I own three Nikons, so one of them has to be the best, one of them has to be the worst and the other must be just plain middling.
Actually, I like all three; two Monarchs and one Buckmaster. All three together cost less than $1000. Nice thin SFP MILDOT reticles, good glass, consistent controls and great for target shooting. I'm not a hunter, so I can't address the issues most hunters face.
I could spend $1500 to $3000 for a higher-end scope, but frankly, I don't have any shortcomings in my cheaper scopes that would justify the higher prices. SFP reticle is best for target shooting at any range due to thin reticles and no need for range estimation; no zero stop, no fast two turn turrets, no illumination and slightly better glass just isn't worth the money to me.
I know a guy that had a "World Class" Tasco on a Fifty BMG rifle that had over 3000 round on it before he replaced it with a Nightforce. I killed a Burris Black Diamond with 30 rounds on my fifty.
I have seen a NF last 5 round on a fifty and I know of one that has over 30,000 rounds on it.
What ever scope you buy make sure it has a lifetime warranty.
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