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I recently bought a Ruger M77 Varmint/Target model in .223.  I have a Nikon Monarch 6.5 X 20 on my .308 target rifle,  and a Bushnell Elite 4200 3x9 on my hunding rifle.  However, I decided to go with the 6-18 buckmaster (BDC reticle) for my new .223 varmint rifle.  The decision to go with the Buckmaster was based on the good reviews I have read here, the side focus feature, the fact that the 40mm objective allowed me to use the factory supplied medium height rings, and I am cheap so I thought I might be able to save a few bucks and still get a good scope. 

 

The scope looks good.  It has target knobs, which are nice on a varmint/target rifle.  It also has side focus.  The scope optics are clear and bright.  Almost as good as my Monarch scope.  After mounting the scope, I hit the range.  After sighting in at 50 yds., I moved to 100.  The scope performed well.  The clicks were positive, and the scope did not appear to change point of impact as I moved through magnification.  However, as I moved out to 200-300 yards and increased the magnification up to the 15-18X range the scope became pretty touchy on the eye relief - more so than my Monarch scope.  At 18X almost any movement of my head caused the scope to go black, and I had difficulty finding the optimal eye relief.  This was just my first session at the range, and I probably need to work with the scope a little more to get the feel for it.  Overall, I feel like the scope was a good deal.  However, I think the differences in scope quality really become apparent at the higher magnifications and longer ranges.  I do have a little bit of that nagging feeling that maybe I ought to have opened my wallet a little wider and purchased the Nikon Monarch or Elite 4200. 

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Anyone else have simlar/dissimilar experiences with the 6-18X buckmaster?   
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By they way, I have seen a number of questions on this -  the Butler Creek scope caps do fit on the curved bell without any difficulty.   The front objective bell is just curved at the very front edge, so it does not affect the fit of the Butler Creek scope caps.  Once they are installed you cannot tell the Buckmaster has a curved front bell any longer.  
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Thanks for your review.

 

I had a 4.5-14 BM w/ AO once.

I thought that it was too much magnifacation of MY big game hunting, but I also thought it really made for a good target scope.

 

One knock on the higher mag. Nikon's (and others) is head position issues.

I noticed this too on my monarch 6.5-20. I find the optimal, usable power setting is around 16x.

 

I get a nice sight picture @ 20x.

Real clear, but I got to be set and not move much.

 

It may just take a little getting used to.

 

Do you think you'll like the BDC reticle?

 

I went from the SS 10x, to the 6.5-20 Monarch.

And I'm STILL not sure which scope I like to use more........

 

 

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