Hi, I’m Trevor from OpticsPlanet.
Choosing a rifle scope for your next hunt can be a tough decision. You know you want Nikon but now which scope. As you can see right here this is just a small sampling of all the flavors Nikon
has to offer Red Dot Sight for Pistol under $100. It is really important to decide and choose
the model which best works for you and your needs. Starting with magnification, a lot of
different magnification ranges out there. Now which one do you need? Well it really
depends on what you doing, what your hunting. Let’s start with varmint
hunting, say you’re going to shoot some smaller animals at a long-range away. You
want a higher magnification range for that. A great choice would be a 4-16
magnification range. This is an M-223 in 4-16X. This would be a great choice for
varmint hunting. Nikon also has a Monarch 3 series in
5-20X, another great choice. When your hunting varmints or small animals
it’s really good to have that higher magnification range, you’re really going to want it. Now jumping
into the bread and butter. You need that mid-range scope for that
classic whitetail/ mule deer hunt, 2.5-10x, 3-9x, they’d be
perfect. Here’s a Nikon Monarch 3 in 2.5-10x, this is an ideal choice 50 yards up to 300 yards would be a
great choice for use any then mid-range choice. We also have a 4-12x scope right
here. Once again to be a great choice for any of that medium-size game for medium
yardages. Now jumping into the far end of things,
you have really big game. You’re going on African cape buffalo hunt, you’re going
on a moose hunt. You want a smaller magnification range
because generally you take that shot pretty close up. You are usually well within a hundred yards on that. Now Nikon has a lot of different options for
you in terms of reticles. They have a standard Niko-Plex reticle
which is a Plex reticle, so it has a typical crosshair and the
posts are heavier and they taper to a finer, thinner crosshair center. Now that’s good
all around, it’s proven, it’s tested, it works extremely well, it’s
good in any situation. Now Nikon also has their BDC reticle
and they’re really known for it. BDC that’s bullet drop compensation and it blows
you away as a shooter. When you use it for the first time
you’re gonna be hooked. What it is, is a reticle, standard crosshair and on the lower post there’s a series a
circles and those act as holdover points. Putting a circle over your
target, one doesn’t obscure the target like a solid
dot will but it also draws your eye right into the center. You can actually
use the top, bottom and middle of that circle as a hold over as well. One of the nice
things Nikon has done is make spot on software. You can go to Nikonhunting.com and look
at that free spot on software. You just type in your exact
cartridge, you can import custom cartridges as well and they’re gonna give you a complete
ballistic readout for that reticle. I can’t say enough good things about it, it’s a
great choice for any hunt. A few different variations in the
BDC reticle as well. Nikon has their coyote special series and
this BDC reticle and this specific scope actually has a
large circle in the crosshair. When you’re coyote hunting or
predator hunting in general, you can put this circle right over that sweet spot you
need. Your eye is naturally going to be drawn into the center and you can make an accurate shot. That reticle is specific to the
predator series or coyote special scopes. Great reticle
choice for coyote hunting. Another important choice in deciding
which rifle scope to go with, is the objective size. You want to make
sure you get the appropriate objective size for your needs. Now what the objective
size relates to is how much light has the ability to come in that rifle
scope. I like to go with a fifty millimeter
objective when you going to be doing low light hunting. If you’re going to be hunting near dawn or
dusk, a larger objective will have the ability to let more light
into the scope. Now on the other end, you have a smaller objective size say
forty millimeter. Big benefit to going with a smaller
objective is lower mount height. If you’re not hunting
near dawn or dusk and you know you’re going to have ample light coming in. Go with a smaller objective, the 32 millimeter, the 40 millimeter, the 42 millimeter. It is going to allow you to mount the scope
lower, it is going to be more comfortable for you, you’re going to have a better cheek weld, it’s going to be better all around and is a big
benefit with going with a smaller objective size if you can definitely do it. Now coming
to turrets, what turret to go with? Right here we have a capped turret. Now
capped turrets are a great great feature while hunting.
It’s very easy if you don’t have a capped turret for that scope to bump into something and
you hear the worse and you can hear the worst sound you can hear as a hunter “click click click”. Now you don’t know where
that turrets gone. Has it gone up, down, left, right and is it my windage or elevation. Having a capped turret with a screw on cap is a nice way to maintain your ZERO and you don’t have to worry
about losing that. On the other end of it, there’s exposed turrets. They’re making their way into the hunting category because they
do have some nice features. One being if you’re a varmint shooter. You’re sitting on the back of a truck, you want to keep your eye behind the
glass because you’ve got a lot of little small objects runring around out there. You just want to make minor adjustments but not have to worry about unscrewing a cap. Having exposed turrets like this can
be nice in some hunting situations. They’re definitely finding their way there right now now. Say you’re really looking to consolidate some of your gear, this would be a great choice for you.
This is the Nikon IRT. This is a laser scope so they actually did is combine a laser
rangefinder into your scope. Once this is mounted,
your eyes stays behind the glass right here. You can now look at your target and
range it and get the readout in your scope. It’s a laser range
finder and scope all built into one. Keep your eye
behind the glass, you can see the yardage and then take a shot all in one right
there. This is a great choice from Nikon as well. No matter what your hunting or what
platform you’re on, Nikon has a choice for you. You’re hunting with a slug gun, Nikon offers
a slug Hunter series of scopes. This is going to be a great choice for you, designed for that
platform specifically. Let’s say you’re hunting with an AR platform. Nikon has the P-223 series, they have the M-223 series a great choice for you again. If you
stand it on your standard bolt gun, can’t go wrong with the Monarch
3’s. Say you’re coyote hunting, you’re doing some varmint hunting. The predator reticle in the Nikon coyote
special would be a great choice for you and if you want to consolidate some gear,
you want to lose a rangefinder, you wanna put it all into one package. The
Nikon IRT with the built-in laser rangefinder would be a great choice for you. Bottom
line is Nikon has a lot of options and they’re going to have one that is going
to suit your needs perfectly. You can find all these best rifle scope for deer hunting on our website. I’m Trevor thanks for watching!

