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I know that Nikon does not produce the Monarch and the Buckmasters series with the same variable  power  options.  I  know that there is typically a 2mm difference between the diameters of the respective objective lenses. I am also aware of the difference in light transmission. Question: Other than the foregoing, what are the differences between the two series of scopes, i.e., what are the physical/mechanical differences, if any? Is the mechanical design the same between them? For instance, will the Monarch hold zero through the magnification and focus/parallex adjustments any better than the Buckmasters?  Bottom line:  Is transmissiveness the only "real" difference between the two series of scopes? I spoke with Nikon technical support, but I did not find the explanation that I heard to be very convincing. Frankly, I'm not certain that the person really knew. Anecdotes or suggestions of what to purchase aside, does anyone really have the answer?
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the primos and the buckmaster do share the 3x9x40 the primos is the old monarch. i havent had any issues with zeros with either the monarch or the buckmaster both are good scopes, the monarch has better glass and is obviously going to preform better at last light than the buckmaster will. also the buckmaster is only multicoated and the monarch is fully multicoated.

Edited by pyro6999 - February/03/2008 at 13:36
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Monarch has fully multi coated Ultra Clear Coat and the BM has a anti-reflective Brightvue coating. The only optical difference is in the coatings, I believe. 

I'm not sure if there are any mechanical differences or not. I'd venture to guess no.
Excellent questions. Appreciate your post and I'm sorry I can't be more helpful. Theres a Nikon "spook" that comes around this forum from time to time. Maybe we can coax him into answering this thread.   
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Well, Im curious why there is a Monarch 4x40 listed for $99.99 at SWFA and the Buckmaster 4x40 is listed for $169.95. Is the newer Buckmaster a better scope in anyway to the old Monarch? If not how could that price be right? If the Monarch is that much better then I am going to order one for a muzzleloader I have that currently has an old tasco scope on it which I must admit works fine and never lost zero but definately lacks in resoloution and low light brightness. I just cant remember how thin the lines are on the Monarch plex, I hate super thin crosshairs.
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I have an older 3x9 40mm Buckmaster and it has been a very reliable scope. I know that it has a two piece tube and the Monarchs are one piece. I can tell you that the Buckmaster is very good in low light ,it is a lot better than a Leupold Vari X lll 3.5x10 40mm that I just sold. I think Nikon's are great scopes for the money. I'm considering a new Monarch 3x12 42mm for my 270 wsm.
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