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OK. I've decided to start a new thread to get some more looks/advice before I buy a scope for my open-country deer rifle.

I've narrowed my choices to:

200616 Burris 3-12x44 Signature Select Rifle Scope Burris 3-12x44 Signature Select Rifle Scope
  • Matte
  • Ballistic Plex
  • 1"
  • Hunter Knobs
SWFA: $404.95
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6546 Nikon 4-12x40 Monarch UCC Riflescope Nikon 4-12x40 Monarch UCC Riflescope
  • Matte
  • BDC
  • 1"
  • Adjustable Objective
SWFA: $354.95
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For all intents, the only major differences I can see are the Burris has a 44mm objective and the Nikon has an AO.

Which is best for my hunting application? What are the pros/cons of each design?  Which has better glass?

I hate to keep bringing this stuff up, but my wife is giving me the rare opportunity to spend $400 on glass...and I want to make the right decision.  Thanks!

I will buy one of these two scopes based on the recommendations I get here.
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i have had experience w/ the UCC's from nikon -

the glass is suppurb and the durability is excellent.

 

NOT real sure about how it compares optically to the burris signitures.

 

i would lean towards the adjustible objective for longer range shooting -

 

it will allow you to deal w/ parralax issues and focus at higher powers.

 

if you want the most accuracy out of your rig, you will need to deal w/ parralax and high powered focusing with the AO.

 

i think the choice is clear. no pun intended

 

J

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I have had two Nikon Monarchs, both were 5.5-16.5X44.  The first looked like it must have missed a couple of steps in the manufacturing process so I immediately sent it back.  The second one wouldn't hold zero.  I'm sure this was an isolated example, but I haven't tried another Nikon.  Love their cameras and lenses, though.
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Both scopes are fairly close.

I guess I'd take the Nikon over the Sig because I have had tremendous luck with them in every regard.

 

Good choices. 

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After spending two hours with each scope side-by-side in a local store today, I've decided on the Burris Signature Select 3-12x44mm.  Great glass, sharp from edge-to-edge and I love the ballistic-plex reticle.

In won out over the Nikon due to the Monarch's rather unforgiving eye position vs. the Signature.  Not in terms of distance from the eyepiece, but rather in needing to have your eye "right down the pipe" on the Nikon with little room to play.

I'll be ordering in a week or so!
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Congrats on your decision.  It sounds like you took the time to evaluate both scopes. 

 

The Signature Select has great glass, as does the Monarch.  I'm sure you made the right decision and that the scope will give you years of good service.

 

Thanks for sharing.

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Originally posted by seattlesetters seattlesetters wrote:

After spending two hours with each scope side-by-side in a local store today, I've decided on the Burris Signature Select 3-12x44mm.  Great glass, sharp from edge-to-edge and I love the ballistic-plex reticle.

In won out over the Nikon due to the Monarch's rather unforgiving eye position vs. the Signature.  Not in terms of distance from the eyepiece, but rather in needing to have your eye "right down the pipe" on the Nikon with little room to play.

I'll be ordering in a week or so!

 

Great choice, I  really like the Signature Select line from Burris for the price. I hope they

can get thier customer service together and all will be great.

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I have several Signature Selects and prefer them to the Monarch scopes for the same reasons.  Good choice!
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