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This scope looks exactly like what I'm looking for.  I'm looking for an illuminated reticle scope for a Savage Precision Carbine (.308) that I'll be using in low light and nighttime.

The things that attracts me to this scope is that the illumination's brightness is adjustable, the objective lens is about what I'm looking for (something below 50mm), and the magnification isn't too high. It seems like a good bang-for-the-buck scope, but I'm wondering if anybody here has any firsthand knowledge with one of these.  I'm mainly concerned about it's durability, because I plan on keeping its life and don't want it failing in the field.

If you think there's a better scope for the same price that's also illuminated, I'd be interested in knowing.  FWIW, I'm trying to find something under $1000. 

Others have recommended the equivalent Leupold Mark 4, but the Nikon seems like a better overall deal.

Thanks in advance!
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http://swfa.com/Burris-3-12x50-Xtreme-Tactical-XTR-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P10980.aspx
 
This is a little bit bigger but probably the closest thing under $1,000.
 
To keep the size smaller you could try this http://swfa.com/Burris-15-6x40-Xtreme-Tactical-XTR-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P12596.aspx  people seem to really like the 1-4 .223 version.  Just do lots of checks on the illumination system before you use it out in the field a lot and be ready to set up a repair/exchange.
 
You don't hear of a lot of people using the Nikon Monarch X scopes, but you can find them on http://www.samplelist.com some times.
 
 
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So you recommend the Burris XTR over the Nikon? 

You're right in that I don't hear/read of a lot of people using the Nikon Monarch X scopes.  Is this because they have a bad reputation?  Or is it just that their reputation is unproven? 
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I can't recommend one over the other because I have no personal experience with them.  Think if you really need the illumination though, if you are going to be in situation where you will definitely find it useful.  If you can go without the illumination your options open up a lot more.
 
Something like SWFA's 3-9 would match the rifle pretty well and definitely be tough enough for you.  Glowing reviews of it by people who really know what they are talking about.
 
Do you already know the round/rounds you plan on using and what type of distances you are going to be shooting at?
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I came close to getting a Monarch off the sample list, but ended up with something else. You might also consider the FFP IOR - http://swfa.com/IOR-25-10x42-Tactical-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P6493.aspx (altho $1039)
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Originally posted by danjojoUSMC danjojoUSMC wrote:

Do you already know the round/rounds you plan on using and what type of distances you are going to be shooting at?


I'm not setup for reloading yet, so for the time being I'd just be using whatever round work well (presumably starting with Federal Gold Metal, etc.).  The absolute max distance I plan on using it at would be 600 yards, but the bulk of my shots will be at 300-400 yrds.

I really wish I didn't feel that illumination was a requirement, but I definitely plan on using it about a 3rd of the time after sunset.

That IOR Valdada looks like it'd fit the bill, but is just a bit too expensive.  I guess if I can't find anything suitable for under $1k I'd have to suck up spending the extra cash.  I'm not there yet, though.  
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Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

You might also consider the FFP IOR - http://swfa.com/IOR-25-10x42-Tactical-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P6493.aspx (altho $1039)


The more I think about it, the more I'm considering this IOR scope.  An FFP scope is looking more and more advantageous, and all the other specs of this scope (magnification, objective size, weight) are looking excellent. 

Any comments on the durability of this scope? 
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It is not one of the IOR scopes you see mentioned having problems, you can find some good reviews and pictures of it around the web.  Especially good pictures of the reticle, lit and unlit.  You would probably love it if you are set on illumination.
 
I think I would take a chance with the Burris since you said your max range is 600 yards and majority 300-400.  You save some money up front and worse case scenario I'd rather have a hassle with Burris customer service in the U.S. than 3-4 months ordeal with the scope going to Europe.
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