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Hi, Iam new to the site and looking for a beginner 3x9x40 scope for my wifes .243. A few people have told me the nikon buckmaster and leupold rifleman were good. Looking to spend only around $200. Any suggestions? Thanks--john
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Since your price range is $200, there are three that come to my mind.....The Bushnell Elite 3200 w/Rainguard,,,,,,,,,,,,the Nikon Buckmaster,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the Burris Fullfield........... I do not consider these to be just starter scopes, but instead good quality scopes for the money that will last a lifetime!..........................Of these three, its really a toss up here! Any glass quality in optics would be negligible! But knowing the boys, my guess from 1st place to 3rd would be,,,,,,,,,,,,,Nikon, Burris then the 3200! I could be wrong though!................Lose the Leupold Rifleman! The gold ring isn`t big enough!!
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The scopes you mentioned are all nice scopes...although, I have only owned one of the ones you mentioned...the Bushnell 3200.  I liked it a lot. ( I sold the rifle with the scope on it some time ago.)
 
However, Nikon has just changed their whole line-up around recently. The fellas here on this site have told me that the FORMER Nikon Monarch UCC is NOW the Nikon Team Primos scope. The old Nikon Monarch was a fantastic scope ( I had one of them, too!) that was a step above the Buckmaster ( A REAL BIG STEP!). Right now the 3X9 Nikon Team Primos is being sold on this site--SWFA--for just over $200!! THAT has got to be the BEST BUY in the $219 dollar range in America today!!
 
Check it out in the Rifle Scope section.  Big%20Smile           --Ed
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For 200.00 my first choice would be the Sightron SII 3-9X42. Good optics, very forgiving eye relief for a beginner and a simply great scope for 199.00.

Big Squeeze is very correct about the Gold Ring. Of the 5 or 6 scopes mentioned on this post, the Rifleman would rank the lowest in glass quality.

Rob


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There you have it.......the sightron ll is a very nice scope. The team primos is the best recommended of the group. The 3200 is a nice scope as well on the order of the sightron ll. The fullfield ll is luck of the draw with some great right out of the box and some a disappointment. I got one of the disappointments :>( You have some good scopes for the $ to choose from....

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everyone has nailed it ... Between the primos and the 3200 --I would say it's a toss up -- Rainguard  on the 3200 vs a slight edge in brightness fro the Primos...The FF II and the Sightron are also good scopes, but just not  quite the value that the 3200 and the Primos are.

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First choice the 3200......then the sightron....IMHO
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I would go with the burris or the nikon.  Both are decent scopes.  One advantage of going with burris, is for the $200 they usually throw in a pair of binos, or a spotting scope with it.  Although the free item isn't the best around, they can be useful.  Just a thought.
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Being that it appears somewhat of a toss up between 3200 and Primos,  I assume you would all say 4200 better than all mentioned above? (Yes, I realize its more $$, just a question........)
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You may also consider a fixed 4x or 6x scope to make things simple, of the 3x9 scopes listed, I personally like the bushnell, then nikon.
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This is the first post that I have seen that compared the Monarch with a 3200...... most of the posts I've seen compare the Monarch (Primos) with the 4200.  The only issue I see with the Primos is the reticle.
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Originally posted by robbie robbie wrote:

Being that it appears somewhat of a toss up between 3200 and Primos, I assume you would all say 4200 better than all mentioned above? (Yes, I realize its more $$, just a question........)


The primos will be about the same as the 4200 for optics but no rainguard. The 3200 will be less optically but have rainguard. The 4200 will have both.....

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