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Old May 14, 2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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Nikon Buckmaster on a Savage .270

Does anyone have any experience with the Nikon Buckmaster series?

I am a sucker for a real deal, and I found a new Nikon Buckmaster 4-12x50 with a BDC reticle on it for a heck of a price.

I've looked through Nikon glass before and really like the quality that it offers for the price, but I have never shot with it. If anyone has any experience I would love to hear the good and bad.
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Old May 14, 2013, 03:19 PM   #2
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I think that scope will do a fine job for you. You can get better scopes and you can worse scopes, but a Buckmaster should be up to any hunting and paper punching you want to do. I like variable scopes, and your top magnification of 12 should let you see your bullet holes at 100 yards without having to squint too hard.
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Old May 14, 2013, 06:36 PM   #3
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A Buckmaster is a fine scope. I would not hesitate to buy one for the right price.
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Old May 14, 2013, 09:49 PM   #4
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I have Buckmaster 3-9X40's on my Model 70 in .270, Model 70 in .300 Winmag and Model 700 in .308. They have never failed me. I think it is the best scope on the market for the price. I feel very confident every time I put the crosshairs on a target. Bright, tough, holds zero.
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Old May 14, 2013, 11:22 PM   #5
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I have a buckmaster 4.5-14x40 on my remmington 700 chambered in .270 win.
And have had no problems with it. Very clear even out to the x14.
As was said above, you can get better and you can certainly get worse.

For the prices you cant go wrong, I would recommend it.
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Old May 15, 2013, 01:18 PM   #6
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Vortex Diamondback 4-12x40, is only 189-200. They have an unconditional full lifetime warranty and they have a very well respected Customer Service..
Now for what I know, I picked up several Nikon BDC scopes and checked them out at my local Bass-pro, while they were very clear, the bdc circles were so fine I found myself having trouble aquiring targets in them. I'm 50 years old so my eyes may not be as well off as the next fella. When I picked up the Vortex, not only was it cheaper it was clearer, crisper and the field of view was better (edge of lense to edge of lense) the Deadhold reticle in them are solid dots which for me was easier to aquire targets, but the kicker was that not only was it cheaper in price, it magnified the target better than any of the rest of the scopes in this class... pick one up and try it!
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Old May 16, 2013, 05:00 AM   #7
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Another +1 on the Buckmaster. I am running almost exclusively Nikon and have no complaints. If you chose one with the BDC reticle, a nice tool is the Spot On ballistics software offered by Nikon. I have it on my iPhone, and have found it to be very accurate WRT the dots or expanded for top/middle/bottom of dot.
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Old May 16, 2013, 05:43 AM   #8
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The Buckmaster is a very good scope. Purchase with confidence.
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Old May 16, 2013, 07:34 AM   #9
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Nikon has 3 basic levels of scopes, entry level is prostaff next level is buckmaster then the monarch. All are very good scopes. You wont be sorry.
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Old May 16, 2013, 05:39 PM   #10
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I certainly do appreciate everyone's input. It sounds like the Nikon would be worth the money, but it's funny that the other optic I was considering has been mentioned in this thread. I was also looking at a Vortex Diamondback 4-12x40, but opted for the bigger objective. Both were priced at $299
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Old May 17, 2013, 08:26 PM   #11
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Buckmaster is good for the price.
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Old June 8, 2013, 06:38 AM   #12
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I have a 3x9x40 Nikon Buckmaster BDC on my Remington 700 .270 BDL. VERY clear optics in a rugged scope and a great deal. I shopped around and came to the conclusion that I could have spent allot more money and ended up with less scope. Nikon scopes are hard to beat. I spent the extra $$$ on Ammo.
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Old June 8, 2013, 09:49 AM   #13
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Depends on the price. I wouldn't have a 50mm lense as a gift however. Nikon uses good glass in their scopes for the money. But there is more than clear glass to making a good scope. The Buckmaster is pretty much on the botton rung of the ladder as far as acceptable. There are much better scopes in the $200 range and if you move up to $300 it is no contest.
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Old June 8, 2013, 10:59 AM   #14
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For deer hunting, I'm sorta negative on a minimum power for a variable of 4X. I prefer 3X or even 2X. Sometimes Bambi gets sorta up close and personal. And, I have had occasion to take a running shot where field of view is very important.

More opinion: From the standpoint of "need" on Bambi, 4X is plenty good to at least 300 yards, and even 400 if you are sorta "married up" to your gun-package.
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Old June 13, 2013, 08:10 PM   #15
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I have a Buckmaster 3x9x40 with Burris tactical 2 piece mounts and rings on my model 700 .308. It's a very good scope for the money.
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Old June 15, 2013, 06:30 PM   #16
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Nikon Buckmaster

I have two Nikons--both on varmint rifles. They are very good scopes for the money, IMO. Mounted the 4.5-14 side focus on a 22-250 and used it today on prairie dogs--made several shots 200-250 yards (laser range finder). Glass is clear and the side focus works great, eye relief is outstanding.

6-18 with cross hairs and dot on a 204 Ruger. With that rig I have had more fun than I can describe. So even though they aren't mounted on bigger calibers, I highly recommend Buckmasters.
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