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Old 09-12-2009, 09:27 AM
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Leupold VX-i vs Nikon Buckmaster


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Hey guys,

I'm going to purchase a new scope. I'm looking at leupold vx-i 3-12x40 and nikon buckmaster 4.5-14x40.


I just want the scope that is most reliable, which is why I am leaning towards the leupold for its one piece tube and 13oz weight. But, I have heard the buckmaster is very popular, and very reliable.

Which do you think, and why?

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Old 09-12-2009, 10:06 AM
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I have Leupold's in VX-I 3-9x40 and VX-II 4.5-14x40AO and a Nikon Buckmaster in 3-9x40, I prefer the Nikon, I don't believe I'll ever purchase another Leupold ever again!?
For the $$ spent on the Leupold's the view is very poor, the Nikon is much better, and I don't think the light transmission is any better?
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:52 PM
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I own 2 VX-1 in 3-9x40. They work fine. I just received a Nikon Buckmaster 6-18x40 that I plan on putting on my 22-250, when I buy it, so I don;t know how it's going to be evaluated. I like the looks of it right now though!
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:57 PM
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i havent used the buckmaster, but i have a vxII 3-9x40 and it has been really nice, great picture, good eye relief for my .338 and it holds zero good, havent had issues with it fogging at all, and that is in the PNW. My dad has a VXIII 3-9x40 on his '06 and its real nice too. i like the fact that i can grab my hammer and smash the scope, send it in, and get another. Just me though, my scopes get put through a lot of abuse, especially on my .338 hunting elk.
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Old 09-12-2009, 03:03 PM
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The one feature I like on my scopes whether the're Nikon, Burris, Bushnell, Leupold or whatever is the fast eye focus adjustment on eye pieces. Nikon has had this feature for years on there Buckmaster. Several other makers also have the feature. Unfortunately Leupold doesn't, its very fine threaded that you turn and turn wondering all the time if your going to unscrew it loosing the gas filling. I have Nikon and Leupold scopes in various power ranges. All work well once there adjusted properly.
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Old 09-12-2009, 04:22 PM
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thanks for all the responses. Not too much to differentiate between the 2 i guess. I like the certainty of the leupold warranty, I guess it makes up for some lack of features.
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Old 09-13-2009, 04:49 AM
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thanks for all the responses. Not too much to differentiate between the 2 i guess. I like the certainty of the leupold warranty, I guess it makes up for some lack of features.
while i can't speak for the buck master series i do know that the monarch series has a lifetime warantee like the leupolds. i traded scopes with a guy last year and the nikon i received had issues, i sent it in and they replaced it with a new scope even though the issues where from the previous owners neglect and i did mention that to them. they said no problem, it didn't matter who owned the scope it was covered. so i got a brand new scope out of the deal.
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:50 AM
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I've been thinking about spending the extra $ to get a monarch. It may be worth it, i've heard they outperform almost anything in similar price range.

Are there any offerings from Burris or Bushnell that people feel outperform these scopes in the $250-350 price range?
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Old 09-13-2009, 07:32 AM
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I dont know about the buckmaster but i have a VX-I on my slug gun and its a good scope just wished leupold hadn't put the magnetic adjustments on it i prefer 1/4"clicks at 100 yrds when i have to make scope adjustments not count hash marks on the dial. thats just my $.02
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Old 09-13-2009, 07:35 AM
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:54 AM
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3200 Elite by bushnell will fit your needs
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:07 AM
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what is the consensus on the elite 3200 vs the buckmaster and vx-i? Does Bushnell have a good reputation on consumer protection/ warranty service?
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:46 PM
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I've have experience with Bushnell, Nikon, and Leupold scopes. I own a VX-II, a VX-III and have owned a 3200 Bushnell, a Monarch and an older Buckmaster. The Nikons usually appear to be brighter and a little clearer than the other brands in the same price range. Although in lower light I can't tell much difference between the Leupold and the Nikon. The Bushnell 3200 models are good scopes but don't seem to gather as much light as the other two brands IMO. They were all reliable as far as adjustments and holding zero. I tend to gravitate toward Leupold for reputation, past experience and warantee but I think they are a little too pricey these days. For the price range you are in I would look hard at Burris. I've never owned one but have friends that use them and they have good features for the money. They state that all of their scopes have metal on metal click adjustments and are double gas purged. My next varible will be a Burris as I have been wanting to give one a try for a while now. I just need an excuse to buy one LOL. You can get a Burris Fullfield II in the price range you are looking at.
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:27 PM
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I've had a Monarch for over a year and I finally got it to the range today for the first time. I agree that the Monarch is much easier on the eyes than the Leupold, but I had all kinds of problems getting the thing sighted. I honestly don't know if I had a scope issue, or a mount issue. I am going over it tomorrow and hopefully back to the range for a follow-up. I hope it's just a mistake of mine and not the scope. I planned on using it this Saturday for Blacktail.
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:43 AM
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Thanks for all of the input everyone.

I think I am just going to Wing-it and buy whatever I get the best deal on. I might even look into the monarch or elite 4200 at this point. Don't plan to look at vx-ii. They are only 100 dollars more online, and over the course of 20 years, I think it could be worth it.
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Old 09-15-2009, 04:45 PM
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For a little more $$ the Leupold Euro 30 is a good scope I've got one on my 30-06 and its clear and easy to use. I think they are around $500.00 but well worth the money also i have seen some Zeiss conquest in that price range and they are excellent scopes they gather light well and are very clear.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:18 PM
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thanks for the input on those scopes, but I don't plan on breaking 400. At first I didn't plan on breaking 300.
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:57 PM
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Jgnola,

The Nikon Buckmaster 6-18x40 scope I mentioned on page one is on sale at Midway for $299. I should've mentioned that earlier but I didn;t think to because it wasn't in your magnification range. I ordered it a week ago Sunday and got it that Friday. Just a thought.....

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http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=123107
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:49 PM
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I have a Burris fullfeild II in a 4.5 X 14 and love it very clear, lightweight and gathers light better than any other scope i have looked through in that price range. if you watch the dreaded ebay you can find them on there under 300 bucks http://cgi.ebay.com/BURRIS-FULLFIELD...d=p3286.c0.m14
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:05 PM
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I think the two best buys in the optics department are the Bushnell 4200 Elite and the Zeiss Conquest. If you can find the 3-9 configuration on the Bushnell 4200 Elite it is an excellent buy. It truely is splitting hairs to my Zeiss Conquest.

The Buckmaster is a nice scope, I think it is better then a Leupold VXI which I would put more on line with a Nikon Prostaff. But stepping up to the Monarch in the Nikon line is definitly a step up.

The Bushnell 3200 is nice but I would still give the edge to either a Burris Full Field or a Nikon Buckmaster in that price rance.

Jumping up to the 4200 Elite or Monarch, I myself like the 4200 Elite it is a very bright scope whith excellent light gathering capability. I give the edge of that over the Monarch, some people don't like the look or length of the 4200 Elite it is a big scope but makes up for that in performance.

One to also look at that I love is the Weaver Grand Slam series. Excellent glass for the price.
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