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    Nikon Variable Scout Scope

    Has anyone tried the Nikon variable power scout scope yet?

    http://www.swfa.com/p-12686-new-niko...eer-scope.aspx

    Would like to know your thoughts prior to forking over my cash.

    Thanks

    Tom

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    Re: Nikon Variable Scout Scope

    Technically, the Nikon is a handgun scope. But that doesn't mean that it won't work in a scout rifle setup. However...


    If you plan to hunt with the rifle, consider that the Leupold 2.5x Scout scope has a 22' FOV (field of view) @ 100 yards (click on the Specifications tab on the link):

    http://www.leupold.com/hunting-and-s...8mm-ier-scout/

    The Nikon 2.5-8x handgun scope has only a 13' FOV @ 100 yards at 2.5x, and a mere 4' at 8x (click on Technical Specifications on the link):

    http://www.nikonsportoptics.com/prod...7&product=8482

    The Leupold is likely lighter in weight too.


    Personally, I would choose the Leupold for hunting, as it would be better for quick target acquisition (especially if the target was moving). Keep it simple and rugged with a fixed power is my suggestion for typical levergun applications. Don't mean to put down the Nikon, as I'm sure it's a quality piece, but don't think that it will excel as a scout scope for hunting.
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    Re: Nikon Variable Scout Scope

    I just put a Leupold on my Guide Gun...

    http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/i...html#msg305493
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    Re: Nikon Variable Scout Scope

    I plan on using my guide gun as a range gun and for hunting. I've always liked lots of magnification. That is why the Nikon appeals to me. I've shot a guide gun with the Leupold site and at 100 yards that 2.8 power doesn't do it for me. The 4' field of view I agree sucks for deer on the run but lets face it if you stalking you likely have it set at low power and 13' is plenty for hitting things on the run.

    Is there anyone out there that has tried this set up?

    Thanks

    Tom

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    Re: Nikon Variable Scout Scope

    Hi Tom,
    I have to agree with Unforgiven, If you need more power than 2.5 Leupold, go with a compact scope like a 3-7x33 on a conventional one piece mount, don't use a scout set-up. In my experience with the 2.5 scout it seems to be comfortable out to 200 yards. I have been down the road trying pistol scopes in place of a scout and it doesn't work very well. I use a Leupold shotgun scope on my 30-30 3-7x33 with a heavy duplex reticule and it works very well. I know this is a tough choice between using a scout set-up or a conventional scope. You have to look at your application as to the type of terrain you are going to hunt. If your shots are 200 yards or less then go with the scout set-up, you won't be sorry.

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    Re: Nikon Variable Scout Scope

    fgarnold, what kind of stock cover is that? Ive never seen one like it but it looks like it would do a good job of protecting the stock on my gun while its riding in the combine.

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    Re: Nikon Variable Scout Scope

    I don't know about the Nikon but I did have a Leopold Scout. It did not work very well in low light conditions; I think it has to do with the distance between the eye and the scope. I switched to a Burris fixed 4x rifle scope. Works better for me.

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    Re: Nikon Variable Scout Scope

    [quote=plow boy ]
    fgarnold, what kind of stock cover is that? Ive never seen one like it but it looks like it would do a good job of protecting the stock on my gun while its riding in the combine.

    Josh
    [b]I bought these from Bearproof Products, but now the website doesn't come up. However, Cabela's and BPS both carry them. They are neoprene and unlike the stretch nylon carriers it keeps it shape and is slightly padded against the recoil. I have these on all my centerfire rifles.

    http://www.cabelas.com/prod-1/000922...roduct-reviews [ /b]
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