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Nikon Monarch UCC vs. L VX-II vs. Weaver

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For these similar price range scopes, which would you prefer and why?
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I have used both the Leupold and Nikon scopes.  In fact, I just came back from Africa where I used a Nikon Monarch.  It performed flawlessly and was super bright.  My leupolds ahev always performed well, but to be honest, since eliminating the super cheapies from my rifles in favor of higher end scopes like Leupold several years ago, I have had more Leupolds fail than any other.  Most recently, I had a 3.5-10 VX-III go whacky on a savage smokless muzzleloader this spring.  The loads were hot and the scope just wouldn't hit paper all of a sudden.  That is the second time this scope has failed.  Last time, it was a on .338 Win.  I have yet to have one of my 3 Nikon's fail, but I have not had them quite as long.  I guess time will tell.

 

In fairness, the Leupolds are always repaired pretty quickly.  The last time though, the repair facility accused me of trying to take the turret assemblies apart myself.  I was rather insulted and told them that if firing it on my .338 meant I took apart myself, then I guess I did!

 

I have a Bushnell Elite 4200 that has been at the shop since February with no word.

 

I hope I never get the chance to test Nikon's warranty.  All of these scopes are good, but for the next while I will be sticking with my Nikons. 

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Personally I Favor the Weaver. You would be surprised how clear and crisp it would be compared to the Leupold VX-II and and the Nikon. Its also considerably cheaper than the other two. Weaver always manages to stay in a decent price range and is able to offer a heck of a scope.
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I have several friends who can afford any scope made and they swear by the Monarchs.  The ones that I have seen and used, have always struck me as rugged reliable scopes that have very good glass.  Obviously Monarchs do have problems here and there, but of the two dozen or so that I see used often, not one has had to go to the shop.  I too have had a few problems with Leupolds over the years.  One thing I have learned, if you choose the Weaver, SWFA has better pricing than some of their bigger name competitors.

 

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Brady:

 

I have never looked through a Weaver so I can't comment.  I do know that they were used extensively in BR for some time.  I think was more to do with the trackign ability of their excellent adjustments rather than optical quality though.  I would be quite surprised if they were even on par with Nikons, let alone superior when it came to optical quality.  Are you suggesting that they are optically better, or just that, "for the price", you would be suprised with how clear they are compared to Nikon?

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I'm not saying Nikon or Leupold  are poor in quality or nothing of that nature. What I was trying to say is that Nikon and Leupold both have superb quality optics. When these scopes are held up to the eye. The first things someone recognizes is the optic quality. I was simply stating that weaver compares to that quality. If they track like you say then thats another benefit.  For that reason and for the price that would be my choice every time.

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