Holy Moley! I have no idea what you guys are talking about lol! But thanks for making my thread more interesting, i think.
Getting back to the basic thread though- as it relates to this being my first ever AR15 purchase, and me being the complete novice that I am- I'd like to sum up where I'm at:
1- I'll definitely be buying a new Nikon bc of the big discount I can get, so taking advantage of that, I can proudly state money is no object (just ask my wife, badaboom).
2- 4-16x50 is the most powerful scope in their highest quality Monarch X line, and one would probably be very pleased with that scope, but their regular Monarch line offers more magnification selections, like 5-20, 6-24, or even 8-32. The MonarchX line offers 30mm tubes however, Monarch only 1" tubes.
3- I want to buy the best optics Nikon offers. I realize that both scope lines offer quality products, but is there that much difference between the Monarch and the MonarchX lines, are the optics that much better in the X line that one would sacrifice those higher magnifications offered in the regular Monarch line?
4- Does a 30mm tube really
make a difference? Does a 50mm objective really
make a difference, does the combination of the two really
improve light gathering? I wonder if the 8-32x50 is bright enough at full power? And then I wonder if I should stop thinking about all this and just buy one already, the X line's 4-16x50 with the 30mm tube.
Thanks for putting up with my repetitive machinations.