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Anybody got any thoughts on using an 8x32 by 50 Monarch with ED glass for a varmint hunting scope? Looking for something to put on an AR10 Flat-top in .308 for long range/medium range varmint (up to wild hogs) hunting. Would appreciate any thoughts or advice.
 
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It starts out at 8x, which indicates you will not do much close-in work.  If you expect to always be at 100yards or further, probably OK, but finding "varmints" at close range, probably moving, at 8x is possible, but more difficult than necessary.  It only has 20MOA total adjustment, so you'll need the BDC reticle and the time and effort to "adjust" to your ammo.  I don't think it will really make a good "hog" scope... it is long, fairly heavy, and overall bulky.  It will increase your acquisition time.  If you are going to be sitting at a bench or in a stand and the game is just going to walk into your field of fire at relatively long ranges, it will possibly be OK.  I personally would not recommend it for a varmint/hog scope.  The view through the scope will be outstanding, though.  As you increase power above 20x, you will be more limited in your lighting conditions...you'll need more light.    
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Would something like a 2.5 x 10 be better? or maybe a 4 x 14? I was just curious  and I like the big bell as the 50mm's just overall seem to be brighter in my limited experience.
 
I thought about a Sightron III too, I just saw a couple of these Monarch's on the samplelist at a pretty good price.
 
I just got a 2.5 X 10 Monarch that seems to have pretty good glass for the money.
 
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2.5-10 would be a very good choice, 3-12, 4-14,4-16, are all excellent magnification ranges for .308 for varmint/hog hunting.  Nikon has very good glass in the Monarch line.  The sample list has some very high quality scopes for very good prices.  You might also check this out:

11301Kahles 6X42 ZF84 TacticalMatte finish, #1 reticle, 26mm tube, bullet drop calibrated elevation for 7.62X51 (ranges from 100yds-800yds), fast focus eye piece, very close to new condition.$1,100.00$499.95
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I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A REVIEW ON THE 8-32 ED...

I am wanting one of these in the worst way...  If you bought one and didn't like it I would buy it from you...
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Can't tell ya' anything about the 8-32x50 but the 6-24x50 is pretty good.  However, the picture gets hazy above 18 power.
 
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That's what I'm wondering about.... Think I'll go with something lower powered to get a better FOV and maybe target aquisition will be quicker especially on something that is moving. I'm not into much long range stuff anyway except the occaisonal coyote which are usually moving fast and quite a ways off seems like.
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BTW, Thanks for the input.
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