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How would you compare the Sightron SII Big Sky 3-9X42 Dot reticle, Sightron 3-9x42 SII Big Sky Riflescope plex reticle, and  the Nikon Monarch 2-8X32 for hunting whitetails at around 150-200 yards max?


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I like a standard plex reticle in favor of a dot reticle for general hunting purposes.  As far as the nikon ucc 2-7, I had one and for some reason I couldn't come to terms with it, but to be fair I was comparing it side by side with a Kahles cl 2-7x36. The sightron big sky on the other hand is getting rave reviews and should be exellent.
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I see a 2-8x32 Monarch listed. No 2x7!..............Given a choice of the three, for whitetails @ 150 out to 200 yards max, I`d go with the 2-8x32 Monarch. Even an 8x on the high end is too much.
 
For 200 yards max or less, my top variable picks are the 1.5-5x20 VX3 or Sightron or even a 1.75-6x32 in the VX3.
 
Sure! A 3x9 can be used within 200 yards. But if 200 yards was my maximum range 100% of the time especially in the timbers, with no 300-400 yard and greater kill shots forecasted, I`d be using a lower powered variable, not a 3x9 or a 2x8. 
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I personally don't care for the smaller objectives on variable power scopes that are more than 4 or 5 on the high side.
For this reason alone I'd take the Sightrons with the 42 mm objectives.
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I have a 2-7x32 Monarch. Too bad it isn't matte finished.
The optics are pretty good and the scope is nice and trim. It would fit nice on a woods rifle for low light hunting.
The 2-8 is the newer replacement and should be as good or better. It is a 4x zoom and might not be...................don't know.
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If you hunt whitetails as I do, you will likely hunt them in low/poor light. A dot reticle is probably the worst for that unless the dot is illuminated. Low light, thicker the reticle, the better.
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Big Squeeze,
I am sorry, I made a bit of a mistake and will edit that one. I meant to say the 2-8X32, not 2-7. I had my Swift scope sitting on the desk, and that is a 2-7X40.
The 2-8X32 is what I had decided on getting for my rifle a few days ago. I was reading on these different scopes and was wondering what everyone thought of between them.
Frank
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I have a Big Sky and a SII.......they are both great.  The SII has a dot reticle and is bad news at low light.  I had it out deer hunting once.  Once.  It was about 7:00am (on a clear morning) before I could even see the dot.  Before that I may as well have had a monocular mounted on my rifle. 
Definitely stick with the plex!!
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I figured the dot would disappear in the darkness. I don't think I would own one myself. This is why I had to ask the questions about these scopes.
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Originally posted by frankb frankb wrote:

Big Squeeze,
I am sorry, I made a bit of a mistake and will edit that one. I meant to say the 2-8X32, not 2-7. I had my Swift scope sitting on the desk, and that is a 2-7X40.
The 2-8X32 is what I had decided on getting for my rifle a few days ago. I was reading on these different scopes and was wondering what everyone thought of between them.
Frank
...........I like the 2-8x32 Nikon Monarch. It`s a great value for the money! And should you need a shot beyond your 200 yard max, it`s more than enough and a good one!
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I'm convinced!
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Illuminated dot for low light hunting and target shooting.Plex works fine in low light.
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