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Hi Guys,

My buddy and I went into Cabelas today to buy a scope. His price range was $500 give or take a few bucks, but he said he wanted something a little more powerful than a 3x9. I told him he should be comparing Cabelas 50th Anniversary Leupold VX3 3.5x10x40 ($500), Minox ZA5 3x15x42 ($530), Nikon Monarch 3x12x42 ($530), and the Zeiss Conquest 3x9x40. Anyhow, he looked at the first three, and right away the guy talked him out of the Minox, which I didn't agree with, but whatever. The Nikon also had nice glass, and it had an adjustable objective too. The guy at the counter, who was very helpful btw, told him that the parallax turret was actually a ballistic drop turret that he could program with load data on the Nikon website. I said, "Are you sure?" Dude said, "Absolutely." My buddy was down on that because it would cost him an extra $100 bucks or so from Korth for a custom turret if he went with the VX3. The fellas behind the counter then gave him an extra $80 off because it was the last scope in the store of that model. Bonus!. My buddy thinks this is Christmas morning and whips out his Visa. 

He gets home and goes on Nikon's website to enter his load data like buddy told him, and he finds out that the turret is for parallax.

I told him he should reconsider the issue and make a call between the Zeiss Conquest 3x9x40 or the Leupold VX3 3.5x10x40 for the same money.

Do any of you think he should keep the Nikon?

Please give your thoughts if you've had experience with these scopes. My friend will be looking at this as a long-term purchase.

Thanks.

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You should have told him to purchase from SWFA, who sponsors this Forum...
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Sorry, we live in Canada or I would have:)
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Now answer the question!:)
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What is the application?  range of shooting?
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Big game (moose, deer, elk) at 400 yards tops.  Also the range 100 - 400yds 
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Nothing wrong with the Nikon for those uses, but not the best choice for the dollars, comparison.  I would go with the Conquest, personally, and consider the Minox.  Not a big Leupold fan.  Zeiss products usually "win", for me.  
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Nothing wrong with the Nikon for those uses, but not the best choice for the dollars, comparison.  I would go with the Conquest, personally, and consider the Minox.  Not a big Leupold fan.  Zeiss products usually "win", for me.  
 
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  The salesman is a pinhead, but the Nikon is a good hunting scope and will serve your friend well.
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Had 2 of the Nikons and was not pleased, I also was talked into buying them, wished i would have gotten the Zies instead. Save your money and buy a Swarovski.American Flag
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This is why I don't mind shopping at the designated "gun shops"...they don't have people behind the counter who are newbies limited to what you could read in the sales ads. Too bad the employers don't realize that in hiring.
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