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Nikon Buckmaster 4.5x40 vs Prostaff 5 3.5x4

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So its been 3 years, and my Buckmaster 4.5x14 mildot broke on me while firing. The front 1" lens broke free and slammed against the objective, chipping it. I sent it to Nikon, and they replaced it with a Prostaff 5 3.5x14 mildot. Upon opening the shipping box and seeing the prostaff logo, I was ready to fume a bit thinking Nikon sent me a lower quality scope as opposed to a buckmaster (From what i'm reading, they actually discontinued the buckmaster mildot scope). However, after a bit of internet research, it looks like the prostaff 5 series is apart form the standard prostaff. 

Can anyone comment on that? How does the Prostaff 5 compare to the buckmaster? Pricewise, the prostaff 5 is slightly more expensive than the buckmaster, and on paper the specs seem to be in its favor. But of course that does not always reflect real-world performance. 

I'm hesitant on actually putting on the scope, because I'll probably give it away or sell it and  end up putting a higher-quality, lower-magnification (maybe 1-4 power) scope on my rifle (FAL). I have a feeling that even the prostaff will eventually fail with all the shooting i'm doing. Of course scrounging $1000 for another scope is a different story all together. 




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Just noticed, that I, again, messed up the title. just for clarity's sake, the two scopes im talking about are:

Buckmaster 4.5-14x40
Prostaff 5 3.5-14x40
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Greetings! 

I'm surprised you broke the Buckmaster! I had the same scope, (with Niko Plex), on a .300 RUM and I tried unsuccessfully to break it, but never did. 

I have an older Pro Staff 4x on my Marlin Model 60, but I haven't seen the new Pro Staff's outside of a big box store. Hard to get a vibe on them inside under the artificial lighting. 

I don't know, Pard. If you feel like it's gonna fail, or in your case, "FAL" Wink, sell it and get something else. 
I'd probably ring it up and give it a go, if you like the power range.   
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