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What do you guys think about nightforce scopes?  I just looked at one and it seemed to be a very high quality piece.
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My first impression is - expensive - rather  (clumsy) large.

How they compare - top quality with awesome reticles.

Do I want one - I don't know, the Leu Mk4 8.5-25 x 50 that I have is about as large as I can stand, I really prefer  a scope the size of my Leu Mk4 10x 40 M3  or my 10x42 Super Sniper. Actually I often feel that once you pass the Super Sniper everything more expensive is probably a waste of money and everything less expensive is trash. The only exception to the rule is the IOR 6x42 which is not that much more expensive and I try to think of it as almost as good as a Super Sniper 6x42 would be if they made one. Now if price was no object and I was going to spend a thousand plus on a scope today I would go IOR or US Optics SN3  3.3-17 w EREK.

 

IOR318X42TILLMP8L IOR 3-18x42 Tactical 35mm Rifle Scope IOR 3-18x42 Tactical 35mm Rifle Scope
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  • Free IOR 35mm Low Rings w/ purchase
  • Free Mil Pocket Rangefinder Chart w/ purchase
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timmy d:

 

Nightforce are VERY nice scopes, no doubt.

I especially like the NXS line.

Great adjustments, upper tier glass, great reticle selection, solid CS, plenty of built in "up" too.

 

That said, I, like Ufriend prefer USO's SN-3 or S&B's PMII.

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Have owned a Nightforce 3.5-15 NXS for a few years now.  Have shot it next to everything, have looked through everything next to the Nightforce, have dropped the rig a few times, have shot at dawn/dusk, have gone all the way up on elevation and windage and back to zero. Leupold doesn't make a scope with better res and more light-transmission.  Before buying, I looked at IOR, Nikon, Zeiss, Swar, S&B, Leupold, and Kahles - and I absolutely would buy the same scope again (or, if I had $800 more, the S&B.)

 

look around online, you can find them for less than list, and with a discount, they run about as much as the Leupold you're probably considering.

 

People stick with preferences, but I've never met a NightForce (NXS) owner that had anything bad to say of them.  I own several Leupolds and Zeiss and, for what it does, I wouldn't trade anything on the market today for the NightForce (except maybe the zS&B PM2, at about 2x the price.)

 

My advice: do lots of homework and don't buy anything till you've looked through it and everything else in the class.

 

But that's just me.

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Had a 3.5-15 NXS Nightforce for about 3 weeks, very nice glass,good construction,was not to impressed with the Illuminated reticle but I it was doomed due to the purchase of a S&B at the same time. The nightforce went back, there is a review here at the OT on this scope, my opinion is that at the price of the nightforce you will be better served spending the little extra for a USO or S&B

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The above post was rushed a bit earlier(busy at work lately). I would like to add that the nightforce NXS IMO makes for a exellent target scope.

Its main drawback for serious tactical use is that it has a thin RFP reticle 1/4MOA clicks and not a well desighned illuminated reticle adjustment IMO. The glass quality,adjustments and reticle in a USO or S&B are noticably superior



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Mostly agreed.

 

At the end of the day, I cannot justify the extra $1,000 for the S&B when I've never run into a problem the Nightforce couldn't handle with alacrity.

 

Granted, i ain't hunting Iraqis who are also hunting me, but for those with a reasonable amount of skill and a passion for hitting what they aim at, the Nightforce would be my choice again, should I compare it to anything under $1,500.

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I've been extremely pleased with my NXS 3.5-15X50.  I use it for varmints and paper, so I really like their version of the mil-dot reticle -- extremely thin w/ open dots and posts so the reticle doesn't obscure the target, and for this purpose, I like a 2nd focal plane reticle.  I've never really used the illuminated reticle feature, as the rifle it's mounted on isn't what I normally use for any low light shooting.  Though it may not be the absolute best glass available, its optics are pretty darn good, comparable to anything I can think of in its price bracket and magnification range.  One very important fact about NF scopes are their reputation for rugged, repeatable, rock-solid adjustments.  They also offer a large selection of reticle options.  I'd buy another NF scope without hesitation.
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The Night Force NXS is a good mid level optic. Its rugged, bright, clear, and tracks well. I really like their mildot reticle. It is, a rear focal plane scope. So ranging with the mildots must be done at a specific power setting (normally the highest power).

 

Is an excellent bench or varmit optic. For tactical situations or tactical comps I'd recommend spending a couple hundred more and going for a USO or S&B.

 

Joe

 

 

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My advice: get the best scope you can afford AND still have enough cash left over to shoot the gun frequently.  Great optics are no replacement for practice.  Too many at the range spent so much on optics they can't afford to shoot the thing.  I recently saw a guy at a 200 yard range with a $5,000 rig having trouble getting close to the bullseye.  His rifle was niceer than mine, his scope was nicer than mine; but I was shooting buills at 600 and he was shooting Maggies Drawers at 200.

 

Practice, lots, and buy what you can afford to take to the range.

 

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