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    Nikon P223 scope reviews

    Yeh, I used the search function and came up with nothing.

    Anyone using the Nikon P223 in 3x9?

    Second question is will any of our sponsors match prices found on the web???

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    Nikon P-223 3-9 BDC

    While I haven't put any rounds under this scope I have looked it over pretty good at Shot and recently put 2 on a pair of Smith 22LR's for a Nikon Shoot. All I've heard are good things. They have literally flown off shelves so finding one can be tough. I'd say if you find a good price, buy it, as it may not be around tomorrow. The 3x Carbine scope has also been huge with many guys looking for a nice hog hunting rig. A buddy uses one for 3-gun matches and likes it because he can shoot with both eye's open.
    Wish I had more info for you, would love to answer any question's you might have.
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    I've had this scope mounted for the last month and finally had the chance this past week to zero it. Initially zeroed it at 50 then took it out to 100 with no problems. The open turrets don't bother me and had a good feel IMO. I don't have any pics of grouping but I'm not the best shot anyway. I had the chance to test the BDC reticle out to 200 hitting steel plates as that's the limits of the range and it was pretty accurate using 55gr PMC ammo. The glass is clear and eye relief is alright being able to shoot with both eyes open. The only thing I've noticed is the reticles gets washed out in any type of dim light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papergundam View Post
    I've had this scope mounted for the last month and finally had the chance this past week to zero it. Initially zeroed it at 50 then took it out to 100 with no problems. The open turrets don't bother me and had a good feel IMO. I don't have any pics of grouping but I'm not the best shot anyway. I had the chance to test the BDC reticle out to 200 hitting steel plates as that's the limits of the range and it was pretty accurate using 55gr PMC ammo. The glass is clear and eye relief is alright being able to shoot with both eyes open. The only thing I've noticed is the reticles gets washed out in any type of dim light.
    I have the m223 in 3X12 42mm and was having the same issue, I started messing with the primary focus and it made the reticles more visible. Mess with the focus in the low light, it will all of a sudden appear.
    Do you know what you get when you don't get what you want? Experience.

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    Bart,
    It looks like the M223 scopes have been out for a couple of years and the P 223 came out last year.

    The M223 cost nearly twice as much.

    But I noticed at several places the M223 has 95% light transmision, and the P223 has 98%.

    Is that true???

    Getting my P223 tomorrow, sweet.

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    I've had the M223 for a while now and it's great just wish the turrets locked as I've knocked them off zero a few times. If your using it for hunting I wouldn't have a problem, but if your intending on any sort of HD or SHTF I'd go with the more expensive scopes with locking turrets

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    Yes Lead, The PROSTAFF Series does have slightly better light transmission. The real difference is in the glass coating's . That is where Nikon really shines and the quality comes through. Obviously the M-Series is built on the MONARCH platform.
    I have used the M-223 Scopes a lot and own all of them. Big fun for long range shooting and very accurate. The 2-8's and 3-12's I own have all pinged steel at 600 yards. Even guys new to AR's have used my scopes and come away mouth's open from successful shots.

    Let me know how you like your P-223 Scope. They have been selling very well and I have been hearing nothing but good reports.

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    P223 review? Yeah, I've got one. It's not good.
    I got the 3X because I thought it would make a handy scope for a fairly close range .223 coyote rifle.
    That was May 10.
    It broke by May 11.
    I shot forty rounds of .223. The scope's insides came loose and started rattling around.
    I returned it to Nikon. Two weeks later I got a copy of the repair order in the mail. Checking the status online, I see the action is "replace product".
    Still waiting on that.
    Phone calls and emails to Nikon have one got me nothing. The last response was six days ago saying he would check for an ETA of my scope. Nothing since. Two more emails from me have gone unanswered.

    Yes it's a $150 scope. I had low expectations, but thought the company had a good rep and gave it a chance. I still didn't expect a lot for that money, but I did expect more than a 20 hour lifespan and 40 rounds.
    I also expected that when I saw "replace", I would see a replacement within a month.

    To make me even less pleased, when I saw it was to be replaced, I thought it over and decided to ask something. Since I knew I'd have little faith in any replacement, and since they had to send a different scope, I called and asked if I could get a scope from one of their higher up lines and I'd pay the difference in retail price. She checked: No.
    I thought about that. I run a small manufacturing business in the garage, and if something I made lasted less than a day and the owner called asking to spend more money on another product of mine, I would have jumped on it.
    I sent an email saying basically that. I got a response saying they don't do trades. They acted like I was some jerk who had owned a Nikon scope for twenty years and had the gall to ask to swap even for a new one.

    So there is my review. Bought one, it lasted only hours, I sent it back, and they were going to replace it a month ago. It has been in their possession over 30 times as long as it was in mine. If that sounds good to anyone, go ahead, but I am done with Nikon.
    Last edited by Barry in IN; 06-14-12 at 14:53.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bman940 View Post
    Yes Lead, The PROSTAFF Series does have slightly better light transmission. The real difference is in the glass coating's . That is where Nikon really shines and the quality comes through. Obviously the M-Series is built on the MONARCH platform.
    I have used the M-223 Scopes a lot and own all of them. Big fun for long range shooting and very accurate. The 2-8's and 3-12's I own have all pinged steel at 600 yards. Even guys new to AR's have used my scopes and come away mouth's open from successful shots.

    Let me know how you like your P-223 Scope. They have been selling very well and I have been hearing nothing but good reports.

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    I don't know where or how Nikon got 98% light transmission for the P223 vs. 95% for the M223 as the Prostaff line uses lower quality glass and coatings compared to the Monarch series. There are many factors contributing to the P series lower prices and the lower quality glass is the most significant.

    Take a look at the non-223 series specs, i.e., Monarch scopes show light transmission specs of 95% and the Prostaff series is listed at 92%.

    Note: Nikon may be using light transmission specs that contain a spectrum that is not noticeable by the human eye, but the discrepancy for the P223 vs. the Prostaff lead me to believe this is suspect.
    Last edited by Warg; 06-14-12 at 15:16.

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    I've run ~2,000 rounds through my AR since purchasing the P223 3-9x40 with the M223 mount and have no complaints. I think it's a good scope for the money.

    BTW, if you get it and want to purchase lens covers (which I did) I'd suggest Buttler Creek. The correct size for this scope is 19-20 eye and 30-31 objective.

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