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I just bought a Nikon ProStaff 3X9X40 with the BDC for my Tikka. I was wondering if this was a good piece of glass for this rig. If not let me know. I have a Nikon Buckmaster 4.5X14X42 with the BDC that I could put on it instead if need be. I will be shooting anywhere from 50 yards to 300+ yards. Most of the game that this rig will be used for is white tail.
 
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I live in SE TN and put a Nikon Monarch 2-8 on my 7mm-08, but I am a big fan of the lower powered scopes as I never get a shot at a deer over 200 yards.  The rifle started out with a ProStaff, which was more than adequate, but I wanted to upgrade.  I don't see a problem with the magnification range, you have a good usable low end which you will need on the short shots.  I personally don't like the Nikon BDC reticle, it is too cluttered for me.  Look at Koshkin's review of budget scopes, it will tell you give you an idea of the quality of the ProStaff.
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Here is the link to Koshkin's review:

http://www.opticstalk.com/inexpensive-scope-comparison_topic21176.html
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That Prostaff should be able to do all you are wanting to do and for the closer shots you'll appreciate the wider field of view of the 3x on the bottom end as opposed to the 4.5x


Just my .02 Wink


Neither choice is a bad option, but I like a wider field of view to detect motion when I'm hunting. I also have trouble holding the rifle still enough in the field to take advantage of anything more than 6x free handed. 

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neilbilly nailed what I was trying to say in a long convoluted way.  Agree 100%!
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Sounds like the 3-9 should be fine, but I agree a BDC is not needed for 50-300 yards.
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I was going to go with the Nikoplex. I went with BDC just because I never know where I might be stationed. The ranges my change so, I was going by "What if".
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Originally posted by angryguns angryguns wrote:

I was going to go with the Nikoplex. I went with BDC just because I never know where I might be stationed. The ranges my change so, I was going by "What if".


Sounds good!  The BDC is a little more versatile.
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TY Womack


There's lots of different ways to hunt and a ton of different gear combinations that folks go into the woods with and bring home game. 


I was on a hunt this weekend with 6 guys hunting one 640 acre spread, and then 2 of us on another 80 acre spread. Really heavy cedar scrub brush on both places, one more hilly than the other. No 2 of us used the same gear, and all of us took game. My youngest daughter took a nice painted desert ram from about 60 yards with a .223 single shot topped with this. http://swfa.com/Burris-3-9x32-Timberline-Rifle-Scope-P11002.aspx I ordered 2 of the Vortex Vipers, but they didn't get here before the hunt, so I took the scope off my mini-30 and put it on my kids gun. It worked great for her. It's a damn nice little scope.


Buy and use what you can afford and what works for your own hunting style. If you stalk, a light scope with a low end of 3 or less is a good choice. If you hunt from a stand and typically take longer shots, a heavier rig with a lot of zoom might be what fits you best. You owe it to the animal to make the best shot you can, and having the right gear for your own hunting style will make that happen. 



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+1 with neilbilly on both counts. the prostaff will work fine for you and the burris timberline is a damn nice scope!
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