I too have had great luck with mine, not sure about the refurbished angle though they are not the only brand of refurb scopes I have seen offerred. I have even heard of Nightforce needing to refurb some of their scopes?
Thank GOD someone brought this up. I just ordered a Nikon Monarch 5/20. I was a little nervous. Feel better now with your comments.Of course comments on the sellers sites are not as reliable as comments here. Bulge.
Nikon Monarchs are a great value and they compare favorably with the Leupold VXIII line but for about 25% less cost. You can get even lower prices on refurbished scopes and the fact there are refurbished units for sale tells me that Nikon stands behind their lifetime warranty. I don't think there is a quality problem though, all the Nikons I know of are holding up well.
Have you owned both scopes? I'm curious to know why you think the Leupold is better.
I do own both, and I have three Monarchs and one VX-3. The VX-3 was the first 'nice' scope I bought, followed by the first Monarch. So you can deduce which I like better...
My VX3 cracked a lens after being fired a few times (on a 7mm mag - so nothing huge). I now have a warranty replacement. A Monarch that is on that rifle now, and has survived hundreds of shots. That's why I like Monarchs. Both hold zero, and my eyes can't tell the difference in clarity.
Yep Claybirder its true and I'm a Leupold guy. I base what I'm saying on side by side comparisions ... first person observations. Don't like Nikon? Fine thats your deal but they really are a good value.
Coincidence, I just got my Monarch this afternoon. I had to check to see if I liked it better than my Leupold. No real comparison from what I see the Monarch shows a much clearer image. I'm glad I bought it. Bulge.
Hap, I bought a Nikon Monarch 5-20 x44 with a Bullet drop compensator(BDC)reticle. I purchased it through E-bay. Wilderness sports up in Ma. was the seller. Cabela's wanted $529. From Wilderness I got it for $390. I am happy so far. Put it on the gun shortly after I received it. Now I have to calibrate the target knobs with the bullet I will be shooting from the gun. Bulge.
Not that it matters to me but when I compared the Leupold VXIII side-by-side with the Nikon Monarch, I found the Monarch to be brighter and clearer. I see that my eyes are not alone in this assessment.
I would not hesitate to buy another Monarch, especially because of the cost vs. the Leupold. I am not saying the Leupold is a bad scope, just that I find the Nikon a better one for less $$$ o top of it. I have two Nikons and no Leupolds.
Nikon is getting better at building scopes and their top end scopes are good but everyone forgets that there is much more to building a top quality riflescope than the lense. I would rather have a ruged and well proven recticle adjustment mechanism than a slightly better lense. You cannot beat Leupolds warranty, I've bought damaged ones and sent them in and got a new scope back.