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#3982387 - 04/09/10 Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3  
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I want either a 4.5-14 VX3 or a 3-12 or 4-16 monarch

Honest opinions is the Leupold worth 200 more?

I like the idea of the side focus on the nikon but love the reliability and reputation of the Leupold.

This is for my 257 wby

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#3983032 - 04/10/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: nitis]  
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On a 257 Wby I'd go Nikon. The Leupold is a tougher scope in my experience, if you were shooting a .338 or .300 Mag, I'd go Leupold.

#3983069 - 04/10/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: jstevens]  
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Both good scopes, go with what you like.

#3984368 - 04/10/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: JohnMoses]  
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Both are great scopes, I own both. The Leupold eye piece will be smaller if bolt clearance will be a issue.My Nikon seems a little more clear to my eye,but both are excellent


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#3984399 - 04/10/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: highridge1]  
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No, the Leupold is not worth $200 more. The eye relief and eye box is certainly better on the Leupy than the Monarch, but no where close to $200 better.

Buy the Monarch, and don't look back.

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#3984475 - 04/10/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: Jason280]  
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If you keep your eye out, there's a few VX-3's hitting the used market with some very nice savings over retail or Cabelas also had them on sale.


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#3984549 - 04/10/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: cal74]  
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The Leupold is probaly not worth the extra $200 in performance but nikon customer service is so [bleep] that I will gladly pay the extra money for the Leupold.

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#3984896 - 04/10/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: DINK]  
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Never had a problem with Nikon customer service. In fact, they've been better than good the two times I used them.


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#3986149 - 04/11/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: highridge1]  
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I have driven nikons for the last 10 years. Always been great scopes. To my eyes they are brighter and clearer than the Leupolds. YMMV


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#3986626 - 04/11/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: 280Ackleyrized]  
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My VX3 B&C SF fell apart internally from the beating it takes on my ATV. The Nikon I replaced it with is still going strong. Ken


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#3986828 - 04/11/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: kend]  
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I really like the Nikon Monarch. To my eye its clearer than the Leupold, the eye relief is plenty, and thus far they seem plenty tough.


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#3987189 - 04/11/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: DINK]  
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Originally Posted by DINK
The Leupold is probaly not worth the extra $200 in performance but nikon customer service is so [bleep] that I will gladly pay the extra money for the Leupold.

Dink


My exact experience and feelings on the issue.

#3988749 - 04/12/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: 444Matt]  
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I haven't had to use Nikon service in the last 2 or 3 years. When I did, it was the equal of Leupold. Has it changed, or was I lucky?

#3988809 - 04/12/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: Huntaria_Setters]  
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Never needed Nikon's service work so can't comment on that. Have had several Monarchs and several VXs. Both are great. You get great performance for less money with Nikon. You get a smaller, more compact package with Leupold. Both will get the job done just depends on what you need it for.

#3989171 - 04/12/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: Duc1198]  
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I'd take the Leupold simply to get the super tough Diamond Coat Coatings. That alone is worth it.
It has more eye box than the Nikon ? The VXIII Leupold 4.5-14X40's that I've played with certainly didn't have much of that. Which means the Nikon would be unacceptable to me. E

#3990092 - 04/12/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: Eremicus]  
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100% agree with Eremicus(fellow Leupold fan). Really take the time to look through the scopes you are comparing. Move your head around at different magifications. When shooting off the bench you can take the extra time to postion your head so the eye refief and box may not seem so critcal. But when you shoulder the rifle in a hunting situation do not want to have to move your head around to find the field of view.

#3990193 - 04/12/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: 250]  
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I own both and love both. I have had no issues with Monarch's eyebox up to 4X12. Anything higher, I can't comment. I will say that I think Leupold wins on edge-to-edge clarity. I do think that Monarchs are as rugged, if not moreso, than any Leupold I own. I have one 2X7 that has been on everything including .375 and up to the worst kicking 12 ga. slug gun ever and its never failed. As for eyebox, the worst eyebox I've ever seen was a late '90s vintage B&L 3200 4X12.

Anyway, I've pretty much gravitated to Conquests. These are an awful lot of scope for the money.

#3990224 - 04/12/10 Re: Nikon monarch vs Leupold VX-3 [Re: Huntaria_Setters]  
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I have 2 Leupold 4.5-14's and both work well. I also had a Nikon Monarch on a .375 H&H, and it was a good scope as well, for half the price. I wouldn't hesitate to get another one.


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