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jamesb 05-13-2011 04:10 PM

Which Nikon Monarch?
So I finished my build, bipod is now on it and I have a cheap Centerpoint 4-16x40 scope on it now. It seems to work fine, but I can't help wonder if it is going to really last. I figure i'll move it to a Ruger 10/22 when I get one.

My dilemma is I want to purchase a nice reliable scope that is going to be clear and last a lifetime for no more than $700. I don't want to worry if it is holding a zero or not.

I've narrowed it down to these three Nikon Monarchs with the BDC reticule.

5-20x44 $529
6-24x50 $650
8-32x50 $699

I'm shooting out to 100 yards, but there is a range that I can shoot out to 200 or 300 yards. I'd like to be able to see my bullet holes in the paper out to at least 150 yards.

I'm only shooting at the range, no hunting or anything. I'm thinking the 6-24x is a best deal. I would like the most magnification, without sacrificing anything else. Am I going to see a huge difference between the quality at 20x vs 32x? Is it even worth the extra $50 for it?

Scope is going on this:

lonyaeger 05-13-2011 04:23 PM

I was going to say go with the 6-24 but with the 8-32 being just a few bucks more I would go with that one.

jamesb 05-13-2011 04:47 PM

I just found this at Amazon...$565 with free shipping for the same thing Cabelas has for $ is shipped and sold by Amazon. Any reason I shouldn't order this right now? I was going to wait a couple weeks, but at that savings I don't think it's worth it. Monarch Riflescope 8-32x50ED SF Matte BDC: Sports & Outdoors

Does it look legit? It shows the same model #8480 that Nikon's site does.

lonyaeger 05-13-2011 04:59 PM

That scope has side-focus and the power you want, I'd be all over it.

However, one of the reviewers said the reticle is HUGE, and that can be a real problem at highly-magnified distances.

cpttango30 05-13-2011 05:18 PM

If you are not hunting with it just shooting target get that 8-32x50mm I have the 6-24x50mm SF monarch on my AR and it is amazing I love it.

jamesb 05-13-2011 06:14 PM

Done! Just ordered the 8-32x50 w/ one day shipping for $587! Can't beat that. I may have high rings otherwise i'll have to get another set of them. Hope to have it mounted and boresighted for next weekend.


Now I just need to pick up some Black Hills 69gr Match ammo.

jamesb 05-17-2011 03:27 PM

Thanks guys for the suggestion to go with the 8-32x50. I got it yesterday. I mounted it and bore sighted it in at 50 yards to get started at the range. Wow...very nicely built, came with covers and sun shade, and clicks are very firm and smooth.

I can't wait to really test this setup soon.

Here is a crappy cell phone photo showing it mounted. The old Centerpoint 4-16x40 is below. Night and day difference IMO.

Shihan 05-21-2011 05:54 PM

Now get out and give us a range report.:D

bman940 05-27-2011 03:30 PM

Nikon Monarch 8-32x50SF BDC
James, make sure you go to and click on the Spot On logo.
This will let you register and enter Nikon's Spot On Ballistic Match Technology Program (it's free to use) . There you can enter your ballistic information specific to your scope and ammo. It'll really help you dial in the BDC circles to the distance you will be shooting.
I don't think it'll be long before you'll want to really test out that rifle and scope combo at distances farther then 200 yards. Best of luck and keep I look forward to seeing more pics!

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