So who out there is actually using one of these little Jewels and how do you like what you have? These all seem to be fairly reasonably priced and a fine choice for most hunting on a light fast rifle. Makes me wish I had bought a dozen of the Vortex Viper 2-7 scopes when it was discontinued. For years I used a 2-7 Leupold on my primary deer rifle which at the time was a Remmington 700 in 30-06. Granted these dont go as high on the top end as the typical 3-9 but that 2x on the low end is very nice for fast action. We have had several guys want to outfit their mountain rifles and keep the scope small and light. We have guys who live where they can only hunt slug guns or muskets and need lots of eye relief but really dont need lots of high end magnification, and we have a lot of guys who want to just need to reach out a hundred yards and accurately target varmits. These little scopes are very useful multi purpose tools. So with the hunting seasons coming up I thought we ought to talk about them a bit so If you use any of these please jump in here and tell everyone what you like or dont like about the one you have or what you wish you had.
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I have the Monarch 2.5-7x32 UCC on a BLR in .338 Federal (yes, not a typo). It's great for what I use it for. Nice glass, very clear, but mine is the plex model, and UCC, so not apples to apples. I have been satisfied but not overwhelmed with my Monarchs in the $250 range.
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I'm a fan of compact scopes, but mine are generally more compact and lower magnification than your list. I have Leupold VX-II 1-4x, VX-III 1.5-5x, an old Bushnell Scopechief 1.5-4.5x, Nikon Slug Hunter 1.65-5x and a Burris Euro Diamond (30mm tube) 1-4x.
The Nikon and Scopechief have the largest image size at max magnification. The Nikon has the most eye relief and narrowest field of view. The VX-III and Euro Diamond are well out of the price range.
Nikon also sold the 1.65-5x under the Omega name with a difference being parallax setting at 100 yards on the Omega vs 75 yards on the Slug Hunter. Both were available with Nikoplex or BDC reticles. If the narrow field of view doesn't bother you, they are bright, clear, and clicks are very repeatable. I have the Slug Hunter on a CZ-527 in 7.62x39 and shoot cast bullets exclusively. Its normally sighted 1" high at 100 yards, but I've taken it to the silhouette range and given it the workout out to 500m and back.
Location: South Georgia
2-7 Burris. it's on a 336 marlin. It's as bright and clear as I've ever needed it to be and it tracks like a bloodhound. However, I too wish I'd bought a dozen or so of the 2-7 viper's!! I have also used a mueller and it was surprisingly good for the money, and the only prostaff I have is a 3-9x40, which is not bad at all
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My most-used scope is a 2-8X32 Burris Signature. Have experience with few 4X32's, a Leupold Vari-X II 1-4X20, and a VX3 1.75-6X32.
I am curious about the reticle on the Bushnell Elite 2-7. Most reticles are too fine for my taste, and they don't make the 2-7 with the Firefly.
The Leupold 2-7 with heavy duplex looks interesting, as does the Leupold 2-7 Super Slam with the SABR reticle.
I have a 2.5X25 Pentax, but I don't plan to get a variable under 32mm again. I have 1 50mm scope. People like to hate the 50's for all sorts of things, but I have pretty much decided that if I'm going to go over 35, it might as well be a 50.
Location: Benton, Pa
We all talk about scopes that have gone.Today there is a small jewel that I hear very few talk about & I'm here to tell you it works wonders on my Ruger scout that I built for my grandson using a FX picatinney & that is the Minox 1.5-8x32.
Location: Hemet CA
I can't figure out what you're trying to scope because you're mixing rifle scopes and shotgun scopes. Of those listed in the thread I have the Nikon Monarch 2-8x32 w/BDC on one of my .308s and it's a pretty nice scope. I can't compare it to the rest because it's been a couple of years since I've played with a Burris FFII and while I own a ton of Weaver Classic Vs I don't own that Weaver.
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I have the Minox 1.5-8 .. Good glass for the money, but a sensitive eye box. I also have several Bushnell 2-7's and a few Monarch 2-8's .. Similar glass ( new 2-7 Elite ) and cost .. I did put in for the Bushnell rebate about 3 weeks ago, and got a check for $75 from Bushnell yesterday . Plus the Rainguard is a nice feature on the Bushnell
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