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Nikon Monarch X 2.5-10X 44 Illuminated Mildot. "REFURBISHED"

Upon inspection of this item, I am impressed. It is a "REFURB" from the Sample List. There are no ring marks, the finish is as if it were brand new.

The optics are very clear edge to edge and near to the IOR line of scopes. It will run circles around the VX III Leupolds, I compared it to that same scope, and found that the VXIII isn't nearly as clear edge to edge, and does suffer a tad from vignetting.

The eye box seems pretty good, and I can find no optical deviations. (No vignetting, or sunset/rise light problems) I also have found that even though the focus parralax adjustment goes from 50 yards and out, it can be used very well, and focuses well down to 10 yards or even less at the lowest power. (Great thing for those that may want to use this as a hunting scope on a tactical rifle)

Eye relief is very good, no fear at all of having a heavy kicker come back and bite you. Nice to have when there is need to send a few down range pretty quickly.
 
The adjustment knobs are very audible and tactile. For those that like the larger lower profile knobs, you will like these. (True MOA) There is a 12 MOA per turn of each knob. (48 Clicks) 1/4 MOA each click. (1 foot per turn) Again as is with so many scopes the reticle is in Milliradian and the adjustments are in inches. Not really a big deal if you are used to dealing with this issue.

The Parralax adjustment is non-locking which I happen to like.

I am a fan of Glass etched reticles, I have had too many wire reticles break due to temperature, and shock. The X line of Monarchs are glass etched. This scope mils at 10x.

The illumination feature of this scope is nice, and doesn't have any adverse affect on the usabilty of the scope in low light. Absolutely no excess light, even in total darkness. My IOR did have some bleed through of excess light.

It also bears noting that there is no evidence of any shiny grease in the erector assembly, which can be found in so many other scopes. Obviously Nikon did a fair amount of home work about internal light and the negative effects that it has.

The power adjustment is a tad stiff for my taste, I do suspect that it will loosen a bit with some use.

I have not yet sighted in this scope for a test of its repeatability, though it has been done in others reviews, and was found to be very good in this area.

I plan to use this scope on the AR-10 (LR 308) It looks very nice sitting atop this rifle. (NOTE) Anyone that wants to use a set-up like this, order a rail from SWFA with 20 moa. This scope doesn't have a whole bunch of elevation adjustment, approximately 80 MOA so thats going to be 40 up/down in the best scenario.

Here's a link.

http://www.swfa.com/pc-2716-2335-ggg-ar15m16-accessory.aspx (NOTE) You must specify that you want 20 MOA for this rail.


All in all I would have to give this offering by Nikon a 9.0 out of 10. I do wish they had a MP-8 style of reticle, or atleast addressed the elevation adjustment issue by using a modified mildot reticle that had several more dots down the elevation axis.
It would also have been nice to have the knobs for elevation and windage match the reticle sub-tension for ease of use in tactical situations.

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Well done, Bill! Thanks for your review.
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Thanks guys. Thanks all of you at SWFA. I was steered by Chris, Brady, and CFII to the Monarch X. No small amount of KUDOS from one Mark Stafford did the "cheaptrick"
I trusted each of these guys and I'm glad I did. I can't wait to hit the range with it.
 
OH NO!!!!!! I've got "NIKONITIS" Wink
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