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Old 06-04-2011, 01:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone on here have the Nikon M-223?

http://www.nikonhunting.com/products..._Nikoplex/8488

Looking at one for my .223 just curious what others think about them. Anyone shot one side by side with a Leupold Mark AR? I like the turrets on the M-223 but the other day when i was at cabelas the Leupold seemed quite a bit clearer than the Nikon but that might be because of the poor fake lighting in the store.


I wanted to get Sightron Sii but i cant find any in Matte black. And i wont be able to live with a satin black scope on a matte black gun.
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Old 06-04-2011, 07:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I dont have one but have read a lot of comments. The only complaint I have heard about the M223 is the turrets. They tend to turn real easy. Many have commented about the elevation turret turning in the case or when brushed by something. You just need to make sure you look at it each time you use it so that you know where it is set.
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The turrets turning is the only thing I have read as well. But when I was looking at them they felt fairly stiff, maybe its just because the scope was new but even if they did turn I dont think it would be a whole lot.

Im just not sure I've never really been a fan of Nikon scopes, I really want to give the turrets a try but I dont want to end up getting stuck with a scope I dont like.
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Anyone on here have the Nikon M-223?

I love nice optics just as much as the next guy, but sometimes I think these optics are more than the average Joe really needs.

Just out of curiosity, what will be the intended use of your .223? Targets and pdogs, or hunting predators?

I don't know that this would be a great option for hunting (unless you are able to take time to set up your shot)

Did you end up with an ARlike you were talking about on PM?
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Default Re: Anyone on here have the Nikon M-223?

Nope No AR, im going to hold off and buy a "custom" one from Specialized Dynamics and get one that is exactly what I want.

It will be going on my bolt gun. And right now its my everything gun. Ground squirrels, coyotes, milk jugs, paper, rocks on the hill side, and/or anything else that ends up down range.

Im just running out of options as to scopes that fit my budget and have some of the features that I want. I want paralax adjustments. Even though I usually set mine to around 100 yards and never touch it again its nice to have. I also want at least target turrets, doesnt need to be fully exposed like the M-223 but I would at least like the scope to have them maybe like the Mark AR scope. And lastly it must be matte black. I have an OCD with my guns and i like them to match. The gun is Matte black so I want a Matte black scope so it matches. A gloss black or even a Satin black will drive me crazy.

Only scopes that really fall into what im wanting are the:
Leupold Mark AR 4-12
Nikon M-223 4-12
Nikon Monarch 4-16
Sightron Sii 4-16 (cant find one in Matte black though i can find a 6-24 in matte but not a 4-16)

And then theres the Nikon Buckmaster like i was looking at before but i wasnt too impressed with them the last time i saw one and looked through it
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You will be happy with an AR from Scott (Specialized Dynamics). I hunted with him for 3 days in February and shot some of his rifles. I have a 6.5 Grendel with a side charge upper on order from him. He had a problem with his barrel supplier and had to find another one. That is what is holding mine up.
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Sound like you have thought out your optics options. But I am curious if you have considered Vortex Optics? Lots of guys love them, and they are pretty affordable. Huge29 recently bought a scope for his AR, maybe he could weigh in?
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I've glanced at them but their price is just over my budget by a little bit
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Sound like you have thought out your optics options. But I am curious if you have considered Vortex Optics? Lots of guys love them, and they are pretty affordable. Huge29 recently bought a scope for his AR, maybe he could weigh in?
I got the Diamondback on my R15 and I really like it. If features are close to another option the Vortex warranty should break the tie easily, but I don't see Vortex listed in his narrowed down list. We had a recent little thread survey on scopes in this price range and the Diamondback did win the poll.
Do you have a scope with turrets on it currently? I have two and they drive me crazy, granted, they are both rimfires, so the application is a little different. I prefer the marks on the reticle that go by many different names over the turrets. It just seems like too much motion and delay in a time sensitive situation compared to just holding the rifle a little higher to the next mark on the reticle. Just my $0.02.
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I've glanced at them but their price is just over my budget by a little bit
The M223 starts at $329 from Cabela's while the Vortex include the Diamondback at only $200 and the Viper is about $400.

PS-here are the reviews from Cabela's on the M223
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