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How do you like it? Recommend it? It looks to be a very good scope in the under $400 category and I would appreciate some owner opinions.

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i dont have that scope but i do have the bushnell 4200 2.5x10x40 and love it. the 4200 has the raingard, very important for a hunting scope. Imo  Nikon makes good stuff i have 2 Monarch 6.5x20 on my varmit rifles love them also.  
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Thanks. I should have said in my original post that I did a search in this forum on Monarch 2.5-10x42 and it seemed to be pretty well received. I just wondered if everyone was still happy with theirs.

The Bushnell Elite 4200 2.5-10x40 is ~50$ more than the Monarch. Is it that much better?
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To me yes, the 4200 is rated at 10,000 rds of .375 H&H, plus the raingard. I have mine on a .300wsm. so recoil tuffnes was a factor for me.
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I have 2 of the new 2-8 Monarchs ..they're okay..just "feel" a little underbuilt ..Plus the huge adjustment caps look out of place..So far , I have them on mild kickers ( 30/30 and 7mm/08 ) and they haven't given me any issues . I did have a previous generation Monarch 3-9  that didn't last a single range session that gave up tracking .Nikon was murder to deal with ..Still, I bought more, and hope I don't have to re-learn that lesson..
I have 5 Bushnell 4200 2.5-10's.. Absolutely fantastic scope ..Probabaly the best buy in mid-priced rifle scopes .. Rainguard works also..They are kinda long, which works well on long actions , but they an appear a bit bulky on short action compacts ( cosmetic issue only)..Of the 2 ,get the 4200 Elite
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i have a monarch ucc and a team primos as well as a 4200 elite (all are 3x9's) never had any trouble with any of them, knock on wood.Baseball Bat rainguard is great, but the eye relief of the 3x9 4200 leaves a lot to be desired, 3.3" isnt near enough for me. in its defense though i have one on my .375H&H and so far it hasnt gotten me.

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I also bought the new 2-8x32 Nikon Monarch and I also don't like the tall turret caps on a supposed compact scope (overlooking the objective lens size).  I also do not see the high contrast which my earlier 3-4x40 Monarch had.  The 95% light transmission claim is meaningless without the lens quality to gain high contrast control.  I have it mounted on a Marlin 1895, .45-70 which I shoot some warm loads in.  We will see how long it lasts.

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I have the 2-10 42 Monarch. It is mounted on a 17 HMR. This is a very repeatable scope. At the lower magnifications it is surprisingly clear at close range which makes it well suited on calibers all the way down into the rimfire sizes. The 40 ft field of view at 2 power makes it easy to keep up with moving game or locating the elusive deer in low light situations. This scope is among  the upper crust in the under $400 price range
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No offense intended, but I've oft wondered if the new Monarchs had "Made In Japan" written on them instead of the PI, if more people would like them.
I'm commenting on this thread, but have read where so many people "dis" the new Monarch for a miriad reasons on this and other forums.
 
I've dabbled with several of the new Monarchs, owned 1, and personally find them a really nice scope with some nice features at a very reasonable price.
Have also owned and shot under several of the older Jap Monarchs as well and just don't understand why the new Monarchs aren't more popular.
Glass on both are unchanged, (Ultra Clear Coat?) to my knowledge, yet people always seem to fond over the glass of the older Monarchs.
Seems I've read where even Koshkin thought the glass of the new Monarchs were a tad better.
 
If you even liked the old ones, I would think you'd love the new models. Especially since the 4x erector that was added.
(Shrug)
 
To the OP:
I really like the 2.5-10x Monarch. I think it's ideal for most shooting engagements that you may find yourself in.   
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Thanks to all for your comments.

The 2008 Riflescope Rating Scale elsewhere on this forum rated the Nikon Monarch in the 6/10 group, along with Bushnell Elite 4200 and Zeiss Conquest. I haven't seen a 2009 rating yet so only have the 2008 to go on.

Opinions in response to my original question seem somewhat divided (imagine that on a gun/optics forum!) but in general are favorable toward the Nikon. Certainly worth looking into further. I appreciate everybody's comments.
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I would like to try one of the newer Monarchs as well. The main thing I dont like about them is the power setting ring. It is very odd and hard to grip to make a setting. I wish they would put the old style with the big lug sticking up which is much easier to grip and just plain looks better. Also, the turrets do stick up pretty high, giving it a not so aesthetic look.
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Originally posted by DAVE44 DAVE44 wrote:

The main thing I dont like about them is the power setting ring. It is very odd and hard to grip to make a setting. I wish they would put the old style with the big lug sticking up which is much easier to grip and just plain looks better. Also, the turrets do stick up pretty high, giving it a not so aesthetic look.
 
I agree on the power ring, Dave. I too much prefer the older one.
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What are ya'll talking about concerning the turrets though?? These are the low profile turrets that came on the 4-16x Monarch and they didn't seem "too high" to me.
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they're pretty big .. look especially oversized on a 1 inch tube..I also remember reading an article by Greg Rodriguez  testing a new T/C Icon , and he had trouble ejecting shells as the cases were hitting the Monarch turrets and falling back into the open action.
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I don't care at all if a scope is assembled in the Philippines.  I helped Mattel design build and import automated lines for toys to the Philippines.  They are, I bellieve still using Nikon lenses and the Philippinos build many good products as does Singapore where many Nikon lenses were made. 
 
I do feel that the contrast on the new Monarch scopes is not as high as on some of the older models but the Philippinos don't decide that, Nikon Japan does.  However, the same phenomena is occuring with increasing frequency with many optical companies lately.
 
My 2-8x32 Monarch is mounted on a marlin 1895, so the turret length will not affect ejection of casings.


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