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I need one more scope. I use them for magnified target shooting at about 20 yards, and some pest elimination at 40 yards or so.

Dealwise the three in the Subject are about the same cost (the Nikon and Bushnell actually $25 more). I'm sort-a drawn to the Sightron more because of how people seem to react to them here than that it is $25 less. The only drawback I think is that the Sightron doesn't have AO.

I have a Monarch 4-16x42 which seems very nice to me, and have some Bushnell scopes, but the Bushnell scopes I have are cheaper lines that I am replacing (Dawn and Dusk). So I don't have experience with the better Bushnell scopes or Sightron.


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The general feeling on here is the Bushnell 4200 is better than those other two....tougher, brighter, affordable, and has RainguardHD.

Sightron BigSky would compare more to Monarch and Bushnell 4200.


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I think you need to go Sightron SIII if you want to compare glass. Nikon Monarch glass is VERY nice, but the Bushnell 4200 is suppose to have the same 95% light transmission. I own both Monarchs and 4200's but I would lean toward the monarch except the 4200 illuminated was better for me than the (1.5-4x24 vs Monarch african) at the price point. I think you could couldn't go wrong with either. 4200 waterproof coatings are cool, but the Nikon glass is MINT. I would take a hard look at the Turrents and what you plan to do with it because the Nikon turrets are really cool for the line-up. 4200 turrets sort of dissapoint. IMHO
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The Sightron SII Big Sky and Sightron III are a lot more -- really about twice the price of the SII [not Big Sky]. True the III has the side-focus which would make it more comparable to the Monarch, but it is the Bushnell 6500 that has side focus, and that jumps in price a lot as well. I'm pretty curious as to side-by-side comparison, and might have to get a Bushnell just to see, and compare to the Sightron SII 3-12x42, Millett 4-16x56 (arrived today -- can't wait to try it), and Nikon Monarch 4-16x42. So far the Monarch is my favorite -- love the reticle that is bright even with the cap on and closed. Perhaps my palette needs some education, but the Millett seems to be a pretty good buy seeking on the lower $$ end. Beats my TASCO Silver Antler with the backward turrets hands down ;-).


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I've compared the 4200, monarch and Sightron Big Sky and the Sightron is well worth the money. The clarity is stunning and cheaper than the 6500. I needed two scopes so I bought both and will post a review shortly.
 
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Just got another Sightron 4-16x42 AO for $300 new. Not the Big Sky, but it will work better for me than the non AO model. Having looked down the tube of many scopes at this point, I like the way the Sightron fills your view. It is my favorite of the lot (which now includes Leupold, Bushnell, Nikon, Swift, Hawke, Millett). I don't think those last three get enough kudos. 
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I agree, the SII BS has an amazing FOV. From what I hear the SIII is even better, would love to get my hands on one of the SIII 3.5x10-44mm tacticals.
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I have to say Sightron also  I have the Big sky  and it amazing clarity Ive never saw a s11 though  next id vote 4200
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For shooting that close you probably need an AO or side focus.

Sightron S2 and S2 Big Sky 3-9x42 do not have that feature.  You would probably be better serves going with a 3-12x42AO version of either, or with a 3-9x36AO version of S2 Big Sky.

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got the 4-16x42, which is AO:

http://sightron.com/index.php?action=view_document&did=1201816362&cat_id=7&id=49
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The S2 is a step below the S2 Big Sky.My honest opinion is the Big Sky is a notch above the Monarch and has a slight edge over the 4200.For the money the S2 is a great deal,better than any Leupold VXII I own, half the price and a lifetime replacement warranty.
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