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Longtime Leupold fan here and looking at upgrading the scope on my 243 win 700 LSS.  Rifle currently sports a Leupold VX-II 4x12x40 AO. Originally wanted to upgrade the fine duplex recticle on the VX-II to one I can use for holdover, like the mil dot. While the VX-II is a decent scope, I don't think it is good enough to warrant the $150 upgrade from the Leupold Custom Shop (not impressed enough with theclarity and brightness, especially in low light).  Another Mark 4 or or VX-3 is not in my budget right now. I have not looked through a Monarch (none available locally) but have noticed that it is recomended right up there with the Bushnell Elite 4200.  I would go Bushnell, but there is no mil dot available with the 40mm objectives (don't want to go any bigger than 42-44).
 
I have read in a few places that the Nikon Monarch 4x16x42SF is a step up from the VX-II in terms of clarity and low light performance, is cheaper, and still has the lifetime warranty.  Have folks found this to be true (that the Nikon is an upgrade) and is the Nikon worth it...or should I just save up for a VX-III/VX-3/Mark 4?
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The new Monarch is indeed an upgrade compared to the VX-II (at least in terms of optical quality, it is).  Either the 2.5-10x42 or 3-12x42 would work well for you.

Another scope you should consider is the Weaver Grand Slam.  There is a version of this scope with MilDot reticle: 3-10x40

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What part of NM are you in?
 
Had this scope with a BDC reticle and found it to be an an exceptional scope, for the money. 
 
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Koshkin - Thanks for the input. I'm going for the 4x16x42 because I find 14x handy when shooting at really small targets from the bench.
 
CT - Nice review, thanks for taking the time to post it.  Sounds like the Monarch is great for the money and much better than the VX-II.  The BDC looks intereting, but I think I'm better served with the ole mil-dot. Do you still have the Monarch, and what are your impressions a year and a half later? If you got rid of it do you mind if I ask why?
 
I'm in southern NM at the foothils of the Sacramento Mnts, halfway between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft.
 
 
Know anyone looking for a VX-II? Smile
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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

The new Monarch is indeed an upgrade compared to the VX-II (at least in terms of optical quality, it is).  Either the 2.5-10x42 or 3-12x42 would work well for you.

Another scope you should consider is the Weaver Grand Slam.  There is a version of this scope with MilDot reticle: 3-10x40

ILya
I am really glad to see members recommending Weaver scopes.  I have been very satisfied with the ones I own and they represent not only a very good optic, but a very good value.
 
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Originally posted by fireroad fireroad wrote:

Koshkin - Thanks for the input. I'm going for the 4x16x42 because I find 14x handy when shooting at really small targets from the bench.
 
CT - Nice review, thanks for taking the time to post it.  Sounds like the Monarch is great for the money and much better than the VX-II.  The BDC looks intereting, but I think I'm better served with the ole mil-dot. Do you still have the Monarch, and what are your impressions a year and a half later? If you got rid of it do you mind if I ask why?
 
I'm in southern NM at the foothils of the Sacramento Mnts, halfway between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft.
 
 
Know anyone looking for a VX-II? Smile
WSMR person?  We might know some of the same people...
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Nope, LNF...but we probably do know some of the same people...are you down here too?
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fireroad:
No, the Monarch is gone. I sold it to fund another project I was working on at the time.
 
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I prefer the Monarch over the VX-II.The Weaver Grand Slam along with the Weaver Classic Extreme are very good scopes.Meade sold the brand to ATK.I wish I bought one more Classic Extreme scope when they were on sale.
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