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#3226819 - 04/19/13 07:00 PM Scope Test
Huntr2
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I just got back from Bass Pro doing a test on two scopes, the Nikon Monarch 2.5-10 x 42 vs the Burris 3-9x40 E1. I wanted to see the new C4 reticle but they didnít have them yet. The Nikon should have had the advantage with the larger main lens. I want to set up a new rifle and had the Nikon Monarch 3-12x42 as my top choice. After comparing the two scopes mentioned having both scopes set to 9 on magnification, I couldnít believe what I saw. The Burris was noticeably brighter looking at several different objects dark and light and it was just as clear. The sales person was a Nikon person and made that clear before we did the test. I asked him to look and compare and he couldnít believe it and agreed the Burris was brighter. The Nikon was my first choice but now I am not sure. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
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#3226860 - 04/19/13 07:39 PM Re: Scope Test [Re: Huntr2]
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I purchased a Burris E1 last year. I found it to be very bright and the BDC reticule was well arranged for long distant deer hunting (200 to 400 yds). The only draw back (if you consider it a negative) is that the crosshairs are harder to see in poor light in heavy woods. The thin crosswire is excellent for accuracy and distance shooting but slower to put on target in poor light. Don't mistake that for the scope not being very good at collecting light. It is as bright as my Minox and almost as clear.
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#3226894 - 04/19/13 08:25 PM Re: Scope Test [Re: hunt_4646]
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The new C4 has a different reticle,I would like to have it for a nw scope.
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#3227063 - 04/20/13 06:17 AM Re: Scope Test [Re: Huntr2]
EastTNHunter
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If I am not mistaken, the mid-upper range Burris' are still made in USA, whereas the Nikon is Phillipino. That may also influence the decision. Please verify before taking the above comments as gospel.
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#3227074 - 04/20/13 06:24 AM Re: Scope Test [Re: EastTNHunter]
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If someone has the time I would like them to do the same test. I went in knowing the Nikon was brighter and was wrong. I haven't heard anyone say they held both side by side just what they say should be considered in a purchase. I know the Burris is durable and accurate I have had one for years. I thought it would be an upgrade, but is it.
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#3227246 - 04/20/13 11:39 AM Re: Scope Test [Re: Huntr2]
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All Burris scope lens are precision ground and Fully Multi-Coated. This means every surface of the lens is coated, providing some of the best optics in the industry.
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#3227264 - 04/20/13 12:19 PM Re: Scope Test [Re: Huntr2]
Model70Man
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Doing a scope comparison under fluorescent light will do you no good if you are comparing how "bright" one scope is compared to the other. One would be better off comparing the resolution of the scope indoors. You will be amazed at how "bright" some scopes are in the store, but when you get them out in the field they aren't as bright. The resolution of fine lines and detail are pretty much going to stay the same under the same conditions whether it be indoors or outdoors.

One thing I would also consider is what caliber rifle you will be shooting. Burris scopes are known for having shorter eye relief. If you have a big kicker, that may change your decision. Most Burris scopes are made in the Philippines and some models are made in the USA. Burris scopes have good glass and coatings and they do make a good product.

Make sure you get the scope that has the features you want. hunt 4646 made a very good point about the reticle. If you can't see the reticle, you most likely won't be able to put an ethical shot on a deer in low light. That's a deal breaker for me.
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#3227423 - 04/20/13 07:07 PM Re: Scope Test [Re: Model70Man]
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I want to see these two brands outside. I have a Burris I bought many years ago on a 7MM mag without an issue. The new C4 has about an average of 3.5 inch of relief and the Nikon 3.9. I am looking at a .270, shouldn't be an issue.
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