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Tndeerhunter's picture
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Nikon Prostaff 2-7x32 scope mini review

It is such a great feeling when you try a new product (new individually, anyway) that seems to be so close to what you were looking for as to be almost spooky. Such is my satisfaction with this fine, moderately priced Nikon scope.

I have been so impressed with this all around competent scope that I now have no less than 5 of them on an assortment of rifles used for deer hunting. The size and power of this particular scope fits many different types of rifles very well. As a matter of fact this scope is all but a clone (in size and shape) to a Leupold VX-l or VX-ll 2-7x33mm, and that is associating it with a scope for which I have nothing but high praise. Nikon's specs for this scope are as follows.

Finish: matte or Team Realtree camo
Power: 2-7
Objective diameter: 32mm
Exit pupil: 16/4/6
Eye relief 3.9 - 3.8"
FOV @ 75 yards: 33.4' (at 2x) and 9.5' (at 7x)
Tube diameter: 1"
Parallax: set at 75yds
Length: 11.2"
Weight: 12 oz.
Adjustment graduation: 1/4"@100yds
Adjustment range: 80 MOA

As these number show us this is a fairly trim and lightweight scope, made to fit a large cross section of rifles, shotguns and muzzleloaders. It has plenty of magnification to easily sight in your rifle at 100 or 200 yards and a very large field of view at the lowest setting. Its optics are multi-coated to minimize glare and its aluminum tube is nitrogen filled with O-ring seals to make it water and fog proof.

As I mentioned before, I have put this trim scope on 5 rifles that I currently use. These rifles range from a muzzleloader (CVA Optima/ stainless/ camo with a 2-7x32 camo ProStaff on it) to a Kimber 84 Classic with a 2-7x32 matte Prostaff. I actually removed a more expensive scope from the Kimber, a Bushnell elite 2-7x32 with rainguard, and replaced it with the Nikon. This was done purely for aesthetics as the Nikon's front objective bell housing taper seems to fit the Kimber supplied mounts and Millet engraved rings I put on the 7mm-08 Kimber a bit better. I may have given up a tad in rain protection, but as of yet I can see no discernable difference in optical quality.

Another scope I have no difficulty comparing with the Nikon is a Leupold VX-l in 2-7x33, as I own several of those scopes as well. I will not flatly claim the Nikon ProStaff to be the equivalent of the Leupold, but will say that in 98% of hunting conditions I would not feel "outclassed" by the Leupold. Possibly on a wilderness hunt far away from civilization, where weather conditions might be severe, could be reason for me to mount a VX-l or VX-ll on the rifle I chose. But based on my experience, it would likely not be necessary.

I also have a ProStaff 2-7x scope mounted on a Remington Classic 8mm Mauser and on a T/C Encore carbine in .35 Whelen (see picture above). Every one of these scopes was a breeze to mount with almost 4" of eye relief available and the moderate size of the objective. I can also say that after simple bore sighting all of these scopes all sighted in very easily.

I have never claimed to be a bench rest competitive shooter, but I do know how to sight in a big game rifle in fairly quick order if all the pieces and parts are working correctly. And, apparently, the ones in these scopes were. All 5 of these rifles sighted in quickly and with a minimum of fuss.

I normally shoot 1 round (after bore sighting) to get on paper and "rough" adjust the scope to the rifle. Then shooting at 50 yards, I'll use 3 shot groups (sometimes only one such group) to fine adjust to where I want to have my bullet striking at 100 yards. The final adjustment comes, of course with 3 shot groups at 100 or 200 yards. I always "tap in" my adjustments using the plastic handle of a screwdriver, or something similar, and rarely see a change after setting my changes in this manner.

The adjustment of the ocular lens to focus the crosshair to our eye is of the "American" type, and requires multiple turns of the ocular bell. The windage and elevation click adjustments for changing the point of impact require a coin, screwdriver or similar tool. Both are tried and proven systems, but I may have become somewhat spoiled by European type fast-focus oculars and fingertip adjustable windage and elevation knobs. When I see that my VX-l's use exactly the same type of systems, I know that this is a small price to pay for a reasonably priced, value laden scope.

The fact that the parallax is adjusted at 75 yards (instead of the usual 100 yards) in this scope seems a moot point to me. Many of the deer I have harvested were shot at ranges even less than 75 yards. It has no bearing at all in my selection and shooting of this scope at ranges out to 200 yards at a rifle range, so it should not effect our game shots either.

If given the opportunity to mount either a Leupold VX-ll 2-7x33 or a Bushnell Elite 2-7x32 as a "no cost" option I likely would, as these are both absolutely outstanding scopes of a size I think suits most big game hunting situations. But, since I am the one footing the bill for the scopes on my dozens of deer rifles, I have happily settled with this great value on at least some of them.

