Newer Model Nikon Low Powered Scope: The African Series

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I thought I'd make a few comments about this fairly new offering from Nikon. I happen to own one, mounted on a Remington 750 Carbine in .35 Whelen and a very good friend has one mounted on a Marlin 1895/45-70. We both have the 1" version, 1-4x20 in this series. There are also two 30mm models, one with an illuminated reticle.

I actually tried my Buddy's first when I took his new 1895 to the range with this new scope on top mounted in Weaver Quad Lok rings to sight in for him. I was impressed with it's clarity and very wide FOV. It has the newer type Euro fast-focus eyepiece and adjustments are .5" each @ 100 yards. The adjustment system is very positive feeling, quite precise and is finger adjustable.

I later mounted my new scope and sighted in my new 750 and found that my initial experiences and impressions were simply confirmed with the second new scope being sighted in, done with no drama and in very fast fashion. As most of you likely know, one of the better things found in good quality optics is the likeliness of having a much more precise adjustment system and not merely additional coatings or clarity. This type of "upgrade" is one that actually can save a shooter/hunter $$ in the long run, perhaps.

This is one of those scopes that after sighting in and seeing just how precise each click is and how each click actually does correspond to that .5" at 100 yards, that you can feel confident in changing setings without feeling the need to re-zero. As an example, sighting my 750 in at 50 yards for a bear-over-bait hunt and later simply clicking up the proper number of clicks (using a ballistics program) to re-zero at 150 yards is not a concern for me, whatsoever.

I especially like the reticle this scope comes with, a version of the German #4 type. This is a heavy three post system (sides and bottom outer crosshairs) along with a thin upperr post that tapers to thin crosshairs at the center. The three heavy posts are extra heavy, but the center, narrower crosshairs are plenty fine for target work. This type reticle is, of course, designed for hunting, giving you a bold reticle for quick target acquisition and also great low-light performance

I'd not hesitate for a moment to purchase another of these scope when I need another low powered scope. The only low powered scope I own that I'd say was a bit better would be the 1.25-4x20 Leupold Euro 30mm I own, but it's also about $130 more expensive too. The Nikon @ about $279. is a good value for a quality low powered scope, seeing the Leupold VX3 selling for $399 and the VXII selling for $299. I own a couple VXIIs and actually feel the Nikon a better scope. Best I can see, the warranties are pretty much the same; being lifetime for both.

I'd highly recommend this scope for anyone needing or wanting a low powered scope for short to medium range hunting. A quality piece of glass.

A couple of pictures of the scope mounted on the 750 Carbine in .35 Whelen:


groovy mike's picture

Ed that’s a good looking combination of rifle and scope.

Ed that’s a good looking combination of rifle and scope.   

Thanks for sharing it.  My brother in law swears by the 35 Whelen as his one gun battery for African Plains game.  It seems to work very well for him.  He has also shot black bear and white tail with it while I have been with him,  I don’t see a thing wrong with how it works either!  I have never owned a Nikon scope, so I appreciate your insights.  I have however been considering picking up a lower power scope along the lines of a 1-3 times magnification or a 2-7 times magnification that would let me dial down the magnification power when it is not needed, and to have it ready for those times when game jumps up close to me.  I've had deer jump up at 5 or 10 yards and had a hard time getting the scope on them before they get into other cover while I have been hunting in thick swamps or other heavy cover.  sometimes no magnification at all is actually an advantage.  The scope that you mention sounds like it would be a great pairing with something like the Marlin 1895 guide gun.  

A reticle which is designed for hunting with and suitable for quick target acquisition during the low light hours of the day is exactly what I would be looking for.  I have been considering the Leupold scope, but I might be willing to give the Nikon a try – especially in light of the similar lifetime warranty.  Thanks for the review on your Nikon scope. 

GooseHunter Jr's picture

Funny that this tip came up

Funny that this tip came up today.  My neighbor and I were talking of hunting in Africa and I stated that it would be nice to have a low power scope, all of mine are 3x9 and up.  Glad to see this gives me some more things I need to pick before I head to the Dark Continent.

ManOfTheFall's picture

Thanks for the tip. It looks

Thanks for the tip. It looks great there.