My wife bought me a Savage 116FCSS in 300 win mag for my birthday. I know, I am so lucky. Anyways, I am leaning towards Nikon because I like their scopes and they have good value for money. I have looked through Leupold's and Swarovski's and its not worth the money to me for the better optics. I guess I am not very observant, but its hard for me to tell the difference. So I have 2 scopes that I am looking at 3-12 X 42SF Monarch #8420 and the Nikon IRT #8477. The difference is really that the IRT incorporates the rangefinder into the scope. I love this feature. I can leave my rangefinder at home. Also it doesn't need rings, just mounts flat to a base. I guess I like it because I can imagine it being very quick to target and fire, while eliminating alot of movement while juggling rangefinders and rifles.
Shooting Steps w/out IRT.
1) Locate Target.
2) Use rangefinder to target yardage.
3) Hope target doesn't move while setting up rifle.
4) Set up rifle, possible re-range again, fire.
Shooting with IRT
1) Locate Target
2) Range, Fire
So does anyone have either scope on a similar rifle? Is it worth the money over a regular Monarch? Does it handle recoil?
Thanks in advance to all the replies. I have enjoyed reading/ lurking on this forum for a while.