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#6084103 - 12/14/15 07:10 PM Vortex vs. Nikon
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Looking at the Votex Diamondback 3x12 44 vs. Nikon Buckmaster 3x12 40 both have BDC.
What are your thoughts or suggestions pros and cons on each or is there something better at around the $200 mark.

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#6084294 - 12/14/15 08:40 PM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: Dalee7892]
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At that mark I'd also look at the Redfield-it gets a lot of good press.
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#6084404 - 12/14/15 09:40 PM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: Dalee7892]
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I would go with vortex, over nikon. My last scope was a nikon and it is good and I still use it. But the vortex is better, it tracks perfectly.
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#6084445 - 12/14/15 10:01 PM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: Dalee7892]
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Red field is a vx1

Might look at some of those cameraland daily deals

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#6086700 - 12/16/15 01:17 AM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: Dalee7892]
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How about looking through both and getting the one that you see through the best. Everyone's eyes are different and if you purchase based on someone's advice there is a very good chance you won't get the best scope for you.
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#6088019 - 12/16/15 04:43 PM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: booradley]
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Originally Posted By: booradley
How about looking through both and getting the one that you see through the best. Everyone's eyes are different and if you purchase based on someone's advice there is a very good chance you won't get the best scope for you.

Good advice here. Try to look through them outside.

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#6088144 - 12/16/15 05:58 PM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: Dalee7892]
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In low light.
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#6088203 - 12/16/15 06:36 PM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: Dalee7892]
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You can't take them out of the store without buying them. What store would you suggest, maybe talk to the store manager - ya right !!!

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#6088344 - 12/16/15 07:32 PM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: Dalee7892]
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I have a Nikon Buckmaster and a Vortex Diamondback. The Nikon is hands down better glass. Can't tell in the store, but can tell in the last 20 minutes of legal daylight for sure. I have a couple Nikons and never had an issue with them "tracking"....although if you are going with a bdc reticle, I don't think tracking is a consideration.

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#6088393 - 12/16/15 08:02 PM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: booradley]
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Originally Posted By: fr3db3ar
Originally Posted By: booradley
How about looking through both and getting the one that you see through the best. Everyone's eyes are different and if you purchase based on someone's advice there is a very good chance you won't get the best scope for you.

Good advice here. Try to look through them outside.
Originally Posted By: booradley
In low light.


Maybe see if the store will let you borrow it for a while. Mount it, send a few rounds down range?
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#6088538 - 12/16/15 09:11 PM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: Dalee7892]
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Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
You can't take them out of the store without buying them. What store would you suggest, maybe talk to the store manager - ya right !!!


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#6088563 - 12/16/15 09:23 PM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: Dalee7892]
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Nikon. That is all.
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#6088785 - 12/17/15 03:31 AM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: Dalee7892]
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I will walk to the front of the store with a customer and let them look through a scope in low light unless we are totally swamped.
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#6093277 - 12/20/15 11:05 AM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: Dalee7892]
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I just picked up a Nikon Buckmaster 4-12x40 and the glass is very good to excellent for the money. Compared to similar Vortex scopes in the same price range I'd vote Nikon.

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#6093327 - 12/20/15 11:52 AM Re: Vortex vs. Nikon [Re: bigjoe8565]
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Originally Posted By: bigjoe8565
I just picked up a Nikon Buckmaster 4-12x40 and the glass is very good to excellent for the money. Compared to similar Vortex scopes in the same price range I'd vote Nikon.


Going back to my original post, you see better out of the Nikon but the OP could possibly see better out of the Vortex. I too see better out of the Buckmaster than I do out of similarly priced Vortex' but the OP may not. I also see better out of the Burris Fullfield II than any Nikon I've looked through costing considerably more.
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