 8, 2020, 01:29 AM   #6
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Huge Nikon fan when it comes to camera equipment. I bought a Prostaff a few years ago and am happy with it but I guess if it's going to break it better happen now.
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Old February 8, 2020, 04:02 AM   #7
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Nikon is claiming that their warranties will still be honored.

Makes me curious a bit. Nikon has such a large portion of the market share. I am not sure why they would stop if not for some political move to distance themselves from guns a bit. Or simply a business decision to cut their departments with the least margin.
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Old February 8, 2020, 09:12 AM   #8
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Nikon is claiming that their warranties will still be honored.

Makes me curious a bit. Nikon has such a large portion of the market share. I am not sure why they would stop if not for some political move to distance themselves from guns a bit. Or simply a business decision to cut their departments with the least margin.
Its pure P.R. and politics. More so in Europe thsn here.
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Old February 8, 2020, 09:14 AM   #9
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There always seems to be a huge supply of Nikon refurbished scopes for sale. I've bought two in my life and sent them both back. The glass might appear clear, but the finish of the final product always looked second rate to me. I also could never figure out who liked those reticles where you were supposed to look through those little circles instead of a mil dot. Personally, I never thought much of them. Anyone who's going out of a business and promises to honor the warranty afterwards is blowing smoke. How long do you think Nikon is going to keep a supply of parts, scopes, and personal/repair people around after they exit the business? That's called magical thinking. At best, they'll sell the name and it won't be the same product....it's just a name. That happens all the time. The buyer might do warranty business for some period of time, but forget "lifetime". That term is really meaningless any time a company goes out of business. It's only worth the paper it's printed on.....nothing.
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Old February 8, 2020, 01:14 PM   #10
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I have gobs of Nikon scopes throughout their price range. They are generally pretty good for the money, the only thing I've never liked about them was their screw-down turret attachments--I've had several eventually break and the scope then becomes useless.
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Old February 8, 2020, 02:56 PM   #11
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Nikon is claiming that their warranties will still be honored.
When you don't honor it to begin with, it's pretty easy to continue doing so.

When a product fails, it sucks. But, life is a little better when you know you have a "lifetime warranty" that will get you back in business at some point.
...Unless that warranty is arbitrarily enforced, and the company changes the application of various requirements and rules, after your purchase.

That is exactly why two of the people that I know went from Nikon lovers to Nikon haters, overnight.
Even though the products were "registered" when new, the owners couldn't produce the requested original purchase receipt at the time they requested a warranty repair. Nikon told them that warranty policies had changed, and they had two choices:
1. Find the receipt;
2. Or get lost.



The above garbage is why yours truly won't buy Weaver or Bushnell, either.
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When you don't honor it to begin with, it's pretty easy to continue doing so.

When a product fails, it sucks. But, life is a little better when you know you have a "lifetime warranty" that will get you back in business at some point.
...Unless that warranty is arbitrarily enforced, and the company changes the application of various requirements and rules, after your purchase.

That is exactly why two of the people that I know went from Nikon lovers to Nikon haters, overnight.
Even though the products were "registered" when new, the owners couldn't produce the requested original purchase receipt at the time they requested a warranty repair. Nikon told them that warranty policies had changed, and they had two choices:
1. Find the receipt;
2. Or get lost.



The above garbage is why yours truly won't buy Weaver or Bushnell, either.
Nikon did not used to require a receipt. They do now. I was done with Nikon high end scopes years ago. Burris, Leupold, Vortex,Minox, and Meopta are about all I buy. All except Meopta have EXCELLENT customer service. I cant say about Meopta c.s. because I have never needed them.
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Old February 8, 2020, 05:26 PM   #13
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I also am a huge fan of their camera optics.
Their riflescopes i've never been impressed with.

I've actually seen a few Nikon scopes at the range where someone appearantly used it as a hammer, before filling it with bullet holes, then left to lay.
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Old February 8, 2020, 08:49 PM   #14
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Approximately 30 years ago, I bought a Nikon scope because I knew their camera lense quality and assumed their rifle scopes would follow the same plan. I was very disappointed. The field of view was sharp in the center of the field, but got fuzzy towards the edges, and focus was not really sharp. OK, no biggie, it was a scope for a rimfire rifle, kinda pricey, but it held zero well. Next was a 3-9x Nikon Monarch scope for a Savage 223 bolt action for varminting. Same issues, poor focus and fuzzy towards the edges. That one came off and a Redfield went on the rifle. I never considered Nikon a viable scope since that time. And apparently neither do they. I have listened to people sing their praises for the past 30 years and just smiled to myself.
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Old February 9, 2020, 03:55 AM   #15
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good riddance!

