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Which should I choose for a Weatherby Vanguard 300WSM? This is the price range I need to be in as well.
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I forgot to mention, I was looking at the 3-9X50 of each version and the hunting conditions are whitetail deer at dawn and dusk. Need to be able to look at racks 30 minutes before sun up and 30 minutes after sunset.
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I have no experience with the new Nikon Buckmaster ( I have heard they improved them) the new ones are supposed to be brighter.  The old Nikon Buckmaster was about the same as the Bushnell 3200 as far as brightness and clarity. 

 

Bushnell has the rain guard so if you hunt in areas where you get a lot of rain.  The Bushnell also offers the firefly option.  If you use a bright flashlight the cross hairs will glow bright for quite awhile.

 

I would bet that the new Nikon Buckmaster will be a brighter scope since that was one area they claimed to improve upon. 

 

If I had could make a few suggestions  I'd definitly check out the Burris Full Field.  I personally liked the optics better than either the Nikon Buckmaster (older vesion) or the Bushnell 3200.

 

Also, its a personal thing for me but I have never seen that much of an advantage of going to a 50mm objective, just more weight to carry.  I have not found that much of a difference in light gathering abilities to warrant the extra weight and the higher mounts.

 

If you want to spend just a little more money I'd definitly check out the Weaver Grand Slam.  Its a little more cash but I think the optics on it are quite a bit better than any of the ones mentioned above.

 

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While I thought the 3200 I looked through was OK, I'd go with the Buckmaster.

You'll be surprised by the performance for that kind of money.

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What if I were to move up to a 3-9x50 Zeiss Coquest? Would that be a major move up from the Buckmasters?
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That would be a huge move up in quality.  But, I would stick with a 40mm objective.

 

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Originally posted by ranburr ranburr wrote:

That would be a huge move up in quality.  But, I would stick with a 40mm objective.

 

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What he said.

 

You really don't need a 50mm objective when you use a quality scope.

You'll be able to see the racks on them North Cackalackee bucks just fine with a 40-44mm objective, and your able to mount the scope closer to the action, making for a better cheek weld. 

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With all that being said, will the buckmasters scope give me enough light to shoot 30 minutes after sunset? Clarity is not as big a deal to me as light transmission. I also saw a 3-9x40 Monarch on ebay.
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It should, although optics are always a personal thing.  I have heard the new Buckmaster series is brighter than before, I have no experience with the new line although the older Buckmasters were good so I would asssume the new ones are even better. 

 

I think when you jump up to the Monarch your going to be suprised at the performance.  I have bought new scopes off E-Bay but just remember that many E-bay dealers are not stores so there may not be much of a return policy if you are not happy.  Now if it is a smoking deal and its new in box and the e-bay seller has a good selling history I personally dont have issues with buying from there.

 

Again not to sound like a broken record but I know that the Zeiss and the Bushnell 4200 series offers plenty of light gathering capability at dawn or dusk.  Right behind those I'd look at the Weaver Grand Slam or the Nikon Monarch.

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