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Hello All, I'm new to the forum. I've been reading the post for the last week or so and have been impressed with the knowledge displayed regarding the various topics. Anyways, I have just picked up my Kimber 84m in the 204 caliber. Its has the walnut stock w/the stainless fluted barrel. I'm looking for a scope. I live in northern California (not a native, so please do not hold it against me) and will be using primarily for varmints such as squirrels, coyotes, bobcats, and any other small creatures I come across.

 

After reading the posts, I did order from SWFA the nikon monarch 5.5-16.5x44 for a CZ 453 17HMR. This will be my first Nikon scope. I have several burris scopes on other rifles and one Ziess on a Winchester featherweight model 70 325 Short Mag. The Zeiss has only been used at the range not in the field.  

 

My dilema is that I have been pretty happy so far with the various scopes and am trying to decide the best scope for the Kimber 204. I was looking at the Zeiss conquest  6-5-20x50, Burris signature 6x-24x-44mm, or even now the nikon monarch ucc 6.5-20x44 AO w/BDC reticle. The Zeiss is in the $800 range, Burris in mid $400's, and with the sale at SWFA the nikon in the mid $300's. 

 

Which scope would you recommend? Is the Zeiss worth the money over the Burris or Nikon? or would there be a different recommendation? Thank you for any assistance.   

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you absolutely can't beat the value of the monarch right now -

 

it's a very bright scope and the BDC reticle is getting lots of praise.

 

get one while you can and good luck.

 

Welcome to the OT.

 

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Originally posted by jonbravado jonbravado wrote:

you absolutely can't beat the value of the monarch right now -

 

it's a very bright scope and the BDC reticle is getting lots of praise.

 

get one while you can and good luck.

 

Welcome to the OT.

 

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+1, great scope at the current price, if it is still available.

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There's a very good article on the SavageShooters web site regarding 3 scopes, the 6.5-20x50mm LRT Leupold LRT w/ varmint reticle, the Nikon 6.5-20x44mm and the 4200 Elite Bushnell at 6-24x40mm.  To my surprise the Nikon took the comparison......

 

Since I have the Leupold, I found some glaring errors, at least as far as I'm concerned, in the article.  That aside I have to admit that a $300 difference is a big insentive, even though I wouldn't trade the Leupold for the world.  I have a Remington 700 in 243win that I'll try the Nikon on...

 

 

Reading Duce's post, some of the things that weren't addressed in the so called comparison, were the vertical adjustment, the Leupold has 72 moa., also the reason you purchase a "Varmint Scope" is to hunt varmints, the reticle in the Leupold is the best I've ever seen for picking off the little buggers in a wind or at distance.  It matchs perfet the load I have, can't beat that.....



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I have both the Leupold and the Nikon ,the Leo is a 3.5 to 10 X 56 VX-L  and the Nikon is a 6.5 to 20 X 44 . Comparing at the same power it is hard to see the price difference as worthwhile. The Nikon monarch`s week spot is its limited vertical internal adjustment about 40 moa and I use a 25 moa rail to compensate for that. I have used Leupold customer service in the past and it is great. I think it comes down to personal prference and price and how much you are willing to spend. If you are looking at the Leupold I would consider the compariable IOR with the MP 8 reticle again more money. All of the scopes you are looking at are very good I am sure you will like any of them for shooting a 204.

 

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I just got out to the range to sight in my new 5.5x16.5x44 Nikoplex Monarch yesterday.  The optics are fantastic!  Bright, clear, crisp.  Couldn't ask for anything more, if I'd have known it was going to be this clear at the top end, I might have waited for the 6.5x20 that was on back-order.  Oh well, maybe I need another.
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The monarchs have "thinner" (or at least softer) tube walls than the leos, so be careful when you crank the ring screws down.

If you even remotely need a scope get another 6.5x20!!!! As tahqua puts it-- an extra scope is a good excuse to get another gun.



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Thank you for the response. I'm just going back and forth from the nikon monarch 6.5-20x44 (#6576) and the Zeiss 6-6x20x50mm. Is the Zeiss worth the extra $500 over the monarch which w/this sale is at $349?   
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Dale speaks good words and his font is about right, NO!

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I am new to the and this may be a stupid question, but what site has the nikon monarch 6.5-20x44 (#6576)  monarch on sale for $349?  
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