Are nikon scopes quality? Im prepared to lay out around 300 for a good scope but I want to make the rite choice. Any experience with nikon, especially the mil-dot models? Reomendations? Glass quality/ Durabilty? Any info is good, thanks
There are variuos models of Nikon, but on the whole, yes, they are very good scopes. The Monarch series is excellent, their tacticals are excellent also. The Buckmasters are very good, though I wish they were one piece tubes, but there have not been reports of that being a problem.
Nikon makes very good lenses, very clear.
I like their mil-dots also, as they have the half tick mark.
Besides one pieces tubes on the buckmasters (they have one pieces for monarch) I wish they had more internal adjustments.
If you aren't in a big hurry, I would say to wait until Mel does a review on the Mueller scope they are sending him for testing. I beleive Mel said it would probably be reviewed in the next 2-3 weeks. There is another thread in the Optics forum that covers the info on this scope. They seem to fall into your price range, and might turn out to be a damn good buy for the money.
I have had a Nikon Tactical 4-16X50 for about 6 months. It was origionally intended for a longrange tactical rifle. However money is tight at the moment so it sits on my Sako75 .223rem Varmint stainless laminated.
What can I say other than its an excellent scope. It seems to be very rugged, I say 'seems' as im not that tough on my gear. Optics are superb. Click adjustments are 100% reliable as I shoot between 100m-500m and its never faild to return to zero. I havent used the improved milldot in the field, it just takes too long. Lazer range finders make you lazy. Sunshade is a nice feature also havent used it in the field.
It is a BIG scope which dwafs my Leupold VXII's.
PS. If you can get a Nikon for less $$ than a Leupold good. Other than $$ Leupold is a better scope.
Also on another note the scope would work better with a tapered base to get more elevation adjustment. As you can see on the picture the elevation adjustment is sighted for 100m and some graduations are wasted. :?
Glad you like your Nikon Tactical :wink: if I ever get around to buy a SPR-clone I'll want a Tactical 2.5-10x on it. From what I've heard it's just as good as my NXS, both optics and ruggedness - and it's cheaper! From what I hear you can safely drop the Tactical on a concrete floor without worrying about the scope...not that I'd want to try it for the sake of trying, but still.