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Anbody with hands on impressions on it?

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What are trying to compare it against?

 

It is a nice scope and a pretty good deal.

 

Ilya

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I wasn't looking for a comparison against a "fixed" reference.
Feel free to compare with other scopes you've got in the $300-$400 range
or even $200-$400.

I was hoping for some impressions on what people use the 3.3-10 on, e.g.
does it stand well to magnum recoil, is the ER too short for those, does the
criticalness of ER make it more of a range scope than field scope... That kind
of stuff. I know that sufficiency of eye relief depends on the shooter, stock, etc.

It shares the tube with the 5.5-16x44 and 6.5-20x44 which I handled in
a store, so I know roughly what to expect: good brightness and
resolution, but critical eye positioning. The stated ER (constant 3.6)
is greater than in the other two x44 tubes, so I was hoping to use it
as field scope on a Savage 10ML.

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Well, to me, Monarch has a fairly critical eye relief although on a lower magnification model it will be less critical than on the models you looked at in the store.

 

Whether it is too short is rather personal and depends on how you hold the rifle, etc.

 

3.6" should be all right for most uses. 

 

Monarch have a reputation for being very durable scopes so that should not be a concern.

 

Personally, I prefer Sightron and Burris scopes.  I think Sightron S2 and Burris Signature Select compare well against the Monarch.  Sightron is probably the best bang for the buck and the most flexible eye relief.

 

Any one of the three should work well and it really comes down to personal preference.

 

If you are planning to shoot pretty far, then you may want to consider Burris Signature Select 3-10x40 with Ballistic Plex reticle.

 

If you want to spend less, go with Sightron S2 3-9x42.  Great glass for ~$200.

 

Ilya

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Thanks for the advice koshkin.

My only reservation with SII is that I've not handled one personally. The closest
distributor is quite far away from where I live (~100miles).

BTW, how do the adjustements work on 3-9x42 SII? They seem to be finger adjustible, but not
"target knobs" on their site. What exactly does that translate to?

Also, is SI any good? They have a 2.5-10x44 in the same priece range (~$175). It has an insane(?)
amount of ER, 5.0 at 2.5x, at the expense of FOV which roughly the same at 2.5x as the SII 3-9x42
at 3x. The only discernable difference from their site seems to be that SI is not _fully_ multicoated.

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S2 is quite a bit better than S1.  The glass is better (fully multicoated and, I suspect, better polished).  Windage and elevation adjustments are also better on S2. 

 

I've seen both finger adjustable and coin-slot adjustable models, so that depends which model you are interested in.

 

For their current line up you can check www.sightron.com

 

Before you get any ideas, no I do not work for Sightron :).  I do like their scopes though.

 

Ilya

 

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