Posts Tagged ‘scope’

Mar
29

Nikon Monarch 4-16×42SF

The Nikon Monarch 4-16×42SF is what rests atop the Savage Model 10. This is the scope that helps me shoot 3/16″ groups with that Savage.

The Nikon Monarch 4-16x42SF graces the Savage Model 10 Tactical

The Nikon Monarch 4-16x42SF graces the Savage Model 10 Tactical

This Nikon Monarch features adjustable magnification from 4x-16x with a 42mm objective lens and a 1″ tube. Nikon offers three different reticles on this Monarch – their standard Nikoplex, a bullet drop compensator reticle, and a mildot reticle. This one features the standard Nikoplex, and it can be found at many online retailers for around $450.

Magnification is adjustable from 4-16 power.

Magnification is adjustable from 4-16 power.

One very nice feature of this scope is the “side focus” – parallax adjustment is made with a dial on the left side of the scope, rather than at the objective. This is very handy in the field, since you can adjust the parallax without moving the rifle too far out of position.

Parallax adjustments can be made from a firing position with the side focus

Parallax adjustments can be made from a firing position with the side focus

Another nicety is the mid-height windage and elevation turrets. If you don’t want the giant tacticool turrets, but you don’t want to get out a dime every time you want to make an adjustment, then this is a good solution.

Unscrew the aluminum caps, and you’ll find the windage and elevation turrets, plainly labeled and thumb-click adjustable in 1/4″ MOA increments.

The mid-height turrets feature 1/4" MOA adjustments

The mid-height turrets feature 1/4" MOA adjustments

The glass on this scope is stellar for its price. I had this side-by-side with a Leupold 4.5-14 Vari-XIII at the range. The Leupold’s glass was slightly clearer… but then again, the Leupold cost almost twice as much as the Nikon.

This Nikon scope is very well made, has excellent Japanese glass, great features and is an excellent value. You’ll be hard-pressed to find its equal in the sub-$500 price range. I highly recommend the Nikon Monarch line of riflescopes.