Nikon BDC reticle vs Mil Dot

By the Guns and Shooting Online Staff

Buckmaster 3-9x40mm Illustration courtesy of Nikon USA

As soon as we removed it from the box, this new for 2007 Nikon Monarch scope impressed us with its relatively compact size. It incorporates side parallax focus and a 4:1 zoom range, yet is about the overall size of the 3-9x rimfire target scope that we removed from our Winchester 1885 Low Wall test rifle in order to mount the new Monarch. A compact scope is always an advantage, as it interferes less with the balance and handling of the rifle. This new Nikon Monarch is the most compact 4-16x scope that we have yet reviewed.

Also impressive is the optical quality of this new Nikon entry. It offers sharp, contrasty views of the target across the field of view at all magnification settings. Flare and the various optical aberrations are well controlled. As you would expect, the optics of the 4-16x42mm Monarch are fully UCC multi-coated. The external finish on the one-piece main tube is a smooth, even matte black. All of the controls and adjustments work smoothly and feel good. Nikon's new eyebox design features a large ocular that provides a four times magnification range and a claimed 4 constant eye relief. The overall impression is of a high quality riflescope that deserves to wear the prestigious "Nikon Monarch" name.

Additional features include side parallax focus, fast European-style eyepiece focus with a rubber ring to protect the shooter's eyebrow, increased mounting ring placement latitude, rearward facing numbers on the zoom ring and accurate MOA fingertip windage and elevation click adjustments featuring Nikon's interchangeable turret technology. Naturally, the Monarch is guaranteed to be waterproof, shockproof and fogproof. An anti-fog cloth and a Nikon wrap are included with the scope, as well as an Owner's Manual and a little booklet titled "Guide to Using the Nikon BDC Reticle, " which is included with all scopes featuring this reticle.

This new Nikon Monarch is being made in the Philippines. Several of the better riflescopes that we have reviewed recently were made in the Philippines, which is rapidly becoming a center for optics manufacturing.

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