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Rifle:  Ruger M77 Mark II, 338 Win Mag

Main Use:  Elk in Colorado

Scope price range:  up to $300

Require a silver finish

 

Right now, I'm currently looking at the following scopes that are within my price range:

Burris Full Field II 3x9x40

Nikon Buckmaster 3x9x40

Nikon Monarch UCC 3x9x40 (USED from the Sample List)

 

Recommendations anyone?  Is there a better scope under $300 that I've overlooked?

 

Thanks for your help!

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Welcome to The OT!!!

 

The Nikon Monarch would be my choice.

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FWIW, I like the looks of a matte black scope on a stainless rifle with satin SS rings. The Weaver Grand Slam is a great scope in that price range.

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I've found I prefer a matte black on a stainless rifle or pistol.  As Roy says, the Satin SSS rings set it off real nice.
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OK, I appreciate the info, especially concerning the matte black option.  I hadn't really thought of going that route, but it will allow me to get more scope for the money.

 

So now I'm looking to compare these:

 

Used Nikon Monarch

Weaver Grand Slam

 

I've also noticed that the Leupold VX 2 is a $300 scope.  Anyone think it's the best for the money?

 

Thanks!

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I still like the Monarch.

 

The VXII can't compete with it, IMO.

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IMO, go with the grand slam.All of the scopes you mentioned are good enough for elk hunting but i like the weaver.Also i think that the matte finish is a wise choice. Cheaper and  less shine to give you away.

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Hi: You may want to check into the warranty on the Nikon if it is one of the factory refurbished units. I'm not sure what SWFA will do?? But some of the places I've delt with said one year on the Nikon refurbished.

 

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I haven't seen them personally, but would be interested in the Nikon Buckmaster 3x9x40 w/ side focus.  There is a choice of reticals (Mil-dot, BDC, and Ni-plex) and finishes (I agree, go with the Matte!) and they are right there on the cusp of the $300 limit, but the side focus would be tremendouse for any long range shot that would be neccesary.  The benefit of adjusting parallax without ever losing your sight-picture would be tremendouse in any big-game shot situation.  These Nikon's boast 92% light transmission, making them clear and excellent for low-light shooting.  I have an Omega that I just put on my Knight Disc Elite and the clarity and light transmission for the mere $200 I spent is unbelieveable!  In the most recent Outdoor Life optics testing (a must for me EVERY YEAR!), the Nikon Omega was the only scope to earn 4 stars across the board, including bang for the buck.  The reason I say this is that it appears that Nikon has raised the bar with their most recent "NEW" products.  If the Buckmaster is anything like the Omega optically speaking, and the extra $100 is for the side focus, it is a tremendouse bargain!
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I own a Nikon Monarch 3x9 in silver finish and had a horrible experience with both the quality  ( by the 5 th shot from a 30-06 the impacts were wandering back and forth  horizontally along the target center line) ,and Nikon's service ( offered to repair a 3 week old scope for $189 ) . It took 3 calls and 4 emails to get "Ed" from Nikon to cover the repair. The scope was also returned with 2 nicks in the finish. At that point I gave up.

I just got a silver Weaver Grand Slam, and what a great scope for around $260 .Also could try the new Bushnell 4200 Elite in 3x9( great optics and Rainguard), which comes in matte black.

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