I've read enough negative press prior this current dust storm to believe that Nikon service was an issue and stayed away from the brand. The abandonment of the line and the receipt business just confirms it all.

I've got one, it came on a rifle that I bought used, not even sure the model, but it's not a Monarch. It's still in use, working fine, but I never bought one outright. I'm a Leupold guy first, Burris second, and Vortex has got my attention.
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Old February 9, 2020, 11:15 AM   #16
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I have 2 Nikon scopes. A 3x and a 1-4. Seems like decent glass. Holds zero. But I have only shot them on .22s. I have leupold , eotech and primary arms on other guns. Lucky for me I’ve never had a problem with any scopes. But I don’t abuse them very much either.
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Old February 9, 2020, 01:10 PM   #17
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There have been a lot of rifle scope that have washed out down the river over the years. Names like Lyman, Unertl, Tasco, Redfield, Bausch & Lomb and now Nikon and Weaver are on their way out.

60 years ago when I could afford a rifle scope it took a weeks of wages (Iron [email protected] $2 an hour) to by a 4X Weaver scope, American built. Redfield, Lyman, B&L, Bushnell and we’re American built. They all started going to Japan to make more profits, customer service dropped, quality dropped, Market share dropped and then they were bought up by some conglomerate holding company and profit levels were to low so they liquidated or sold to another conglomerate and each time customer service and warranty were casualty's of the trade. That’s where the receipt requirement comes in. What conglomerate made it.
You can get a very high quality scope today that is made in Europe. How many days of work today does it take to buy one. They are quite popular with a lot of the shooters of today, but I personally know that their warranty program is very complicated to get something done under warranty.
It’s the new normal that you going to have to deal with.
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There have been a lot of rifle scope that have washed out down the river over the years. Names like Lyman, Unertl, Tasco, Redfield, Bausch & Lomb and now Nikon and Weaver are on their way out.

60 years ago when I could afford a rifle scope it took a weeks of wages (Iron [email protected] $2 an hour) to by a 4X Weaver scope, American built. Redfield, Lyman, B&L, Bushnell and we’re American built. They all started going to Japan to make more profits, customer service dropped, quality dropped, Market share dropped and then they were bought up by some conglomerate holding company and profit levels were to low so they liquidated or sold to another conglomerate and each time customer service and warranty were casualty's of the trade. That’s where the receipt requirement comes in. What conglomerate made it.
You can get a very high quality scope today that is made in Europe. How many days of work today does it take to buy one. They are quite popular with a lot of the shooters of today, but I personally know that their warranty program is very complicated to get something done under warranty.
It’s the new normal that you going to have to deal with.
B & L just changed names. What is going on with Weaver?
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Old February 9, 2020, 03:08 PM   #19
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The Weaver brand name has changed hands at least five times in the last 30 years.
The current owners don't offer support for any products that they did not produce. (Not unusual in today's world, but not helpful for previous warranties/guarantees.)

Since just 2007, Weaver has been passed from Meade Instruments, to ATK, to ATK Sporting, to Vista Outdoors. Though the ATK to ATK transition involved minimal changes, the ones from Meade to ATK, and ATK to Vista involved changes to warranty policies and support.

Tasco has better support for its products, than Weaver does right now.
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Somewhere in China there's a factory that makes 99% of the world's sub $400 scopes and red dots.
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Somewhere in China there's a factory that makes 99% of the world's sub $400 scopes and red dots.
It certainly appears that way.

I know of one of the newer US scope companies that states that their scopes are designed here, use Japanese glass, and are made in their own facility in China.

I guess that's one way to do it.
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Old February 10, 2020, 08:02 PM   #22
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22 posts and only a couple of people addressed my questions.

The rest just turned into a Nikon bashing/defense thread. I'm sorry people had a bad time with Nikon. I've had nothing but good experiences. Just like any other manufacturer in any market, there will always be some good experiences and some bad. I was just looking for confirmation if this is truth or not, since a single source from an outdoor mag doesn't necessarily count as truth.

Mods, shut 'er down please.
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Several people addressed the only question that I see in your OP.
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Old February 10, 2020, 11:06 PM   #24
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Sounds like I need to buy a few more before they are all gone!
The post is reverent to those like you whom prefer/ use the product.
Maybe consider {this OB's advice.}

My opinion & likes:
My preference in scopes {leupold} but I do believe it would behoove someother to squirrel away a spare Nikon or two.
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If your scope mfg. offeres a "Lifetime" guarantee, I suppose they only have to keep it for a lifetime.
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