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#7161415 - 12/09/12 08:17 AM vortex viper 2-8X32 vs nikon monarch 2-8x32
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Any views on the differences of these two scopes?


Doug has the vortex on sale right now. Both scopes have the BDC type recticle and are very similar otherwise. I have Nikon scopes but never a Vortex. Just wanted some reviews if possible.

Thanks for your time.

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#7161616 - 12/09/12 09:10 AM Re: vortex viper 2-8X32 vs nikon monarch 2-8x32 [Re: MegaVinn]
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I have a Viper 2-7 with a Versa Plex C3 reticle. It is an excellent scope that can take a pounding. The only thing I don't like on it is the direction I have to turn the zoom magnifier. It is the opposite of my Zeiss scopes. Other than that, no issues.
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#7161629 - 12/09/12 09:15 AM Re: vortex viper 2-8X32 vs nikon monarch 2-8x32 [Re: WinModel70]
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Originally Posted By: WinModel70
The only thing I don't like on it is the direction I have to turn the zoom magnifier. It is the opposite of my Zeiss scopes. Other than that, no issues.



Very interesting. You'd think that the scope folks would have that standardized by now.

Somebody was not paying attention, that's for sure.

Kinda like those stupid BRNO actions with the back-assward safeties. I have no doubt that has gotten a few folks KILLED.

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#7161676 - 12/09/12 09:30 AM Re: vortex viper 2-8X32 vs nikon monarch 2-8x32 [Re: MegaVinn]
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I've had a Monarch 2-8 for several years and recently purchased the Viper in 2-7. I'd rate the Nixon higher than the Viper in clarity around the edges, but other than that haven't used the Viper enough to say any more. Both are plenty sharp at the center where it matters.

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#7162199 - 12/09/12 12:21 PM Re: vortex viper 2-8X32 vs nikon monarch 2-8x32 [Re: JGray]
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Originally Posted By: JGray
I've had a Monarch 2-8 for several years and recently purchased the Viper in 2-7. I'd rate the Nixon higher than the Viper in clarity around the edges, but other than that haven't used the Viper enough to say any more. Both are plenty sharp at the center where it matters.


My eyes find the clarity thing swapped, but like JGray says, they're pretty comparable. I compared the standard "plex" reticles in each, & my eyes preferred the Vortex.

We're all different, but you're not likely to be displeased with either scope.

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#7162405 - 12/09/12 01:21 PM Re: vortex viper 2-8X32 vs nikon monarch 2-8x32 [Re: Folically_Challenged]
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I run the Vortex Viper 2-7x32 on my RRA ATH AR-15 hunting rifle for Coyotes.....like the scope a lot!
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#7174439 - 12/12/12 10:33 AM Re: vortex viper 2-8X32 vs nikon monarch 2-8x32 [Re: frogman43]
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I just recieved a Viper 2-7x32 for my AR-15 and all I can say is this is one hell of buy!!!! It has very similar eye relief to the VX-II 2-7's I have had, the glass is really really good...better than VX-II IMO, and the thing has awesome windage and elevation dials that can be easily zero'd buy pulling up and turning the dial to zero and then you basically have a turret with numbered MOA adjustments and you can easily return to zero. The one I got has the dead hold BDC and the crosshairs are just the right thickness and crisp, and though I am not a fan of some of the BDC dots, these seem very useable to me as I looked through it down the street 200-300 yards. Only thing left to do is head to the range and test it out. This has to be the best buy out there for Dougs current deal of $199. I know they sold for $30 less back when Vortex discontinued them but this is one sweet little scope. I give this baby a thumbs up and if you like VX-II 2-7's you really need to give one of these a try for $100 less right now!

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#7175008 - 12/12/12 01:26 PM Re: vortex viper 2-8X32 vs nikon monarch 2-8x32 [Re: Folically_Challenged]
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Originally Posted By: Folically_Challenged
Originally Posted By: JGray
I've had a Monarch 2-8 for several years and recently purchased the Viper in 2-7. I'd rate the Nixon higher than the Viper in clarity around the edges, but other than that haven't used the Viper enough to say any more. Both are plenty sharp at the center where it matters.


My eyes find the clarity thing swapped, but like JGray says, they're pretty comparable. I compared the standard "plex" reticles in each, & my eyes preferred the Vortex.

We're all different, but you're not likely to be displeased with either scope.

FC


I've been moving some scopes around on different rifles over the last few days so have made a point to spend some time comparing these two scopes side by side. I think I'll retract my previous vote for the Nikon and give the edge to the Vortex. The Viper does appear just slightly brighter and sharper to my eyes (this week, anyway grin). I have the BDC "circles" on the Nikon and don't care for them - too cluttered for me. I have the BDC dots on the Vortex and like it better. I think if I were shoppping for a new scope today in that price range, I'd be looking at Vortex first.

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#7178212 - 12/13/12 09:23 AM Re: vortex viper 2-8X32 vs nikon monarch 2-8x32 [Re: dogzapper]
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Originally Posted By: dogzapper



Originally Posted By: WinModel70
The only thing I don't like on it is the direction I have to turn the zoom magnifier. It is the opposite of my Zeiss scopes. Other than that, no issues.






Kinda like those stupid BRNO actions with the back-assward safeties. I have no doubt that has gotten a few folks KILLED.

God Bless,

Steve



I had one of those on my CZ 22 rifle.Fuggin squirrel came for my nutz.Tramatic experience!!!! shocked


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#7178759 - 12/13/12 11:39 AM Re: vortex viper 2-8X32 vs nikon monarch 2-8x32 [Re: Huntz]
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Just got back from the range and I have to add that the little 2-7 viper tracks perfectly and clicks are solid.

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