Most of our major retailers including Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops and even Wal-Mart sell this scope for around $129, whereas the other two scopes mentioned normally run somewhere in the $190-$299 range. A significant saving, and being backed by a lifetime warranty makes the Nikon Eagle emblem look even better on some of my rifles. Many places now have Nikon Prostaff scopes on closeout now. This is a very good time to pick one up even less expensively then mentioned here.

I have performed my own dusk and dawn tests with this scope, and was very pleasantly surprised. Nikon's claim of 90% light transmission seems well in line with the terrific clarity and brightness I have found in actual dusk and dawn conditions. In simple English, on a full overcast day I had no trouble seeing the crosshairs clearly well after legal shooting time.

I saw a bright sharp image that did indeed impress me. I have been successful using my Nikon ProStaff scopes, having collected three 8 point (Eastern count) bucks in one season with rifles having these scopes mounted, one being at a full 225 yds in fading light (Encore/.35 Whelen).

Nothing in the mounting, sighting in, and performance in the field of my Nikon ProStaff 2-7x32mm scopes has given me reason to do anything but heap high praise upon them. They are absolutely one of the finest values/$$  in a scope available, period. End of story. And this is no faint praise from a man who owns no fewer than 50 scopes ranging from three Zeiss to prehaps 20 Leupolds, several Weavers, several Nikon Monarchs, several Bushnell Elites and assorted other fine quality scopes mounted on a wide assortment of rifles used for big game hunting. A score of no less than "A" is fully deserved here, when you consider bang for your $$$$$$$$. Thumbs up

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Good Review

That was a very good review - if not very "mini".  Big smile

Mounted on that Encore, it looks absolutely beautiful! Like it was made for it!

I have a friend on a muzzleloading forum who also has a whole herd of these fine scopes.

He's always singing the praises of his ProStaff 2-7's.

I have a 2-7x older Redfield on my Ruger M77, so I know how versatile this size scope is.

Thanks for sharing all the specifics on this scope with us.

It's a real beauty!  Thumbs up


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I have two Nikon Buckmasters,

I have two Nikon Buckmasters, a 3-9x and a 4 1/2-14x. They are very nice scopes! Big flaw for me was I got the 4 1/2-14x because of the turrets for a long range rifle. It worked very well but all I could get at the time was the BDC reticule. Figured I could send it to Nikon and have it changed, can't do it! The 3-9x is on a 243, has a duplex reticule and I don't have a complaint one with it. Around here you pretty much get what you can find and I would have rather had a 2-7x, but not to be had here. Another scope that has blown my mind is the new Redfields by Leupold. I have a 2-7x on my featherweight and this is probably the best scope Redfields name has ever been on. I am by the way, an old Redfield fan. I still own two old Denver scopes.

But this was about Nikon and I have nothing bad to say about the Buckmasters except as noted above. Mine have a lifetime warrenty and it doesn't matter who owns the scope. Hope i never find out how good it is but lets face it, the most expensive scopes in the world break now and then or come with an oops in them. BTW I use Nikon cameras also. Thats why I got my first scope from them. I doubt Nikon would put their name on anything containing a lens that was not well made!

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nice review

Tahnks for the nice review.  I always appreciate more information and since I have no experience with NIkons this is all new to me.  So thanks for the info!


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Nikon vs Redfield

I have to admit that I'm not overly familar with the new (leupold made) Redfield scopes. I have handled one, mounted on a rifle a good friend brought to Maine this year on our bear hunt. I cannot say anything bad about it. He says it performs very well and showed, to his eye, better low light performance than a Bushnell Elite 3200, another very nice scope, and more $$, to boot.

He will likely also bring that rifle along on our upcoming hog hunt, so I'll get an opportunity there to get a better look and even shoot with it, I'm sure. If it is, indeed, nicer than a Prostaff at the same price break then Leupold surely has another winner on their hands with the new Redfields. Thumbs up

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I have every confidence that

I have every confidence that the new Redfield (old Redfield??) is going to find a nice home in the American market.

Backed with such a pedigree and brought along by Leupold, it seems destined for success.

I have not looked through one but I do feel very confident that these scopes will hold their own with competitively priced units and will, of course, get great warranty and support backup.

I would not hestitate at all to buy one... if I were in the market for a moderately priced scope - and I am - for a slug shooting shotgun... just gotta figure out which way to go with it.


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first purchased a Nikon Buckmaster 4 to 14 power a few years ago for my 22-250 and love it. My Christmas gift (well one of them the other was a chronograph, I do love her) from the wife this year was a Nikon 4 to 12 Prostaff mildot reticle. I put it on my 30-06 and sighted it on Wed. and when coyote hunting with it today. You can't beat it for the price top quality in my opinion. I plan on getting the Nikon Coyote special next with the bdc reticle on putting that on my 22-250 and transfering the Buckmaster to my 243. The Prostaff and Buckmasters are good scopes for the 200 to 300 price range if you don't want to pay 500 or more for a scope.