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    I have the 6-16 Nikon Monarch and love it. Solid build nice easy adjustment and holds zero as it should. I keep my eye open for a 3-9 or 4-12 for my boys 223 to replace his Nikko Stirling as although his 3-9 Panamax works ok, I love the extra clarity the Nikon offers. I have used many others and think the Nikon is underrated for the cost.

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    Hey mate the nkion i was going to buy is a prostaff 4-12 and that will still be for sale for 225 let me know if you are keen pretty mint deal i think

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    Nikon Monarch or Prostaff.
    I see the Monarch line as being VX3 or better glass for VX2 money.
    I have 4 Monarch's. Got my first one about 10 years back 2-8x32 bdc, Then 5 years back a 4-16x44 Side focus which a friend used for 2 years then I put it on my 243. Its seen some good wet weather that's filled the ends up with water. while carrying it. Did not miss a beat.
    This year I got a 1-4x20. Its also been swimming in rain. 4th one is a 8x set of binoculars.
    Zq

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    Just a little extra.
    I have also inherited a late 1960's Hertal & Reusss 2.75x 26.5 Post and Rail.

    It was starting to get a little cloudy so I sent it back to NickelAG who now own the H & R brand. for aprox $400 they stripped it, cleaned and reset the recital, polished and re coated the lenses, assembled tested and returned. On the outside it still looks like a 50 year old scope that spend a week in a river but optically it is still better than my Nickon's at dusk and the reticale is crisper in low light.
    So seriously consider looking at some of the 20-30 year old euro scopes for sale on Ebay. A number have been reconditioned and are a like new.
    Zq
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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky Duck View Post
    loopy all the way.......even if you decide to upgrade to flasherer model later on the loopy will still be there and still be reliable forever and a day. they do all I will ever need a scope to do and lets face it .a scope is just a fast way to aim precisely......if you normally shoot less than 300 yards you really dont need all the expensive bells and whistles.
    Got it in one.

    Optic clarity is the NOT only important thing. VX-1 are certainly not the best to look through but they ARE rugged, they DO hold zero and adjust where you tell them and the warranty is GOOD. Don't plan on buying too many scopes over your lifetime. Even if you do get a top of the range one in years to come that VX-1 will still be there on your spare rifle, ready to go on the .22, lend to a mate when he needs one. Nikon are essentially the worlds best camera lens manufacturer with excellent "glass" but their pedigree has yet to be proven for hunting telescopic sights.

    VX-3 is a bit better and if you can get one for $400, great.

    Don't forget good rings. I'd rather spend less on a Redfield 3-9 and get good Leupold, Weaver or Burris rings than have a new VX-3 in Alluminium gun shop specials.
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    A Bushnell with rainguard is worth a look.
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