After my range time last Thursday, I decided to try a new scope, and when I went to my locally-owned gun store, he had the Nikon Pro-Staff on sale. I'll admit that I was torn between the Burris Fullfield II, the Redfield Revolution, and the Weaver Classic V, but truth be told, there is very little to differentiate modern entry-level rifle scopes. They're all a heck of a lot better than scopes I grew up with. I came home with the Nikon Pro-Staff, 3X9X40, with the BDC reticle.
The BDC reticle is going to take a little time to get used to. The first time I looked through it, it seemed "busy". There's lots going on in that reticle. It looks like this.
SpotOn that helps. You can identify your cartridge, bullet and velocity, and the program will give you updated numbers for your hold-over, depending on the magnification factor.
After registering my scope for the warranty, installation was straight-forward. If you know anything about the Savage long action, you'll know that it is a very long action, and oftentime, extended bases are necessary for scope mounting. I already had extended bases on my rifle and the scope snugged down in the rings without much trouble. I had about half of an inch play, front to rear for eye relief and soon had the scope properly leveled with good eye relief.
This morning I took the rifle over to Momma's house, got into the pasture and set up my range. I walked downrange to 25 yards, knelt and fired one shot. The rifle was on paper, so I made an adjustment, walked back to 50 yards and fired another shot. Still on paper, but needed an adjustment. Walked back to the 100 yard line where my pickup was parked. I put a sandbag on the hood of the truck and started walking the shots toward the bullseye.
The finger adjustable turrets clicked nicely and were easy to feel. The scope didn't track exactly, but it was close enough that soon I was hovering near the target. A final adjustment and three shots to make sure I was good.
Nikon is a trusted name in the camera business. They've been making great lenses for years. I have one pair of Nikon binoculars and I've been very pleased with them for several years. There is no reason to believe that the Nikon scope isn't going to be just as durable as the other optics I have from that company. This scope might be on this rifle for a long time.