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30 thoughts on “How To Choose A Nikon Hunting Riflescope – OpticsPlanet.com”

  1. I have Remington 7600 30-06, looking for a new scope which Nikon scope what be good for my gun? I hunt deer, moose and black bear. price range 300 to 400. I try to keep my shots 200 yards or less.

  2. @SANDMAN HUNTER: considering you have a bolt gun and the ranges specified, a Nikon 4-16 Buckmasters series with BDC would probably be the way to go.

  3. What is the main difference between the prostaff line and monarch line? Why do monarch cost more aside from the difference glass? What is not so obvious difference between them?

  4. Bang for buck Nikon make pretty good scopes. Sure there are better out there but not for the price range, and lets face it they've been making the best cameras in the world for a few decades so they know about catching light

  5. Best scope ror the price, This is the second one I put on a .30-06 and the scope holds up to the banging it gets with a  large caliber.  My friend uses one on a 300mag.not just for rimfire. Nikon should get rid of the .22 rimfire logo, it's an understatement that confuses a lot of people I'm sure. That's my opinion and we know what opions are like.

  6. Bought an inexpensive Pro Staff 3×9-40 EFR for use on a a RWS Diana 34 air rifle. This gun is a break barrel springer and the scope is supposed to be built to withstand the double recoil of a springer. It is made in The Phillipines. Just wondering if all the Nikon Line is "farmed out" or if some of them are still made in Japan.

  7. @OpticsPlanet nice information, what about parallax? for example if you shooting birds (from 25 to 75 yards) what scope you may choose? 3-9×40 with parallax setup at 50 yards, 4-12×40 with parallax setup a 75 yards ? please can you help me with this? thanks

  8. I've picked up a gamo whisper g2 .22 pellet rifle an all im going to be hunting is small game squirrels rabbits etc. nikon has been around for a while an their products are really good. I want to try a scope for my .22 pellet

  9. For my new Win 308 Rifle,? I am going with the Nikon Buckmaster 2 in 4-12x40MM it priced well in my range.? And should serve me well,? For all around Hunting etc.?

  10. Prostaff 5 with Nikoplex reticle for hunting – reasonably priced quality. MPBR sighting – forget the BDC crap; you are hunting not sniping.


  12. Um I own a Nikon before and didn’t have a good experience with the optics, replaced it with the Vortex Viper PST2 and this is a giant upgrade haven’t had any issues and shoots very accurately

  13. Trevor: Way too many choices. I'm confused. I have a 243 bolt action. I like 4×12 magnification and I like target turrets. Which Nikon scope would be calibrated closest to the 243 round? Thank you.

  14. Be really cool if you guys would actually give more information is it a first focal plane second focal plane is it the standard model Monarch 3 which is it what is it how does it work when you go to the ballistics chart on spot on you've got multiple ones to choose from so you need to know which one you're looking at it should say in the monarchs 3/4 x 16 X 42 I hate that would give me the clue that it is a standard standard model not the first not the second or first or second either one more information is helpful don't just put on the box that is a monarch 3 that's all you got in there you get where it's going to helpful and all that that way you can look up all the blisters you can do everything it doesn't do any good to go on a website when you don't know where you're going

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