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Location: Michigan, USA
I took the 3-9 Monarch I put on my .260 M7 SS last year http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=8437 out again this season. I managed to take a buck at 9:30 AM on opening day with the combo.
As I have mentioned before, the optics are very crisp for this price range. I was able to see branches that could have ruined a shot at the bell, which was 6:59 AM EDT. This is a half hour before sunrise here in MI.
A slight problem arose at daybreak regarding the reticle, though. I could see branches with the scope in the dim light but the reticle was hard to pick up. There was movement going on around me, mostly deer. If a shot had presented itself in this lighting it would have been tough to make.
I also had a few friends up with me. One had a 3-9 4200 and the other a Monarch like mine only with BDC. We all agreed that all the scopes were more than adequate for low light except maybe the reticles.
I also had my 7 mag with a Kahles 2.2-9x42 C along. This scope has the 7A reticle and it is far better in the lowest light than the other three scopes mentioned here. The reticle is more than heavy enough to use in heavy cover in the dimmest of lighting.
To sum things up. I am still very happy with this scope. I will continue to buy scopes in the 4200, Monarch and VX-III class. What I will change is my choice in reticles. The heavy plex types or 4A will be far better for my type of hunting. With these reticles I will be able to take the shot that the glass allows me to see.
Edited by tahqua - November/23/2008 at 12:13