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I am having a hard time deciding which scope to get, it'sa bit of a toss up betwen the Elite 3200 and the Burris FFII. I like raingurard feature on the elite, but they eye relief of 3" may be a problem compared to the Burris which has an eye relief of 3.1 - 4.1, since I wear glasses I think eye relief is a factor. The thing with Burris is that the eyepiece turns to adjust the focus and from what I hear it can be stiff in cold weather, and I probobly can't get flip open covers. I was also thinking about the 1.5-4.5 with Firefly which would help me see the reticle up against a bear, but again the eye relief is 3.5". I would like to stick to the 2-7x cause I hunt hardwoods alot. There is also the Vortex Viper in a 2-7, I don't know much about them?  Now if I want to step it up a little I was looking at the Nikon Monarch 2-8x32. What do you guys thhink?
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You only need to focus the eye piece once.  All that is for is to focus the reticle and once you have it focused to your own eye that's it, you shouldn't be moving it all the time.  So not turning good in cold weather should not be an issue.
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I had a Bushnell 3200 3X9.  I liked it.  I guess it's as good as a Leupold VX-II....plus it's got Rainguard.  I had mine on a 270 Win.  I don't wear glasses.  It was fine.  
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The Nikon Monarch 2-8x32 is one of my favorite scopes. The optics are very sharp, it has plenty of eye relief, and it only weighs 13oz. 

The rifle up top is the little Monarch on a youth sized Howa .308. I bought it to use as a brush rifle. For contrast the rifle in the foreground is a full sized Howa 30-06 mounting a 3-9x40 Team Primos.



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So you don't to re-focus when you change magnification?
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You don't focus low-mid powered scopes on the target. All you need to do is adjust the rear focus ring once to bring the cross hairs into sharp focus for your eyes.

You really don't need to do any more than that until you get into scopes with more than 10x magnification. Then you'll be looking for something with an adjustable objective (front focus) or side focus. One of the advantages of low-mid powered scopes is the speed that you get on target since there is nothing to fiddle around with. 

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The 3200 firefly with raingaurd is a winner.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: March/13/2009 at 16:59
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I think all the scopes listed are pretty decent, given a choice, I'd choose the Monarch.  It is the most expensive but I believe also the nicest.  The Burris and Bushnell are also fine choices.

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Nice scope but out of my price range

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Get the Monarch if you can.  I know it cost more but you get what you pay for.  I've got 2 of the older Monarch UCC in 2x7x32 and  like them a lot for in the woods huntin'.  One sits on a BLR .358 Win. and the other on a Ruger International .308 Win.  If you really want to step it up get the Zeiss 2.5x8x32.  My only caveat would be on a Burris FF II 2x7x35 with the Geman #4 Reticle.  That reticle is very heavy and stands out well in low light.
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I have elite 3200's  and a couple of leopoulds on most of my rifles and there is no problem with eye relief for me and I wear glasses.I really like the Bushnells rainguard 
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I just want to know what Monarch reticule woould be better for low light, te BDC or the Nikoplex?
 
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Nikoplex. Keep it simple for low light.
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