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Hi all, I am new to this forum and figured you guys could help me out. Im looking to buy a good scope for my Remington 700 (7mm) Rem mag. My price range is between 3-5 hundred. Ive been looking at the  Vortex Viper 3.5-10x50 BDC and the Nikon Monarch 4-16x50 BDC. This scope/gun combo will be used mainly for hunting deer in Northern VA +/- 100 yards, but would also like to mess around with some target shooting max being 500 yards. From what ive been reading they both sound like great scopes, with alot in common, but Im really leaning toward the Viper because it has 82 MOA of internal adjustment, where the Nikon only has 40, and I can reset my turrets back to zero on the Viper once zeroed in. But at the same time the Nikon has more zoom than the Viper. So id love to hear yalls advice/testimonies. And if yall have a better scope in mind w/ similar qualities and price im all ears. thanks again for any help   Big Grin 
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monarch will have better glass, but the viper is a solid scope for less money and better customer service and warranty.

i'd go with the vortex
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Thanks for your suggestion. I am curious about one thing, you may know or not. But Vortex for some reason has discontinued that same scope in the regular reticle. which suchs because i really dont want the bdc.
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The BDC on the Vortex is easy to ignore, at least for me.  The BDC on the Nikon is not, but again that's just my opinion. 
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it's still on their website, i'd call swfa after the holidays and check with them. i'd say they need to update their site.

the 50mm obj is big, i hunt in MD and use 40mm with no issues. sometimes when you go to a 50, you have to get super high rings which causes cheek weld issues for some.

i'd look at the 4-12x40
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I've never owned a Vortex but I will tell you the past 2 Nikon Monarch I purchased were poor to fair
in terms of glass,both had a tunnel effect made target shooting tiring after 10-15 rounds, sold both
and went to using Mueller for target. this could be a problem with my aging eyes however simply
made shooting unenjoyable for me.
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ok, Ill check into the 40mm. I appreciat all your comments. Thanks fellows. Ill be getting the Vortex! Excellent
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I own the vortex viper 2.5x10x50 it is a great scope.Mine works great in early morning and late evenings.I believe u can choose either scope and will be happy with either but i lean towards the viper because the customer service is 2nd to none.
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My vote goes to NEITHER one.  When you start talking about dialing in correction and are wanting to shoot far enough to be concerned about how much internal adjustment the scope has it is time for you to start with a true tactical scope.

SWFA SS 3-9x42 Tactical 30mm Riflescope
SWFA SS 3-9x42 Tactical 30mm Riflescope
Stock # - SS39X42MQ
  • Matte
  • Patented First Focal Plane Mil-Quad Reticle
  • 30mm
  • OK for .50 cal
  • 0.1 MRAD
$599.95

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I just did an comparison of the Monarch, Viper Vortex, and the Leupold VXR scopes.  I have moved away from Nikon (I own a prostaff, buckmasters, and Monarch).  The current Monarchs just don't seem to have the build quality that they used to.  They still have major issues with eye relief.

My last two scopes were Sightron and Vortex.  I'm so impressed with the Vortex that my next scope will be a Vortex Viper HS in 2.5x10x44.    For the price, the glass quality and edge to edge clarity is very, very good through the highest magnification.  Eye relief has improved over their previous Viper line (non HS line).

The Leupold VXR was outstanding in categories but it is also nearly twice the cost of the Viper.
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I also like the looks of the new Viper HS series. I think a new LR is in store for a 7 mag I stumbled into.
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