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I am contemplating purchasing the Nikon Buckmaster 6-18x40 for use on long range deer, coyotes, and possibly antelope hunting in the future.  I have been considering the Bushnell 4200 4-16x40 for a while, but now the 6-18x is appealing.  Is the Buckmaster series near the quality of the 4200 Elite's?  I would be saving a little money, but if I am not getting the same quality, forget it.  I know that the Nikon's are two piece tubes, have any members experienced any problems with this?

 

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the first problem you will run into is that you only have a 6X on the low end, and for moving targets, like deer, and coyote, its not especially a good thing, so you want no more than a 4 power, and the buckmaster is going to be no where near the quality of the 4200.

 

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You have to step up to the Monarchs to approach 4200 quality.  I also agree with Cory that 6X is too much for your lowest power.  Get something that goes down to at least 4X on the low side.

 

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You were right on track with your first inclination.
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I'd say go with the 4200 rather than the Buckmaster even though I know a couple guys that have gotten real good service from them. Despite their weight, the Buckmaster is not at the same level with a 4200. With proper care and ring installation, two piece tubes are very serviceable. I think in the long run the one piece tube will be your better investment.
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Thanks guys for all of the input.  I had a feeling that I would get replies like this, but I was just curious.  Looks like I will be going with the Bushnell. 

 

Thanks again,

Philip

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