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As many of you know, my scope gave out on my about five months back. Took me a long time to track down the purchase info so I could have it fixed under warranty. Well, it only took a short time for them to put the scope all back together again. I'd say that was an awesome turnaround. Looks like it will be ready for hunting season. It will get the stamp of approval after I run it to the range for some recoil testing. I did end up having to get new rings as one of the quick detach rings basically fell apart when I took the scope off. The new rings should hold up well. As usual, I wouldn't go denying everyone a little Marlin porn. Also, that's flash being all mopy as usual.

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I am pretty impressed with Nikon and its warranty plus they are just nice folks. I purchased a older Nikon Monark 3x12 and it was missing the rubber ring that goes on the eyepiece. I called Nikon and they said they would send me one but they were out of them at the moment. I offered to pay for it and the lady said not to worry about it. A pretty long time went by and I forgot about it and one day I got a envelope in the mail from Nikon and when I opened it the rubber ring fell out in my hand. They were true to their word.
 

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They did me right for sure. I can't complain. I love this scope and would have been pretty sad if I had to shop for another.
 

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Also wanted to say thank you to everyone for the suggestions in case the scope was done for.
 

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What Nikon is that? And also what ranges of hunting will you be doing? Im looking for a scope still for mine and looking for a decent scope to use in Oregon's forest so my visibility is limited to maybe 200yards maximum.
 

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Nikon makes good stuff, but it would be hard for me to trust that scope during deer season without a thorough evaluation. That's just me though.
 

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Anyone have thoughts on a Leupold VX-R 1.25-4x20 scope on my 45-70? A friend recommended a fixed power vice variable scope due to the stout recoil.
 

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What Nikon is that? And also what ranges of hunting will you be doing? Im looking for a scope still for mine and looking for a decent scope to use in Oregon's forest so my visibility is limited to maybe 200yards maximum.
It's a Monarch African 1.1x4 with illuminated dot. They no longer make them.

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Sengine is right. Leupold has 95% of the vote for holding up to recoil, best for price, and now has a illuminated dot. I went with mine because it had the illuminated dot and there wasn't many or any options out there when I got mine. The dot really helps on dark targets. Nikon glass is pretty amazing, it was just a letdown when the recoil got the better of it. Glad it's back in working order.
 

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What Nikon is that? And also what ranges of hunting will you be doing? Im looking for a scope still for mine and looking for a decent scope to use in Oregon's forest so my visibility is limited to maybe 200yards maximum.
I've had personal experience with 3 different Nikon scopes, all 3 went belly up within 2 years. Not were mounted on heavy recoiling rifles either, a 30-06, and 2 different 308s.

They may have great customer service but I would rather not have my scope fail. 3 for 3, they will never see another dime of my money.

Edited to add: I quoted the wrong post.
 

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I have Nikon scopes on my hunting rifles and so far they have held up. With that being said I recognize that within a "brand" you can have varying quality. I would not buy a "lower priced" scope just because of the name attached and then quibble when it fails after a reasonable amount of time. Also - if mounting on a "heavy recoil" rifle of which I own some I additionally make sure I use quality solid mounts and not some cheap aluminum ones. Lastly - I do not "abuse" my firearms by treating them roughly as some may be wont to do. My Army days are long over and when hunting I see no need to let my guns "rattle around" in a vehicle or otherwise get banged up. You take care of it and it will take care of you. So far this formula was worked for me and I pray it continues. :tee:
 

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True statement Redlegagent.
Only thing is that hunting where and how I do is a rough endeavor at times. Rifle in a scabbard horseback, up and down shale and avalanche chutes, etc. On the ranch I constantly have a rifle in my pickup getting bounced around some.
My rifles and scopes can take some lumps. Leupold holds up.
 

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With out good customer service, the word soon gets out.................. Social media is powerful!
 

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I have a Nikon right now that was on my .375 H&H for 60 shots. Shelled it. Haven't been able to get the first reply by email or phone from them after a year. I am thinking of setting it up for a photo shoot. The execution of a scope. First posting my efforts in trying to get them to honor the warranty along with the failures.Then taking a video of me shooting it with my .416 Rigby. I take care of my equipment. This scope, dispite the instructions that claim they tested this model on a .375 with no failures, is now a baby rattle. When it matters I buy a Leupold. Even my old steel Weavers are pretty much full proof. reflex264
 

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Reflex, I would like to try and help you out. I also have a .375 H&H that I took to the range to sight in along with 60 extra rounds for "fun" shooting. I sighted in and get a 2 friends to fire the the rest of the ammo with no problems at all to my PROSTAFF scope. I do some freelance Pr work for a firm that represent's Nikon so there may be a chance I can help you out if you are interested? Feel free to drop me a note and hopefully I can help you get taken care of to your satisfaction. Nikon does pride itself on good customer service and they will definitely be interested in hearing about your problem.
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I have a Nikon right now that was on my .375 H&H for 60 shots. Shelled it. Haven't been able to get the first reply by email or phone from them after a year. I am thinking of setting it up for a photo shoot. The execution of a scope. First posting my efforts in trying to get them to honor the warranty along with the failures.Then taking a video of me shooting it with my .416 Rigby. I take care of my equipment. This scope, dispite the instructions that claim they tested this model on a .375 with no failures, is now a baby rattle. When it matters I buy a Leupold. Even my old steel Weavers are pretty much full proof. reflex264
Exactly, I have a weaver k-series on my 375 H&H, never a problem, never a zero shift, and that scope has been mounted there for at least a thousand rounds. I've never seen a leupold fail. The vx-3 tactical on my issued 700p 308 lives in my trunk, granted it is in a pelican case, but it rides down 25,000 miles a year of potholed country roads, wash-board forest service trails, high speed driving, and when I pull it out of the case, it never fails to still be zeroed. I wouldn't think twice about pulling that rifle and scope out of my trunk right now and making a headshot on someone holding a gun to my wife's head. When I put 6.5 inches of windage adjustmment on the turrets, the poi shifts 6.5 inches, and when I return it to zero, it is actually back at zero. And the rifle and scope has just under 5,000 logged and documented rounds through it.

Compare that to a pig hunting trip a few years ago. I took my guide gun with a leupold scout scope, my friend took a Mossberg 308 with a Nikon prostaff on top. We drove a bit over 200 miles, stopping enroute to confirm zeros. Mine was zeroed, he had to make a slight adjustment. We get there, and head down the forest road and set camp, the next morning we hop in the canoe and set out to find the pigs. We located them that afternoon, and my friend takes a shot, and apparently misses, pig gets away, no sign it was wounded. So we get back to camp, and he checks his rifle, and it has had a roughly 17" shift in zero, at 75 yards, and the scope is now mechanically incapable of being zeroed. It never got banged, or dropped, or experienced anything riding in the canoe that my guide gun didn't also experience, and the leupold never waivered, and it is subjected to much heavier recoil.

The other 2 Nikon's that failed were a buckmasters, and a monarch.
 

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I have a Nikon Prostaff on my 1895 for the last seven or eight years, and it has not been adjusted since I sighted it in. I roll my own with 405 gr Remington's and hunt with it every year all year round. I fired it yesterday and it is still right on. It may break tomorrow since I bragged on it, but so far I have never had a problem.
 

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Yep I will get back with you. Any service is better than no service. reflex264
 
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